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Treason at Lisson Grove (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #26)

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The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant with details of an international plot against the British government. Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt, hastening to rendezvous with him, arrives seconds after the knife-wielding assassin—who, in turn, flees on an erratic course that leads Pitt in wil
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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I always look forward to a new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book and its insights into life in Victorian England. But this book left me disappointed. Thomas Pitt is chasing a man he thinks is linked to a conspiracy against England itself that leads him to France and frustration. Back in England, his superior is charged with taking money that had been earmarked for an informant in Ireland who was later betrayed and killed. In order to clear his name, Pitt's superior travels to Ireland to try to clea ...more

Anne Perry is the consummate mystery writer! Even after 26 Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, the spark is still strong, the twists and turns still too good to figure out and the thread that ties it all together, the love story between Thomas and Charlotte, is still just as endearing and true as it was from the first. "Treason at Lisson Grove" triumphs in the face of all those who believe a series must have a natural arc then gracefully retire. If an author is as gifted as is Ms. Perry,
Susan Johnson
I am a fan of the Pitts and eagerly looked forward to a new adventure after a long break. Unfortunately, it was not worth the wait. The plot just crumbles everywhere. It's because it's just not believable. As Narraway is framed for a crime, Charlotte traipses over to Ireland to assist. I don't believe it for a minute. I don't believe she would leave like that without talking to her husband and entrust the care of her children to a maid she had met the day before. I thought Gracie would return fo ...more
Another decent entry to the Thomas/Charlotte Pitt series - the 26th, I believe, and I've read them all. Still enjoy reading the series, especially all the details of Victorian life, but I do wish we could go back to the couple just solving regular! murders instead of all the political intrigue and conspiracies of the last few books in this series, and also in the Monk and WWI series. Starting to seem like Ms. Perry is just a tad obsessed with anarchists and evil cabals of powerful men around eve ...more
It's my 26th outing with Charlotte and Thomas, and Anne Perry, reliably, satisfies me as I drop in to spend time with these old friends. Now it's 1895 and Thomas works for Special Branch, a rough equivalent for what we might call Homeland Security. He dashes off to France chasing a suspected anarchist as the novel opens, and Charlotte will get her own adventure in Dublin, trying to assist Thomas's supervisor Narraway. Jemima is already 13 (they grow up so fast!) and Daniel is 10. Gracie has her ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘What are you going to do?’

This novel is set in 1895, at a time when political unrest was rising all over Europe. The threat of anarchy and the potential for violence had European governments nervous. England’s Special Branch knew of a current plot, but not yet who the leaders were, or who the target might be. Inspector Thomas Pitt, in pursuit of a suspected terrorist, finds himself in France. Shortly afterwards, Pitt’s superior officer Victor Narraway is accused of causing the death of an Irish
Lynn Smith-Roberts
In a really great series, this is one of the very best. While Pitt is out in France following a murderer, his boss is discreditted at work and he goes to Ireland to clear his good name. Because of his being discreditted, Charlotte fears the same will happen to her husband, so she goes to Ireland with her husband's boss. When Pitt discovers he has also been betrayed, he nearly loses his life, but he returns to England and is made the head of Special Branch in his boss' place. Is he there because ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is my first Thomas Pitt book.
Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt and his partner are meeting an informer, but the man has his throat cut seconds before Pitt catches up with him. Pitt them follows the murdered ending up on a ferry and then in St. Malo on the French coast. Meanwhile, Pitt’s supervisor, Victor Narraway, finds himself accused of embezzling government funds. With Pitt incommunicado in France, Narraway, in desperation, turns to Pitt’s wife Charlotte for help. The plot was hatched
Surprisingly, this was the most interesting Anne Perry I have read! Even if, seriously, the loltastic writing at some points - everyone is always finding deep emotion in one another's eyes, etc etc etc

BUT i have no idea why, i imprinted slightly on Narraway and even though i still secretly want him to like dudes he's a pretty cool guy anyway. sadly he just kind of got increasingly tired and careworn and exhausted (etc etc etc) as the book went on, and nothing was ever capitalized on re: him cru
I think I missed a book or two in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, but I enjoyed this one nevertheless. Thomas is now in Special Branches, investigating possible socialist terrorists, when he's drawn to France. At the same time,and unbeknownst to him, his superior Victor Narroway is accused of embezzling government funds and is dismissed from the service. Charlotte and Narraway head to Ireland to clear Narraway's name, while Thomas struggles to discover who in the Special Branch is a traito ...more
I have read every book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I love the first, The Cater Street Hangman,and have enjoyed many of the others. I like the blend of mystery with the historical details of the time.

However, I really felt Anne Perry was going through the motions with Treason at Lisson Grove. I had to force myself to finish it. It was slow starting, Thomas and Charlotte were hardly together during the book, and the plot took twists that were not believable. It's sad to see the series
Anne Perry's series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt has been a favorite of mine for years. This one, her first in three years, contained more excitement than usual, and I enjoyed it very much. The relationship between the Pitts, the descriptions of Dublin, London, and Paris in the time of Britain's Queen Victoria, and the intrigue of the mystery with its many twists all kept me reading furiously. So good to spend time with old friends again!
Katie Winkler
I enjoyed this book a lot. I like Anne Perry's sleuths because they are so moral, but not stodgy. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt have a strong healthy marriage and are good parents. They deal with the horrible things with honor and integrity. Man, it's so rare these days to read a book with such characters. They are not perfect, either. They make mistakes but they face up to them. They do their duty, but keep the spirit of the law, not the letter. Perhaps I'm hopelessly old-fashioned, but I like myse ...more
Deborah A.
Always Intriguing with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, but this was one of my favorites

Any serial epic that has 30-something books has to be especially strong, well-written, and have characters that we think of as dear friends, as we fear for their lives and anticipate their future. This series has survived from early attraction, to courtship, to now the oldest daughter almost in her teens...all in a well-researched Victorian time period in England. Each murder, case, and the changes th
Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry begins mid-chase. With great effort, Thomas Pitt and a younger officer catch up to their elusive quarry, only to discover him lying dead in a pool of blood. The murderer, fleeing the scene, leads them on yet another chase, ending up in a French town that appears to be a hotbed of socialist/anarchist plotting. They are officers of Victorian Britain’s Special Branch, entrusted with secret investigations of international terro ...more
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
I'm not sure why I enjoyed this one so much; it is not the most believable of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, and at one point Pitt seems to contradict himself: he says he did not tell one character about X, when, in fact, it seems as if he did mention X. The plot is a bit convoluted in places and the pacing is alternately fast-paced and draggy.

I enjoyed the adventure into France, but less so the part in Dublin. I don't usually read Perry's novels for the extreme mystery but more for the
One of the better Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels. Victor Narraway, head of Special Branch has been accused of embezzeling funds meant to help an Irish informer go into hiding. The informer is killed. Narraway is removed immediately from his position and is intent on finding out who betrayed him. Meanwhile, Pitt and his associate Gower track another informer. He is killed while they are chasing him and they follow the "killer" to France. They stakeout the house of an expat Englishman with socia ...more
Lis Carey
Thomas and another Special Branch agent, Gower, are on their way to a meeting with an informant who has vital information about a violent plot by political radicals, but when they come into view of the man, he unexpectedly runs. They pursue, splitting up in order not to lose him in the crowded and maze-like London streets, and catch up with him just in time to see him murdered by another radical, Wrexham. They pursue the killer, and could catch him, but Gower argues it's better to follow him bac ...more
It's been three years since we've had a new entry in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series by Anne Perry, but Perry picks up much as she left off, in a time of tumultuous upheaval in England and Europe. Near the end of Queen Victoria's long reign, a new political philosophy is gaining popularity, especially among the perpetually downtrodden masses. Socialism gives them a glimmer of hope for a more equitable society and some are willing to employ violent means to achieve its implementation.

• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Lisson Grove?

"Je ne me rappelle même plus comment je suis tombée sur Anne Perry, ce qui est sûr c'est que depuis je n'en suis pas ressorti! Lisson Grove est le dernier volume sorti de la série Charlotte et Thomas Pitt."

• Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Alors que Thomas suit la piste d'un suspect jusqu'en France, à Londres Narraway est accusé d'avoir détourné des fonds et est démis de ses fonctions. Suspectant un complot
Shirley Schwartz
That is all that I can say about this book. It is absolutely stunning and one of the best Anne Perry books I've ever read. And that's saying a lot since I've read everything she's written as soon as it comes out. Not for nothing is she one of my favourite authors. It's been three years since we've had a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel, and it's been a long wait, but well worth it with the release of this book. The book is terrific-suspenseful, a great mystery, a wonderful plot and, of course, th ...more
Suspense Magazine
We're treated to a new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel in this historical thriller. Lisson Grove is the location of Pitt's organization, always called Special Branch. In the bang-up beginning, Pitt and Gower, another agent, pursue a man they witnessed standing over a newly dead body. The chase takes them across the channel to St. Malo in France. There, a plot seems to be gathering head, something boding of violence and a fundamental change that, once done, may not be able to be undone.
Pitt is se
Kelley Blanks
I have to say that I don't really like where this series has been leading over the past couple of books. While the individual books were good, it is the direction I don't like.

Thomas seems permanently out of the Metropolitan Police and in Special Branch to stay. This offers several negatives from what I can see. First, he can no longer share the details of his cases with Charlotte which effectively cuts her out of helping. This extends to her extended family as well so they don't appear anywhere
Treason at Lisson Grove is book 26 of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series by Anne Perry, set in Victorian England. In this episode, Thomas (working for Special Branch) chases a criminal to France and maintains surveillance, until he begins to suspect he has been intentionally lured away from England. Meanwhile Victor Narraway, head of Special Branch, is under direct attack from a traitor within Special Branch, without his trusted Thomas to aid him. Victor warns Charlotte that Thomas is ...more
This was an unusual, but very enjoyable Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery!

When Thomas is unexpectedly obliged to follow a suspect to France, he doesn't even have time to notify Charlotte, but sends a message to Narraway advising him where Pitt and another officer are going.

Shortly after Pitt leaves, Narraway is shocked to be advised that some money he thought he had provided to a witness to allow him to leave the country after helping special branch with a case has been discovered back in Narraw
The plot of this book begins with a murder and street chase that sends Thomas to France and Charlotte to Ireland to solve a huge conspiracy that threatens England, Special Branch, and all the personal lives it touches. This book had Thomas and Charlotte split up and so there was a dual story line going on through most of the book. Charlotte was her usual passionate self to help on her end while Thomas painstakingly worked through the facts. Recurring characters were revisited and enjoyed.

This re
First Sentence: “That’s him!” Gower yelled above the sound of the traffic.

Thomas Pitt, an officer of the Special Branch, is on the hunt after those plotting to overthrow the government. After their informant is murdered, Pitt and a fellow officer are chase after the assassin. Stuck virtually incommunicado in France, it is up to Pitt’s superior, Victor Narraway, to advise Pitt’s wife. Having helped Pitt with earlier police investigations, she is now asked for help by Narraway who has been framed
Anne Perry's historical detective novels are full of details from the Victorian era that bring that period to life. This newest novel, Betrayal at Lisson Grove, does not disappoint in that respect. The plot is complicated, Thomas Pitt is now dispatched to France to get to the bottom of a plot to overthrow the British government. In the meantime, Charlotte Pitt is off to Ireland with Thomas's superior in the Special Branch, Victor Narraway, to get to the bottom of a charge of embezzlement against ...more
I read all of Ms. Perry's Victorian mysteries because of the settings, plot, and interesting main characters. I have begun to tire of the extended asides she inserts to explain character's inner thoughts, and emotions that lie under the surface, and god-awful flashes in the eyes or faces of characters struggling to conceal what they are feeling. I find myself skimming the text during these moments.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some very exciting moments. I love Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels especially, but, sometimes her rehashing of situations drives me mad! I get the feeling she uses this device to make her books longer. Going over and over the same territory and asking the same questions over and over can get tiresome, and yet with all that you can't beat her descriptions of Victorian settings and what it was like to live during that period. I really love the character o ...more
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