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Long Spoon Lane

by Anne Perry

Early one summer morning, two bombs explode in an East London street, shattering most of the houses. Forewarned of an attack by anarchists, Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch arrives in time to chase the bombers to a run-down tenement in Long Spoon Lane. There, two men are arrested and one shot dead - but who and where is the killer? As Pitt starts to investigate, he uncovers truths more disturbing than the acts of a few misguided idealists.

La medium de Southhampton Row

by Anne Perry

Londres, junio de 1892. Pronto habrá elecciones. El clima está caldeado. En el Parlamento y en las calles se discute sobre la autonomía de Irlanda, la reducción de la jornada laboral, el coste y la preservación del Imperio, el derecho al voto de las mujeres. Los liberales creen que podrán acceder al poder; los conservadores, que deben jugar todas sus bazas para no perderlo. Y una de sus principales cartas es Charles Voisey, el acérrimo enemigo del superintendente Thomas Pitt.Voisey va a presentarse a un escaño en un distrito electoral conflictivo. Pitt, destinado a la Brigada Especial, recibe la orden de vigilar todos sus pasos. Sin embargo, cuando la médium consultada por toda la alta sociedad victoriana aparece muerta en su casa en sospechosas circunstancias, Pitt es apartado de sus obligaciones para indagar en este extraño crimen. Ignora que ambos casos pueden estar más relacionados de lo previsto.Intrigas políticas, motivaciones oscuras y delitos del pasado confluyen en la última entrega de la espléndida serie sobre el superintendente Thomas Pitt y su esposa Charlotte creada por Anne Perry.

Midnight at Marble Arch

by Anne Perry

In this superbly accomplished new 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 new jurisdiction of 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 had once entered 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. PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY'S MOST RECENT CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT NOVELS Dorchester Terrace "The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction."--Bookreporter "A classic . . . novel of intrigue, romance and treason . . . replete with well-drawn characters."--HuntingtonNews.net Treason at Lisson Grove "Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time."--The Washington Times

A New York Christmas

by Anne Perry

Anne Perry's new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry's annual yuletide offering is set in New York City--a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace. The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding--a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion. Missing from the festivities is Delphinia's mother, Maria, who is marked by disgrace. Nearly sixteen years ago, Maria abandoned young Delphinia and disappeared--and now the Albrights refuse to mention her name. But when Harley, the groom's charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Maria and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him. From Hell's Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side to Central Park, Jemima trudges through strange, snowy streets, asking questions but getting few answers--and never suspecting that she is walking into mortal danger, from which not even a handsome young police officer named Patrick Flannery may be able to protect her. Once more, Anne Perry delivers a suspenseful, deeply moving novel that captures the essence of the holiday spirit. Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne Perry "Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat."--The Wall Street Journal A Christmas Hope "Very much recommended . . . a wonderful story."--Historical Novel Review A Christmas Garland "In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly."--Greensboro News & Record A Christmas Homecoming "Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Christmas Odyssey "[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses."--Lincoln Journal Star A Christmas Promise "Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia."--The Washington TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.

No Graves As Yet

by Anne Perry

On a sunny afternoon in late June 1914, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley learns that his parents have died in an automobile crash. Joseph's brother, an officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that their father had been en route to London with a mysterious secret document- allegedly possessing the power to disgrace England and destroy the civilized world. Now, that explosive paper has vanished, and Joseph is left to wonder: How had it fallen into the hands of his father, a quiet countryman? But J...

The One Thing More

by Anne Perry

In Revolutionary France, a grisly murder threatens to derail an ambitious plan to save the condemned kingCélie Laurent stands in the convention hall of the French Republic, watching the deputies vote one by one. Most of them have just one word to say: "Death." As the night wears on, the outcome of the vote moves beyond doubt, and Louis XVI is condemned to the guillotine. Célie will have just four days to save the king's life. As the Revolution reaches a fever pitch, Célie falls in with a group of royalists who are willing to do whatever it takes to keep France from killing its king. Their plan is daring, but just might work--until the group's leader is murdered in cold blood. Somewhere among the royalists lies a traitor, and Célie and her friends must find him soon, lest they lose their heads before Louis loses his.

Paragon Walk (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt #3)

by Anne Perry

Something deadly lurks in the stifling shadows of stylish Paragon Walk in Victorian London <P> When innocent Fanny Nash of exclusive Paragon Walk dies in the arms of her exquisite sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man of Paragon Walk is under suspicion, even Pitt's brother-in-law, Lord George Ashworth, who was the last to have seen her. Could it be the charming, enigmatic Frenchman? Fanny's cruel brother? Wealthy Dilbridge, who hosts wild, decadent parties?<P> As Pitt digs deeper into the mystery, Paragon Walk's aristocratic haughtiness gives way to fear, its calm to hatred. To keep her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, company in this difficult time, inquisitive Charlotte once again finds herself in the midst of a deadly mystery. In the drawing rooms of her sister's neighbors, Charlotte engages in witty and sharp-edged conversations that reveal unsavory intrigues and bitter rivalries. On Paragon Walk, Charlotte's probing despite Thomas's warnings may prove fatal.

Pentecost Alley

by Anne Perry

The murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley should occasion no stir in Victoria's great metropolis, but under the victim's body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name "Finlay Fitzjames"--a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case. Finlay's father--immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous--refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley's bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada's demise. But Thomas Pitt is not a man to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation--one that twists and turns like London's own ancient streets.allop into the final pages, one climax following another." *Chicago Sun-Times"Vibrant . . . Alluring." *The New York Times Book ReviewA MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUBFrom the Paperback edition.

Pentecost Alley (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mystery #16)

by Anne Perry

When a prostitute is killed in Whitechapel, fears arise of another Jack the Ripper. Pitt finds incriminating evidence that points to a very wealthy and powerful family.

La prostituta de Pentecost Alley

by Anne Perry

El asesinato ritual de una prostituta en una sórdida casa de Pentecost Alley, un oscuro callejón de Whitechapel, podría haber pasado inadvertido en la gran metrópoli del Imperio británico. Pero bajo el cadáver fue encontrada una insignia del club Fuego del Infierno -una misteriosa asociación integrada sólo por cuatro caballeros y disuelta seis años atrás- con un nombre grabado: Finlay FitzJames, ex miembro del desaparecido club e hijo de uno de los hombres más ricos, poderosos e inescrupulosos de Inglaterra. La aparente implicación del primogénito de tan insigne familia exige la inmediata intervención de Thomas Pitt, recientemente ascendido a comisario y encargado exclusivamente de casos con posibles repercusiones políticas o sociales...

Resurrection Row (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt #4)

by Anne Perry

Bodies that won't stay buried--is it a practical joke? Or murder? <P> Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual fare. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew the Sunday following his second interment, Pitt begins to wonder if perhaps there's some message in it. The case grows increasingly bizarre as other disinterred bodies appear.<P> A new mother, Charlotte Pitt only takes a cursory interest in the grave robbing case until she hears Thomas mention the name of her late sister's husband, Dominic Corde, as a possible suspect. As Pitt follows leads into the slums and rookeries, Charlotte, too, is drawn into the politics and horrors of greed and exploitation. For Pitt and Charlotte, what begins as a mysterious case of musical corpses, becomes a deadly pursuit through the London underworld of pornographic photographers, brothels, and sweatshops.

Revenge in a Cold River: A William Monk Novel

by Anne Perry

Master of mystery and historical intrigue Anne Perry once again transports readers to the banks of the Thames in Victorian London for her thrilling new William Monk novel. In Revenge in a Cold River, Monk faces his darkest hour ever as he spars with a quarry hell-bent on vengeance. When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he's forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a bitter grudge against him. But the reason is a mystery in itself. Monk's memory loss--a secret he guards closely--leaves him vulnerable to repercussions from his missing past, especially his exploits overseas in the tumultuous Gold Rush days of San Francisco. And now McNab, as icy and unfathomable as the steel-gray Thames itself, appears intent on using whatever damning facts he can find to his advantage to ruin Monk's future as an officer of the law. As Monk explores the possibility of a conspiracy, McNab's game of cat and mouse escalates, with veiled threats and cryptic insinuations. Snared in an unforeseen trap, a desperate Monk must turn to his wife, Hester, and friend and attorney Oliver Rathbone for help, as his life literally hangs in the balance. With razor-edged suspense and shocking twists and turns, Revenge in a Cold River is Anne Perry at her most intense--and most satisfying. Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk novels Corridors of the Night "[A] suspenseful, twisting narrative."--Historical Novels Review Blood on the Water "One of Ms. Perry's most engrossing books . . . gallops to a dramatic conclusion."--The Washington Times Blind Justice "[Perry's] courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow."--Huntington News A Sunless Sea "Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels."--The New York Times Book Review Acceptable Loss "Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue."--The Star-LedgerFrom the Hardcover edition.

Los robos de Rutland Place

by Anne Perry

¿Se trata de un accidente, de un suicidio? ¿O acaso de un asesinato? Averiguarlo será el objetivo del tenaz inspector Pitt y su perspicaz esposa Charlotte, y para alcanzarlo deberán recorrer un laberinto de adulterios, reputaciones dudosas, chantajes e incluso incestos que la alta sociedad londinense oculta tras un velo de virtud irreprochable.

Rutland Place

by Anne Perry

Things are not what they seem in fashionable Rutland Place, where secrets that are never discussed at tea include murder When her mother asks her help in finding a lost locket with a compromising picture, neither Charlotte Pitt, nor her mother, has any idea that the locket may be at the center of a bizarre chain of events leading to murder. Arriving at her mother's home at Rutland Place, Charlotte discovers that other residents of the exclusive neighborhood have also suffered similar small thefts. It all appears quite mild as crimes go--a light-fingered servant, perhaps. That is, until Mina Spencer-Brown, a woman known for her prying, is poisoned and dies. Inspector Thomas Pitt quickly surmises that Mina's snooping might have led to her murder, but what secrets had she stumbled upon? And whose? As Pitt patiently struggles to break down the protective silence of high-born neighbors, Charlotte works behind the closed doors of society's drawing rooms to help unravel a mystery that reveals sordid secrets and the chilling, dark corners of human behavior.

The Scroll

by Anne Perry

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsAn ancient scroll draws a bookseller into a chilling mysteryMonty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervious to modern technology. As the scroll's mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape. Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it. Powerful forces crave the secrets locked within this ancient document, and Danforth will survive only if he can master its power.

El secreto de Cottisham

by Anne Perry

Diciembre de 1890: once días antes de Navidad, Clarice y su esposo, el reverendo Dominic Corde, llegan a la idílica aldea de Cottisham para hacerse cargo del rebaño del reverendo Wynter, quien se toma unas bien merecidas vacaciones.Con sus preciosas casas de tejados de paja, rodeadas de nieve, Cottisham es todo lo contrario de la lóbrega parroquia londinense que los Corde han dejado atrás. Pero mientras Dominic se dispone a dar una buena impresión a su nueva congregación, Clarice siente que algo no funciona, presiente que hay algún cabo suelto en las sonrisas de bienvenida de los aldeanos, que bien podrían estar ocultando algún secreto oscuro.Cuando un descubrimiento sorprendente confirma sus sopechas, Clarice no puede resistirse a ir hasta el fondo de la cuestión. ¿Es posible que el reverendo Wynter no sea lo que parece? ¿Hay alguna oveja negra en el rebaño? Pero una cosa es segura: Clarice está resuelta a descubrir la verdad. Aunque implique poner su vida en peligro.«Unos personajes finamente descritos que no podrían ser más adecuados a las costumbres y la sensibilidad de su época histórica, por la que Anne Perry demuestra de nuevo su viva y verdadera pasión.»The New York Times

Los secretos de Connaught Square

by Anne Perry

La noche anterior, un joven y prometedor diplomático fue asesinado en el jardín de una mansión londinense: la residencia de la misteriosa amante egipcia de un importante ministro del gabinete. Y pese a sus protestas de inocencia, acaba de ser detenida por homicidio. ¿Por qué un caso que solo debería interesar a la policía, y en principio ya resuelto, requiere una investigación extraoficial llevada con la máxima discreción?En busca de una verdad que podría comprometer a las más altas esferas, Pitt deberá viajar a Alejandría, una ciudad vibrante y turbulenta, donde la semilla de la rebelión contra los británicos está siempre latente.Con su inimitable estilo, y los brillantes personajes del superintendente Thomas Pitt y su esposa Charlotte, Anne Perry nos sumerge en una extraordinaria historia de intriga política, pasión y conflicto internacional en el corazón de la Inglaterra victoriana.

Seven Dials

by Anne Perry

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, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to protect--at all costs--the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha's lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself. Pitt's journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials--and ultimately to a packed London courtroom in which shocking secrets will at last be revealed.nder 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.

Seven Dials

by Anne Perry

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, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to protect--at all costs--the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha's lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself. Pitt's journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials--and ultimately to a packed London courtroom in which shocking secrets will at last be revealed.nder 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.

Seven Dials

by Anne Perry

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 mini...

The Sheen on the Silk

by Anne Perry

Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother's fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, Anna's discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor's treacherous court--where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.

The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

by Anne Perry Arthur Conan Doyle Regina Barreca

Includes an Introduction by Anne Perry and a New Afterword by Regina Barreca. Indisputably the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes lives on--in films, on television, and of course through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's inimitable craft. These twenty-two stories show Holmes at his brilliant best. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE THE NAVAL TREATY THE FINAL PROBLEM THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES THE CROOKED MAN THE RESIDENT PATIENT THE GREEK INTERPRETER THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY CYCLIST THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE

The Shifting Tide

by Anne Perry

In her new masterpiece featuring private inquiry agent William Monk,New York Timesbestselling novelist Anne Perry displays her prodigious writing talent. With insight, compassion, and a portraitist's genius, Perry illuminates the shifting tide of emotions encompassing Queen Victoria's London and the people who live there--aristocrats, brothel owners, thieves, Dickensian ruffians, and their evil keepers. She takes us through dangerous backstreets where the poor eke out their humble livings, and into the ...

Shoulder the Sky (World War One #2)

by Anne Perry

In the firmament of great historical novelists, Anne Perry is a star of the greatest magnitude. First there were her acclaimed Victorian mysteries, sparkling with passion and suspense. Now readers have embraced this bestselling new series of World War I novels-which juxtapose the tranquil life of the English countryside with the horrors of war.<P> By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England's youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford's driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.<P> Meanwhile, Joseph and Judith's brother, Matthew, an intelligence officer in London, continues his quiet search for the sinister figure they call the Peacemaker, who, like Eldon Prentice, is trying to undermine the public support for the struggle-and, as the Reavley family has good reason to believe, is in fact at the heart of a fantastic plot to reshape the entire world. An intimate of kings, the Peacemaker kills with impunity, and his dark shadow stretches from the peaceful country lanes of Cambridgeshire to the twin hells of Ypres and Gallipoli.<P> In this mesmerizing series, Anne Perry has found a subject worthy of her gifts. Illuminating the murderous conflict whose violence still resounds in our consciousness-as well as the souls of men and women who lived it-Shoulder the Sky is a taut, inspiring masterpiece.

Silence in Hanover Close (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt #9)

by Anne Perry

A three-year-old unsolved murder could prove fatal for Thomas Pitt--and his family <P> When Thomas Pitt is required to reopen an unsolved murder case in exclusive Hanover Close, he doesn't know how dangerous it will be for his family--and himself. Three years before, Robert York, an important member of the British Foreign Office, was murdered. Pitt believes a mysterious woman may hold the key to the York's death, and his suspicion deepens when a York housemaid dies suddenly after a revealing talk with Pitt. Charlotte, meanwhile, goes undercover as a friend's country cousin to snoop around the drawing rooms of Hanover Close. <P> Disaster hits home when Pitt himself is accused of murdering the woman he'd been seeking and is thrown in prison. Only Charlotte and her recently widowed sister, Emily, Lady Ashworth, stand between Pitt and the gallows. Ignoring the danger, Charlotte advances her charade, diving deeper into the confidences of the York family and their friends, while Emily infiltrates the below-stairs of the York household by masquerading as Veronica York's new ladies maid. With Pitt in prison and a murderer among the inhabitants of Hanover Close, Charlotte and Emily play a deadly game. It is only a matter of time before the killer beats them at it.

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