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Rutland Place (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #5)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  3,223 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Things are not what they seem in fashionable Rutland Place, where secrets that are never discussed at tea include murder

When her mother asks her help in finding a lost locket with a compromising picture, neither Charlotte Pitt, nor her mother, has any idea that the locket may be at the center of a bizarre chain of events leading to murder. Arriving at her mother’s home at
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1983)
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Kathy Davie
Jun 01, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
Fifth in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in late Victorian London and revolving around Detective Inspector Pitt and his busybody of a wife.

My Take
This particular story provides an in-depth look at how the mere accident of losing a trinket can have a profound effect on everyone in one's circle. Followed with that step up to true scandal whether it's murder or stepping out on one's spouse.

For all the desperation Caroline feels about recovering her locket, I don't see
As much as I love Anne Perry I really didn't care much for this story. Can't really say why though.

Charlotte's mother, Carolyn, has a missing necklace with a photo she does not wish anyone to see. The photo is of someone other than her husband and she is afraid the person who has it will try to blackmail her with it. Whil shee has done nothing wrong (this is just an infatuation) she knows everyone will think the worst of her.

While Charlotte, her husband, sister and mother look for the necklace a
Roger Taylor
Having read a number of Pitt mysteries, I can honestly say this was not my favourite. Too much of the time was devoted to women at tea and idle chatter in drawing rooms. Life must have been incredibly dull for well to do ladies in the 19th Century. I much prefer those stories involving Thomas Pitt out in the streets trying to solve some grisly murder!!
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 20, 2017 Carole (in Canada) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drama, Mystery
Shelves: favorites, mystery
Another wonderful book by Anne Perry evoking the sinister side of human nature of which she does so well. This is the 5th book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series of Victorian murder/mystery and my first review of her books. Each book is a stand-a-lone mystery. However, I have enjoyed how Charlotte and Thomas' relationship from strangers to husband and wife has evolved through each of the books. I have also enjoyed how Thomas Pitt's career as a policeman, to now Inspector, has come about and ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I’m beginning to understand the attraction to Anne Perry. I think she writes for slow readers, so that is the pace I set for this novel. I took care to absorb every word, and I very nearly escaped re-reading of any lines or passages. I was able to follow the story line and even the implied meanings of conversation, although I’m unsure how anyone of this time period ever knew what they were talking about. They most definitely were never certain of another person’s intention, even when pla ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Darla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:Mystery) I am always torn when I read Anne Perry. She writes a great mystery with distinct characters and wonderful attention to detail for the Victorian English culture. But I usually can only read a book or two of hers before I need a break. Her writing usually explores some hidden and dark elements that we usually don't associate with the time period (probably due to the social constraints at the time, not because they didn't exist). I've asked myself while reading her books if murder ...more
Debbie Maskus
Charlotte Pitt is expecting her second child, but that provides no reason to stop her involvement in a crime. Carolina, Charlotte's mother, has lost a locket. The problem rests in the fact that the locket contains a picture of a man that is not her husband. Wonders never cease in thinking a grandmother might still fall in love and act foolishly. The story illustrates the conventions and limitations of English society. Perry does a wonderful job in showing real people with real feelings and human ...more
Kate Forsyth
Rutland Place begins with a series of petty thefts, and escalates to bloody murder and a troubling denouement. Once again, Charlotte uses her upper-class family connections to dig out secrets that her policeman husband Thomas Pitt simply could not access.

This is not a series to read for pace and suspense. Anne Perry is much more interested in the interior lives of her characters, and in probing the hypocrisy of the Victorians’ attitude to gender, class, and sexuality. The mysteries are always in
Cathy Gingerich
I truly wanted to like this book. I love mysteries. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like it. Was it the he said she said dialogues that got to me or the lack of clear clues,or the slow moving very inactive plot? I began to enjoy the characters about 2/3 of the way through the book. Normally would have given up before then, but for some reason was compelled to know the ending. Weird, I know.
Feb 17, 2016 Trina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-mystery
I liked some aspects of this, mainly the recurring characters of Thomas & Charlotte Pitt, but on the whole I found it insipid and silly, expecting us to care about a murder victim whom no one liked and to give a fig about the indiscretions of genteel neighbors? Spare us the madness of polite Society in Rutland Place and give us the teeming world of Victorian London any day!
Apr 29, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing on with Perry's series set in Victorian England. At first I was only going to give this three stars, but then I realized that it took me to the end to solve the mystery. That's a good mystery. Besides, I like to read of the life and ways of this period.
Nov 20, 2015 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is worth reading, if only for the image of Charlotte Pitt on the verge of being falling-down drunk on champagne. But, of course, there is a solid mystery here, as well and Perry's dependable characters.
Feb 28, 2017 Marj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like this series of hers as well as the Monk series and this book just didn't measure up for me. Way too much English manners and I usually enjoy that kind of thing. It picked up towards the end.
Jan 08, 2017 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
Good book but not great.
Not her best

This one wasn't quite up to par with the first four and there were several continuity errors (both series and within the book itself)
Ana T.
Dec 08, 2007 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It never ceases to amaze me how well Perry conveys my idea of Victorian society - or maybe I should say how well she convinced me with her portrayal. Small worlds where everyone knows everyone else and their worth. Where everyone believes they know each other's secrets but where most manage to conceal strong passions, hidden desires and, sometimes, hideous crimes.

In this fifth installment of the Pitt series, Charlotte and Thomas have moved to a new house with their daughter Jemima. Charlotte is
Sep 08, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 19, 2017 Renny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another mystery that delves into the passions as well as darkness that sometimes drives people to horrible choices with absolutely tragic outcomes.
Feb 20, 2017 Jaren rated it it was amazing
Another easy, enjoyable, and thoroughly entertaining read. Even had a good laugh here and there.
Oct 17, 2015 Yvette rated it liked it
Once one begins an inquiry into evil, one can start a train of events that is very difficult to stop.

At this point, I've read enough Charlotte & Thomas Pitt to realise there's a formula: the characters fumble for a solution to the mystery while some wider social drama (namely fear of scandal and exposure) drives the plot until the murderer is discovered in the last chapter (there are strictly 10 chapters). Still, despite the formulaic plot of these books, I am hopelessly addicted to them.

Katy M
Jul 27, 2014 Katy M rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous Pitt book

Another fabulous Pitt book

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Anne Perry is a master of the written word. Every word, phrase, paragraph is placed for maximum effect. There is no filler or waste. She has obviously researched the era exhaustively. Her insight into the human condition is uncanny.
There are always many layers to her tales. The main storyline is Pitt and Charlotte, his police work and the mystery of the case he's working on in the particular book in this serie
Anne Hawn Smith
Jan 26, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fifth mystery in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series begins with the loss of a locket by Charlotte’s mother. Alarmed by her mother’s unexplained concern about the locket, Charlotte agrees to pay calls with her mother and see if she can determine if anyone knows about it. As time progresses, Charlotte becomes aware that there is more to the locket than her mother wants to admit. Anyone finding it will be sure to realize that the picture inside is not her husband. The mystery deepens when ...more
Barbara M
I've read three of the first in the series, this is the fifth. I haven't read any of the series in quite a while but I remember loving them. I wasn't able to get the fourth, however, I am disappointed in this one. I was bored, especially with the dialog. I don't remember the other books having such poor, rambling, dialog. I'm guessing that it might have been normal to talk in circles to make a point in Victorian times but it isn't fun to read in the amount that was in this book.

Charlotte's mothe
La madre di Charlotte la convoca perché le è sparito un medaglione. Non è preoccupata tanto del valore dell'oggetto, quanto di quello che potrebbe accadere se qualcuno vedesse cosa c'è dentro...Ma non è l'unica ad aver subito piccoli furti nelle vicinanze.

Simpatico. Fa capire quanto fosse precaria la situazione femminile all'epoca, anche nell'aristocrazia.

* A volte si sopporta meglio il dolore se lo si tiene segreto, e l'umiliazione è l'ultima cosa che si vuole condividere. La cosa più gentile c
Susan Anderson
Aug 02, 2011 Susan Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rutland Place is dark mystery by Anne Perry, the fifth in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series.

The story begins when Caroline, Charlotte’s mother, asks for her daughter’s help in finding a locket that she cannot find. The mystery deepens when a resident of Rutland Place dies under suspicious circumstances and the subplot involving Caroline and her missing locket interleaves with the darker mystery of death and something else, the secrets at the heart of the lives of the residents. The plot is in
Jan 02, 2010 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifth in the series, this one begins with Charlotte's mother, Caroline, discovering she has lost a locket bearing the image of a secret infatuation. Is a kleptomaniac on the loose in her neighborhood? Will she be shamed then shunned in society? Unexplained deaths also in the immediate neighborhood suggest the possibility of blackmail, and Charlotte and Thomas, both using their own strategies, attempt to discover what exactly is going on.

This installment can get a bit tedious at times, as Charlo
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Thomas Pitt
1. The Cater Street Hangman (1979)
2. Callander Square (1980)
3. Paragon Walk (1981)
4. Resurrection Row (1981)
5. Rutland Place (1983)
6. Bluegate Fields (1984)
7. Death in the Devil's Acre (1985)
8. Cardington Crescent (1987)
9. Silence in Hanover Close (1988)
10. Bethlehem Road (1990)
11. Highgate Rise (1991)
12. Belgrave Square (1992)
13. Farriers' Lane (1993)
14. The Hyde Park Headsman (1994)
15. Traitors' Gate (1995)
16. Pentecost Alley (1996)
17. Ashworth Hall (1997)
18. Brunswick Gardens (1998
Sep 07, 2012 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is another Victorian mystery featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. Charlotte is from a well to do family and has married a police inspector. Her mother, Caroline, contacts her regarding a missing brooch. She has a photo of a handsome and debonair Frenchman in the brooch even though she is married to Charlotte’s father. Constrained by the strong mores of Victorian society, she must recover the brooch before anyone looks inside. Otherwise, the shame will result in her in being ostracized from
Aug 16, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good installment in the Pitt mysteries, and I liked that Charlotte's mom and Emily were featured in this book. (I didn't know that her parents had moved, but maybe that was never mentioned in previous books in the series?)

Of course, Aunt Vespasia wasn't in this story, and the Dominic storyline appears to be dropped - for now at least. I liked how passionate he was becoming about about workhouse/slum reform.

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Feb 07, 2015 Maria rated it liked it
This is the fifth Victorian era mystery featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his former-society wife Charlotte. The title of each story represents a neighborhood in London.

Charlotte’s beautiful and beloved mother, Caroline, now lives in fashionable Rutland Place, with her Charlotte’s father, Edward. They have since moved from Cater Street after the murder of their eldest daughter, Sarah, in the first book of the series. Caroline summons Charlotte’s assistance in retrieving a lost locket with a ph
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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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Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (1 - 10 of 32 books)
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