Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rutland Place ” as Want to Read:
Rutland Place
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rutland Place (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #5)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,103 ratings  ·  88 reviews
"When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
When Charlotte Pitt, well-born wife of Thomas Pitt, the police investigator, learned of her mother's distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she did not know it was the beginning of several bizarre events that would end in sudden death. For
...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published (first published August 1983)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rutland Place, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rutland Place

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,943)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Tracy
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
Kathy Davie
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
...more
Katy M
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
...more
Michael Kachor
Great book as always.

The only with the the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series is that it ends quick stop! No epilogue or such. Find the killer? Done!

Wondering why Ms. Perry thanks the City of Toronto? Not mentioned at all.

Anyway. Good stuff.

Michael
Ladysatel
A Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mystery - #5 by Anne Perry

Charlotte's mother Caroline Ellison has lost a locket which was very dear to her. Because it contained a picture of a man other than her husband she is frantic to have it found. As Charlotte attempts to find this locket, murder comes to Rutland Place. And Thomas Pitt is called to handle the case. As he begins his investigation he realizes there is more to be discovered behind the doors of Rutland Place.

A shocking ending to the case is involve
...more
Anne Hawn Smith
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
Darla
(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
Ana T.
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
...more
Susan Anderson
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
...more
Scot
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
...more
Diana

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
...more
Lynne Tull
This is more like it! The mystery was center stage. If there was any background info I needed, it was carefully woven into the story. There were no long passages about how Victorians lived, worked, or played. Thank goodness. That being said...As usual Ms. Perry ended the story with unanswered questions. I felt like I have been left hanging until I read the next book. We'll see if I get any answers? Still working my way through this series.
Jennifer Bagby
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
...more
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.
Wendy
I love this series. The mystery is never solved until the last moment, and it's usually something you never would gave guessed, but they're still fun. The real enjoyment is in reading about the ridiculous lengths the high-society folk go to to save face and seeing how often that comes back to bite them.
Tracy Collier
Loved it as usual. I am finding these books easier to get through and follow better with audio book rather than actually reading them. No matter, it's still a great book!
Jim
This was not one of Anne Perry's better efforts. The plot was her standard one of suppressed sexuality in victorian england but there was no sense of movement in this one. There were very few clues just a lot of "he said, she said" type of stuff and the reader is left to figure out what to believe. At the end the culpret is revealed and there is a pretty good twist but no particular feeling of satisfaction. One of the problems, I think is that Perry lost the balance between background and story. ...more
Jen Scott
I enjoy Anne Perry and the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. She keeps my attention by giving detail to the Victorian upper class in the late 1800's with their servants, social classes, social ills, etc. Reading about some of the social ills is hard, especially when it deals with incest, child labor, child prostitution, prostitution, homosexuality, etc. This novel was a little slow for me than her other novels. Although I guessed who the "killer" was earlier in the novel, the ending was rather t ...more
Carol
This book starts out as stolen property and then we have a murder. Dose one thing lead to the other? We shall see.

Good book!
Janice L Dick
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt at their best, working to solve a mystery with a definite twist unknown till the very end.
Tanya
It was a great moment when, in this Victorian mystery, the protagonist started singing "Champagne Charlie" after going to a music hall!
Bookkitten *happily drowning in books*
Just when you think all Inspector Pitt novels are the same...

I liked seeing Charlotte´s mother in this book, as well as Monsieur Alaric. We all knew there was unfinished business with that guy since "Paragon walk" :) And yay for Emily standing ground.

The novel was well written. Anne Perry proved her knowlege of the Victorian society and her talent of illuminating secrets again.

The end totally shocked me. It had almost psycho thriller qualities and I can only feel sorry for Eloise, poor thing...

4
...more
Donna
Very tautly written. Does not really have neatly wrapped up ending that most Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels do. Through the whole book, the premise seems to be very thin until about halfway through when the murder occurs. When it does, the clues seem to have nothing to link them together until the shocker conclusion when the explanation for two residents actions take a twist and hindsight allows you to say "that's why he acted that way". A creepier side to Victorian England and the blinders so ...more
Ruth
One of my favorite reads is mystery/romance victorian era England and Perry excells in doing so. I chose this book at the library while waiting for my hold on Maisie Dobbs' book three. I did not immediately like Rutland Place but found myself eagerly reading it thru the end and recommend it as a good read but am still hesitant myself in reading more of her novels. In Rutland Place, Anne's main character shows understanding, pity and affection for the murderer. In real life her bio on wiki says s ...more
Rachel
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of this series. Touching, funny, cleverly written- really enjoy Perry's style. Can't wait to read the next one.
Denise
I enjoyed this book very much. Unlike some of the other books by Anne Perry this one was not so dark and tortuous. It mainly involves Charlotte Pitt and her family, with only an occasional piece about Thomas. You will laugh when Charlotte finds herself in a place no "lady" would knowingly visit. The book does explore things that "society" pretends do not happen, including the discovery Charlotte makes at the end of the book that reveals the actual reason for one murder, and that there were reall ...more
M.E. May
I read this just before I went to Killer Nashville Conference where Anne Perry was the guest of honor. I found her to be quite delightful. I usually don't read a lot of historical fiction, but decided I should get to know the author a bit.

Rutland Place was a good read. It kept me intrigued and guessing "who done it" throughout the reading. It's interesting to me how Anne was able to catch the plight of women during this time period in England and make it work. I would recommend this book, espec
...more
Catherine Gauthier
One of my favorite of Thomas Pitt mysteries. Charlotte was brilliant!
Noel
Good story and ending.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 98 99 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Death at Gallows Green (Kathryn Ardleigh, #2)
  • Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery, #12)
  • The Spider's Web (Sister Fidelma, #5)
  • The Color of Death (Sir John Fielding, #7)
  • The Servant's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #2)
6331
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

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
More about Anne Perry...
The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1) Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #2) A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2) Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »