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Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat's daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth...."A richly textured, masterfully plotted, thoroughly enjoyable story." THE KIRKUS REVIEWSFrom the Paperback edition.
For countless readers, one of life's great pleasures is the mesmerizing magic of a Victorian mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry. Her dramas of good and evil unfolding inside London's lavish mansions and teeming slums hold us spellbound. Now, in Dark Assassin, she sweeps us into a darkly compelling world that we never dreamed existed. A Thames River Police superintendent struggling to win the respect of his men, William Monk is on a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge when he notices a young couple standing at the bridge railing, apparently engaged in an intense discussion. The woman waves her arms and places her hands on the man's shoulders. A caress or a push? The man grasps hold of her. To save her or to kill her? Seconds later, the pair plunge to their death in the icy waters. Monk can't help but wonder, was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? It seems impossible to determine the truth, but haunted by the woman's somber beauty, he is impelled to try. Mary Havilland was her name, and she had planned to marry Toby Argyll, the fair-haired man who shared her fate. Mary's father, an engineer employed by the Argyll Company, had recently died-a suicide, according to the police and Mary's sister. But Mary's friends tell Monk that she suspected her father had been murdered because of his stubborn insistence that the Argyll Company's current project-the construction of a splendid new sewer system for the metropolis-was so badly flawed that it put the entire city in peril from flood and fire. Monk is now faced with the mysteries of the three deaths. Aided by his intrepid wife Hester, he starts looking for answers and is soon treading a slippery path that takes him from the luxurious drawing rooms where powerful men hatch their unscrupulous plots to a world beneath the city where poor folk fight starvation. In nightmarish tunnels, Monk and Hester find true friends, among them Scuff, a young mudlark; Sutton the ratcatcher; and Snoot, Sutton's clever terrier. For once, even Monk's old enemy, Superintendent Runcorn, is on his side. As rainfall strains the fragile manmade underground, Monk must connect the clues before death strikes again. With characters as vivid as Dickens's, gripping courtroom scenes, breathless horrors beneath the earth, and a plot that twists and turns toward a stunning denouement, Dark Assassin is absolutely one of Anne Perry's best. From the Hardcover edition.
The Devil is certainly at work in the dark streets of the slums of Victorian London--and Charlotte and Thomas Pitt must stop a killer before he strikes again <P> A serial killer is loose in the slums of Devil's Acre. The murders are brutal, but it is the killer's grizzly signature that shocks even Inspector Thomas Pitt, no stranger to death and violent crime. The victims are stabbed and sexually mutilated. When Pitt recognizes one of the victims as a blackmailing footman from a case on Callander Square, his investigation takes him from the brothels to the high reaches of Victorian society and into a world where upper-class women descend to depravity to relieve their boredom. <P> Despite Pitt's warnings, his wife, Charlotte, pursues her own investigation. With the help of her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, Charlotte reenters the elegant drawing rooms of Callander Square to find out more about the former footman who, Pitt discovers, owned an exclusive high-class whorehouse with--what else--exclusive high-class whores. As Pitt and Charlotte approach the same dangerous conclusion from differing paths, no one is spared--not even Pitt.
Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry. Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, flower sellers on street corners, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions. Now Perry gives her myriad fans the book they've been waiting for--the novel in which William Monk brea...
Anne Perry's superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule--but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire. As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there's no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston's beautiful lady's maid. But weeks later, when the mutilated body of an unidentified young woman is found near Kynaston's home, Pitt realizes that this is no ordinary police investigation. Far from it. Is Kynaston--one of Britain's most valuable scientists--leading a double life? Is Pitt saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it will ruin him? A baffled Pitt has never needed his friends more desperately, including his indomitable wife, Charlotte; his canny old colleague Victor Narraway; and his personal drawing-room spy, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. But even these allies may not be able to save Pitt--or Britain. Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of plot and counterplot, love and betrayal, scandal and murder that follows. Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, knife's-edge suspense, and a haunting, unforgettable denouement. Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels Midnight at Marble Arch "Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."--The New York Times Book Review "Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age."--Booklist (starred review) 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 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 Buckingham Palace Gardens "An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing Upstairs, Downstairs perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry's alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue."--The New York Times Book Review "Another winner . . . a wonderful cast of characters with many twisting plots."--Vero Beach Press JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.
After a brilliant military career, esteemed General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets his death, not in the frenzy of battle but at an elegant London dinner party. His demise appears to be the result of a freak accident, but the general's beautiful wife, Alexandra, readily confesses that she killed him-a story she clings to even under the threat of the noose.Investigator William Monk, nurse Hester Latterly, and brilliant Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defense, work feverishly to break down the wall of silence raised by the accused and her husband's proud family. With the trial only days away, these there sleuths inch toward the dark and appalling heart of the mystery.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Una serie de sanguinarias decapitaciones ocurridas en Hyde Park provocan el pánico en la sociedad londinense. El recuerdo de las macabras hazañas de Jack el Destripador todavía está muy fresco en la memoria colectiva. Naturalmente, el espinoso caso recae en el recién ascendido superintendente Pitt, y si no lo resuelve en un breve plazo es más que probable que eso le cueste también a él la cabeza, profesionalmente hablando, pero ni siquiera las sutiles pesquisas de su esposa Charlotte arrojan luz sobre los siniestros sucesos, ¿Conseguirá Pitt disipar las brumas del Londres victoriano para ver la luz en uno de sus casos más difíciles y electrizantes?.
Paris 1792. Revolution is yielding to Terror, and the city is hungry-for justice, for vengeance, for bread. So, too, is Celie Deleure, a servant in the household of the celebrated Madame de Stael, when her infant son suffers an inexplicable death.
Anne Perry's acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London's exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for readers everywhere. This new masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain's power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain's Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line--on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin.Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done.Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman--at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy--is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte.No one sustains mesmerizing suspense better than Anne Perry. In Pitt's trial by fire, his wrenching moral dilemma, and his electrifying moment of decision, the beloved bestselling author gives us a climax never to be forgotten.From the Hardcover edition.
Hace un siglo, la revolucionaria teoría de la evolución de Darwin sacudió los cimientos del mundo civilizado, y la escandalizada Iglesia anglicana le declaró la guerra.En una mansión de Brunswick Gardens, un elegante paseo londinense, se produce un enconado enfrentamiento cuando el reverendo Parmenter es desafiado intelectualmente por su bella y atrevida ayudante, Unity Bellwood, una «nueva mujer» cuyo feminismo y agresivo darwinismo desconciertan y horrorizan al reverendo. Cuando poco después Unity, embarazada de tres meses, muere al caer por una escalera, el comisario Pitt intuye que uno de los tres devotos hombres que viven en la casa ha cometido el asesinato. ¿Habrá sido el propio reverendo Parmenter?, ¿o acaso su atractivo coadjutor, un ex mujeriego redimido?, ¿o su hijo que, por rebeldía, se ha convertido al catolicismo? Desde las altas esferas se exige que el escandaloso asunto se esclarezca de inmediato y del modo más discreto, pero Pitt y su sagaz esposa, Charlotte, sólo se conformarán con la verdad... y la justicia.
Sin embargo, en esta ocasión, se trata de un asesinato particularmente doloroso para el inefable inspector y su perspicaz esposa Charlotte, ya que la víctima es el esposo de Emily, la querida hermana de Charlotte. Pero la tragedia no acaba ahí, ya que a continuación se produce otra muerte en extrañas circunstancias...
El superintendente Thomas Pitt no puede identificar de inmediato a qué estrato social pertenece un hombre cuyo cadáver se ha encontr ado en una barca a la deriva en el Támesis, pero la visión es imborrable: yace en una embarcación destartalada, con brazos y piernas encadenados, ataviado con un vestido de mujer desgarrado y rodeado de guirnaldas de flores. ¿Se trata, como teme Pitt, de un diplomático francés desaparecido? ¿0 tan sólo de alguien que se le parece extraordinariamente? La exhaustiva investigación de Pitt le obliga a adentrarse en el mundo bohemio londinense, desde los ambientes de teatro a los estudios donde los maestros de la luz y la sombra experimentan con el fascinante y nuevo arte de la fotografía. Una vez más, Anne Perry ahonda en los crímenes movidos por la pasión y nos ofrece un brillante retrato de la sociedad londinense vi ctoriana: resonar de cascos de caballos sobre los adoquines, elegantes salones de té, escándalos inconfesables, secretos de alcoba y , en fin, el fuerte latido de una ciudad esplendorosa.
On the bustling docks along the River Thames, Great Britain's merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. And here, in dank and sinister alleys, sex merchants ply their lucrative trade. The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips, who seems far beyond the reach of the law. But when thirteen-year-old Fig is found with his throat cut, Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination. Monk's wife, Hester, draws a highly unusual guerrilla force to her husband's cause--a canny ratcatcher, a retired brothel keeper, a fearless street urchin, and a rebellious society lady. To one as criminally minded as Phillips, these folks are mere mosquitoes, to be sure. But as he will soon discover, some mosquitoes can have a deadly sting.
"Richly textured with the sights and sounds of London and its countryside...Solidly absorbing and Perry's best to date."THE KIRKUS REVIEWSHis name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detecive. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which makes Monk's efforts doubly difficult, since he's forgotten his professional skills along with everything else....A Dual Main Selection of the Mystery GuildFrom the Paperback edition.
When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers' Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish actor who was soon condemned to hang. Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, investigating Stafford's death, is drawn into the Farriers' Lane murder as well, for it appears that Stafford may have been about to reopen the case. Pitt receives curiously little help from his colleagues on the force, but his wife, Charlotte, gleans from her social engagements startling insights into both cases. And slowly both Thomas and Charlotte begin to reach for the same sinister and deeply dangerous truth.
Anne Perry's spellbinding Christmas novels combine mystery and intrigue with all the charm of Victorian England. From the dark and winding streets of London to the opulent and aristocratic estates of the surrounding countryside, these Yuletide tales are as enchanting as they are thrilling. Featuring a variety of colorful characters, including Henry Rathbone and Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, the five novels in this exclusive eBook bundle include A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY A CHRISTMAS VISITOR A CHRISTMAS GUEST A CHRISTMAS SECRET A CHRISTMAS BEGINNING "Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat."--The Wall Street Journal
Two beautiful women have been found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife, Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is the wife of Hester's cherished colleague, surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese émigré who becomes the prime suspect. With an intensity born of desperation, the Monks seek evidence that will save Dr. Beck from the hangman. From London's sinister slums to the crowded coffeehouses of Vienna, where embers of the revolution still burn in the hearts of freedom-loving men and women, Hester and Monk seek to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Beck's death but the riddle of her life.
For Superintendent Thomas Pitt, the sight of the dead man riding the morning tide of the Thames is unforgettable. The corpse lies in a battered punt drifting through the early mist, clad in a torn green gown and bestrewn with flowers. Pitt's determined search for answers to the victim's identity leads him deep into London's bohemia--to the theatre where beautiful Cecily Antrim is outraging society with her bold portrayal of a modern woman, and into studios where masters of light and shadow are experimenting with the fascinating new art of photography. But only Pitt's masterly investigative skills enable him to identify the wildfire passions raging through this tragedy of good and evil, to hunt down the guilty and protect the innocent.ep into London's bohemia to the theatre where beautiful Cecily Antrim is outraging society with her bold portrayal of a modern woman-- and into studios where masters of light and shadow are experimenting with the fascinating new art of photography.But only Pitt's most relentless pursuit enables him to identify the wildfire passions raging through this tragedy of good and evil, to hunt down the guilty and protect the innocent.Once again, Anne Perry asks us to look deeply into the crimes of heart--and rewards us a fresh and brilliant portrait of the engrossing world that she has long since made her own.From the Hardcover edition.
Clemency Shaw, the wife of a prominent doctor, has died in a tragic fire in the peaceful suburb of Highgate. But the blaze was set by an arsonist, and it is unclear whether she or Dr. Shaw was the intended victim--or did the doctor himself set the blaze in order to inherit his wife's large fortune? <P> Baffled by the scarcity of clues in this terrible crime, Inspector Thomas Pitt turns to the people who had been closest to the couple--Clemency's stuffy but distinguished relatives. Meanwhile, Pitt's wellborn wife, Charlotte, retraces the dangerous path that Clemency walked in the last months of her life, finding herself enmeshed in a sinister web that stretches from the lowest slums to the loftiest centers of power.
Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family?s home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out ?in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted.? Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead?and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?
Not since the bloody deeds of Jack the Ripper have Londoners felt such terror as that aroused by the gruesome beheadings in Hyde Park. And if newly promoted Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt does not quickly apprehend the perpetrator, he is likely to lose his own head, professionally speaking. Yet even with the help of Charlotte Pitt's subtle investigation, the sinister violence continues unchecked. And in a shocking turn of events that nearly convinces the pair of sleuths that they have met their match, the case proves to be Pitt's toughest ever.
This is the 14th in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.
En el Londres victoriano, aquel rutilante mundo de elegancia para unos pocos, hipocresía de esos mismos pocos y formal cortesía hasta para ir al retrete, se cometían crimenes como en cualquier otra gran ciudad.Clemency Shaw, la esposa de un prominete doctor, ha muerto en un incendio. Pero el inspector Pitt tiene dudas sobre el origen del mismo, y, junto a su astuta esposa Charlotte, deberá recorrer una intrincada y siniestra red de pistas y personajes que van desde los más bajos fondos de la sociedad victoriana hasta los más selectos centros de poder...
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.
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.