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Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #27)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,572 ratings  ·  247 reviews
1896. Newly promoted to Head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is forced to face the danger his new position brings when he uncovers the work of a traitor in his department. Not knowing who to trust, he must unmask the conspirator, whist simultaneously protecting a suspected target, Austrian state visitor Duke Alois.





Meanwhile, Victor Narraway is investigating the mysterious d
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Headline
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Dorothy
I have been reading Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries for so long that there is little mystery left to her stories for me. In this latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery, I had surmised by about a hundred pages in who the villain(s) of the piece were going to be. I read the rest of the book in light of my theory, which did, in fact, turn out to be right.

Figuring out the puzzle early on did not necessarily lessen the pleasure of the read. Actually, there is a certain satisfaction in feeling sma
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Marci
I am very happy with the direction Anne Perry is taking her Pitt series characters. While several elements of this mystery seemed obvious at an early stage, the final solution included several devious bits that I defy anybody to have guessed completely, and it provided the perfect setup to discuss a number of interesting issues, among which I found the problem of aging to be most touching.

It does always make me laugh that Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould was created too old in the series near its be
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P.D.R. Lindsay

Now this was a good read. I have read three or four of the early novels in this historical mystery series starring Thomas Pitt and his eventual wife, Charlotte, and always enjoyed the excellent writing, strong plot, and the way the characters changed and grew.

In the first novel readers meet Charlotte and finally see her escape her stifling, over protective father and shock the whole family, sisters, dreadful grandmother and browbeaten mother, by insisting on marrying a policeman. Thomas Pitt i
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LJ
First Sentence: It was mid-February and growing dark outside.
Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters. That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.

After the events of the previous book, “Treason at Lisson Grove”, we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch. Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he’s capable of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us und
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Judy
This is the 27th book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. While there is a mystery involved--why would anyone want to kill an obscure member of the Austrian royal family or is the threat a red herring--the heart of this book is an examination of the class system in Victorian England and how difficult it was to overcome class prejudices. Thomas Pitt, the son of a gameskeeper, was successful as a poice detective and in excelled in solving cases in the Special Branch. Now, however, he has been ...more
An Odd1
"Dorchester Terrace" (Charlottte and Thomas Pitt) by Anne Perry houses Mrs Serafina Montserrat 75. Formerly promiscuous, fiercely intelligent rider and sword fighter against monarchy especially Austria-Hungary 1848 p27, she fears her deteriorating faculties will lead to murder, as does her long-time friend, elegant, lovely, incisively intelligent Lady Vespasia, great-aunt to Charlotte Pitt (actually younger Emily "sister's great-aunt by marriage to her first husband" p237). Someone overdoses Ser ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I have long been a fan of Anne Perry and her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. I have found that the books keep getting better and better in this series. Ms. Perry's plots are always tight and her characterizations realistic. These remain strong, but I find that the suspense build-up in each book seems to get better and better. This book is a page-turner and one that I couldn't put down. Pitt is now the Commander of Sepcial Branch, when, after the last book where Pitt's boss was forced to resign ...more
Barbara
I've been reading this series since the first book came out in 1979. So I feel like Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are old friends. I read each new book not so much for the mystery(thought it is always good) but to catch up on how they are doing.
The year is 1896, Thomas has recently been made Head of the Special Branch due to the events of the previous book (Betrayal at Lisson Grove) and he is facing his first real crisis--rumors of an assassination attempt on a minor royal visitor. As with all of Pe
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Scot
In this 27th book in the series, Thomas has to come to grips with the power and authority of running Special Branch, and the political intrigues of those who think he's not up to it, given his working class (as opposed to upper class) birth. We get some historical insights into the problems plaguing Europe, particularly the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the second half of the 19th century, and premonitions of what might come in the 20th. There is a strong subplot reflecting on the impact of Alzhei ...more
Susanne
Another incredible Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery by Anne Perry. Pitt is now Head of Special Branch and faces his first real threat to a visiting Hapsburg duke. It's definitely a mystery that keeps one guessing until the very end--to the second-to-the-last page, in fact. I just miss how much Charlotte used to help Thomas solve the various murders he came across, but now with his appointment as Narraway's successor, he cannot share the various threats with her. But Vespasia and Narraway are ve ...more
Darleen Langguth
A galvanizing read!

One of the best yet in this series. Many twists and side stories that kept me glued to the page. Entrancing!
Deb
I really enjoy the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Thomas is now officially head of Special Branch and he is facing a major crisis. Is the assassination of a visiting Austrian duke a real possibility or is it a red herring, leaving open the possibility of an even greater political disaster? What is the secret that Vespasia's old friend is desperate to protect? This is much more of a political intrigue puzzle than a "crime" novel, as befits Pitt's new role. Does he have what it takes? I will ad ...more
Mandy
Jul 09, 2015 Mandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, victorian era lovers, history lovers, history of european politics lovers
Originally published in Unravellations .

Since this is my very first introduction to the Inspector Pitt series, I get this feeling that I've missed out a lot, but the book explains its own sprawling backdrop and history pretty well and I never found myself confused, though I did find myselfextremely curious.I am going to set about trackingdown the very first novel in the series once I work my way through the pile of library books I've borrowed and need to finish.

As fate would have it, though, I
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The Cannibal
Et puis mon Empire, je suis prêt à le trahir, puisque sans contrefaçon, je suis un espion

Et oui, depuis que Thomas Pitt est devenu directeur de la Special Branch (sécurité du territoire), il a certes monté dans l'échelle sociale, son salaire est important, tout comme ses pouvoirs, mais le tout s'accompagne aussi d'une hausse des tracas.

Comment démêler le vrai du faux ? le bluff du double bluff ? Comment savoir à qui vous pouvez faire confiance ? Il y avait bien des traitres au sein de la Speci
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The Book Breeze
It was a delight to read Dorchester Terrace and remember what brought me to Anne Perry’s books so long ago. They are intricately plotted and sublimely detailed for those of us who still enjoy using all five senses to explore characters, settings, and dialogues as opposed to speeding through pages filled with white space in a race to the end. Be sure that Perry doesn’t waste a word on trivia. Each word takes the reader deep into the period and the difficulties and joys that define the story.

Charl
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Mandy
Originally published in Unravellations .

Since this is my very first introduction to the Inspector Pitt series, I get this feeling that I've missed out a lot, but the book explains its own sprawling backdrop and history pretty well and I never found myself confused, though I did find myselfextremely curious.I am going to set about trackingdown the very first novel in the series once I work my way through the pile of library books I've borrowed and need to finish.

As fate would have it, though, I
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Debra
The year is 1896 and newly appointed head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is well aware that some people think he’s the wrong man for the job. When Pitt learns of a possible assassination plot on an Austrian Duke about to visit the royal family, he’s determined to keep that from happening.

Meanwhile, his wife’s great aunt Vespasia is concerned about her old friend and Italian freedom fighter Serafina Montserrat who’s nearing the end of her life and suffering from dementia. The prospect of spilling
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Mahala Church
It was a delight to read Dorchester Terrace and remember what brought me to Anne Perry’s books so long ago. They are intricately plotted and sublimely detailed for those of us who still enjoy using all five senses to explore characters, settings, and dialogues as opposed to speeding through pages filled with white space in a race to the end. Be sure that Perry doesn’t waste a word on trivia. Each word takes the reader deep into the period and the difficulties and joys that define the story.

Charl
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Katie Stewart
This is another Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel I read as an audiobook. So far, I have only had Devina Porter do the narrations, but this time it was Michael Page. It was difficult to adjust at first, but he made the book more serious and gravelly which was a nice addition to this story.

The story intertwines with the adjustments happening in the lives of the Pitts, the Radleys, and Victor Narroway. Victory Narroway is a character I had not run into so far (I’ve been reading the books out of orde
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Cherie
I really do like these Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries set in Victorian England. In this one, newly appointed Special Branch Chief, Thomas Pitt must sift through rumors of a plot to blow up the Dover-London railroad line, with an Austrian duke aboard. Are these rumors a diversion to distract him from a bigger plot? Still unsecure in his new position, Thomas must find out just what is really going on before something devastating happens. Meanwhile, in London an old Italian woman is terrified ...more
Cate
Actually had some bearing on my own life--of course there's the classic class struggle, which mirrors my own struggle with establishing my presence and abilities in a new job setting--Pitt's doubts about his own abilities to handle a bigger role mirror my own, and the doubts of those around him are strangely similar to those of my co-workers. There's something to be said about having to make those hard decisions in life, and how one has to learn to live with them. The ending provides some hope, ...more
Sophia
Things pick up right where they left off in the last book of the series. Pitt is now head of Special Branch, Narraway is trying to figure out his life now that he is no longer with Special Branch, Jack has a new position with the Foreign Office, and a new threat is discovered that takes the combined efforts of all the usual series characters to keep a shadowy plot from succeeding. Does the death of a former radical freedom fighter, a death threat to a minor Austrian duke, and other disturbing pi ...more
Sandi Willis
This is the second Anne Perry book I have listened to in the last week. Once I get to disc seven then I have to finish listening so I can find out how it ends. This story takes place in 1893, twenty-one years before World War I starts because of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand but this book tells about the constant problems that were found in Europe, especially in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It seems there were a great deal of assassinations or attempted assassinations in Europe ...more
Hillari Delgado
'Dorchester Terrace' marks a point of departure for Thomas Pitt, protagonist of Perry's popular Victorian series, and a restructuring of the series itself. It remains to be seen if fans embrace this new, darker Pitt. If they do, it may be reluctantly, in exchange for the broad new range of plots and character conflict made possible by the genre shift from period mystery to international espionage.

Perry's skill, as well as her burden, has been inventing new plots over nearly thirty novels. By the
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Marilyn Fontane
May 31, 2012 Marilyn Fontane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Perry fans, mystery and spy thriller fans, historical novel fans
Shelves: anneperry
Thomas Pitt is now the head of Britain's powerful Special Branch, no longer a lonely policeman. As such his duties are far more secretive and consequently his fascinating wife Charlotte no longer has as much of a role in solving his crimes. It is a notable omission, but the more intricate plot helps to make up for it. Now that Thomas has such a weightly position, he moves in very different social circles, and while others, who know his origins, would like to condescend to him, they can't openly ...more
Laura
I always enjoy my visits with Charlotte and Thomas Pitt.
At this point in time, they feel like close friends of
mine. Their characters are very well drawn and designed
by this author.

The plot of this one centers around Thomas's new position
as Commander of Special Branch, the equivalent of the CIA or
NSA. His new position thrusts him into the atmosphere of
state secrets and international intrigue. Pretty heady
environment for a gamekeeper's son. Unfortunately for him,
the nature of his position pre
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Donna
I was sooooo looking forward to this newest installment of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Dorchester Terrace did not disappoint. It came out in March and took until June for me to get it from my library, showing this series is still going strong. It has a different tone as Charlotte cannot help anymore, but it still holds onto the recurring theme that despite years of brilliance in solving the most difficult and sensitive cases, no one (besides we readers) believes Thomas can handle his ...more
Alice
•Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Dorchester Terrace?
"Anne Perry m'a fait briser ma première résolution de l'année: "ne plus acheter de livres tant que ma PAL n'a pas baissé!" Tant pis, je ne peux pas résister!"

•Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Thomas Pitt est désormais le Capitaine Pitt, directeur de la Special Branch. Plus que jamais il doit faire ses preuves face à des politiciens sceptiques et à de sérieuses menaces d'attentats sur le sol britannique.
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Pamela
Perry always has a good tale to tell of Victorian crime and law inforcement with the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series; this novels continues that saga, but now the Pitts are financially comfortable and even have a telephone. In 1896 as Thomas Pitt begins his new job as head of England's Special Branch, he proves himself to be decisive and fully capable in this novel, but Lady Vespasia is still a major source of information. The plot revolves around two murders committed to hide long-standing pol ...more
Shari
Anne Perry never disappoints. Her Victorian mysteries are full of excellent characterizations and her historical research for her subjects in each book is faultless. She raises awareness of so many different things. I especially like the way she brings the quotidienne into every story. Daily life in the home, particularly, is very well drawn, and the daily chores of the average housewife or the house servants is told in edifying detail. For instance, I was mightily impressed by laundry day. The ...more
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