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Death on Blackheath (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #29)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  941 ratings  ·  184 reviews
As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there’s no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston’s beaut ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published September 12th 2013)
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I have said (and I believe this) that Anne Perry must have lived in the Victorian era. After twenty-nine volumes of her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series, she continues to prove me right. No one quite captures this age of manners and sins like this author. Ever since The Cater Street Hangman, I have been an ardent fan of this series, especially of the female characters of Charlotte, her sister Emily, the brave Gracie, and of course Great Aunt Vespasia.

It's been quite awhile since I've ret
It's always a risk coming into a series blank. Obviously Charlotte and Thomas Pitt have 28 previous novels of history, shared experience, and more importantly, detectiveness and crime-solving exploits. Consequently, you're always wary of that tightrope the author must walk of balancing assumptions about what the reader can figure out for themselves against trying to be careful not to annoy the loyal readership with endless recaps and explanatory reminiscing. But, with a title of Death on Blackhe ...more
I received this an uncorrected proof from the publisher.As a devoted reader of both Anne Perry series, I was delighted to read her latest in the Pitt series, "Death on Blackheath". Thomas Pitt, now in charge of Special Branch, has not lost his special way of maneuvering in a criminal investigation between the upstairs & downstairs of living in Victorian England. The story contains murder, espionage, revenge and treason and with the help of Stoker, his steadfast partner they begin to look int ...more
Judy Lesley
How wonderful it is to return to an author I have enjoyed in the past and find that her work still has the high standards I had found in her previous books. Anne Perry has a long record of published novels but the quality has not diminished from my first experience with “The Cater Street Hangman” where she began the adventures featuring Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison through to this latest book. Much time has passed over the course of these novels, but Perry has maintained a very realistic fe ...more
As the Pitts mature (their daughter 15 years old now and the son 12)- the novels (series) remain interesting and consistently true to nuance as perceptive studies into late Victorian societal manners and conditions. In fact, even more so with #29, as that exact minutia of manners, facial expression, body posture/dress are nearly central to this interrogation into a missing lady maid. As are the questions of long married couples (several) about the level of "interest" and "concern" their spouse o ...more
Thomas & Charlotte Pitt are two of my favorite characters, and the rest of the "cast" such as Charlotte's Aunt (by a marriage of her sisters) Vespasia, Pitts old boss, Narrowy, as well as his trusty sidekick Stoker, really come to life in this book. Pitt is now in charge of Special Branch, and wonders if he is up to the challenge, and proves that he is. A body is found in the gravel pits on the Blackheath, a young woman, most likely a maid, but her face is mutilated I such a way that she can ...more
A reader can always rely on Anne Perry for a little old fashioned Victorian melodrama. Pitt is no longer a common policeman. He is head of "Special Branch." Not everyone likes the fact that he was made head since his father was just a common gameskeeper. He and Charlotte who came from a wealthy middle class family have now been married for about 16 years. Their daughter, Jemima, is 15 and Daniel is 12. I wish the children were a little more fleshed out, but perhaps that's not Perry's interest. I ...more
David Kinchen
BOOK REVIEW: 'Death on Blackheath': Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt Faces His Greatest Challenge

Readers of Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels have come to expect twists and turns and red herrings by the bushel full, but her newest entry, "Death on Blackheath" raises the bar in this respect. And that's a good thing, because much of the charm of these Victorian era novels is the clash of personalities in a world threatened by competing empires.

Pitt has been challenged before by peo
Sally Smith
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Thomas Pitt is now in charge of Special Branch and finds himself in a strange world where loyalties and obligations are rarely spoken about but affect all his dealings with everyone. When a ladies’ maid disappears from the house of Dudley Kynaston the case becomes one for Pitt because Kynaston is working on designs for submarines to be used in warfare.

The maid’s disappearance could be a matter of national security. Pitt needs to use all his contacts and those of his wife, Charlotte, to solve th
Perry come through again!

Blood and hair and broken glass on stone steps, a disappeared lady's maid in a household near Greenwich. Special Branch Commander Pitt is called in because Owner Dudley Kynaston is 'deeply involved in matters of naval defense.'
Rosalind Kynaston is puzzled, but all Ailsa, Mrs. Bennett Kynaston, the Dudley's widowed sister-in-law, and uncharitable piece of work can say is, how dare maid, Kitty Ryder, meet someone unsuitable so close to the house and if she does return she
Anne Perry has never disappointed me. Often her writing is so simply gorgeous that it begs to be read aloud - which I have. And then I'll go back and do it again.

"Death on Blackheath" is just shy of perfect, thus four stars instead of five. There's a slight lack of continuity from earlier Pitt novels, but not enough to make me unhappy. It was an excellent read (two sittings) and held my interest throughout.
Michele bookloverforever
convoluted but we'll crafted plot. warm, interesting characters many of them familiar from previous stories in this series. I still prefer her earlier stories about Thomas Pitt and his extended family...since the author plotted his removal to Special Branch, the plots have grown more politically dangerous not only to England but to the main character and his family. I preferred the obvious dangers involved in pursuing murderers to the dangers of pursuing enemies of the state.
Millie Thom
Set in London in 1897, Death on Blackheath is one of the many books in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series about Commander (formerly Inspector, then Superintendent) Thomas Pitt. This is the third book in which Pitt is head of Special Branch, a role that carries responsibility for the political safety and stability of the nation.

The case initially involves the disappearance of a young, attractive lady's maid from outside the home of Dudley Kynaston, a figure of significant importance politicall
Back in form with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, "Death on Blackheath" draws us further into Special Branch, a very different world than Thomas is used to. How do you keep your mind focused on detecting, when every move you make is parsed a hundred ways by people you aren't even aware of, watching you? This is where we find our hero, a place that keeps him second-guessing his ability and being concerned for the political ramifications of merely talking to someone.
Perry has us feel Thomas' frustrat
Marilyn Fontane
Death on Blackheath is a good addition to the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series. One of the ways to keep the series interesting is to vary the main characters, and in this novel Charlotte has fairly minor role and her sister, Emily, takes her place quite naturally because Emily is worried that her husband Jack Radley is not as entranced with her as previously and thus she needs reassurance in her own worth. It is easier for her to take her place in society without her sister (even though ...more
Jess Swann
Une nouvelle histoire de Pitt, qui, à l'instar du tome précédent, revient aux basiques de la série. L'histoire est toujours aussi fouillée et permet le retour en scène d'Emily ( j'avoue, j'ai un faible pour ce personnage). Charlotte est toujours aussi imbuvable et "perfect" et en définitive va se retrouver utile... (comme toujours). J'ai beaucoup apprécié le personnage de Aisla, ainsi que le background de l'histoire... Stoker prend lui aussi un peu plus d'ampleur et ça m'a beaucoup plu de le dé ...more
Okay, I'll admit it, I've read each and every one of Anne Perry's books. I'm a fan - that's obvious. But that admiration doesn't keep me from saying that I've been slightly disappointed with her last few books. She's been stuck in a world of "stream of consciousness questioning" for the last few volumes, and I'm glad to say that device has been limited somewhat in "Death on Blackheath." The only problem with this novel is that there just isn't any kind of plot. It is so slow moving and the endin ...more
What a disappointment! I love this series of mysteries set in late Victorian London and couldn't wait to grab this book as soon as it came out. However, this installment was truly sub-par. (And there will be spoilers here, so if they bother you, quit reading)

Thomas Pitt, late the head of Special Branch is called out to investigate what seems to be a minor incident - blood, hair and shards of glass discovered outside the house of Dudley Kymaston (an expert in naval weaponry) and the disappearanc
Anne Perry is at the top of her game, and that's saying something! This is her 29th Pitt series book, and her 69th published novel. Yet her writing is better than ever, and I think she is already better than almost all other writers being published today.

This series features Thomas Pitt, commander of Victorian Britain's Special Branch, the investigative team assigned to cases involving danger to the nation, investigating whether the apparent murder of a maid near the home of one of Britain's lea
First Sentence: Pitt stood shivering on the steps leading up from the areaway to the pavement and looked down at the clumps of blood and hair at his feet.

Thomas Pitt, Commander of Special Branch, and his sideman, , has been called in to investigate a crime involving signs of a violent struggle, a missing ladies made from the hope of Dudley Kynaston, a naval weapons expert and important to the English Government. The discovery of a severely mutilated female body makes it important to discover whe
Warren-Newport Public Library
Anne Perry’s superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Death on Blackheath, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule—but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire.

As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there’s no obvious reason why he is
Pitt has taken Narraway's position as head of Special Branch, a position for which he is not considered, by some, as worthy because of his less than stellar family roots. But times are changing, the new century is looming, the Queen is getting old and her long reign will soon end and that will bring untold change and uncertainty. The face of naval operations is changing with the advent of submarine warfare and the Navy Department is working toward such a change as well with treason lurking in th ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Death on Blackheath is another strong entry in the long-running Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. I think there are a number of reasons why this series is so loved by historical mystery readers like me. The main reason, I think, are the realistic characters that appear in every single book. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and their friends and family are as real to me as any historical figures could be. Ms. Perry does a wonderful job of putting her readers right into the time frame of her books, which ...more
Lis Carey
Thomas Pitt, now Commander of Special Branch, is called out to look into a matter that at first blush hardly seems like a Special Branch concern: the disappearance of a maid from a wealthy home on Shooters' Hill. The owner of the home, though, is Dudley Kynaston, a critically important naval weapons specialist. Britain can't afford any scandal around him. But it seems that Kitty Ryder has likely run off with her suitor, an itinerant carpenter, and there's little risk of scandal. Pitt is happy to ...more
Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm
Anne Perry, in her latest offering regarding Thomas and, to a much lesser role these days, Charlotte Pitt, does not disappoint. She weaves an intricate tale of murder, infidelity and treason, as Pitt and his trusty crew of relatives and hard-won reliable allies struggle to determine what is real and what is only sham before more well as lives...are lost. What I'm especially liking is that the author is providing an entree for new readers to the stories of earlier years, by working i ...more
A new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery. Set in Victorian England, this series continues to be enjoyable. Thomas Pitt is now commander of the powerful Special Branch and has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. There's no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate blood, hair, and broken glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston. Simultaneously Mrs. Kynaston's lady's maid has disappeared. But later when the mutilated body of an un ...more
Thomas Pitt, as commander of Special Branch, is charged with protecting Britain from spies and traitors. So it is odd that he is called out to investigate what looks to be an ordinary crime – a bit of hair, glass and blood on the stairs as well as the disappearance of a maid – at the home of Dudley Kynaston. However, Kynaston is playing an important role in the development of new naval technology so it is now up to Thomas to keep him safe.

However, when the badly mutilated body of a woman who mig
“Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry delivers a good story with a few problems. I still enjoy Anne Perry’s books especially the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, but sometimes I wish Perry would do more plotting and have fewer discussions about all the possibilities behind the murders. The characters are fascinating, the political intrigue is well intriguing. This is the 29th book in the Pitt series with Pitt now the commander of Special Branch (an intelligence service inside the UK which counter ...more
Donna Rolon
I have loved reading Ann Perry since the first Monk and Hester book.
What I really appreciate is that her characters are always growing and the
stories always interesting.
Unlike some other authors, her characters and her books have not grown stale.

This book does not fail to deliver. The roundabout way that Pitt is led to discover
an act of treason is, to me, a mixture of revulsion and a "what was he thinking?".
It is all interesting.
The fleshing out of the character Stoker is well done and it is nic
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