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Publisher's Summary

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, most of Europe is in political turmoil, and terrorist threats loom large across the continent. Adding to this unrest is the controversial Sofia Delacruz, who has come to London from Spain to preach a revolutionary gospel of love and forgiveness that many consider blasphemous. Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, is charged with protecting Sofia - and shielding Her Majesty's government from any embarrassment that this woman, as beautiful as she is charismatic, might cause.
When Sofia suddenly vanishes, and two of her female disciples are gruesomely murdered, Pitt is challenged as never before. Is Sofia's cousin, wealthy banker Barton Hall, somehow involved? And why has handsome cricket star Dalton Teague insinuated himself into Pitt's investigation?
Fearful that this sensational crime may trigger an international incident, Pitt welcomes the help of three allies: his clever wife, Charlotte; her great-aunt Lady Vespasia; and Victor Narraway, Pitt's friend and former commander at Special Branch. From the narrow streets of Toledo and a lonely monastery high in the hills of Spain to the halls and wharves of London, Pitt and his friends race against time in their desperate bid to catch a murderer.
©2015 Anne Perry (P)2015 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 04-09-15

Tired of Special Branch

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Judith A. Weller on 04-14-15

Not Her Best - very Static

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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