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Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #3)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,684 ratings  ·  137 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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Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1981)
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This was another good historical mystery from Anne Perry. There was plenty of dirt to uncover in the lives of all the characters, and it kept me guessing all the way through. I was convinced I had it right up until the very end, and I didn't! But everything fit once I knew all the pieces. The ending was just a little abrupt - I could have done with even just a paragraph or two more to wind it down. (view spoiler)
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

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.
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
I can't believe I have just discovered this series. I have randomly listened to some, then I had to find the 1st, which I discovered in a used book store. I think they get better with each book (though I would have liked to see the marriage and also the pregnancy and birth of Jemima) Perry seems to skip 2 years at a time. I like the time period, and I also like how she shoots down anti-semitism when it come us (and it does) Charlotte is just a terrific character. The murders are not solved until ...more
London Inspector Thomas Pitt’s father was employed in service and he had the good fortune to have a gentleman’s education, as he went to school with the master’s son.

In this, the third mystery in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, we see Pitt’s wife, Charlotte, settling into her new and very different life as a wife and mother, a life without servants, where she must cook her own meals and take care of her own children. She gets some respite when she visits her younger and more privileged sis
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(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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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. definitely knocks it down from 4 stars to 3. I already have the next several book ...more
The third book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series was better than the last in many respects. The author at last opened the story up to describe Inspector Pitt more fully, letting us more into his heart and mind than ever before. As usual, the characters were well crafted and the tale Ms. Perry weaved was worth reading. Set in high society Victorian London, Ms. Perry captured the politics and prejudices of the times, her main characters meeting them head on in order to resolve the ra ...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
Debbie Maskus
I am on a collision course and I cannot stop. I have read all the Monk and Christmas series by Anne Perry, and have started on the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. The Monk series remains my favorite collection. The Pitt series lacks the depth and character of the Monk series, even though both series feature the different classes of people. Perry continues in the Pitt series to show the hate and vengeance of females. Perry elegantly describes the fashion of the upper crust, but emotion hides in ...more
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
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'
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 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
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
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
This is my second Charlotte & Thomas Pitt novel, and I have to say, I love these short mysteries! You can get through a story in a few days, and the plot is always interesting and hard to figure out until the very end. Sometimes the very oblique conversations are a bit hard to follow (insults via compliments and the like). In this story, Charlotte's last-minute guess about the true perpetrator was rather unbelievably correct, but despite the small flaws, I would happily read more by Anne Per ...more
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
Still not sure what to make of this series. Inspector Pitt is assigned to the rape and murder of an neighbor of his sister in law. Emily and Charlotte pitch in. In the end it is really them especially Charlotte who figures it out. Thomas is a bit of a bumbling investigator in this entry when it comes to the actual crimes, but random scandals he has in the blink of an eye. The clues are there and the basic solution can be puzzled out if not the whole deal. Some things are so obvious you have to w ...more
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.
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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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