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Bedford Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #19)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,823 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
The freshly dead body sprawled on the Bedford Square doorstep of General Brandon Balantyne is an affront to every respectable sensibility. The general denies all knowledge of the shabbily dressed victim who has so rudely come to death outside his home, but Superintendent Thomas Pitt cannot believe him—for in the dead man’s pocket, Pitt finds a rare snuffbox that recently g ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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May 15, 2013 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author should have spent far less time repeating ad nauseam the turmoil, misery, and puzzlement of the blackmail victims, their families and friends, and the detectives on the case and far more time moving the action along and providing some basis for the eventual climax and resolution. As it is, the exposition and rising action go on with very little revelation for more than 3/4 of the book. At about the half-way point, the reader can figure out the identity of the blackmailer, though it re ...more
May 09, 2011 B B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I greatly enjoyed meeting the Pitts, Aunt Vespasia, Gracie, Tellman, and reading about life in late Victorian England, the mystery was in my view a big red herring. Solved in the last 20 pages by an unsexpected source, it left me unsatisfied. A lot of book was boring and I put it down. I never put a mystery down before. I'll see if Ilike Half Moon Street more; it's next on my list.
Gwen Veazey
A flawed plot when I can figure out the murderer and the brilliant Inspector Pitt cannot. Did like that the working class servant had critical knowledge to help solve the case. Love the author's focus on class issues.
Apr 16, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I didn't see this one coming.....

The poor General, he hasn't had a break!
Bedford Square I like Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series in general and this ("Bedford Square") was a good book, with quite a lot of good character development and atmosphere building. I particularly liked the idea of giving each character some sort of input information, which comes from other characters, such that for some parts of the book the "good guys" are not all on the same page and go exploring by themselves to find out more.

What I was really disappointed with, hence just the
Aug 23, 2015 Katarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, love-it, history
First, let me say without spoiling anything, HOLY SMOKES WHAT AN ENDING! The dust jacket had some reviewer saying that Perry keeps the reader hanging until the very last page, and BOY, DID SHE! And the best part is that although I feel really chocked and thrilled by the ending, it makes perfect sense. No rug was pulled from under me; reality was not turned on its head, Perry just sets up her plots so beautifully that the ending packs quite a punch.

Now that I've gotten my knee-jerk reaction out o
Jan 25, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
In mysteries, my preference has mostly been those set in the modern world and in modern times, and I love it when they contain arcane facts about geography or history, science or forensics. So I did not expect to "get hooked" on the Thomas Pitt series. However, within five minutes of finishing Bedford Square, I'd downloaded another on my Kindle.

In her novels, Anne Perry slows life down to the pace at which it was lived in the late 1800s, confines the characters to one geographic area (London and
Mar 06, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of Anne Perry books and have enjoyed them. Bedford Square is not my favorite.

Set in dreary Victorian England amid horrific poverty, an uncaring and clueless upper-class and endless rain, this story of a blackmailer who demands no money is drawn out and repetitive. The main character, a police detective superintendent named Thomas Pitt, knows one of the victims well and works hard to figure out who is the blackmailer. But clues are slim and the list of victims, who would rath
Apr 25, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, because both are involved in solving the mystery, albeit in different ways. A dead body is found on the steps of a retired general who is apparently being blackmailed. As the story goes on, about half a dozen influential men are discovered to be blackmailed, although it's not clear to what end since they aren't being asked for money. The web of blackmail is mixed up with new investments in Africa. What is most interesting is how the blackmai ...more
Maurita Kling
This is about the 3rd Thomas & Charlotte book I have read, & so far my LEAST favorite. If I indeed see a trend towards most of the case- solving actually being credited to Charlotte & her maid, Gracie, rather than to Pitt himself, then it may be the last of this series I will read! In this case, it appears that Pitt misses/ overlooks a great many things that are important in deciphering the case & most of the action is left in the hands of Tellman & the women- hard to believe ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good entry in this series, one in which Thomas is trying to track down a blackmailer who threatens scandal and ruin to several prominent men, but won't say what he wants them to do to prevent him from spreading false tales in a society where even a rumor of wrongdoing can cause the loss of careers and friends. There is some redundant material, especially where Perry is trying to show the effects of the blackmail on the victims--that they see potential blackmailers in all their acquainta ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, and I think it is partly because the Victorian England setting is so interesting. The characters are fit to that period and the way they think reflects their station in life--which was very stratified. Life wasn't easy--even if you were part of society, it could be rather cutthroat. It is always enjoyable to revisit familiar characters. This story keeps you guessing until nearly the last page of the book.
May 22, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was starting to wonder why I liked Anne Perry so much. Then I read this book. This book is not perfect. Gracie, the Pitts' maid, actually solves the case, and she would have solved it much sooner if she had all the information up front. Perry does do a good job of showing class divide. Just as one worker is very much the same as another to the upper classes; one socialite is very much the same as another to the working classes.
Gary Branson
Aug 27, 2014 Gary Branson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been a long time since I had read a Pitt mystery by Perry. I was caught up when this book came out in 1999, and took a long hiatus. Very enjoyable and found I had remembered the scenes and characters very well. While too much time was spent on the horrors of blackmail, the rest of the story was well told and interesting. Looking toward to getting back into Perry's Victorian world.
I like the way Perry presents the story, sort of easing through the events and adding information bit by bit. I like the characters and I like the details, but I think the law considered a child born within a marriage to be the child of the husband so I don't think the tittle tattle would have had a legal influence on the situation although there would certainly have been a considerable amount of discomfort. I'm a little surprised at tulips in a hot July and lilac likewise, unless flower seasons ...more
This author's style is not my cup of tea. She does craft some well-written sentences, I will say, but then the beauty tends to get tarnished either by cliches or by wandering down saccharine rabbit holes. I think this series will appeal to readers who like a rosy view of the past and who want to dwell in the Victorian era rather more than they want to read a mystery.

The details of the center of the book drag. I tired of the story by 2/3 way through. The end, however, has the drama of grand opera. The best feature of the book was the apparent research and understanding of life during the Victorian period. Her description of the operations of the orphanage ware fascinating.
Jun 21, 2014 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Anne Perry's books but I am growing tired of her style. Too much time in the heads of characters who endlessly overthink things. Also she goes on and on about the importance of reputation and then has the policeman's wife spending every afternoon with a married man, apparently without anyone batting an eyelid.
Jan 04, 2015 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
I agree with Elaine's review. So much repetition and very little action and plot development until the very last ten or fifteen minutes! And even then the conclusion was hasty and confusing and not very 'ah-hah!' As most mysteries I believe should be.
Elizabeth Carlock
While I normally like Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, I found this a hard book to finish. It seemed to take forever to come to the conclusion which was then wrapped up super quick. Seemed like the clues were retreaded over and over again.
Apr 06, 2007 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one really
I've read several Anne Perry books over the past 10 years and this one was weak. Her standard theme of class bias that not all people of society are over-priviledged worthless cretins is boring. A man dies and the big concern is the disgrace it will bring to the home owner who's doorstep he has been laid at contradicts her equality of class, as does the only time that they even think about digging into this poor sod's death is when someone of class dies. The plot itself is thin and never really ...more
S Dizzy
Jul 15, 2014 S Dizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Anne Perry has done it again...she has astonished me with the complex woven plot. This, in my opinion, was one of her best Pitt mysteries. She truly makes you feel the emotions of the situations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one so much so that I will definitely read it again.
Scott K
I liked it but felt it dragged. it did keep me guessing as to who did it pretty much until the end I had my suspicions focus on one of the characters about 3/4 f the way through but can't say I was certain until about the last 10 pages.

The dragging portions for was what I thought was over done descriptions of everything from the ladies dresses to the decors of the homes, perhaps the intent of the author was to satisfy a readership of more women then men and some women would enjoy the detailed de
Jun 22, 2015 Talina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trotz des eigentlich interessanten und spannenden Fall, habe ich sehr lange daran gelesen. Zudem konnte ich mich mit der Zeit und den Charakteren einfach nicht identifizieren.
Brenda Haven
Jul 23, 2014 Brenda Haven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the plot, always wish the ending was not so abrupt but I am beginning to get used to it. (After reading 19 books of this series!). I have finally decided who I think Thomas Pitt and Sergeant Tellman resemble...having watched two seasons of BBC America's series, Ripper Street, I like to think that their characters resemble two of the main characters in this series, Det. Insp. Edmund Reid and Det. Sgt. Bennett Drake. Although, I think Thomas Pitt is a little more shaggy than Edmund Reid! I ...more
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Jul 05, 2014 Carolgib2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep reading the series. I used to read one, then something else in between. Now I'm just going to finish the series.

I love these books.
Crystal Karre
Jan 09, 2015 Crystal Karre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Loved the deductions in solving the crimes...Had me eondering how they would get o the bottom of it and why it was ever done...
Laurie D'ghent
Interesting book, but there was a moderate amount of swearing, and it's one that you need to write down the characters or the ending is kind of lackluster.
Nancy Midgette
I need to take an Anne Perry break - the books are becoming a bit too similar.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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