Death on Blackheath

Death on Blackheath

A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

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Anne Perry’s superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule—but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire.

As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there’s no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston’s beautiful lady’s maid.

But weeks later, when the mutilated body of an unidentified young woman is found near Kynaston’s home, Pitt realizes that this is no ordinary police investigation. Far from it. Is Kynaston—one of Britain’s most valuable scientists—leading a double life? Is Pitt saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it will ruin him?

A baffled Pitt has never needed his friends more desperately, including his indomitable wife, Charlotte; his canny old colleague Victor Narraway; and his personal drawing-room spy, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. But even these allies may not be able to save Pitt—or Britain.

Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of plot and counterplot, love and betrayal, scandal and murder that follows.Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, knife’s-edge suspense, and a haunting, unforgettable denouement.

Praise for Death on Blackheath

“There’s just no stopping Anne Perry. . . . [Her] Victorian mysteries never disappoint.”Bookreporter

“Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together.”Historical Novels Review

“What distinguishes [Anne] Perry’s work is her clean, penetrating style and her contemporary take on antique, prewar society.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Praise for Anne Perry’s most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels

Midnight at Marble Arch

“Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”The New York Times Book Review

“Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age.”Booklist(starred review)

Dorchester Terrace

“The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction.”Bookreporter

Treason at Lisson Grove

“Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time.”—The Washington Times

Buckingham Palace Gardens

“An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing Upstairs, Downstairs perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry’s alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue.”The New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be.

& Taylor

Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780345548382
Branch Call Number: FIC Perry
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 23, 2017

Always enjoyable. As well as a well rounded mystery, you gain increased insight into how life was in society in England at this time. The complexity of class is interesting, as she explores life for those at various levels of society. She demonstrates morality in a way that shows understanding of human fallibility.

Mar 03, 2015

Somewhat contrived compared to other Anne Perry's

Nov 07, 2014

I think I have lost this book. I reported this several weeks ago but am still getting fined. Thanks

Oct 29, 2014

I have read the entire series about Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! This latest book is particularly good. There is a plot twist late in the book that surprised and pleased me greatly. As always, you will enjoy this book more if you have read the whole series in order.

Sep 08, 2014

I'll admit I am a huge fan of Anne Perry, both her Pitt and Monk series. I was delighted to revisit old England in this latest book. She seems to always leave room for redemption, even in the most detestable characters.

rowanquincy Jul 18, 2014

Another great Thomas Pitt mystery. Always a pleasure to read.

Apr 27, 2014

As always a great mystery. A good read if you enjoy a Perry mystery set in old England.

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