Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Pentecost Alley , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Anne Perry has written many masterpieces. The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series has it all - romance, history, drama and action. Written with such a feel for Victorian society and sensibility - to read them is to get lost in London's foggy streets and sparkling drawing rooms.
Perry takes the reader there and paints the picture in her words. The stories are gripping, the characters maddeningly appealing, and the plot lines generous and logical. But of all these mysteries, Pentecost Alley has to be Anne Perry has written many masterpieces. But of all these mysteries, Pentecost Alley has to be my favorite. Two years after the Whitechapel Murders, another prostitute is tortured and murdered in the same seedy streets. Thomas arrives to find a crime scene strewn with incriminating evidence implicating the privileged son of powerful man.
That's the setup.
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What follows is a twisting search from the opulent mansions of western London to the squalid streets of the east end. Perry takes the reader seamlessly through these varied locales and never loses the feel for time and place. Coal fires blaze, middens puddle and hansoms race through fog shrouded cobblestone streets. All along we feel the mist on our face and smell the tea in our cups.
Pentecost Alley is a four-hundred page mystery that had me guessing until the very end. And then Perry, true to form, delivers a thrilling conclusion. Buy this book. Feb 11, Karen rated it it was ok. The fact that I stayed with this book to the end has more to do with having nothing, and I do mean nothing, else to read. With none of the great, layered details of a well-drawn historical setting and too much overwriting re the facial expressions and attitudes of the characters mixed into great swaths of redundant, overwritten scenes--I dragged through a book that was five times as long as the plot would have supported.
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If you don't get the entire plot by the second mention of the underling's s The fact that I stayed with this book to the end has more to do with having nothing, and I do mean nothing, else to read. If you don't get the entire plot by the second mention of the underling's son's education--well, what can I say. Go back for remedial mystery reading.
I know this is one in a series. I have not read others, but I do hope they are more carefully and thoughtfully written. View 2 comments. This is another in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Thomas is now a superintendent on the police force. He is called in to investigate the murder of a prostitute that appears to involve a young man from a very prominent member of London society.
Subsequently and with in days of one another, a second prostitute is murdered in exactly the same manor.
This takes place within two years of the Jack the Ripper murders and in the same part of London. This puts all London on edge. The investigation This is another in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. The investigation becomes difficult and threatens the career of Thomas Pitt. Hence, his wife Charlotte and her high society sister Emily, step-in to help Thomas solve these murders.
As always, with Ms. Perry's books, you are right there in the middle of Victorian London. Her descriptions are so vivid that you really do get the feel of what Victorian England must have felt like to those who lived out there lives during that age in England. This was the first Pitt story I have read and while I hate to read out of order it didn't hurt that I started here.
It hasn't been that long since the Ripper terrorized White Chapel. Pitt is called in when the murder of a prostitute is laced with proof of the murderer's identity. A murderer in high places. But Pitt isn't afraid of going after VIPs, but he wants to be sure. Despite the evidence he uncovers the real murderer. But then another prostitute is killed. Could Pitt have been wrong? It to This was the first Pitt story I have read and while I hate to read out of order it didn't hurt that I started here. It took a long time for this story to get to the point but the denouement was worth it.
Jul 06, Scot rated it really liked it. As is often the case, there is quite a dramatic crescendo at the ending of this installment, and several plot turns and twists to sustain curiosity. As I enjoy so much consistently in the series, we get plenty of details of social behavior, etiquette, and accepted rules of interaction across social classes here, along with a series of grisley murders of prostitutes, frightening many denizens of London and allowing the press to stir up an angry mob mentality to blame the polic 16th in the series. As I enjoy so much consistently in the series, we get plenty of details of social behavior, etiquette, and accepted rules of interaction across social classes here, along with a series of grisley murders of prostitutes, frightening many denizens of London and allowing the press to stir up an angry mob mentality to blame the police--and ultimately, Thomas.
It all is connected back to an upper class gang of four youths sowing their wild oats several years earlier, via a club pin from the Hellfire Club found underneath the tortured body of one of the victims in the opening pages. We get considerable insight into the daily life and dialect of prostitutes in late 19th century London in this novel. Also, by this point, keeping up with the doings of Aunt Vespasia, Emily, Jack, Gracie the maid, little Jemima and Daniel, and even the two family kittens--it's like checking in with old friends.
The happiness of this model Victorian homelife that the Pitts enjoy with their progressive, to the point sometimes of anachronistic liberal attitudes offers wonderfully mellow and perhaps needed escapist counterbalance to the often grim realistic portrayal sufferings of so many in the lower classes of that time and place, while at the other extreme we can revel in the wealth and conveniences enjoyed by the Radleys or Aunt Vespasia.
View 1 comment. Mar 20, Pam Davis rated it it was amazing. Pentecost Alley is the sisteenth book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. The series starts with a murder of a young aristocrat. A young policeman named Thomas Pitt is commissioned to investigate. In the process, Charlotte and Thomas fall in love and marry. Charlotte and various family members often help Thomas solve crimes.
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So when the newspapers blast Pitt when he makes a mistake on a political and societal sensitive case, Charlotte drops the kids off with Mom and joins her sister in talking to the prostitutes affected to find important clues. They are creatively written. The characters have depth and the history has been well researched.
The crime mysteries make the stories real page turners. If your looking for something to read, I highly recommend these books! It is [Perry's] fine-bladed outrage that draws the blood in this series.
Her Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters. Unfolds in a masterly fashion, sure to satisfy devotees of the classic puzzle.
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Perry is a forceful plotter and a consistently polished writer. Thomas Pitt Mystery. But, under the victim's body, the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name Finlay Fitzjames--a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case. Finlay's father--immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous--refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley's bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada's demise.
But Thomas Pitt is not a reran to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, he stubbornly pursues his investigation--one that twists and turns like London's own ancient streets Reviews from Goodreads.