Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #27)
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Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #27)

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Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line—on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his r...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Headline
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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.

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
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...more
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
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...more
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
•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....more
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
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
Despite being the 27th novel in this series, Anne Perry doesn't disappoint. What I like about her two major series that I've read - the Pitt series (of which this is one) and the Monk series - is that there is very little sentimentality about the eras, romance, while there, does not overtake the plot and characters are never one dimensional.

I don't read every single new book, so I missed the last one which links to this one. However, it wasn't necessary to know what happened in the previous boo...more
Once again Anne Perry brings the upper echelons of Victorian London to life with her descriptions of the soirees, dress codes, and societal mannerisms of the era.

In this addition to the series, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are settling in to the societal requirements of his new position. Thomas has just settled in to the position and while questioning his own abilities to handle the responsibilities, he is also faced with prejudice and doubt of his abilities from other officials he must interact wi...more
Dorchester Terrace is the 27th book of the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt mystery series by Anne Perry. Set in Victorian England, the series reveals the rigid social mores and politics of the era. Pitt is now head of Special Branch, a responsibility that weighs heavily upon his shoulders. He must be eternally vigilant for the safety of his country; that includes constantly watching for odd patterns before they become threats.

Pitt finds one such odd pattern occurring: excessive inquiries into railw...more
Very good. The historic details create a great setting which feels realistic. The mystery itself was well paced with clues revealing themselves a little at a time.

Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line—on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel...more
The fact that this book is #27 in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series has as much to do with the character development of the Pitts as to any particular mystery that gets solved, but here that mystery is at a level not found in any previous books. Pitt, who started as a police officer investigating murders is not the head of Special Branch - a special intelligence unit within the police force. Pitt must overcome his own feelings of being in over his head (as well as filling a job normally held...more
Beth Mills
It's hard to believe how long this series has been running, but Perry has kept it fresh and now takes it in an interesting direction with Pitt as the new head of Special Branch after his boss has been forced to resign. Lacking the social standing of most department heads, Pitt wonders: will he be able to do his job or will prejudice get in the way? There's little time to worry, however, for a rumor that a minor foreign royal will be assassinated on an upcoming trip to Britain must be investigate...more
Am I the only Perry fan disappointed with the new direction of the Pitt series? I can usually count on Perry to deliver a book I find impossible to put down, but the last couple of Pitts have been a snooze fest for me. I get it-navigating new waters with regard to position responsibility and social class, yeah yeah. But where is the mystery? The comraderie of the usual suspects that made for some fun and added heart. warming moments? And I miss Gracie. Scrappy little thing.
After listening to this on a long trip, my husband wants us to start at the beginning of the lives of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. He enjoyed the story line, but frequently paused the tape for background information that I, an Anne Perry and history fan, could provide. I'd like to go back to the beginning also because Charlotte is unable to be a true partner because of Thomas' promotion to the head of Britain's Special Branch and I missed their partnership.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

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