Loyal, honest and, above all, principled. There is no finer detective in Victorian London than Thomas Pitt.
It is 1896, and Thomas Pitt is in charge of Special Branch. He is beginning to understand the power he now commands, but is still ill at ease at the glittering events he and his wife, Charlotte, must attend. During a lavish party at the Spanish Embassy, a policeman breaks into Pitt's conversation with investor Rawdon Quixwood to break the terrible news that Quixwood's wife, Catherine, has been viciously assaulted at their home, and left for dead. Worse still, it appears that the assailant was someone she had trusted, as she opened the door to the attacker herself.
At the same party, Charlotte sees Angeles Castelbranco, an ambassador's daughter, flinch in fear at the teasing of some young men. A few days later, Angeles flees from the same group and, in her terror, falls from a window - what could have caused her to take that fatal step?
Pitt and his friend Victor Narraway vow to uncover the unspoken truth behind these two women's deaths. But as they investigate, deception and violence get ever nearer and danger is only ever one step away....
©2012 Anne Perry (P)2013 Headline Digital
The story is, as always with Anne Perry, excellent, well paced and thought provoking.
Difficult to pinpoint a 'special moment' but perhaps the jury's decision of 'guilty' when one least expected it. Also the enjoyment of 'seeing' Pitt's family growing up.
It may have been the recording rather than the reader, but the story was told at breakneck speed, older listeners (us) had difficulty following the story at times, particularly as we listen to audio books on long drives. There were times when one sentence merged into another with hardly a breath inbetween.
The recording quality was very poor, at times it seemed to have jammed and we heard the same section over about five times before it reverted to normal. It seemed as though the recording speed had been made faster, possibly to fit into a time limit. As people who read for radio listeners, my husband and I found it disconcerting,
Really enjoyed this. A fantastic story about a very taboo subject especially in Victorian England. The narration was not too bad.
I am an elderly widow, and I so enjoy Audible as I can relax and listen to all the lovely books I would otherwise find difficulty in reading
The story is exciting and well read . Thoroughly enjoyable. I
This is the first Pitt and Charlotte book I have had and I will look out for more
I like the characters and have read all the books in the series.
This is the first audio book of the series I have listened to and I was disappointed by the lack lustre reading and the lack of pauses and meaning that should have engendered life and excitement into the book.
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