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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106870
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In the first gray of a mid-September morning, Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty’s Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt’s orders, emanating from Prime Minister Gladstone himself, are to protect-at all costs-the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. This distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha’s lover, insists that she is as innocent as he is himself. Could it be true? In the dead man’s less-than-stellar reputation, Pitt finds hope. But in ancient Alexandria, where the victim was once an army officer, hope grows dim. For there, Pitt receives intimations of deadly entanglements stretching from Egyptian cotton fields to Manchester cotton mills, from the noxious London slum known as Seven Dials to the madhouse called Bedlam. Meanwhile, in a packed courtroom at the Old Bailey, time is ticking away for Ayesha and Saville. With Pitt and his clients racing against the hangman, the trial reaches its pulse-pumping climax. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/18/2014

    " The solution is a bit more obvious than some of her novels, the situation a bit more contrived, but still quite a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 2/10/2014

    " Pitts do it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting story with characters I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Jellum | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting to read about how Egyptians were viewed in England and vice versa. And how the authorities were more concerned with covering up a crime than exposing it if it would affect the empire in a negative way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsali Hancock | 2/1/2014

    " I am curious to read any book my mom gives 5 stars. I just downloaded to my kindle and will spend Friday night with a good book and learn more about my mom at the same time. I am looking forward to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lauer | 2/1/2014

    " Faced paced ending, aftera somewhat slow start. I remembered who did it, but not why ... all these secrets that would break down the Empire! How many can there be?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/31/2014

    " This one was quite a shocker compared to most of Anne's lightweight mysteries. England was occupying Egypt at the time, though not officially. In England an Egyptian woman is accused if killing a minor government official in the middle of the night in her own garden. When the police arrive due to an anonymous informant, her lover, and senior member of Parliament who represents the area in England where raw Egyptian cotton is processed into fabric, has arrived. She claims to have found him dead rather than killed the man. The Parliament member admits to planning to help her hide the body though he does not believe she murdered him. The whole time Pitt is investigating this his wife is trying to find information on a missing servant who is the brother of her own cook. Eventually the two cases tie together in a way you would never have expected and the reason for the killing and the involvement of the Parliment official is a total surprise. The final scene is really out of character for Anne Perry's writing and is an excellent ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/17/2014

    " Another good one by Anne Perry. This one was interesting with Pitt's trip to Egypt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 1/14/2014

    " Very good thrilling story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/6/2014

    " Pedestrian. Repetitive. Solution too easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/20/2013

    " This was a reaelly well done historical mystery. I'm looking forward to reading more Anne Perry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ndshill | 12/17/2013

    " This book was Anne Perry at her best! Interesting political tensions with Egypt and wonderful plot twists - everything that makes good historical fiction and compelling mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 12/4/2013

    " You need to be patient in an Anne Perry book. The case wasn't solved until the last two pages. I really enjoy her books and the people in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/28/2013

    " Intriguing; interesting setting around England and Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 8/12/2013

    " Excellent addition to the Pitt series, with an interesting diversion to Alexandria, Egypt. As usual, the setting and characters are as important as the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 7/9/2013

    " Really enjoy listening to these books; Perry brings the Victorian period to life; the politics, social mores of all classes, the homes, the smells and noises. This is was especially interesting right now since it dealt with political turmoil in Egypt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rannie | 4/3/2013

    " Not a bad mystery, but too far into the series to read first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepashri Patil | 11/8/2012

    " Thomas Pitt is charming and alluring but Charlotte steals your heart with her boldness and elegance for a woman in that era...A must read if youo enjoy the old times victorian feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/16/2012

    " This had some great twists and turns...loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/10/2012

    " I think this was one of the better books in the series. The plot was intriguing--complex, but not impossible to follow. There was more development of each of the major characters, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodee | 4/9/2012

    " This is the best one yet! The ending was a total surprise to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 4/3/2012

    " I faintly remember this book as being the first Anne Perry book that I read some years ago. It was nice to put the non mystery part of the story into context. The book had a nice dramatic ending and the why behind the crime was at least somewhat plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 6/13/2011

    " A good mystery that doesn't get solved until the very end. Interesting historical reference (British in Egypt) and furthering Gracie and Tellman's romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/5/2011

    " It took me a while to really begin to get interested in this novel but towards the end, it really picked up steam and I was racing through the streets with Pitt and feeling the freshness of a new discovery. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/14/2010

    " Excellent addition to the Pitt series, with an interesting diversion to Alexandria, Egypt. As usual, the setting and characters are as important as the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/19/2010

    " Interesting to read about how Egyptians were viewed in England and vice versa. And how the authorities were more concerned with covering up a crime than exposing it if it would affect the empire in a negative way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 9/12/2010

    " I faintly remember this book as being the first Anne Perry book that I read some years ago. It was nice to put the non mystery part of the story into context. The book had a nice dramatic ending and the why behind the crime was at least somewhat plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/1/2010

    " Interesting story with characters I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/6/2010

    " This was a reaelly well done historical mystery. I'm looking forward to reading more Anne Perry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodee | 12/9/2009

    " This is the best one yet! The ending was a total surprise to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 10/22/2009

    " I had never read any Anne Perry titles. I liked this story and the husband/wife duo and her description of Victorian England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 8/25/2009

    " This had some great twists and turns...loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/13/2009

    " If you like murder mysteries, this is a good one - set in the 1800's in England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ndshill | 6/10/2009

    " This book was Anne Perry at her best! Interesting political tensions with Egypt and wonderful plot twists - everything that makes good historical fiction and compelling mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 4/15/2009

    " You need to be patient in an Anne Perry book. The case wasn't solved until the last two pages. I really enjoy her books and the people in them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeslieVA | 2/20/2009

    " I really enjoyed this mystery. I particularly enjoyed how Perry interconnected the two mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 9/7/2008

    " A good mystery that doesn't get solved until the very end. Interesting historical reference (British in Egypt) and furthering Gracie and Tellman's romance. "

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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

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.