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Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,309 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Something deadly lurks in the stifling shadows of stylish Paragon Walk in Victorian London

When innocent Fanny Nash of exclusive Paragon Walk dies in the arms of her exquisite sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man of Paragon Walk is under suspicion, even Pitt’s brother-in-law, Lord George Ashworth, who was the last
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ebook, 248 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1981)
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Kathy Davie
Third in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series revolving around Inspector Thomas Pitt and his very curious wife Charlotte.


My Take
While a young girl is murdered, the emphasis is on how it will affect everyone else socially with a number of the neighbors putting all the blame on the girl. Well, obviously she must have had low morals to have invited rape! How do people actually twist their minds to believe something like this? They are like a snarling pack of dogs. Ooh, that's ra
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Jamie
I hope this series improves soon; so far I don’t like it as well as the author’s William Monk mysteries, which were written later in her career. This book is very weak, and I’m not in the least impressed with Thomas Pitt’s sleuthing skills.

The mystery concerns a young woman who has been raped and murdered. The Victorian social ill in the spotlight is the blame assigned to rape victims; such things do not happen to virtuous women.

There is still very little here about Thomas and Charlotte’s life t
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Correen

Perry writes the most amazing conversation among women. It is hard to imagine the stress of having to manage one's words, as these Victorian age characters did in conversations requiring multiple levels of meaning. Successful wives managed their husbands through clever and hidden strategies.

Perry's books show tremendous insensitivity among the classes and even between station levels within classes. There seemed to be far less value in competence than in income regardless of how it was acquired.
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Darla
(Genre:mystery) I really like Anne Perry's writing style. This is a solid mystery, well written, engaging characters, and once again, I didn't know the killer's identity until the very end. That said, though, I think I am going to take a break from reading her for a while. I need something more "happy" right now. The focus on the "darker" underside to the Victorian upper class is getting on my nerves (probably because the moral hypocrisy is so disturbing to me) and volume #3 was particularly bad ...more
Susan Anderson
If you like Victorian cozies and lovable characters, this book is for you.

With the third in the Pitt series, the author, Anne Perry hits her stride. The story begins with a body in the morgue. The victim is slight, delicately featured, beautifully dressed, her arms bruised, her face barely touched by life. Fanny Nash is seventeen when she is stabbed and raped in Paragon Walk, a London neighborhood of impeccable pedigree, and the neighborhood, as luck would have it, of Charlotte’s sister, Emily,
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Kristensilvermoore
This book was a really good mystery, but I found myself a little confused by everything going on in it and all of the possible suspects. I think there were probably 20 or more characters in the book, by my count, most of whom were possible suspects. I just had trouble keeping track of them all, let alone trying to suss out who the murderer was! Moreover, though Pitt is the lead investigator, the whole novel focused more on Charlotte and Emily, which I found kind of irritating. I think I'd like m ...more
Sandi Willis
This was Perry's third book. Since I have read and enjoyed books 21-28 of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series I thought I would start at the beginning of the series to see how they met. I really do enjoy her books. I try to see if I can find out who the killer or rapist is in each of the books just to see if my sleuthing skills are up to par.

My theory as to who killed Fanny (the first one murdered) was correct but I wasn't sure why. What happened to the other two victims was beyond my sleuthing
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Jennifer
Thomas Pitt is a detective in Victorian England who has married somewhat above his class. His wife Charlotte, keeps becoming embroiled in his murder cases - this time because the victim lives on the same street as her sister, Emily. Third in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, this one did feel a little bit long and repetitive and I fairly easily picked out which clues were important to the case, but I loved the historical details and the character development. I've listened to all three of th ...more
Jennifer
And AGAIN the editing, my God...

For example: "...they turned to see a most beautiful woman coming across the grass, seeming almost to gloat as the faint, warm air moved the white and water-green silk of her dress." I have to assume the woman in questioned seemed almost to float, although gloat may not have been far off, given later descriptions.

It's especially bad given that on the prior page, when a character remarks on how life can be appalling, another replies "Not, mine, Mr. Nash!" That fir
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Ishtar
Estoy conociendo a Anne Perry con su saga del inspector Thomas Pitt y la verdad es que me está encantando. Thomas y Charlotte Pitt son geniales. Está claro que esa genial ambientación me puede. Es una saga que disfruto muy fácilmente.
Mary Lauer
I really like this one, even if it's evident having read most of hers that she has this fixation on secrets hidden behind normal facades, especially sexual ones.
Donna
I enjoy this series but there is a trend here I don't like. This was a very intriguing story right up until a ridiculously abrupt ending. I clicked the next page and couldn't believe that the book had actually ended; I thought I had accidentally jumped ahead a chapter. I looked back on my reviews of the first two books in this series and saw that I noted the same thing in both of them-weak, abrupt endings. Hmm...it definitely knocks it down from 4 stars to 3. I already have the next several book ...more
Lynne Tull
Really fast read! Great balance between the mystery and the view of Victorian England. There were a few pages when boredom set in and I was thinking the author was dragging out the story. It didn't last long. The only thing that I would like is a more detailed ending. This is the third book and it seems to be the author's style. The next book really doesn't pick up from where that last book ended. I am never left with a sense of closure. Guess I'll get to see if that changes as there are 29 book ...more
Yvonne
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Alexis Villery
Book three in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series finds Charlotte's sister, Emily, in the middle of yet another murder. The haughty aristocrats find themselves ashamed to be caught in the middle of a murder and afraid that there is a murderer among them. Thomas works diligently as an investigator to get to the bottom of this mystery. Charlotte has one foot in the door of aristocrat world--as she was born into it--and one foot outside of the world since she married outside of it. She fin ...more
Colin Smith
This, the third in Perry's late-Victorian Thomas and Charlotte Pitt murder mysteries, find our heroes investigating a rape and murder right on Charlotte's sister's doorstep. The affluent Paragon Walk, with it's high fashions and decent manners, clearly has a seedy underbelly. No-one wants to admit it, and Detective Thomas Pitt, aided by his devoted and tenacious wife, are well-suited to scratch away at the facade to find the truth.

There are a couple of things I enjoy about this series. I like wa
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Anne Hawn Smith
This is the third adventure with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. A young woman is butally raped and murdered in elegant Paragon Walk. She is a quiet retiring young woman and no on can figure out how this tragedy happened in such an upscale Victorian neighborhood. Nothing is making sense when even more people are found murdered. Charlotte and her sister, Emily help Thomas Pitt by moving in society in ways he never could.

The story is good, but the best thing is the introduction of Aunt Vespalia, Emily'
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Lucy
I started reading Anne Perry's mystery novels when I was in college. My older sister discovered them first and had purchased the entire Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series (to date) from Half.com. I stayed with her for a month one summer during break and devoured almost all that she had on her shelves.

I stopped keeping up with the series at one point and have recently picked up where I left off and have also gone back to re-read the early books in the series.

Paragon Walk is the 3rd book in this V
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Arthur
The police are investigating a mysterious brutal murder. Paragon Walk has a little society who is crushed by these unexpected events. The story picks up a little and you can choose from details which are all a little too foggy and Pitt finds many of the Walk suspicious but he has no motives or evidence to make certain anyone had committed any crime. He continues only to learn of the discovery a second murder, and his sudden discovery of a suicide to complicate events. None of it making sense pre ...more
Sumi
I believe that Paragon Walk is the 3rd in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. This one centers on a murder that takes place in Emily's (Charlotte's sister) neighborhood and for me, there was a lot left that could have been explored, but wasn't (probably because it had little to do with the mystery at hand). The character of Paul Alaric was made intriguing enough. For example, when Charlotte asks him, "Is there no such thing as black magic?", his reply is "Oh, yes, most certainly there is, but ...more
Ana T.
This is book 3 in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, I'm slowly going through this series and I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I had a bit of problem with this one and for me it didn't work as well as the other.

In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, peer beneath the elegant masks of the well-born suspects and reveal that something ugly lurks be
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Jessica
This is a tidy little historic fiction that takes place in Victorian England. Thomas Pitt is a police man who married above his social status. His wife, Charlotte, of course married down. Her sister married well and lives in a fancy little section known as Paragon Walk. The mystery is who raped and killed a 17 y/o society girl and becomes where has another of the characters disappeared too. Charlotte ulitmately figures out who done it but only in the last 2 pages. I had it pegged in the first 10 ...more
Amy
An enjoyable diversion. Although for this book, I forgot who was married to whom and who was related to whom which made it difficult for me to follow the intrigue that was going on every time a first name was brought up.
Intriguingly Thomas Pitt was little used in this novel, the focus being on Charlotte and her sister Emily, which was fine but it gave the book a different feel from the first two.
Sarah
Reading this series reminds me of how I like someone more and more as I get to know them better. I really liked Charlotte and Thomas in the first book but they grow on me more and more with each book. Thomas wasn't in this book as much which is surprising since he's the lead detective on the case. As far as the mysteries go they are more believable than some mystery novels. There aren't as many obvious clues and there isn't one or two suspects that draws the readers attention from what is really ...more
Linda J
I like this series and usually listen to one when taking a break from meatier works. My chief complaint with this one centers on the way Charlotte's social standing is handled. On the one hand, there is much discussion about class difference and Charlotte is critical of upperclass snobbery. Yet when she gets invited to her wealthy sister's social functions she quickly accepts a borrowed dress, finds a sitter, and off she goes. Her detective husband doesn't seem to mind - or doesn't know - and is ...more
Marlena Porter
My mother's ghost would roll over in her grave at my saying this ~ or it would, if my mother was dead; more likely she'll just disown me ~ but I'm not as huge a fan of Anne Perry's books as she would like me to be. While I tend to enjoy the characters (there are a few that are a little two dimensional), and I like the way she brings Victorian England to life, I find myself disappointed in the mystery aspect of her stories. So far, I've only read 3 of them, but this one was very like the last. An ...more
AnnaMay
So, I must need to take a break from Victorian mysteries. I'd hate to think her books are becoming too 'soap-opera-y' and predictable, so I'm hoping my reading repetoire just needs a switch-up.

I look forward to reading her WWII series, so maybe that's where I'll go and then revisit her Victorian mysteries in awhile.

I didn't really like Paragon Walk. I tired of the dialogue, the pettiness of the characters, the 'juicy-ness' of the mystery, etc. I like a more practical application or a delving in
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Jeff
A decent read, but this mystery series is proving to be something of a disappointment overall. For one thing, while Charlotte Pitt has had a significant hand in solving the murders in the first three novels, her husband, police inspector Thomas Pitt, remains on the sidelines, an interesting character but consistently underdeveloped. In addition, all three of the books have been basically the same-- a fashionable section of London is shocked by a crime committed in its midst, wealthy upper-class ...more
Scot
Third in this mystery series that reliably conveys the nuances and rules of social behavior and etiquette among and across the various classes of Victorian London society. In this episode Thomas investigates the murder/rape of a virginal young girl in an upper class neighborhood. Luckily, Charlotte's sister Emily, who fans will recall married a man with a title and wealth, has a town house in Paragon Walk, and this novel allows Emily to demonstrate how her character strengths and social contacts ...more
Winston
Good mystery, solved more due to wife's social contacts in upper society than husband's actual police work. Not certain if police would not have pressed more in that day despite social class differences. But the mystery is good and it is an interesting study of social classes.
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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 cate
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