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Bethlehem Road (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #10)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,340 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
When Members of Parliament are murdered crossing Westminster Bridge, Thomas and Charlotte Pit must sift through the many suspects to find the killer—before he strikes again

In the few minutes it takes to cross Westminster Bridge, Sir Lockwood Hamilton has his throat slit and is tied securely to the lamppost with his evening scarf. The killer then vanishes without being seen
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published June 1990)
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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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Allison
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Feb 20, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katy M
Aug 24, 2014 Katy M rated it it was amazing
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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Bettie☯
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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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Indee
Sep 24, 2011 Indee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynne Tull
Apr 10, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sameera77
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
Laura
Nov 04, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pamela
Mar 14, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Buffs, Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Pamela by: no one
Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #10. The rights of women is the theme behind this mystery by the wonderful Anne Perry. How far will a woman go to be allowed to do what they want to do, to think what they want to think? None of us living remember the day when a woman "belonged" to her husband like a piece of furniture--along with all her money and the assets she owned before she married.
Ladysatel
Thomas Pitt is on the case of "The Westminster Cut Throat". Needless to say he is under a great deal of pressure to find and arrest the culprit. Also adding to the mix is the silence of the influential people he has to deal with.
A great read - a good Victorian mystery.
Book 10 of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Series
Sue
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
Janice Dick
A horrific murder with no known motive, then another and another in the same manner. A great read following Thomas and Charlotte Pitt as they attempt, separately in most cases, to discover the motive and thus the identity of the murderer. Another great novel by Anne Perry.
Kathy England
I don't usually review mysteries that I'm reading in series, because the main characters remain the same and they are mysteries. There's not much one can say without giving away the story. But Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series take place in late 1800's London. Her local color is well researched and interesting, and each book is based on a social issue. This one is based on women's rights and the suffrage movement in about 1880.
Ashley
This one didn't hold my attention at all. I found myself skimming. As other reviewers have stated, it seemed a little too much like a platform for women's rights. While I in no way think that it isn't a valid topic especially for the time, it just felt so forced.
Rosemary
Nov 23, 2014 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Good read.

Charlotte and Thomas again are partners in solving an interesting crime. Great dose of 1890's London culture. Perry is the queen of crime in the Victorian era.
Lucy
Sep 29, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting commentary on the status of women in England when they were still legally possessions of their fathers or husbands. Some insight into the two sides of the debate in giving women more rights.
Tracy Collier
Sep 22, 2014 Tracy Collier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great as usual. I am reading most of this series on audio book, read by Davina Porter. I think that makes the book better, but it's already terrific. Very Agatha Christie.
Becky
Sep 07, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Linda Cole
Jan 23, 2015 Linda Cole rated it it was amazing
Different

Very thought provoking especially at a time in history when women were not allowed to be in charge of their fates. Twist at the end
Correen

Read it on a trip. Interesting book with a somewhat incomplete ending. She usually ties up all her characters but in this one she left that to the reader.
Connie Melton
Apr 05, 2011 Connie Melton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paraphrodite
Apr 01, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I really liked Thomas's new boss Micah Drummond, so much better than his previous boss! Hope we see more of him in the future.
Jen
Sep 12, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
A political twist for this Charlotte and Pitt novel. Women suffrage theme! Weird religious twist at the end.
Scilla
Mar 10, 2013 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen Freeman
Another great story in this series. It is interesting to see how Charlotte gets herself involved in Thomas's cases each time...
Joan
Feb 17, 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
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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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