Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #28)

Midnight at Marble Arch (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series #28)

by Anne Perry


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In this superbly accomplished Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price.
The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the jurisdiction of new Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.
Yet even with the help of his ingenious wife, Charlotte, and his former superior, Victor Narraway, Pitt is stumped. Why did high-minded, cultured Catherine choose not to accompany her husband to a grand party on the night of her demise? Why did she dismiss all her servants for the evening and leave the front door unlocked? What had been her relationship with the young man seen frequently by her side at concerts and art exhibits? And what can be done to avenge another terrible crime: the assault on Angeles Castelbranco, beloved teenage daughter of the Portuguese ambassador?
As an ordinary policeman, Pitt used to enter London’s grand houses through the kitchen door. Now, as a guest in those same houses, can he find the steel in his soul to challenge the great men of the world with their crimes? The path to the truth takes him in deeply troubling directions, from the lofty world of international politics and finance to his own happy home, where his own teenage daughter, Jemima, is coming of age in a culture rife with hidden dangers.
In this rich, emotionally charged masterpiece, Anne Perry exposes yet another ugly secret of Victoria’s proud empire. And in a courtroom battle of unparalleled brilliance, we thrill at the chance to witness a massive wrong righted.

Includes a preview of Anne Perry’s next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Death on Blackheath

Praise for Midnight at Marble Arch
“Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”The New York Times Book Review
“Fresh and vibrant . . . Perry captures Victorian England with flair, and her storyline is fascinating.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age.”Booklist (starred review)
“Bestselling author Perry continues her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series with another splendid success. She is so familiar with life at this time that history, attitudes and culture are slipped in seamlessly so the reader sees the world as Victorians did. Not only are Inspector Pitt and his wife fully realized, their circle of friends and acquaintances also feel real and alive. This is a series to read from the beginning.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“May be [Perry’s] most intense and thrilling novel to date . . . Midnight at Marble Arch is stunning and insightful from start to finish.”—Bookreporter
“This book is packed with intrigue.”—The Huffington Post
“The monsters Anne Perry creates are not easy to live with, and their actions linger long after the book is closed.”—New York Journal of Books
“Engrossing . . . intriguing . . . Perry does a nice job exploring late Victorian attitudes toward sex crimes.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345536686
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series , #28
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 195,960
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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.


Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual I was excited to see another book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. However, this book was more of a "soapbox" novel about the horrors and helplessness of rape. There really wasn't a lot of story to this one and not a lot of the details and characterization that have made the Pitt series so wonderful. Not really a book to curl up on a rainy day and lose yourself in; maybe next time :0(
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
The Pitts tackle the most heinous of crimes. I feel as if Perry was trying to make a great big statement with this book. Tackling the issue of rape in that era and the upper echelons reaction to it. The theme was relevant for that era but the points and arguments had a 21st century ring to them. That could mean two things. Either we as a society have not moved one inch in our thinking and approach to the issue in the last few centuries or Perry forgot which era she was writing in. It was quite evident how much the author wanted to point out her stance on the matter. How the victims are/were treated as the guilty party and rejected for being raped. Blamed by other females for bringing it upon themselves, being bad women hence deserved it or making the man forget himself. All of those stereotypical answers can still be heard today. Women of that era couldn't accuse or come forward it would mean embarrassing their family and bringing shame upon their own person. I think getting the point across was more important than concentrating on the usual Pitt type murder mystery. It overshadowed the sub-plots. It wasn't the usual comfortable Perry style mystery. This was Perry finding her voice and shouting above the noise. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
FrancesNC More than 1 year ago
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt continue to be among the most engaging of fictional sleuths, but Anne Perry has become more ponderous and preachey with the passage of time. Surely readers don't need quite so many iterations of the helplessness and rage that afflict the principal characters, or of the frustrating explanatory scenarios that they propose. There just isn't enough action to sustain the 337 pages of well-written but repetitive prose.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Anne Perry has written another Charlotte and Thomas Pitt winning novel. Finally Thomas takes charge as the Commander of the Special Branch. In this story Thomas and Victor Narraway ,the former Commander investigate two different rapes of girls and high society women. Vespasia and Charlotte discuss the crimes in a way that would be done today. Can't wait to read the next one. Thanks Net Galley and Ballantine books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as all of the others; couldn't put it down
MayaMA More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this series. Another reviewer wondered if the book contained some anachronisms or if we have not moved very far when is come to the question of rape. Unfortunately, I think it is that we haven't come very far. This is a great addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Perry has done her usual superb job with this one. She never disappoints anyone who is a lover of History and a lover of an excellent Mystery. Ms. Perry is a master of both. I highly recommend this book and all of her other books in any of her several series and other stand alone books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reading & enjoying this book right now. would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been an Anne Perry fan for many years and look forward to new episodes of the Pitts.
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Did the author miss her deadline? the book just ends. yes everything gets tied up, but too quickly and there's no closure for some stories.
PappyPE More than 1 year ago
The Thomas and Charlotte Pitt stories are getting more violent and somewhat repetitive. I would save my money.
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Charlotte is at her best is assisting Thomas with this mystery of who is having an affair with whom and the consequences that follow.
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A long time reader of Anne Perry. Can hardly put them down once I have started. Probably enjoy the Monk series a bit more with Hester the nurse.
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robbie65 More than 1 year ago
I never miss a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book. Brings you right back to the 1800's and always a wonderful mystery.
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Mayor More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it so much. Now awaiting the next one.
Lynnejeanne More than 1 year ago
Anne Perry is always a joy to read - historical information and background is an added plus - I so enjoy the deveolpment of the characters from book to book- She is consistent with the human development three dimenisional characters- Difficult subject - yet written so well