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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Anne Perry delivers another installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series. Two dead bodies have been discovered, both similarly mutilated. As Inspector Thomas Pitt examines one body, he recognizes the man from a previous case. With the help of his perceptive wife Charlotte, Thomas intends to solve this gruesome crime.
©1985 Anne Perry; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens' eyes pop." (The New York Times Book Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 05-07-05

DEFINITELY worth listening to

This is another stunning Anne Perry -- where there is much discussion of social classes and the larger world of England during the Vicotrian era. The amazing thing about Perry is that these details are in her books not just to set a context for the story line, but to advance the plot. Not a word is wasted -- not even when discussing clothing at a ball. Everything is important to the mystery, and you just might learn a bit about people while you're listening.

Narration is excellent. I gave it only 4 starts out of 5 because I think the ending is a bit weaker than some of her others. But it's still amazing to me how she does it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katy on 08-10-12


The mysteries and pacing are usually a little sedate in the Pitt novels, but this one really takes a turn for the thrilling in a number of scenes. Thomas and Charlotte (and Charlotte's sister) all venture into the scary back alleys of a rough-and-tumble London slum called The Devil's Acre. The characters are a little more colorful than usual, since the plot takes us outside the neat and tidy upper class society of Victorian London. As usual, Perry addresses a tangential issue within the novel, and this time it is the question of prostitution and exploitation of women in the lower classes, as well as the intersection of the lower and upper classes.

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