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Seven Dials (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #23)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty’s Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt’s orders are to protect—at all costs—the good name of the third person ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Tracy
Jun 19, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was quite a shocker compared to most of Anne's lightweight mysteries. England was occupying Egypt at the time, though not officially. In England an Egyptian woman is accused if killing a minor government official in the middle of the night in her own garden. When the police arrive due to an anonymous informant, her lover, and senior member of Parliament who represents the area in England where raw Egyptian cotton is processed into fabric, has arrived. She claims to have found him dead r ...more
Laura
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really liked this one! I think part of my enjoyment of this AP book in the Pitt Series stems from my interest in history. Basically, an Egyptian born woman is arrested for the murder of a minor diplomat in the British government. The murder takes place in her garden in the wee small hours of the morning and the woman is the mistress of an important minister in the British government hierarchy. He is on the scene when she is arrested. Thomas Pitt, who is now an agent in Special Branch, wh ...more
Marla
Jul 22, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why this was called Seven Dials, it could have easier been titled any number of other places in the book. Pitt goes to Egypt! I was surprised that he was sent there to investigate and that the trip seemed to take hardly any time at all really.
This one had a lot of twists and turns, a few chapters from the end and I wasn't sure how it was going to be resolved, but it all came together right at the end. Was it a little contrived? Yes, but still a satisfactory ending.
Brett Waytuck
Mar 05, 2014 Brett Waytuck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how one is able to publish 250 pages of unengaging protaganists, barely present accused, incidental victims and a subplot that incredulously absorbs people from four different classes in Victorian England. Then, suddenly, the suspense appears out of nowhere and we spend the next 100 pages leading up to one of the most ludicrous denouements ever. I was expecting far more.
Barbara Mitchell
I was delighted to find several books by Anne Perry in a bag of books given to me by a friend a few months ago. This is a 2003 mystery in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, a favorite series of mine. They are set in 19th century London, and as a bonus, this one also has Thomas Pitt being sent to Alexandria, Egypt so the reader gets a good idea of what Egypt was like at that time as well. Perry portrays these settings so well, I'm amazed at her ability to set the scene without sounding like a ...more
LJ
London detective Thomas Pitt is investigating the murder of a junior diplomat by a notorious Egyptian woman and her lover, a senior Cabinet minister involved in negotiating the conflict between Egypt's cotton growers and England's textile industry. Lovat, the diplomat, once served in Egypt, and to unravel the mystery of his death, Pitt travels to Alexandria, where he finds that the beautiful Ayesha Zakhari is not who she appears to be--and that Lovat's murder may be tied to an old crime which, i ...more
Joyce
Jan 20, 2014 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven Dials is another of the many Anne Perry books I've read when I feel the need to escape with a good mystery that doesn't leave me brain dead. This is one from the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series she sets near the end of the 19th century. Perry knows her Victorian British history & culture, and she puts together a plot that interests on the level of the characters' lives and on the level of historical and cultural history of the time.

She's not so much for humor; on the other hand, she
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Sonya
Sep 26, 2016 Sonya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was about 150 pages too long. It was pretty tedious throughout the middle of the story - a man is missing and one is dead. Who did it and why? Pitt goes and talks to people. Charlotte goes and talks to people. Their servant goes and talks to people. Great-aunt Vespasia goes and talks to people. Then they all go and ask people again. The end finally has a bit of action which is why it gets two stars.
Candee Adams
Nov 20, 2016 Candee Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great read- Perry never disappoints
Vana
Jan 01, 2017 Vana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pitt better be glad he has Charlotte, Gracie and Vespasia on his side. Convoluted with Victorian upper-class protecting their own.
JS Found
Aug 28, 2013 JS Found rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main characters in this uneventful, predictable mystery might as well be science fiction empaths. They endlessly in conversation with others know exactly what the other person is feeling, and they can read every emotion that passes through their face and especially eyes. Then they feel strong emotions themselves at their speaker's emotions, and also to their words. They have no sense of proportion. Complex thoughts and feelings are apparent at a glance, with merely a look, and their emotiona ...more
Julietta
Okay, I admit the Charlotte and William Pitt books are my guilty pleasures, but for crime novels they beat the hell out of James "Schlock" Patterson, and here's why: They're carefully researched and historically accurate in terms of what was going on in England from the late 1800's through the turn of the century, including rich language and archaic terms. The characters are lovable--Charlotte Pitt, the policeman's feminist wife who "marries down" but through her high-society connections helps h ...more
Connie
Nov 09, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SEVEN DIALS by Anne Perry is 8 cassettes and approximately 11 hours unabridged. It was narrated by Michael Page. This is #23 in Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Novel.

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Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to
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Scot
Oct 07, 2011 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
23rd in the series. It was a bit harder for me to get into this one, though the entertainment level picked up when Thomas was sent to Alexandria, Egypt, to do some investigating there, as the Special Branches case he is called in on involves an exotic Egyptian beauty with brains caught removing a corpse from her garden in a wheelbarrow at 3 a.m. Her lover, a powerful politician from Manchester, with great influence on the cotton textiles trade and vital in relations with Egypt in maintaining the ...more
Kathryn Guare
What I most enjoyed about the book was Pitt's journey to Alexandria. Perry absolutely nailed the experience of the novice traveler on their first trip abroad to a developing world country. That feeling of being bemused, disoriented, enchanted and captivated by the exoticism of it all, and by the overpowering sensory experiences. She also presents a very clear-eyed depiction of how an indigenous population probably viewed the empire-stretching British - much different from the rose-colored view f ...more
Nicole
Sep 10, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
Not my favorite Thomas Pitt book. I've skipped around a lot, and unfortunately, missed a lot in the middle. In this book, I find Pitt is no longer with the police because of great, dramatic machinations in previous books, and now has a new boss and a new unit, a new nemesis (the Inner Circle-honestly?). I think I could get to like Narraway, Pitt's new boss, but I miss the days when Pitt was just an ordinary detective, not a man working for the greater good of the government. And I confess, I've ...more
Kelley Blanks
May 21, 2013 Kelley Blanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry does a very good job of showing the tension that exist in Victorian England, whether they be social or political. In this instance, it is some of both as she highlights the growing tension in the far flung colonies as they chafe under British rule, specifically Egypt.

There are actually two mysteries in this novel, one Thomas is following and one pursued by Charlotte and Gracie. Both show different aspects of the life and circumstances that faced the men who served in the British military.

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John
Aug 24, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't say that this was one of my favorites in this series, but still very enjoyable. Excellent mystery that kept me guessing until the end. It involved the murder of a former military officer and minor government official. He was shot late at night in the back yard of the home of an Eqytian woman who was the lover of a prominent cabinet member. Her gun was used in the murder and she and her lover was caught by the police trying to move the body. Both are jailed and it appears to be a slam dunk ...more
Onyerbike
Every now and then I speed-read the Egyptian storyline because the minutiae wasn't that interesting to me. Broad strokes, yes, but no more than that. My main interest in this outing was the Gracie/Tellman storyline. It's been very slooowly percolated through several books, but (view spoiler) For the first time, I could picture him with something other than a scowl on his face, and I liked ...more
Lara
Jul 10, 2008 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was pregnant with Chloe I read just about every single book Anne Perry had ever written, and the rest of them when I was busy nursing a newborn.

Since then, I haven't kept up on her two series (the Monk series, and the Thomas/Charlotte Pitt series), and she's published quite a few more, including an entire new series!

So I picked up where I left off in the Pitt books. This one was great, as usual. My favorite part about the Anne Perry mysteries is that I am honestly surprised by the ending
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Sandi Willis
Dec 29, 2013 Sandi Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading Anne Perry novels with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. This one was different in that the reader can't really figure out who kill the man found in the garden of an Egyptian Citizen in England. The dead man is in a wheel barrel and she is found trying to push the wheel. Did she kill this past lover or did her new lover, a English government official kill the man. All are good questions but they are not answered until the end of the book. The ending is not what I thought it would be. It ...more
Teri
Feb 04, 2009 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining mystery from Anne Perry, my favorite Victorian mystery writer! This is from the Pitt series (The other series is about Monk -- no relation to the tv show -- and I do prefer the Monk series cuz it's edgier) but it takes us out of London and into Alexandria, Egypt for a bit! There are some political aspects with foreign policy and trade issues in this novel, and I think that added to the story quite a bit. I read it out of order a bit -- I think it's a couple books ahead of wh ...more
Barbara P
Jun 09, 2016 Barbara P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual Anne Perry wrote with suspense and surprise. This was a book I could put down until the next reading space on my calendar. BUT.....I was eager to pick it up and follow her rather intricate mystery. Perry's ability to describe 2, 3, even 4 stories with the same characters simultaneously and finish with the stories intricately connected. I think this is what keeps me going back to read more of Perry's novels. I always feel drawn to crime fiction that takes place in London in the 1800's. T ...more
Virginia Owl
this is the first Anne Perry book i've read in awhile, and while i'm interested in the story line & details of daily life in Victorian England (and Alexandria, Egypt) i'm finding Anne Perry's writing style increasingly difficult to tolerate. She keeps TELLING us what the character is feeling rather than SHOWING it. Finding this pedantic & preachy. Don't think i'll be reading much more of her stuff for awhile, which is a shame, cause i really like Thomas & Charlotte, Gracie & Aunt ...more
Tifnie
Apr 09, 2012 Tifnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tifnie by: Sue
Shelves: fiction
Something a little different.

Unfortunately, this book was just OK. About 200+ pages into the book it started getting interesting and I had only about 50 pages left.

Seven Dials is about a murder that the government needs to keep quiet in order to maintain fiancial accord with Indian and the cotton trade. Once an investigator is placed on the case it slowly (and I mean slowly) unravels not possiblel suspects, but the machinations that go far beyond the cotton trade and of course much higher than
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Lynne Tull
Aug 01, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, victorian
This one was a page turner! Anne Perry weaves the history/issue of the times around the story. She never loses sight of it. Of course, I feel I am a part of the Pitt family now...after 23 books. I still have quite a few to go in order to catch up. This story has its beginnings in Egypt and carries forward to England and the cotton mills. You will figure out quite quickly that the assignment Pitt is undertaking and the mystery that Charlotte and Gracie are trying to solve will at some time conver ...more
Tracy
Jul 24, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'd gone off on a tangent, away from the Pitt books, so reading this book was like visiting an old friend. It may have been entertaining to have read some of the backstory that caused Thomas to be in his new position, but in no way was it necessary to understand what was going on in this book.

More than once I thought I knew whodunit, but I was wrong.

Good writing (as usual), the audio book performer/reader was unremarkable - which is as it should be; a good time was had by all. It's time to figu
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Jana
Jul 27, 2008 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jana by: Bought it because I love the author
This book has been on my shelf for a long time, because once I start a Perry mystery, I get nothing else done until I've finished it. I needed a trip to Victorian England this summer-I just re-watched Sense and Sensibility too. I've read so many of Anne Perry's novels and she can still surprise me with "who done it!" Amazing. As hot as it is in Denver, the trip to Egypt was miserable. I suggest you read this one on a cold winter day!
Meagan
This book pulled me in from the very beginning and had me very excited over finding a new mystery author. However, I was extremely disappointed with the ending. I felt like Perry ran out of "oomph" at the end of the book and decided to wrap it up and did so in a manner of about two pages. I will probably give her one more try and hopefully the ending will give me a little more closure than this last one. Talk about anti-climatic.
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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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