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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 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.
©2004 Anne Perry (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy Varian on 12-27-17

But what about -- ?


Love this series SO much, and the complexity of this novel's plot is sheer delight. But there's one little problem -- where are Daniel and Jemimah when a suspect is carrying on at high decibels
in the middle of the night? Not at Emily's house, or Great-aunt Vespasia's or Char!otte's mother's.

Maybe each is huddled up in bed shuddering, or turning over and assuming Papa had brought home work from the office? 😊

Otherwise, an excellent book!

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4 out of 5 stars
By MRC on 04-12-15

Good -- as usual

But did not care for the abrupt ending. I would have preferred a chapters or two closing but that -- given the series nature of the Pitt stories detract overmuch.

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