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

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,338 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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
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
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.
Yet another Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery where Charlotte uses her sister's society connections to help solve some especially brutal murders. This book has other elements that make the story interesting and allow one to overlook this repetitive plot device. Perry seems to want to remind readers that all was not rosy in Victorian England, and by extension, in our time, but she is not overly didactic about it, and it is good to be shocked when something is shocking and appalling.
The subject of this Pitt go-round is simply the plight of 1870s women, and their complicity in their problems. Prostitutes, of course, are forced into their trade by poverty. Society women are bought and sold to the highest bidder--but we do not call THAT prostitution. The prettiest face at the debutantes' coming-out ball wins the prize: the richest husband, even if the resulting marriage is loveless and unfulfilling.
Women denied careers and any real life outside the home are frustrated, bitchy,
This is perhaps my favorite of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries so far. It was hard to put down, as I always wanted to see what happened next. In this particular story, the reader is reintroduced to some favorite characters from Callander Square, the Balantynes. While Inspector Pitt investigates a series of grisly murders that seem to be unrelated and yet committed by the same killer, Charlotte enlists the help of her sister Emily to try and find answers to the murders from a different an ...more
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
Lynne Tull
The mystery was good, but there is still something that is not right about the characters. Thomas seems to be portrayed as a dense-not to with it-inspector. Charlotte keeps wondering around with her sister trying to solve the mystery before Thomas. When are they going to get their act together? Of course, again Ms. Perry's underlying theme is trying to educate us on a social issue of the Period. This is No. 7. Surely, things will come together soon. After all, there are 22 more books to go. If i ...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
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
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
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
Linda Cole
Very intense

Very detailed dark and intense in nature. Very explicit in discussions of how the lower classes survived and reforms in the making. Charlotte and Thomas faced extreme dangers.
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
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!
Plot interesting, but on the whole, rather far-fetched. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the climax if the book begged on slapstick.
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.
Kathleen Freeman
Have to say despite the gruesome nature of the crime and some of the details of the book, I do love books set in Victorian London, love the description of people and places.
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.
This was OK, but the series is getting a little repetitive, always the same or similar scenarios.
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