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Bethlehem Road (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #10)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,587 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
The gentleman tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge is most elegantly attired --- fresh boutonniere, silk hat, white evening scarf --- and he is quite, quite dead, as a result of his thoroughly cut throat.

Why should anyone kill Sir Lockwood Hamilton, that kindest of family men and most conscientious member of Parliament? Before Inspector Thomas Pitt can even speculate
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 30th 1991 by Fawcett Books (first published June 1990)
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Description: The gentleman tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge is most elegantly attired—fresh boutonniere, silk hat, white evening scarf—and he is quite, quite dead, as a result of his thoroughly cut throat. Why should anyone kill Sir Lockwood Hamilton, the kindest of family men?

Increasingly turned off by Perry's books. I put this on to perform a scale of extreme ironing that only comes from five weeks summer bumming. I preferred the monotomy of smoothing combined
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Ira
May 30, 2017 Ira rated it really liked it
The reason why this crime happened is shocking, not expected at all.

Thomas get promoted after that to be a Chief Inspector, he excepted thought the money will good for the family, even though he will dislike the job, you see, just sitting in the office instead go out there to do the investigation he love.

Luckily darling Charlotte not having that, she love Thomas too much and understood how he felt!:)
Allison
Jul 06, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
I'm going to have to think about this one a bit. The mystery part of it was excellent as always. The characters were great. It's a little different than the Pitt books have been so far in that you don't find out who and why on the second to last page, you find out the who a bit sooner. So, that's a fun difference. What left me a little bit unsettled is that the plot seems to be just a prop for her soapbox of women's rights. Not that I don't think women should have rights or be able to vote or ha ...more
Jamie Collins
1.5 stars. I’ve read a couple dozen of Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries now, and this is probably my least favorite. It has all of Perry’s usual weaknesses - tiresome repetition and relentless harangues about Victorian social ills - combined with an especially weak ending to an initially promising mystery.

When Thomas can’t figure out who is killing Members of Parliament as they’re walking home after late sessions, Charlotte goes into action, borrowing clothes and using her maiden name while she
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Bodosika Bodosika
Starting Words:Hetty stood at the Westminster bridge and stared across the dark roadway at the man lounging rather awkwardly against the beautiful three-headed lamppost on the far side.
Ending Words:She did not ever see Pitt come in the door, ashen-faced,Forbes at his elbow, but she felt his arms go round her as she breathed in the familiar smell of his coat feeling the texture of it under her cheek.

The story had to do with a lunatic who had a grudge against member or members of Parliament (MP) w
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Lori
May 14, 2017 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Promising start to this story but disappointing finish.
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history
Tenth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series set in the late 19th century in London revolving around Thomas' career as a policeman and the help provided him by Charlotte.

The Story
Some madman, or woman, is murdering Members of Parliament only moments after they leave a late sitting in Parliament and no one has seen a thing. Thomas and his superior, Micah Drummond [at last! A good boss for Thomas!!], are completely baffled. It takes a great deal of tedious footwork and questioning. Always
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Scot
Apr 03, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it
Tenth in the series of Victorian mysteries featuring the investigative strategies and life experiences of Inspector Thomas Pitt and his forthright wife Charlotte. This one explored the suffragette question as it affected various levels of London society in 1888. We get some long speeches on both sides of the issue which didn’t tell me anything about the Cult of Domesticity as it was practiced in this society that I didn’t already know; still, the revelation of just how few basic rights women leg ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Feb 14, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it
This was one of the more complex of the Thomas and Charlotte series. The story begins when a Member of Parliament is found on Westminster Bridge with his throat slit. There seems to be no reason for his death until a second Member of Parliament is killed in the same way. Suspicion falls on the suffragettes and especially one woman in particular who has been greviously wronged by one of the victims, her estranged husband.

As this series continues, Anne Perry is giving a riviting description of th
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writer...
Feb 06, 2017 writer... rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great details of the era, characters I enjoy , and plotting that keeps me thrilled to be in suspense as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt work out the solution...
Indee
Sep 24, 2011 Indee rated it liked it
The murders are grisly and the book gives a good insight in to the social and political views of women's suffrage in Victorian England. But all in all the pace of the story becomes very slow towards the middle and picks up only towards the very end.
Mira
Jul 09, 2011 Mira rated it did not like it
It's not a conventional detective tale, but would be fab for those interested in historic London. I found it very slow paced and a little dull
Ashley
Mar 09, 2017 Ashley rated it really liked it
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Bibliothekerin
This book is Terrifying and powerful because it was TRUE--and still is, in the privacy of many marriages. I chastise readers who blasted Perry for 'using this as a soapbox for her feminist views'. Easy for them to criticize when they have not suffered the fate that all too many other women suffered--and STILL suffer today.
It truly makes me angry that some women criticize their sisters for speaking out about such oppression. This is not just 'gender politics', folks; we're not just talking about
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Pepe Barrascout
Dec 20, 2016 Pepe Barrascout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como todos los libros de Anne Perry, este es una muestra mas de su astucia y sagacidad para llevar una buena historia y mantener el suspenso hasta el final. Con un cuidado y muy sutil gusto, nos va introduciendo en la cultura inglesa de la época Victoriana.

Esta historia en particular, da la sensación de que no hay forma posible de poderse resolver, cuando de repente, se deja conocer un pequeño detalle a la vista, que resuelve toda la trama.

Lo interesante del libro, es que al final, el libro no t
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Kike
Oct 30, 2016 Kike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Después de diez entregas de esta serie Anne Perry sigue entreteniendo y no aburre con cada uno de sus misterios, pero lo mas interesante de este libro es el trasfondo: el derecho a la mujer a decidir sobre su cuerpo, sus ideas y sobre sus decisiones, un tema que sigue vigente en nuestra época. De los mejores de Thomas Pitt.
Jenny
If I hadn't read the other earlier books in the series, it would have gotten 3 stars for the annoyingly abrupt ending. Guess I'm getting used to them now, but still some closure would have been nice.

10 stars for Davina Porter's performance on the audio book though. She's amazing.
Renny
Mar 09, 2017 Renny rated it really liked it
A well written and well done mystery in the midst of an accurate portrait of real life passions, inequities and abuses.... and their all to frequent consequences.
Sameera77
Nov 17, 2012 Sameera77 rated it liked it
I was somewhat disappointed with book 10 of inspector Pitt and his wife Charlotte mysteries. I got annoyed with the main protagonists, but not the murders and the following investigation. The idea I especially find ridiculous was Pitt's declining his promotion to the chief inspector and much higher income. Both Pitt's whining about the loss of the job he loved for the sake of his family and Charlotte's sweet insisting on his declining of better prospects and income for the sake of his happiness ...more
Katy M
Aug 24, 2014 Katy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my. Pride and ego.

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 series, set in Victorian London. The
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Laura
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anne Perry fans
I am slowly making my way through all the books in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series of which this is one. The plot in this one revolves around a series of 3 murders of members of the British Parliament. All of them occurring as the members are walking home from late night legislative meetings. The 3 members generally resemble one another. During the course of the investigation suspicion falls on an outspoken reformer of womens' rights. For my LDS friends, this is the first of AP's stories wh ...more
Nancy
Jan 22, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it
Another exciting book in this series. Quite a few twists and turns in the plot; and quite an exciting finish....

The gentleman tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge is most elegantly attired --- fresh boutonniere, silk hat, white evening scarf --- and he is quite, quite dead, as a result of his thoroughly cut throat.

Why should anyone kill Sir Lockwood Hamilton, that kindest of family men and most conscientious member of Parliament? Before Inspector Thomas Pitt can even speculate on the reaso
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Sue
Oct 10, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This tenth offering in the series was the best so far. It was a complicated mystery and although I thought I had it all sewed up early on, I was way off base. A murderer is stalking MP's as they walk across the Westminster Bridge after late night sittings of the House of Commons and returning to their homes. The victims seem to be unrelated and Pitt gets more and more discouraged as he searches for clues and finds none that tie the murders together. The subplot is the fight for women' ...more
Connie Melton
Apr 04, 2011 Connie Melton rated it it was amazing
The issue of women's rights pervades Inspector Thomas Pitt's tenth adventure in late 19th-century London. Three Members of Parliament have had their throats slit while crossing the Westminster Bridge. All three voted against female suffrage. As Pitt investigates, his suspicions fall on a vocal and much-wronged suffragette; other unlikely candidates include anarchists and madmen. As usual, Pitt's wife, Charlotte, and her delightful Great Aunt Vespasia play sleuths as well. Perry uses well-mannere ...more
Becky
Aug 31, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is my first non-Christmas/holiday themed book of Anne Perry's.

An earlier book (different author, different genre, but similar time) provoked me to look into the Pitts' again (Charlotte and her Inspector husband, Thomas Pitt).

Time period is late 1800's and the story takes place in London. The women of London have recently started up the Suffrage Movement.

One murder happens, but the second seems to be related to the suffrage movement. Of course, the independent nature of Charlotte helps get h
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Susan
Jul 26, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall an enjoyable, well-crafted mystery. I thought Charlotte's character would have a bit more to do based on the blurb, but still good.

I downloaded the ebook from the library. I was pretty disappointed in the quality of the copy. Lots of typos, and entire words seemed to be missing here and there. I suppose that is due to the scanning technology, but it seems someone could take the time to proof these before putting them out to the public. Especially since they are going to limit you to 14
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Joan
Feb 14, 2012 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to the series; I love listening to these on long solitary drives. This one delves into the issue of women's rights, or lack of them, during the late 1800s, and the relatively new push by women for voting privileges in England. Both sides are heard from, although it's obvious which the author is on! The plot is rather more complex than most of the others in the series that I've read and, while I knew that the flowers were important pretty early, I didn't figure out who ...more
Scilla
Mar 03, 2013 Scilla rated it liked it
Pitt is called to investigate the murder of an MP walking home from Parliament. His neck was sliced with a razor and he was tied to a lamppost with his scarf. Soon there are two more murders. There is some suspicion the murders are tied to the women trying to gain the right to vote as well as other women's rights. Charlotte and Aunt Vespasia do some investigating. Emily is off to the continent for a wedding trip. Finally, Pitt realizes that the flower seller on the nights of killing is selling p ...more
Arthur
Nov 26, 2012 Arthur rated it really liked it
I have read many books in this series and have enjoyed them all. The focus of this one is on women's rights, particular voting rights. As always, Perry's ability to engage the reader in the sociology and politics of the late 1800s is what makes these books particularly interesting. My main concern was the resolution of the murders. The motive for the third murder becomes abundantly clear. But I was at a loss to really understand the motives for the first two murders. Perhaps this reflects anothe ...more
Lynne Tull
Apr 08, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, victorian
This was one of Ms. Perry's better stories. You will begin to doubt if the mystery will be solved by Thomas or Charlotte. Even though I had a suspicion of who the culprit was, I was surprised in the end. I guessed right, but didn't know the motive. I am not sure, even now, the whole story and I doubt I ever know. We were also treated to letters from Emily from her honeymoon on the Continent, a minus in my opinion. They added nothing to this story, but acted as filler so we could learn about Pari ...more
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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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