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3.00147819660015 out of 53.00147819660015 out of 53.00147819660015 out of 53.00147819660015 out of 53.00147819660015 out of 5 3.00 (1,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490639512
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The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives to Buckingham Palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a six-thousand-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But the prince’s gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute turns up in a linen closet among the queen’s monogrammed sheets. With great haste, Thomas Pitt, the brilliant mainstay of Special Services, is summoned to resolve the crisis. The Pitts’ cockney maid Gracie is also recruited to pose as a palace servant and listen in on the guests’ conversations. If Pitt and Gracie fail to find out who brutally murdered the young woman, Pitt’s career will be over, and the scandal may just cause the monarchy to fall.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/19/2014

    " Another fine mess for Thomas Pitt and the Special Branch. I thought the book really highlighted the differences between the classes and how they were treated. And I enjoyed seeing Gracie have a bigger role in solving the mystery, although I missed Charlotte's touch. Anne Perry continues to amuse and amaze me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briansmom | 2/4/2014

    " This book kinda frustrated me!!! I like the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt characters; this is the second book in the series I've read. Charlotte did not appear in the book, only in Thomas' musings. The plot here is interesting and rather byzantine; the problem for me lies in the endless mental gyrations of the characters, esp. the women. I hated the endless questions that churned through the minds of the female characters: what if this? what did that mean? why did someone have a particular facial expression? And on and on ad nauseum. Whole paragraphs, and chapters, seemed to me to be nothing but these endless, and somewhat silly, questions. OK, the reader gets it: there are multiple nuances of speech, dress, and social interchange that in Victorian society, especially in the upper levels, that (thankfully) we don't have to worry about today. Can we move on with the story, please? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/2/2014

    " This was an interesting murder mystery because of the setting and time, but the most enjoyable thing about this series is the husband/wife relationship and Charlotte wasn't able to assist in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Fillmore | 1/25/2014

    " Anne Perry - Always a good read! Suspected killer early on but not why killing occurred. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/22/2014

    " I've read so many maybe I'm just used to the methods of Pitt's investigations. I had this one figured out pretty quickly. Still a good yarn and set in the palace...very tricky. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TheRose | 1/21/2014

    " I wasn't terribly impressed, but I also wouldn't object to reading another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/17/2014

    " Although this book is advertised as a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery, Charlotte received approximately 3 paragraphs at the most. Gracie, their maid, is instead one of featured characters, taking centre stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Davie | 1/16/2014

    " I love this series. Victorian England is not a place for an independent woman and I just love how Charlotte and Thomas work together on his mysteries. VERY nice portrayal of the customs and mores of the day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia | 12/19/2013

    " At first I thought this was pretty good - very atomospheric. But then, it just got really boring. I got about 3/4 of the way through it and gave up and skipped to the end. And I had actually figured out who the killer was - and I'm never successful at that! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna Keating | 12/4/2013

    " As usual, Anne Perry doesn't disappoint with Thomas Pitt. This was a good read over the Christmas holidays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 11/29/2013

    " Once again, Anne Perry doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/14/2013

    " Another good Anne Perry, but with rather a seamy plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey Hoffman | 11/6/2013

    " I managed to figure out some of the mystery but I enjoyed the book very much, partly because of the setting. I love history and several things that were mentioned in the book had me searching for real information. Not her best book, but well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/30/2013

    " I found the end rather abrupt, but the characters were appropriately vivid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/27/2013

    " This book doesn't include Charlotte much in it but is set in Buckingham Palace and around London. It was fun reading the references to places I had been last year on our trip to the UK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/24/2013

    " Referred to me by my Father-in-Law. My first Anne Perry novel and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/11/2012

    " My sister turned me on to Anne Perry several years ago and I've read just about every one. She makes London of the nineteenth century very alive. Some of the characters' ruminations are a little much but that doesn't make the books any less pleasurable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ndshill | 10/13/2012

    " I usually enjoy Anne Perry, but this book had too gruesome crimes and the characters were unsympathetic. Inspector Pitt wasn't able to interact with his wife Charlotte and I missed their working together. When I finished I felt I had wasted my time by reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delta | 4/9/2012

    " I just love Anne Perry's books and have read all except the Christmas series and the latest Monk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 12/29/2011

    " Not as good as I remembered :( But Anne Perry is still amazing in my book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Brigham | 11/29/2011

    " Enjoyably takes itself too seriously, as all of Anne Perry's books do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tejus | 11/16/2011

    " This was an OK book...i think it got drawn out too much at the end. Compared to some of the other books by Anne Perry, I would rate it 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/6/2011

    " This one read a bit slower than Anne Perry usually does for me. I missed Charlotte's input in the mystery. Found I just didn't like most of the characters other than Pitt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 5/8/2011

    " I enjoy Ann Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books so long as there is a year between readings, though I plan to read the previous one soon! Then I'll leave her for a while - I'm not keen on her other genre books. This one starred the Pitt's kitchen maid Gracie and was quite delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/6/2011

    " Good. I like Anne Perry for mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 3/22/2011

    " Just slightly, annoyingly unsatisfactory. Found myself sometimes frustrated with characterization, and sometimes with a dragging feeling in the narrative. But I liked it well enough to try another in the series. The ending twist was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/4/2011

    " Excellent view of detectives in Victorian England before it was considered a profession. Shows off or rather the downside of the English caste system. Not always a "fun" read but well crafted in both the mystery and the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn L | 2/3/2011

    " Love the Monk and the Charlotte/Thomas Pitt series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/22/2010

    " Another delightful read by Perry that focuses on Thomas Pitt and Gracie in a rather different twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/8/2010

    " I love this series. Victorian England is not a place for an independent woman and I just love how Charlotte and Thomas work together on his mysteries. VERY nice portrayal of the customs and mores of the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/28/2010

    " Another fun mystery from Anne Perry. Love all the Victorian history that goes along with the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 7/14/2010

    " Once again, Anne Perry doesn't disappoint. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of eight Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.