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Davina Porter is a great narrator, and perfect for Anne Perry's books. I just miss the story lines that were more about people and relationships. Ever since Thomas Pitt has been working for Special Branch they are more focused on politics. This story was better than the last two, but I do miss the old plots that dealt with society, relationships, poverty, etc.
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I have read all the Thomas Pitt books and I must say that this is absolutely the worse in the series. I basically deals with a Woman who is preaching a more fanatic version of the protestant fait. Suddenly she is kidnapped along with 2 of her followers who are slain in the most brutal fashion - similar to Jack the Ripper.
There is very little action in this book. A lot of the book is consumed with discussion about the faith this woman is preaching. It seems each character has this discussion which leads to a lot of repetition and take up a lot of space. Several people pop up who claim to want to help Pitt, but we meet them more as conversations in Pitt's office. They are not really active and involved until the denoument of this weak plot.
Many of the characters, like Charlotte, are cyphers who could be omitted without any loss of plot. Actually this books could have been half its current size and it sill might be very static.
The most exciting part comes at the end, when the whole plot is revealed in an orgy of fighting, arguments and death.
We do get to find out more about the married life of Narraway and Lady Vespasia which was interesting and one of the better parts of the book.
Davina Porter did her usual excellent job of reading and even she struggles to make the book interesting.
Fans of the series will probably want to read this, but I think, like me, they will be very disappointed in this offering. Surely Anne Perry could have done better than this.
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