Brunswick Gardens (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #18)

Brunswick Gardens (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #18)

by Anne Perry
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Brunswick Gardens (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #18) by Anne Perry

In London’s affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood—a “new woman” whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling. When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down the staircase to her death, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is as certain as he can be that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter? His handsome curate? Or his son, a fervent Roman Catholic? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, refuse to settle for less than the truth—or less than justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307767684
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2010
Series: Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series , #18
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 76,161
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch, and the William Monk novels, including Blood on the Water and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.

Hometown:

Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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Brunswick Gardens 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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faience More than 1 year ago
I love the series, and this is a highly involving and readable entry. It has some of Perry's best bits - the crises of faith that Darwin's writings caused are interesting, especially in a novel set in the Victorian age. There are some great examples of faith at work, as well as faith shaken. Perry's sense of place is in fine form, especially her description of the unique beauty and comfort of this elegant home contrasted with the violence that happens there. The case itself is hard for a writer to craft, since the suspects are few, all in the household at the time, and Perry does a great job of depicting the tensions that the murder creates among the members of the household, as they wrestle with which of them - because it *had* to be one of them - is secretly a killer. Without spoiling it, I have to say that this novel depicts one of the most sad and merciless killings you could ask for. The killer isn't as well-drawn as I would like - such coldblooded planning and carrying out of the crime seems at odds with the confession, which seems so out of touch with reality, after such quick-witted manipulation of reality on the killer's part previously. And the solution pretty much depends on that confession - despite the Pitts' insightful detecting, a conviction would be hard to get without the confession. Pitt also seems to have done an inadequate job of following the hard physical evidence. I try not to apply modern standards to a Victorian investigation, but in this case there was clear physical evidence that it seems to me would have been found by an investigator of Pitt's gifts. I found this entry in the series both interesting and frustratingly flawed.
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