Death in the Devil's Acre (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #7)
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Death in the Devil's Acre (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #7)

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When a doctor is found brutally murdered, even the neighborhood's most hardened residents are stunned. But three more bodies are found, killed the same inexpert way, and Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte race against time to find the killer, as a treacherous mystery unfolds. No one, not the lowest brand of ruffian or the most established aristocrat, will come ou...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 12th 1987 by Fawcett Books (first published April 12th 1985)
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Seventh in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, this is a good example of why it's better to read such series in order, for here we see again many of the characters we met in book #2, solving the murders in Callender Square. This time around, however, the scene of the grisly crimes is the Devil's Acre, a patch of urban blight and sordidness where pimps, crooks, and lawlessness are in control, though it's geographically close to the Palace of Westminster. Someone is not just maniacally hacking...more
Perry once again examines the mores and morality of Victorian England. In her seventh book, which brings back characters from an earlier piece (Callender Square), a doctor is found brutally murdered and sexually mutilated in the unsavory section of London aptly named “Devil’s Acre.” Additional victims appear with stunning frequency, ranging from a respectable doctor, to a blackmailing footman turned pimp. Perry keeps the suspense high, while engaging her readers in a thoughtful debate on the cla...more
I'm a huge fan of Perry's Monk series, but this is my first Pitt Mystery. I'd avoided them for a while because someone told me that they weren't as enjoyable as the Monk books, but I have to disagree. I think that the Pitts are much more historically accurate than Hester and Monk, and I really enjoy their interaction. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Pitt books.

Perry isn't afraid to delve into truly dark parts of humanity -- but she does it with such compassion and insight! Villains ar...more
Katy M
Oh my. This one shows you can't ever really hide or hide from the past.

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...more
May 09, 2008 Rae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Perry is a master at capturing the atmosphere of Victorian England. Her own past makes her especially able to write poignantly about violent crimes as well as justice and mercy. Before she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was involved (as an accomplice) in the murder of her friend's mother. She is now a very proper British citizen living on the coasts of England. I have heard her speak twice and absolutely adore her! If you enjoy mysteries, these are some of the best.
TW: graphic murder, mutilation, pedophiles

A really abrupt ending, especially since kindle told me I was only 85% through the book. Turns out there's a bunch of excerpts at the end WELP.

A decent mystery, and the police work parts are solid. Where it lost me was the parts with Charlotte and her sister, and I have no idea how Charlotte and Pitt are supposedly so happy together. Or why they're together. Mostly he seems to yell at her and be pissy that she's interested in investigating. And they don...more
Once in a while I need a quick Anne Perry fix. Her books are well written and atmospheric, with enough plot and characterization to hold my interest, although they are all very similar and predictable. As long as I allow some space between books I enjoy them well enough.

I’m still waiting for the quality of these early Thomas Pitt books to catch up to that of the William Monk series.

The Devil’s Acre was a Victorian-era slum near Westminster Abbey in London. Murder isn’t particularly noteworthy th...more
Susan Anderson
Death in the Devil’s Acre is the seventh book in Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt historical mystery series is an intoxicating thriller from start to finish with mesmerizing characters.

A doctor of good standing and impeccable character is found slashed to death in the Devil’s Acre, one of Victorian London’s slums near the docks. Then another body is found with the same calling card. And another.

Pitt is called on to investigate. Recurring characters figure prominently in this mystery, espec...more
When I read, I had an overwhelming, claustrophobic feeling of being in a dusty, dark, narrow place. The book had no breath, and despite the use of Victorian slang and the descriptions of tableware and gowns, everything felt wrong. The aristocrats, particularly the general's family, behaved and talked in such a vulgar way that it made me wince, several times. The conversations Christina had with her father - an army general! - were simply unbelievable. The poor general was ridiculed more than onc...more
Sandi Willis
There a maniac killer in Devil's Acre and it is killing MEN and imitating Jack the Ripper in it's own way. Thomas Pitt is really having a hard time finding this killer. The killer has already done in two people and there is more to come. Will Pitt be one of the victims? In this mystery Charlotte and Emily once again meet General Balantyne and his family in order to find out who the killer is and why are they doing this. Charlotte gets more than she bargained for in this mystery and Pitt has ever...more
Anne Hawn Smith
When a doctor is found in Devil's Acre, dead and horribly mutilated, Thomas Pitt is called to the scene, but that is just the beginning of the murders. One after another, men who don't belong in the area are found mutilated in the same way. When some of the men killed are known to Charlotte and Emily's circle, the two sisters once again attempt to find the clue that unites them and provides the solution.

As things escalate, Charlotte and Emily are exposing themselves to ever increasing danger and...more
I have been sending these books off on bookmooch as soon as I finish them, but if we keep encountering previous characters, I may need to keep them around for reference. This book involves some grisly murders in the Devil's Acre and a cast of characters from the murders in Callender Square. The murders are ghastly and Pitt is disturbed and having a hard time cracking the case. Charlotte and Emily work their side as the murders involve Society figures and they are better positioned to gather info...more
Perry returns to the characters of Calander Square for this mystery. The General, who has a thing for Charlotte, his ramrod wife and now married daughter. As usual Perry is head and shoulders above others when she paints a picture of people, places and things. Where she suffered some in this telling was in the belief factor. Pitt is always telling Charlotte to stay home. He yells and screams. She never stays home. But their marriage continues on in bliss (for which I'm very, very happy, don't ge...more
Kathy Davie
Whoa...very surprising ending. I'm still not quite sure of the details and I suspect I need the next book in line...actually, I think I'm still rather shocked...

Supposedly unrelated men are being murdered in an insalubrious neighborhood and its up to Thomas to discover why. Naturally, Charlotte enlists Emily's help in probing the upper class' undersides and we meet up with minor characters from previous stories.

Very nice understanding of the social requirements of the time period [Victorian] wit...more
If I was to judge this only on the criteria that I didn't guess the ending than I would call it an excellent mystery, but that is not how I feel about it. Maybe reading this one directly after Bluegate Fields wasn't a good idea because it pales in comparison. The previous book was really exciting even though I had guessed the murderer, the twists were good; but Death in Devil's Acre doesn't have that quick tempo of very good twists and frustrating characters that you have to love and in the end...more
Rachel Sallach
The best Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel I've read so far. I love how Anne Perry brings back characters from previous novels!
all i can say is - poor upper-class ladies, that they had to resort to this kind of activities to fill the void in their lives.
This is the seventh book in Perry's Victorian mystery series featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte. I really like this series and this is a decent installment, but not my favorite by any means. The killer is revealed a little too quickly at the end of the book without much evidence pointing to them. There's a lot of detective work, but I would've appreciated more clues actually leading a path to the resolutio, if that makes any sense. Perry's characters and Victorian London set...more
I keep reading these, and I don't know why...
Several of the characters from Perry's second Pitt book, Callander Square appear in this book, so it is beneficial to read them in order. I liked this offering. The story moved along well and kept my attention, and I was interested in the characters. Sometimes I find Perry a bit tedious but not so much here. However, as is the case most of the time, the mystery resolves itself a little too quickly, abruptly, and neatly. I am fascinated by the Victorian period and will continue with the series th...more
I enjoyed the book although it dragged a bit in the middle. As I have said with some of her other works, I like her style and they way she fits the story to the background but this can sometimes drag the pace of the story down, sort of like a computer that is running too many tasks. I did not much care for the ending. It was like she could not figure out how to solve the mystery so she staged an event where the guilty parties revealed themselves. I just don't like this type of ending.
What I liked about this book is that the secondary main characters were the some of the same from a previous book. What I didn't like was that there was no reference to change in the primary main characters (Thomas & Charlotte). They could have been from one book ago or five books ago and I like for series characters to evolve a bit. What I like about this series in general is the mystery isn't resolved until almost the very last page.
Mystery novel, number 7 in the series, the first one I've read. Historical fiction. Inspector Pitt is assigned the brutal murder of a doctor in London. He warns his wife not to get involved in this one because she does not know any of the suspects not the area of London. Charlotte decides to "help" Thomas anyway. Several other murders with the same MO occur -- stab wound and mutilation of the genitals.

Even after reading so many of Anne Perry's novels, both the Pitt series and the William Monk series, I am still always startled at how quickly she ends the books. It almost seems jarring after the wonderful detail that she includes in her books. I do have to say that I came away feeling a bit unsettled about the relationship between Charlotte and Thomas and am hopeful that it is resolved in the next book.
Connie Melton
Death in Devil's Acre was filled with completely disgusting mutilations and odd killings;skills no ordinary killer would ever obtain.Ordinary he wasn't either.Anne Perry brilliantly achieved the skills of a great writer and put much creativity and hard work into this book.You'll never be able to put it down! The detective work was incredible and the murders were beyond belief!
I read this book several years ago but I listened to it this in this instance because of the reader,Davina Porter. She brings Anne Perry's excellent prose and characters to life. I was able to pick up the subtleties Perry has in her books that got by .I felt I was there in that place and cold and tired with Pitt as he uncovers clues slowly and painstakinly.
Murders and mutilation of society men discovered in the seediest part of London. The Devil's Acre where prostitution and gambling abound. Secrets begin to come out as Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, investigate.
I enjoy this series since the Victorian era appeared to be so buttoned up and proper. Everything was definitely not as it appeared.
Un policier historique qui se lit vite, sans plus. Je n'ai jamais été très adepte d'Anne Perry, je trouve que ses romans sont relativement ennuyeux et manquent cruellement de dynamisme. Mort à Devil's Acre ne fait pas exception à la règle. Le livre n'est pas mal écrit mais il n'a pas grand intérêt à mes yeux. Vite lu et, je pense, vite oublié.
Not the best book in this series but still and enjoyable read. The characters and their attitudes to each other and life took a much greater role than solving the mystery. Thomas' character and role seemed particularly downplayed. I thought the resolution was somewhat abrupt, leaving me feeling that there was too much left unresolved.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

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