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Publisher's Summary

The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw's fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.
©1991 Anne Perry (P)2006 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping mystery as well as a look into the London of gas lights and foggy nights." (School Library Journal)
"Perry gets the Victorian mood just right....Settle in with this one on a rainy day." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennie on 05-15-07

Incredible Reader!

Davina Porter leads the reader directly into the Victorian world with her actress's ability to become both male and female characters with convincing and consistent characterizations. I could almost SEE them as she gave them voice...I will look for her audiobooks in the future with delight and anticipation! Of course, I also love Anne Perry's work.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joan on 06-22-08

Great reader, good characters, slow moving

This book is talky and slow moving, but the spectacular narration and well-crafted characters help make up for it. Nicely written and a great portrait of the period, and it takes on interesting social and political issues. The writing style is unobtrusive, which makes for smooth reading. I wouldn't have minded a bit more intrigue, and I found the end a bit weak.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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