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The Whitechapel Conspiracy (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #21)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,145 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews

In 1892, the grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes four years earlier by a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma. And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Superintendent Thomas Pitt’s testimony causes distinguished soldier John Adinett to be sentenced to hang for the inexplicable murder of a friend. Instead of being praised for his key testimony, Pitt i

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Published January 29th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published December 31st 2000)
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Jul 20, 2010 Terry rated it really liked it
Interesting, if slightly improbable plot. Excellent character development and historical research. If felt like I had spent the day in Victorian London. I especially liked that there was nothing suggestive, grusome or embarrasing. It was interesting to have main characters who were just good, moral people trying to make sense of a corrupt and evil society. A good summer reading escape!
Aug 02, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Had not read any Anne Perry mysteries for a few years...forgot how much I enjoy them! I was not up on a lot of the historical details of the time, so I actually spent an hour (or two?) online researching the British Royal Family of the 1890's and into the 20th century. It was a time when the horror of Jack the Ripper was still fresh, and Queen Victoria's influence was becoming less as she continued to mourn the death of her husband in self-imposed exile (while many Brits became more and more dis ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting change from previous books. I've read where some people didn't like the change in Pitt's job, but I think they are just as good, a little more danger and it's good when a book series doesn't do the same thing over and over. *cough*StephaniePlum*cough*
Kt Thames
Apr 15, 2016 Kt Thames rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I guess if one writes mysteries set in Victorian London, then sooner or later one must deal with the Whitechapel murders. I thought Anne Perry had successfully bypassed all of this since this particular mystery is set several years after the killings. Unfortunately I was wrong. This is the 21st book in the series and it is clear from the beginning that Perry has decided to depart from her usual pattern and initally I thought it was a good move. Instead of starting with the discovery of a murder ...more
Jacqueline O.
Jul 18, 2014 Jacqueline O. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, People interested in novels about or set in Victorian Britian
I actually quite liked The Whitechapel Conspiracy. It's only the second Anne Perry Victorian mystery novel I've read, and the other Highgate Rise was years ago. However, it obvious this is an established mystery/detective series. The detective is Inspector Thomas Pitt, a working class man who's worked his way up in the police to be the head of London's Bow Street station. His wife, Charlotte, is both a comfort and somewhat involved in his cases.
But, as this novel opens - Pitt is in trouble for d
Marta Català
Es el primero que he leído de la serie (y mi primer Anne Perry). En conjunto, me ha parecido entretenido y la verdad es que el contexto social en el que se sitúa la acción es interesante. Hay tensión y una trama compleja con una gran variedad de personajes. Sin embargo, me ha parecido un poco irritante la insistencia en cierto mensaje moralista (algo así como que, a la postre, cualquier revolución sitúa en el poder a gente tan corrupta como los monarcas menos ejemplares y ofrece menos estabilida ...more
Marta Conejo
Me ha fallado el final. No... no sé por qué, la verdad, pero no me ha gustado.

Es un género que no suelo tocar, como iba diciendo: si lo elegí fue porque era sobre Whitechapel, donde había estado alojada en mis vacaciones en Londres. Eso y porque bueno, me lo han dejado y era gratis.

Empezó bien y siguió bien. El problema es que hubo un momento en el que sólo se centraban en algunas cosas como: "seguir a una persona que está descubriendo ciertas pistas sin saber cómo" o "tomtamos té mientras bus
Jul 18, 2015 Dlhmoore rated it liked it
Anne Perry writes a good murder mystery! This one centers around the Jack the Ripper story in Whitechapel. The back story is a complicated plot to de-throne the king and turn the country into a democracy with a president and congress. The plot is very complicated and involves everyone from judges, lawyers and law enforcement to average citizens. No one is ever quite sure who they can talk to as no one can be sure who is involved. It is very well done.

The main characters are Perry's recurring her
Bonne Marie
Mar 06, 2014 Bonne Marie rated it it was ok
First timer with this author but not this genre. Found the plot diluted and plodding by having the story point of view inexpertly shared by too many characters. This made for a great deal of repetition in the telling of the tale as each set of couples went over the same ground but really didn't add much diversity unique to their perspective which is the linchpin of that device. The read became a page turner but not in a good way - only to add some much needed urgency to a tale that was dragging ...more
K Jackson
Apr 15, 2016 K Jackson added it
Shelves: mystery
I guess if one writes mysteries set in Victorian London, then sooner or later one must deal with the Whitechapel murders. I thought Anne Perry had successfully bypassed all of this since this particular mystery is set several years after the killings. Unfortunately I was wrong. This is the 21st book in the series and it is clear from the beginning that Perry has decided to depart from her usual pattern and initally I thought it was a good move. Instead of starting with the discovery of a murder ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
An above-average entry in this series, involving a potential revolution (theoretically leading to a republic) in England at a time when Queen Victoria has been in mourning for thirty years and making no public appearances, the Prince of Wales is a debt-ridden non-example of an honorable potential monarch, and his son, the Duke of Clarence, has died. All this is tied into the unsolved murders some years previously by Jack the Ripper. (One wonders if Perry had access to or had read Patricia Cornwa ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery novel lovers, books based on the Victorian Age in England
I just finished this this morning. I would have finished it last night but it was 1:30am and I could see what was coming in the story and thought I would rather read that in the soothing, serene light of the morning. Glad I waited. Given that I am a dedicated fan of Anne Perry; of the Thomas Pitt series; of mysteries set in Victorian England, this one couldn't miss and it didn't. The thing about reviewing a mystery is you don't want to give away plot developments (read spoilers), so I won't
I wil
Knit Spirit
Apr 02, 2013 Knit Spirit rated it liked it
Ce livre fait partie de la saga « Charlotte et Thomas Pitt » et c’en est même le 19ème opus ! Autant vous le dire tout de suite, c’est avec ce livre que j’ai découvert l’auteur et la saga et le fait de ne pas connaître l’historique des différentes enquêtes menées par le couple ne m’a pas manqué.
Pour vous situer rapidement le contexte, nous sommes à la fin du 19ème siècle, en Angleterre et le royaume est menacé, le prince dilapide l’argent qu’il n’a pas et sa mère se désintéresse complètement de
Perry, Anne - 21st in series

Four years after the Ripper terrorized London, Thomas's testimony in a murder case is enough to convince a jury to convict distinguished soldier John Adinett of the murder of his friend, Martin Fetters, despite Adinett's having no clear motive for the killing. Upon conclusion of the case, Thomas finds himself removed from command of the Bow Street Station and sent to work undercover for the Special Branch in the East End. Somehow, unknowingly
Oct 07, 2011 Scot rated it liked it
21st in this series. Giving testimony in a murder case that goes against the wishes of the Inner Circle, Thomas finds himself removed from his Bow Street position and reassigned as an undercover agent in the poverty-stricken and unsettled Whitechapel neighborhood, where Jack the Ripper had committed his famous serial murders of prostitutes four years earlier. In working on trying to confirm the killer and motive in the court case that triggered his dismissal, Thomas also learns how far and wide ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Correen rated it really liked it

Hamlet provides a structure for Perry to study the political actions of this time. She weaves a story that encompasses Jack the Ripper, a wayward prince, Republicans versus Royalists, Jews as scapegoats, the forgotten and much abused poverty stricken masses, and the extended family of the Pitts. The story unfolds as a puzzle with an abundance of clues and the Pitt household turns out to solve the puzzle. Gracie and Aunt Vespacia each have important supporting roles.
Oct 11, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This book was so scary. Almost all of the characters including the population of London's East End were in mortal danger. Thomas Pitt was at a huge disadvantage -- separated by unjust circumstance from his beloved family. The story was complex and exciting and Lady Vespasia revisited the greatest passion of her life from 50 years hence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Whitechapel Conspiracy".
Rena Sherwood
Dec 15, 2014 Rena Sherwood rated it did not like it
Idiot me picked up this book at the library when I was too busy to read the blurb. I thought it was a William Monk book. Duh! I gave this a go, though, but it is slow going (especially since I never read a book about the Pitts before). It's utterly forgettable. (Insert pun about the book being the Pitts here.)
Sep 04, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I read books that came after this story, so I knew our hero was going to be ok. However, the evil and corruption that Thomas Pitt was up against in the establishment had me pinned to my book until things got resolved. Perry writes great cloak-and-dagger mysteries, though I'm not always up for the period settings.
Apr 12, 2012 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Although this isn't the first of the Anne Perry novels by a long way, it's the first one I've read and i liked it. It features Pitt, a Victorian police inspector who has testified at a murder trial and whose testimony manages to help get the man convicted. He was guilty but there didn't seem to be any motive. Pitt gets demoted and sent to the east end of London to try to keep an eye on possible anarchist conspirators.

Meanwhile, his coworker is trying to unravel another mystery with the help of
If you are a mystery fan and/or a Victorian England-era fan, and you don't already know Anne Perry's books, you need to check them out immediately! She has two series' each with its own Victorian era-sleuth.

This book is a new twist on the Ripper case, involving one of Perry's two separate protagonists, police detective Thomas Pitt. Pitt is a great character, as is his wife Charlotte - who married down when she married Pitt for love. Charlotte often uses her wealthy connections to help Thomas so
Dwayne Wojtowicz
May 01, 2015 Dwayne Wojtowicz rated it it was amazing
Anne Perry did it with "The Whitechapel Conspiracy." Her intertwining of her fictional story along with historical events and people, brought a wonderful, colorful and fast pace novel. The characters are very well developed; the story line and plot as well.

Jul 21, 2014 C. rated it liked it
I wasn't completely taken by the book. The history was spot on and the period details quite good, but the characters could be bothersome with a tendency to over-think.
Rita Sherepa
Dec 31, 2014 Rita Sherepa rated it it was ok
The story was OK, worth reading to the end, but more simplistic than I am used to. I may read a second book I have from her, but maybe not.
Dec 12, 2010 Mrsgaskell rated it liked it
This is part of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series set in Victorian England. It was a pleasant enough read but a bit confusing at times. It concerned two rival factions, the Inner Circle, a powerful group consisting of unknown individuals who want to foment revolt among the lower classes in order to achieve a republic, and the Masons who will do anything, including covering up murder, to save the royal family’s position. Thomas Pitt having testified against a member of the Inner Circle ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was more of a political thriller than a cozy mystery. Interesting take on the Jack the Ripper mystery.
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Probably because this is one of a series and I kind of jumped in w/o having read any other by this author. I felt that I really needed to know more about the characters; the story itself was intriguing but did, I thought, get bogged down occasionally by the political stuff. I did feel that the author did a great job of capturing the aura of Victorian England: every movement, gesture, and facial expression is fraught with meaning, however unspoken. But my ...more
Sharon Buxton
Feb 27, 2016 Sharon Buxton rated it really liked it
A. mystery, Victorian England, Jack the Ripper, series, Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #21
Aug 07, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: clever-mysteries
Ms. Perry does it again. I do enjoy her Pitt series and this one was no exception - excellent characters and complicated plot.
Jul 07, 2014 Winston rated it liked it
Good mystery and always interesting characters living in late Victorian England.
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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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