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Publisher's Summary

When Charlotte Pitt, well-born wife of Thomas Pitt, the police investigator, learned of her mother's distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she did not know it was the beginning of several bizarre events that would end in sudden death. For hidden behind the sumptuous elegance of Ruthland Place were terrible secrets. Secrets so horrifying that only murder could conceal them. And only the dogged persistence of Charlotte and Thomas could reveal them.
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"When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company." (The New York Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 12-11-04

Anne Perry NOT at her best

I am a great fan of this author which surprised me, because I generally am not drawn to anything Victorian. I have really enjoyed her books and their descriptions of life in England at this time -- for each of the social classes.

She also has great character development, and different characters or pairs of characters star in different books, making for a nice way to see all sides while still watching somewhat familiar people become even more accessible.

That said, this is not one of her better efforts. The plot really drags and there are no real clues for the reader, so we become aware of the answer at the same time as our "heroes".So, I'd recommend skipping this one entirely and read all her others.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 07-25-07


I listened to 60% of the book and I really wanted to like this story as I am a fan of things relating to the era this is set in. But the story goes at a snail's pace - I kept waiting for the story to get interesting and engaging.

Surely the minor facts conveyed could've been artfully expressed in half the time this book took to do so. After being done over half the book all I've learned was that a charming foreigner is the common thread in 2 situations (possible murder and a "scandalous" flirtation with a married woman).

The entire book is just a series of conversations about how to extract info without bothering the sensibilities of the era. Hardly an interesting thing to ponder and write about incessantly.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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