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Death on Blackheath (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #29)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,640 Ratings  ·  251 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 March 24th 2014)
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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
Sally Smith
May 28, 2014 Sally Smith rated it it was ok
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Oct 22, 2015 James rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
Bereits zu Beginn hatte ich meine Zweifel, dass dieser Krimi funktionieren könnte, der im Viktorianischen Zeitalter spielen soll, aber von einer Autorin verfasst wurde, die erst 1938 geboren ist. Ich stoße mich daran, wenn eine Handlung in eine längst vergangene Zeit angesiedelt wird, indem hier und da oberflächlich einfließende politische und gesellschaftliche Umstände den historischen Rahmen konstruieren und der Handlung einen authentischen Anstrich verleihen sollen. Schön und gut, aber dann s ...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
May 21, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2014 Larraine rated it liked it
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
Mar 25, 2014 David Kinchen rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2013 Damaskcat rated it really liked it
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
Mar 15, 2015 Sophia rated it really liked it
With each new installment to the series, I am always impressed by how carefully and deftly the author pays attention to not only the plot and the setting (and boy does she do a fab job with those), but also the humanizing of her flawed characters. Some characters come through the fire stronger and others as disappointments, but always interesting. By the end of the story, each significant character has become a mystery that is plumbed and then solved too.

And on a lighter note, I am always happy
Jun 29, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2014 Andie rated it it was ok
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
Mar 25, 2014 eyes.2c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 Lilyane rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2014 Michele bookloverforever rated it really liked it
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.
May 02, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This one was a bit all over the place. But I've come to the conclusion that Vespasia is a vampire as she's now younger than when the series first started, which is almost a 20 years time span. Now that is a mystery worthy of a Pitt investigation!
Apr 03, 2015 Samuel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Anne Perry seems to be improving over time. The plot was good, and the dialogue was improved. The ending was a little too facile, but overall a good read.
Mar 20, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
You know it's bad when you are catching up on your reading log and reviews and you can't remember if you finished the book, necessitating a quick online search to see if it pinpoints the end of the story for you. I have always been a fan of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, but over the years it has lost some of its luster for me, and I don't know if that is due to the series quality deteriorating or to my more critical adult eyes as a reader. I should go back to some of the early works to f ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
FINALLY! I have been reading this entire series for years, and the last five or six were terrible disappointments - predictable, with every character thinking pretty much the same thoughts with the same words, repetitive characterization - but this book brings me back to the older ones that I enjoyed so well. Generally the thing I've liked about Perry's novels are the characters and the setting, though Thomas and Charlotte seem to have grown a bit stagnant and boring, at least in this one we hav ...more
Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry is the 29th book of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series set in Victorian England. This is one of the most complex plots in the series, with many references to events in book #4, Resurrection Row, and plenty of satisfying action by many favorite series characters. Pitt is now head of Special Branch, which he has the talent to fill, although many would prefer a man from high society in that position of power. Pitt has a right-hand man, Stoker, whom he can ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
I have been a fan since The Cater Street Hangman was published 36 years ago. Over the years, Charlotte's role had dwindled, but Thomas was always the principle investigator. I had skipped the last two books, I think I'd just lost interest after 25+ books but requested this from Netgalley (in exchange for my honest opinion) for old times' sake.

I really enjoyed it, I guess the break helped. I really noticed the character development, every one had actually aged (18 years versus 36, but it's better
Millie Thom
Oct 06, 2014 Millie Thom rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 04, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2014 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, anneperry
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
Jun 22, 2014 Jess Swann rated it liked it
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
Jun 10, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
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
May 09, 2014 Marci rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 Warren-Newport Public Library rated it really liked it
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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
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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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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