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Southampton Row (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #22)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,758 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
In Victorian England, a divisive election is fast approaching. Passions are so enflamed that Thomas Pitt, shrewd mainstay of the London police, has been ordered, not to solve a crime, but to prevent a national disaster. The aristocratic Tory candidate—and Pitt’s archenemy—is Charles Voisey. The Liberal candidate is Aubrey Serracold, whose wife’s dalliance with spiritualism ...more
352 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Random House, Inc. (first published February 1st 2002)
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Apr 23, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
2.5 stars.

Ever since Thomas got kicked out of Bow Street and shoved into Special Branch, the books have gone into more political intrigues and maneuvers . Not sure I like it as much as the previous more straight-forward murder-mysteries.
An entertaining if at times a bit confusing read. The storyline is farfetched at points combining politics, the sensation of the Spiritualist movement and murder most foul. Even from the historical fiction point of view the way Spiritualism is presented is too dramatic for it to be a 'meaningful' element. This is allowing too for liberties associated with dramatic license. A minor complaint probably as it is fiction!

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Mary Corbal
Esta novela se centra más en cuestiones políticas, y no tanto en el crímen que se investiga.
Sep 03, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Thomas &Charlotte Pitt
It is a given that I am a fan of Anne Perry. That said, suffice it to say, this installment of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series did not disappoint. Pitt has been called in to covertly look into the activities of a very popular political candidate named Charles Voisey who belongs to a secret society called the Inner Circle. This character and the Inner Society make their first appearance in "The Whitechapel Conspiracy". They have designs to overthrow the monarchy. A popular spiritualist is mu ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book of the series, Thomas and his wife,Charlotte, are getting ready to go on a much needed vacation. Thomas' job has changed since his last case, and they have to get used to this next change. Unfortunately, Thomas is called to a new case before they can leave, so Charlotte and the kids leave with Grace their girl of all trades, and Thomas stays behind. He has to find out what the political scene will be with the vote that is coming up and also has to be careful as his enemy for the las ...more
If you enjoy murder, mystery and the Victorian era, then Anne Perry is the author for you!!

In this outing, the intrepid Inspector Pitt has been re-assigned to Special Branch as retaliation by Sir Charles Voisey, whom Pitt thwarted in an attempt to become so powerful as to make England a Democracy under his own leadership.

Pitt is asked to solve a murder with highly political implications, while dealing with the appearance that he has, among other things, caused the suicide death of a much beloved
Alex Telander
From an author who has published thirty-three books in her past comes Southampton Row, this is the story of the end of Queen Victoria’s reign in old Victorian England. There is an election coming up, one in which the Tories seem set to twin. The group known as the Inner Circle, a secret society of men sworn to support each other above all other loyalties, will stop at nothing to seize one of the seats in Parliament, their first step towards completing their diabolical ambitions. And the Tory can ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book which is one of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. I started toward the end of this series so this book was going backward for me. Pitt is starting to develop his relationship/friendship with Victor Narraway. The character of Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould is being incorporated into the solving of the crime or political dilemmas. This book dealt with the fascination that people in the Victorian era (and maybe still today) had with the spiritualist/mystics/fortune-tellers. The ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the ending of this episode of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series much better than many of the others, which often solve the crime in the last few pages of the book then seem to end abruptly. This one had a bit more denouement and a nice twist that also left the reader looking forward to the next book. I've been on an Anne Perry binge for about nine months, and each time I start a new one, I say I'll read one more then switch to different authors for a while. Southampton Row has probabl ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I had never read an Anne Perry novel before, but I saw it at the library and on impulse decided to give it a try.
Reading this book was an absolute pleasure. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and it reminded me how much I love detective novels. I am looking forward to starting at the beginning with Thomas and Charlotte and reading through this whole series. Highly recommend to my friends who like historical fiction and/or detective novels.
Jun 17, 2012 Millie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Mystery readers
Recommended to Millie by: no one
It took me a while to really get into this book even though the action started right away. The murder mystery was good and well set up and was only part of the story. We actually have a nemesis for Thomas Pitt, Charles Voisey and this is round 2. I really loved their interactions and hope to see more of them battling it out. And I was glad that she brought the character of Samuel Tellman back!.

This story was very good and Ms. Perry as always does an awesome job with her writing and drawing you i
Jun 04, 2012 Athena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of the most dull books I have ever read by Anne Perry. The Monk series are much more interesting. When a medium Maude Lamont is found dead in her home, asphyxiated by cheesecloth and egg white, the last three people that attended the seance the night before are all suspected of murdering her. One of the guests is the wife of a political candidate and the elections are coming up, so there is a potential risk for his position. Unfortunately, there is no supernatural elements at work he ...more
May 06, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the 22nd book in the series, it's the first one I've read. There were some story lines that drew on previous books, but I felt like enough background was given for me to follow along. I imagine that reading the stories in order would be preferred.

A medium is murdered in her home on Southampton Row. Thomas Pitt of Special Branch is sent to investigate, as one of the suspects has links to the government. It was interesting to read a Victorian detective novel and to consider how cr
Rebecca Heim
Sep 13, 2014 Rebecca Heim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte mysteries. The detail of late 1800 England with its curious mores and obstacles is always well done. This particular book was mostly Thomas and I missed the quick tongue and even quicker mind of Charlotte. Still a fun diversion.
Jul 17, 2014 Tomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have come to really enjoy British crime fiction, and Anne Perry is one of the masters of the art. This book, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, includes British politics, a dash of spiritualism, and of course the devious Inner Circle. A good read!
Mar 07, 2014 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I would have given this book 4 stars except for the fact that I really felt I would have benefitted by reading the previous book about Whitechapel before reading this book. Felt a little out of the loop. That being said, this was an excellent novel, nicely woven.
Alzina Johnson
I picked this up at a library book sale and since I hadn't read the previous ones I was in the dark at times, but it was a good story.
Aug 05, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
I like Perry's books but this one (an audibook) felt as though it was an entr'acte between the previous book and the one that follows (although I have not read either one). It was much shorter (5 CDs rather than the usual minimum of 11 for a full-length novel. I referred to and sometimes depended on events is a previous novel and the ending felt somewhat unfinished. That said, the story was interesting (who killed the psychic who might have been blackmailing her customers) and showed a solid kno ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Luci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this novel right after the Whitechapel book as this novel draws very heavily on that book. Otherwise, this was a fun little mystery. The characters are pretty flat but the politics in this book were entertaining. Definitely light brain candy.
Jul 22, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like that Tellman really got to do something in this one and that we're seeing more of him in general.
Elise Dubois
Apr 18, 2014 Elise Dubois rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is the first time in this series that I just couldn't do it. This book failed the 50 page challenge. I am returning it to the library more or less unread. Will not continue with the series.
Sep 14, 2014 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who ikes a good whodunnit
As always Anne Perry & Inpsector Pitt provide lots entertainment for a slow, wet weekend.
May 25, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book in the series so far. intrigue, twists, turns. a classic whodunit.
Oct 07, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
22nd in the series. The power of Charles Voisey and the Inner Circle now threatens not just Pitt's career, but the very safety of Charlotte and the children. Collaborations with several supporting characters who have aided Charlotte and Thomas in the past are needed in this go-round. The allure and practice of spiritualism and the fad of seances in late Victorian England provide a Gothic touch that is historically accurate in the reliable style one becomes accustomed to when reading the works of ...more
Sharon Buxton
Feb 27, 2016 Sharon Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A. mystery, Victorian England, series, Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #22
Laura Edwards
Disappointing. Charlotte has become an afterthought. I love this series, but after reading the last two, I'm not sure I like the direction it's heading in. Charlotte is not even mentioned on the dust jacket to the next book. I love Thomas, but I also like having different perspective through Charlotte. The Pitt novels started out as a mystery series featuring Thomas and Charlotte. It seems to be turning into spy novels focusing mainly on Thomas. Unfortunately, not looking forward to the next boo ...more
Kathy England
Inspector Pitt murder mystery set in Victorian London. Government conspiracy is the undertheme.
Joan Schrock
Anne Perry enlightens readers on British plitics while presenting an entert aining occult mystery.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This was a good enough read but I didn't enjoy it as much as other Thomas Pitt mysteries I read in the past. The main problem is that this is a sequel to "The Whitechapel Conspiracy", which I haven't read. I think I would have understood the characters and background better had I read it before "Southampton Row". I was also disappointed that Charlotte & Gracie were sent on holiday and I did miss their presence a lot. Still, it was en enjoyable read and I do love Anne Perry's writing style:)
Mar 18, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like British mysteries, and Anne Perry is very good. She gives lots of details and description.
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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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