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Ashworth Hall: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #17)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,654 ratings  ·  61 reviews
When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting’s moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, can root out the truth, simmering hatreds and pa ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published 1997)
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Graeme Roberts
I love Anne Perry for many reasons. She teaches us effortlessly and her mysteries are also historical novels in a sense. This one is steeped in "The Irish Problem."

Her understanding of humans and our frailties and motivations is so deep and subtle. She also understands and portrays love in a way that few can match.

Ashworth Hall was another great experience, but I wish that she had provided some map of all the characters and their affiliations and motivations. I know that that is almost an admiss
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Connie Melton
This is another excellent book by Anne Perry. It is one of the books in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and takes place in the 1890's at the home of Charlotte's sister, Emily. Emily's husband is a member of Parliament. A meeting between the differing factions in the "Irish Problem" is being held at Emily's home. Two of men involved are murdered. It is Thomas's job, as a police superintendent, to find out who did it and why. Charlotte is also a house guest and gets involved in the investigat ...more
TheRLPL Rice Lake Public Library
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This mystery is one of a series of Anne Perry's who-dunnits that features the Scotland Yard detective, Thomas Pitt, and his wife Charlotte.l Her mysteries are really interesting because they are, at the same time, historical novels that recreate life in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, complete with its social, economic, and class divisions.

This particular mystery centers on a week-long party at the country house of Jack Radley, a rising star in the foreign office and the
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Correen

A Pitt novel. Emily and Jack are hosting a weekend party at their summer mansion to provide a venue for Irish leaders from the North and South to come together and attempt to work out a compromise. Pitt has been assigned to cover the event as he can use his wife Charlotte, Emily's sister, as an excuse for being there. He is taking Tellman, a policeman, as his valet to provide more protection and Charlotte will take her maid Lizzie to play the role of lady's maid.

Like many of Perry's stories, th
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Joy
On a roll to reread, recall Anne Perry...want to record into goodreads without guess work..This one is focused on Irish Issue...I visualized Downton Abbey PBS special currently on TV.
183 "when you take a stand like that in public, you can never go back on it, nno matter what oou learn afterwards. You have left yourself no room to change, retreat or grow.
261 "Why do stories grow around anything?...Because someone leap to a conclusion...a conclusion that suits the emotions they feel and widh to a
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Scot
This installment is fun, if that word can be used to describe a review of a series of murders that include a terrorist using dynamite in the 19th century. Okay, that part's not so fun, but the setting is: it's the country estate mentioned in the title--which once belonged to Emily's first husband and now is home to Jack (new to the House of Commons) and his wife Emily, who is Charlotte's sister. One of the character devices of this series was to have Emily marry up in class, Charlotte marry down ...more
Regina Berg
Every one of her novels centers on some social problem. This one goes to the Irish-English problems which gives some insights as to the historical background of these conflicts. In this book, Emily and Charlotte seemed a little out of character with all their worrying. In previous novels, Emily was never rude and Charlotte was always secure in her husband's love. Gracie comes into her own at the age of 20, and becomes even more beloved.
As with all Anne's novels, she is a master of dialogue. One
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Rae
The Pitts are at Emily and Jack's country house while a group of Irish and English representatives are working toward peace. But it's hard to compromise when people are being murdered--and it's a good thing Pitt is there to solve the crimes.

Although this is not my favorite Pitt mystery (mostly because of the political atmosphere), I did enjoy it (Perry at her worst is still good) and was able to figure out most of the whodunit well before the end of the book.

It's a sad country, Gracie Phipps, bu
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Tracy
Not my favorite of Anne's but maybe it's because the topic didn't interest me that much. Charlotte and Thomas are to be guests at the country mansion of Charlotte's sister Emily and her husband who is in the political realm of England. Thomas is actually there undercover with his sergeant Tellman as the remaining guests are representatives of the two sides of the "Irish Problem". He is to protect the English negotiator, Greville. Unfortunately Greville is killed in the bath one night. The rest o ...more
Laura
Sep 16, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Anne Perry & Thomas Pitt
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt ride again. This time the scene is Ashworth Hall, a great country house where a secret conference between reluctant Irish Protestants and Catholics gather to discuss home rule for Ireland, a problem that has been with the British Isles since the reign of Elizabeth the First. Pitt is requested by the government to attend the conference as a security force. Unfortunately, Pitt's presence does not prevent the murder of the conference moderator. Subsequently another murder ...more
Jobiska (Cindy)
I bought this a long time ago, after having rampaged through the several preceding books. For some reason when they moved the setting outside of London, it threw me for a loop and I thought I wasn't interested any more. However, I finally picked it up again and alas for my pocketbook (because I will now want to read the subsequent ones), I liked it! I think early on the exposition of the plot, all in conversation, was rather dense--I had to keep going back to page 10 (I think it was) where they ...more
Jennifer
I obviously love the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books a lot, and the way Anne Perry whips the solution to the mystery at the very end and then is like "okay whatever nothing else that's been going on plot wise matters", but this one could definitely have used another few pages after the mystery's resolution.
Sandi Willis
I noticed that some of Anne Perry's books deal with a lot of political issues. This one deals with the struggle for self-rule of Ireland and this seems to be the reason for the death of three men in this book. I didn't realize that Ireland did not become an independent country until after World War I. I enjoy learning about history; this is one thing that I love about reading historical novels - learning about many different historical events.
This mystery was hard to solve for the Pitts, and m
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Donna
Puts Thomas and Charlotte in a familiar world for her, one seen from the other side for him. A weekend house party to discuss the "Irish Question" puts Pitt undercover to protect the parties involved. Of course, he is not successful and all the guests are trapped until the mystery is solved while the conference continues with Jack Radley, Emily's husband, now in charge and now in danger. There is always a back story and in this one there are two. Gracie is along acting as Charlotte's maid and en ...more
LJ
ASHWORTH HALL - %
Perry, Anne - 17th in Thomas Pitt series

Thomas and Charlotte Pitt return in the latest brilliantly rendered novel of manners, mores, and murder in Victorian England. A group of Irish political figures, Protestants and Catholics, gathers at Ashworth Hall in hopes of finally resolving the volatile issue of home rule for Ireland. When a mysterious murder shatters the decorum of the weekend, Scotland Yard's Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his clever wife Charlotte arrive to root out
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Kathy Peterson
Victorian murder mystery with the added interest of a historical novel in dealing with the "Irish Problem" of that time period. This book inspired me to do additional research and learn more about Irish history and the potato famine of the 19th century.
Allison
This one touched on the Irish home rule issue and was set in the country. Interesting read, as usual but it didn't wrap up quite as neatly as I would have preferred. The who and why and how are answered, but some of it seems a bit unlikely.
Here's a little bit of marriage advice from Great-Aunt Vespasia to Charlotte:
Nobody is everything to someone else, nor should they seek to be. Moderate your demands at times, disguise some of your less-fortunate attributes, learn to keep your own counsel in ce
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Carolyn
Perry, always on top of her game, proves again what a terrific writer she is. My favorite series is the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt - which I have read nearly all these mysteries. Well worth it.
Louise Hassell
I had a hard time deciding whether to rate this as a three or a four. It was an interesting story, but there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of them. And most of them seemed too flat--not well drawn. So make it 3.5.
Marian
Sep 14, 2014 Marian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good whodunnit
Anne Perry & Inspector Pitt always provide a good read and some tense moments. Lovely to read books that bring the past & the social norms of the day to life.
Nancy Midgette
One of her better books in this series.
Susie Wargo
This book was so interesting and suspenseful that I couldn't put it down! I couldn't wait to see what happened next. This was the first
Anne Perry book that I've read and I plan to start reading the rest of them very soon.
Elise Dubois
I enjoyed the book until almost the very end. Then it was like the author had no idea what to do with the book, so lets go back to the class "throw everyone in a room and someone will confess". A huge let down and really disappointing. Not to mention that Charlotte and Emily were barely a there. Even Pitt and Tellman seemed like accessories. I guess I was too disappointed with the ending. As this seems to be happening more and more as the series progresses, I'm not sure it's worth it to continue ...more
Laura Edwards
My favorite book in the series. All my favorite characters gathered in one place and offering insight to the story. Charlotte, Thomas, Emily, Gracie. We also get our first good look at Tellman's true character. The only thing which would have made it better was having Vespasia at the gathering. But then Charlotte would have no reason to go to London and obtain a crucial piece of evidence. And, as always, the mystery keeps the reader guessing. This one is fast paced. Stayed up all night to finish ...more
Kathy England
Good mystery set in late Victorian England with the Irish conflict as a second theme.
International Cat Lady
As someone who loves most Anne Perry books and has a personal family interest in the 'Irish Problem' I expected to really enjoy this book. Instead it was disappointingly hard to get into, and rather dull the whole way thru. Plus, as I had already read books that came after this one in the series, I had a rather big clue as to who one of the bad guys was right from the very beginning. (I won't give it away for those of you who haven't read the books that come later...)
Althea Ann
Ashworth Hall" almost exactly fits the formula 'closed door' Victorian murder mystery mold (hey, there's even a butler)... In 1890, a group of Irish leaders, their wives and servants are meeting for a conference at a British manor house to address the "Irish Problem." First, the politician hosting the conference is found murdered... but is the motive political or personal? More literary in style than say, Amanda Quick, book, but still a basic whodunnit
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Gail
The one with the Irish problem.
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