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Long Spoon Lane (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #24)

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After bombs explode during an anarchist attack in Long Spoon Lane, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot . . . but by whom? As Thomas Pitt of the Special Branch delves into the case, he finds that there’s more to the terrorism than the brutality of misguided idealists. Clues suggest that Inspector Wetron is the mastermind. As the shadowy leader of the Inn ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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Sep 21, 2014 Correen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have been much impressed by this book. Perry's writing is beautiful with a narrative that clearly moves her intricate plot forward, vivid descriptions without resorting to comparison phrases of A is like B, and easily readable complex sentences that maintain interest and match the complexity of her plot.

Perry's novels are historical and cozy. The Pitt series is set in the 19th century and features a detective and his wife who have a fascinating relationship, quite modern for it's day. Mrs. Pit
Pauline Ross
If I’d known going in that this was the twenty-fourth book in this particular series, perhaps I might have expected some problems. But it was a book group read, recommended by one of the members, and it seemed to be right up my alley – a murder mystery set in Victorian times. Well, that sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Something light and entertaining, but with a more interesting background than the usual inner-city fare or the Marple-esque twee rural village beloved of the writers of cosy mysteries ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
And then I found my new least favorite Thomas Pitt book. Coming directly after Seven Dials in the sequence, I shouldn't be surprised to find all my objections about the previous one are still valid. And to that, I must add that this seemed a very untidy book. The murderer (because there actually was a murder in this book, though it was easy to forget, so often was it just a side show) was pegged with no more evidence than "if not him, then who?" until the last couple pages where he kindly admits ...more
The Cannibal
C’est fou comme certaines lectures peuvent rejoindre l’actualité… Et malgré plus d’un siècle d’écart, les pensées imbéciles et les désirs haineux de certains sont toujours d’actualités.

En aurions-nous douté ? Pas moi, en tout cas.

Je viens donc de prendre mon pied avec ce roman (tout en ayant une pensée pour l’actualité de ces dernières semaines) qui me donnait envie de chanter Non, non, rien à changé

Lecture, qui, au départ, fut entamée avec appréhension. Pourquoi ? Parce que je n’aime pas la S
Carol Schultz
Jun 06, 2013 Carol Schultz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in England in the late 1800's the story discusses the controversy between protection and expanded power of the government. So very timely with the recent bombing in Boston and other changes that have occurred in recent years including the patriot act. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Amazing how the use of manipulation through fear can be used to sway the minds of the public.
Heather Rose
Jan 19, 2014 Heather Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am extremely fond of historical murder mysteries. This is why it was a great relief to me some years ago when the genre had established itself so thoroughly and prolifically that I felt enabled to dislike a significant proportion of the available offerings. I think the authors that first spurred me to this position were Paul Harding and Michael Jecks: it wasn't that the books were badly written -- it was just that I got the feeling that they authors didn't have much liking or respect for the h ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
As always, Anne Perry crafts a great plot, mystery and keeps true to her characters. I have not been able to read the series in order, that is sometimes a challange, but in order or not, This series is great. It keeps one guessing until the end, but as always, we have been given the clues, and just when one thinks one knows "who done it", the plot twists.
Her ability to use a social problem and weave it into the plots is very clever, we still have the same problem in our society,however the Victo
Jul 15, 2015 Tammie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like that you can't give half stars on here. I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars. It was slow for me in the beginning, but picked up somewhere in the middle. It's not one of my favorites from the series, but it was still good, and it wraps things up with the character Charles Voicey.
May 12, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long Spoon Lane takes place in Victorian England, but many of the issues are relevant today. The crime being investigated by Thomas Pitt is a terrorist bombing (by anarchists). Government officials react by wanting to arm the police with more weapons and to allow them to search people and their homes without proving just cause. People read three newspapers to get a balanced view of news stories.

Pitt joins forces with an enemy to solve the crime, as they are both opposed to the proposed laws (al
Mar 15, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was not up to Brunswick Gardens, it was still and effect rather literary break from the heavier readings of straight fiction. It is well written and, as usual for Perry, deals with issues beyond the simple question of murder. The social issue tackled in this novel has to do with conspiracy, police corruption, arming of law officials, the price of even well-intended anarchy.

I was rusty on the thread of governmental corruption carried over from other Perry novels and could not find
Jul 15, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be another of my pure brain candy books, and to be pure fluff but there was a bit more there. Granted, some of the conspiracy theory stuff with the Inner Circle feels a bit contrived, but I really enjoyed the debate around arming the police. It was a modern debate inserted legitimately into this Victorian novel. Also the relationship between Voisey and Pitt was fascinating. Trust was a huge part of this book, who do you trust, and how do you work with ...more
Carl Alves
Set in the late 1800s in England, the story starts off with the bombing of a building and the murder of one of the anarchists believed to be behind the bombing plot. Thomas Pitt of Special Branch is brought in to investigate the bombing and the murder. This starts a long path where Pitt's investigation reveals corruption in the police force and the government. He uncovers that the bombing and the murder were all about an attempt to pass a bill that would give the police more power.

Although the m
A decent read, although if you picked this up as your first Anne Perry/Thomas Pitt book, like me, you might find yourself rather confused. There are numerous references thrown in to events in previous novels, and most of the main characters had a lot of history together that is only vaguely hinted at here.

Perhaps being a first time reader of Pitt books is also the reason why I found it difficult to identify with or even like any of the characters, with the possible exception of Vespasia. I found
Barbara Mitchell
This novel is one of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, a favorite of mine. It's the Victorian era in London and in this story Thomas has been removed from the police in Bow Street to work in Special Branch. I love the characters, not only Thomas and Charlotte, his wife, but her aunt Lady Vespasia, the Pitt's servant girl Gracie, and Gracie's fiance Tellman who used to work with Pitt at Bow Street.

In this story anarchists are bombing poor neighborhoods and no one can understand why. As Pitt r
May 20, 2008 JayeL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with a lot of brainspace
It is nice to revisit familiar characters from this series by Anne Perry of novels about Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. It has been awhile since I read any of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels and I was reminded that they are fairly complicated. Because it has been quite awhile since I read the last one, I am finding that I have forgotten some of the details of the previous stories, especially in character development. I don't remember any of the story that previously involved Charles Voisey, whi ...more
LONG SPOON LANE (Police Proc-England–1800s) – Ex
Perry, Anne – 24th in Pitt series
Ballantine Books, 2005- Hardcover
Thomas Pitt is now a member of the Secret Branch having been forced out of Bow Street when Inspector Wetron became the head of the Inner Circle. When anarchists bomb homes, the head of the anarchists is murdered, and members of Parliament are lobbying for a bill to arm the police and allows ad hoc searches and questioning of servants, Pitt is forced to work with his enemy Sr. Charle
Sep 11, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you dine with the Devil, you need a long spoon." In this book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, Pitt is still part of the Special Branch, this time dealing with anarchists, and those who wish to use anarchy to gain their own ends. More development of the characters of Tellman, Gracie, and Narraway is welcome, as well as Aunt Vespasia. However, the plots of the Special Branch novels are bordering on the redundant as the Bow Street novels did after many stories. I am interested to see w ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-perry
I love and read Anne Perry a couple times of year, so grabbed this at the library on audio. Usually her books are at the least a 4 for me, but this one was a low 3. the book picked up towards the end, but 3/4 through it, I had yet to feel it take hold and grab me as her books usually do.Maybe I have just read too many of her two series. I do like the historical setting and that her book are straight mystery with no language I do not care for and no sex or such. this one just did not click with m ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are at it again. As part of his duties in Special Branch, Thomas is called in after a group of anarchists set off a bomb and one of them is murdered. The investigation unveils the corruption in the police force. Pitt enlists the help of his former Sergeant at Bow Street and the beau of his maid Gracie, Tellman. Tellman has to walk a fine line because his superior officer, Wetron, is also the head of the Inner Circle made up of men intent on gaining power. Pitt must also ...more
May 30, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooray!! The presumed end of the group known as the Inner Circle. The aforementioned will only be meaningful to fans of this series by Anne Perry. In this installment Thomas Pitt in his assignment to the "Special Branch" is sent to investigate the suspected bombing attack by supposed anarchists in a poor area of London known as Long Spoon Lane. Bombs do go off. Homes are destroyed and people injured. Three culprits are tracked down and during the course of the arrest the leader is shot dead, but ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
24th in the series. Anarchists are blowing up rowhouses in a poor neighborhood of London. When Thomas and Narraway investigate, they uncover webs of deception with ties to police corruption in Thomas's old workplace, Bow Street, and a struggle btween two separate enemies that both want to see him dead but hate each other as rivals. As both offer unreliable alliances to get him to knock off the other, will Thomas be able to play the villains off against each other? Tellman is in a lot of personal ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are on the job Who killed Magnus?
Thomas is called in after a group of anarchists set off a bomb and one of them Magnus is murdered. The investigation unveils the corruption in the police force. Pitt enlists the help of his former Sergeant at Bow Street and the beau of his maid Gracie, Tellman. Tellman has to walk a fine line because his superior officer, Wetron, is also the head of the Inner Circle made up of men intent on gaining power. Pitt must also work with his ene
S Dizzy
Aug 18, 2014 S Dizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Wow!" is the 1st word I uttered after reading the last page of this amazing plot. Anne Perry got it right again with Pitt and his "crew" solving another potential disaster. This story pulled you in and held on tightly until the very end. I could not stop reading it. It was intricate, emotional, and intriguing.
Jul 22, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lynne Tull
Jan 10, 2016 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, victorian
Even though the social/political issue of the day took center stage, the mystery kept on the straight and narrow. I think I may have skipped one time and had to go back and read it. I keep a map of London handy and couldn't find Long Spoon Lane. It is either a fictional name or it was off my map. Nevertheless, I love the story. All of the characters have a part to play. I really did not want to put it down, but it was too long for me for one sitting. Ms. Perry has a way to build the suspense, so ...more
Kelley Blanks
Jun 09, 2013 Kelley Blanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books takes a turn from previous books as it has Thomas working with a long time enemy, Charles Voissey. The bombings have almost the feel of current events and add a great deal of intensity. There are several plot lines that have been going on through previous books that are brought together in this book and some resolutions that are greatly appreciated by a long term reader.

It is also very nice to see the relationship between Tellman and Gracie growing. She is one of my favorite character
Apr 16, 2015 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that takes us back in time and raises many social issues for us to examine.the characters draw you in and have many different personalities.
Jun 03, 2009 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry is one of those dependable authors. Of course, in this instance, you have to be interested in reading a book set in Victorian times. This is part of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series with their maid Gracie, and Aunt Vespasia.

Readers might find some parallels to recent times with instances of bombings, fires, and corruption. Things were not always as they seemed, and the Special Branch, where Thomas worked, came under scrutiny for what they could do and not do.

There is a fair amount
May 12, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Aug 19, 2008 Amri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom gave this to me as a fun read. I admit to starting it 3 times and being bored by it but once I got about 50 pages in, it was more fun and interesting to read. It's a light sleuthing novel (although she's trying to deal with some heavy issues) mostly the characters are fairly believable and likeable. Charlotte seemed a little lame to me but maybe that's because I have read other books with her in it, but she didn't seem believable at all.

Overall, a great plane read.
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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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