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Traitors Gate (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #15)

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Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England’s strategy on Africa. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes that Sir Arthur was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government

Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published 1995)
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Even though these books follow a formula, it is just absolutely amazing that I get carried away with each one. It is like reading about old friends and I feel for Thomas every time he gets screwed by the class conscious snobs of Victorian England. I feel outrage over the way people are treated and how willingly they accept this treatment. I would most likely be an old maid out there trying to wake up the population and backing all kinds of social causes with an amazing passion. That said, once I...more
The Pitt novels always take you on a straddling journey, one in which you are part both of the barely middle class and of the lower strata of polite society. From both perches you can look up and down, so you see much of late-nineteenth-century society with clear vision. Perry has a unique ability to reveal character through protagonists' view of faces and gaits, which always makes me feel as if there is something missing in my vision: I never discern so much in a glance. No doubt this is a masc...more
A little hard to get into, but worth struggling through the long first 2 chapters.
Amanda Meggs
Wow, this series has really stepped up quite a few notches in my opinion. I missed a few books and started this one because I couldn't get the intervening ones. Thomas has been promoted to superintendent and Charlotte is no longer quite the social pariah she was for marrying so far beneath herself. There is still a lot of social commentary, especially regarding a woman's place in London in 1890. Really, all of the characters are powerfully written and well described. This is easily the best of t...more
Jane Smith
A few comments about this book:

The author switches point of view, which is normal enough, but I don't think the switching added up to any great revelations. I feel like if the author switches around from one character to another and it serves no other purpose than to just be a convenience for the author, the book will lose me. It didn't in fact lose me. I finished reading but I wasn't particularly in love with any of the book.

The book just doesn't grab you. The first bit of action is when a car...more
This fifteenth installment in the series is a strong one. The theme of the consequences of Imperialism in Africa is taken up with an undercurrent of questioning the right of women to work or for that matter to have opinions of their own, both in and outside of marriage. Thomas's boyhood mentor is poisoned at his club early on, which entails Superintendent (remember, he was promoted) Pitt returning to his working class country roots and reawakening his fraternal relationship with the mentor's gen...more
I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning or the story. After a while I got really into it and started trying to think of clues and wanted to solve the murder myself. One thing I really liked is that you could never tell where the story was going to take you and wasn't predictable. The characters were very likable and easy to imagine. If you enjoy books about murders as well as the time frame being a little way back when, then this is a book for you to read!
Oct 03, 2008 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery lovers /Anne Perry fans
Thomas is a Superintendent of Scotland Yard. He is called in to investigate a "matter of treason". Someone in the British Colonial office is passing information to Germany regarding England's African policies and strategies. Connected with this investigation is the suspected murder of the man who was Thomas's mentor. Among the possible suspects are members of a clandestine organization called the Inner Circle who work behind the scenes to forward their specific goals and agendas. At first the el...more
Jul 20, 2013 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Su Bowling, Elaine Raptis
I generally like Anne Perry's mysteries, as they seem very thoroughly researched and true to the Victorian time period in which they are set. This one has several layers of mystery, all wrapped in a shroud woven of political intrigue, conflicting loyalties, and even romantic love, making it interesting on several levels. There are multiple suspects, multiple motives, and Thomas Pitt has to step quite carefully lest he become a murder victim, himself. There is one scene in the last chapter of the...more
Another excellent mystery in her series about class, integrity, oaths and to whom will you be loyal truth & justice or a society. It points out the reality that at heart crime has the same motivations from the lower to upper classes.
Aug 13, 2014 Michelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lots of fun to read, especially if you know something about London. Good suspense, and a surprise at the end.
I have continued to love all of the books in this series. Looking forward to Pentecost Alley.
Bill Donhiser
Good Story well written. Actually like the audio book read by David McCallum even more
Anne Perry is a really good writer. Her one flaw for me is that she goes into too much detail sometimes and it slows the story down a bit. Her characterizations are excellent though. The plot of Traitor's Gate was rather complicated as three different crimes become interwoven. The story focused almost exclusively on Thomas but Charlotte jumped in at the end to solve one of the mysteries. I'm not sure I really like the whole secret society business--it just seems a way to have high born people co...more
May 16, 2008 Geneve rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geneve by: Caprece Curtis
Wow! I usually have that reaction after finishing an Anne Perry book. I love a good murder mystery, and these are the best I have found. Anne Perry has a way of making you feel like you really know and understand the characters. You get pulled in to the emotion of the story, not just the story line. In this one, Pitt is closer to the Inner Circle than he ever has been before and realizes what the consequences could be if he crosses them. The book is full of people making honorable choices, no ma...more
Her books are always very entertaining.
Entertaining and insightful.
Jul 02, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian mystery lovers
This well written mystery touches on the politics behind the colonization of Africa and shows just how separate the "spheres" were for men and women in England during that time. An interesting read with a good mystery too! I enjoy Thomas (now superintendent of police) and his wife Charlotte (who married "beneath" her as she is a lady) very much. Each brings special skills to their shared task of solving the crime. Excellent appearance by Charlotte's great-aunt Vespasia as well.
Perry, Anne - 15th in Thomas Pitt series

Someone in the Colonial Office is passing information to Germany about England's African strategy. Police superintendent Thomas Pitt is charged with investigating this treason, but his mind is on the sudden, tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond.

I always forget how much I enjoy these. I love the quality of her writing, her characters, the plotting and sense of time and place.
Thomas Pitt must ferret out a spy in England's Foreigh Ministry, one who is feeding important information to the enemy (Germany. The country is in a struggle with that country over the establishment of colonies in Africa). Plus, he must do it quietly, to avoid having bad press. Plus, his wife is torn over England's cavalier approach to subjugating the citizens of the countries they are trying to colonize.
Connie Melton
Traitor`s Gate features Thomas much more prominently than Charlotte. Thomas` surrogate father, Sir Arthur Desmond, the owner of the estate for which Thomas` actual father was the gamekeeper, has died in his club in London. The death is ruled accidental, or suicide, but his son Matthew, Thomas` close boyhood friend, is convinced it must have been murder, and asks Thomas to investigate.
Kathy England
Mystery set in Victorian England with secret societies and African exploration and conquest as the underlying themes.
Mary Lauer
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This book too over 200 pages for me to really get into. I like faster moving books than this. I know this was a period piece, but when I had to take a break and read other books in between, that is not a good thing to me. I liked how the story moved towards the end, but it could have kept that intensity throughout the entire story, even the build up.
This was three stars all the way till the shocking triple climax. That put it into the 4 star category. Touted as her "breakout novel" I actually liked it least of all the ones I have read because of the political speeches everyone felt like making. Normally she is so good about keeping her characters in their worlds and true to their historical period.
Nancy Midgette
I enjoy the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, but this particular book took a while to get going.
Dec 07, 2008 Simon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I don't like
Shelves: fiction-crime
Quite simply the worst book I have ever read. Like an American stand-up comedian, she over explains everything. I only held on to the end as an exercies, to see if I could put myself through it. Having completed what I consider the most arduous task in the world, I am now confident I can walk through walls, if I have to!
I had a hard time getting into this one. It seemed like an especially large number of characters to keep track of and a lot of obscure details about an African conspiracy that I had trouble following. Once I got into it, though, I did enjoy the parts about Charlotte, Thomas, and their family members.
Mary Barleycorn
I love Anne Perry and have read all of this series!
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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 cate...more
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