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Resurrection Row (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #4)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  3,110 ratings  ·  119 reviews
It is a most incredible sight: a corpse sitting at the reins of a hansom cab�and not just any corpse, but the body of a peer of the realm. To Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, this macabre apparition seems like sheer lunacy. Who would ever want to exhume a decently buried old chap like Lord Augustus Fitzroy-Hammond?

A doctor insists that Lord Augustus�s dea
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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This book really deserves more like 3 1/2 stars, because it's a really well-written mystery, but it didn't really grab me emotionally. I more enjoyed it for the puzzle of it, and I have to say, it was nice having Detective Pitt as more of a focus than his wife Charlotte. Oddly, there was a lot less verbal class warfare and sniping than the last book in the series, which was a relief, but ironic, since the primary focus of many characters was passing a reform law to help deeply impoverished peopl ...more
I enjoyed the mystery in this book more than the previous 3. It DID deal with some seedier sides of society which hadn't really made an appearance in the other books. However, the actual mystery was much more interesting and really had me thinking even though a murder isn't discovered until close to the end of the book. Normally this would drive me batty but here there is still a mystery, I just began to assume that it wouldn't involve a murder.

It also delved into the horrific conditions of the
Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in Victorian England and revolving around an unlikely couple.

My Take
Twisty. Perry sure went to a lot of work on this one.

It's foot-slogging having to go back over and over again. Dealing with the same people as Pitt continues to drag the bits and pieces out of them. Slowly assembling the puzzle. It's an excellent example of why the police need to ask so many seemingly unrelated questions. You never know when one bit of info
Carolyn F.
I had read this back when it originally came out (1981! I can't believe it was that long ago). But it had been so long that as I listened to the audiobook I kept thinking it sounded familiar. Then about 3/4 of the way through I remembered the ending.

This is after Thomas Pitt and Charlotte are married and have a little girl. He's still insecure about her losing her position in society by marrying him and being okay with it. She's happy with her life as it is, chores and all. Pitt is called to in
De las que he leído hasta el momento de la serie del Inspector Pitt, El Callejón De Los Resucitados es la que más he disfrutado, si bien como siempre Ann Perry describe los vicios,miserias y la hipocresía de la aristocracia y la alta sociedad Victoriana al menos en esta ocasión dota a sus personajes secundarios de personalidad y no están simplemente para lucimiento de Charlotte y Thomas Pitt.
Katy M
Masterful storytelling.

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 book in this series, set in Victorian London. T
Marilyn Fontane
I read Resurrection Row because it was mentioned in Anne Perry's latest book, Death on Blackheath, tying Aunt Vespasia's friend and neighbor, Somerset Carlyle, in with digging up dead bodies and placing them in places where they would be found. Pitt felt he must in some way be associated with the murder in Death on Blackheath since he was the only person he knew who had a stomach for such work. On the other hand, he didn't want to disturb the very proper Vespasia by bringing up a friend of hers, ...more
Sandi Willis
I can't remember a book where more dead bodies kept appearing everywhere. These are not just dead bodies. These bodies were buried and unburied. Talk about a disgusting job for someone to do that! Yuck! That is all of the clue I will give about the story. The story does give the reader a great deal of information about the what life was like for every class in the Victorian Era. Some of it is not very pleasant to read about but it is needed for the story to be told. Everyone should feel blessed ...more
If you enjoy the Molly Murphy series for the historical setting and cozy mystery but find yourself getting too annoyed with Molly and Daniel and their toxic relationship, give this series a try. This series is set in Victorian London instead of turn-of-the-century New York. The "rules of society" are quite foreign, but entertaining to me. The relationship between Charlotte and Thomas Pitt is what Molly and Daniel should have!
Susie Fiorito
I have been a fan of Anne Perry's for a long time. Whenever I just plain can't find anything to appeal to me I can always trust Anne Perry to deliver.

Resurrection Row is one of Ms. Perry's earlier novels in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. It's only 216 pages which is short for Anne.

It was a great story. Full of mystery and not an obvious villan.

If you enjoy Steam Punk Victorian thriller, Ms. Perry is your girl. She captures the essence of the time period and delivers it to the reader. You
Lynne Tull
Only 2 stars...disappointed in this book. I felt like I was reading a textbook about grave desecration, resurrection-ism, and the bodies involved. The mystery seemed to be secondary. Both part were tied together close to the end, but it seemed contrived to make it so. I prefer the mystery to be prominent thread. If I need detail, do not write me a textbook. A quick overview will do for me. I like the characters. However, I don't think Charlotte and Thomas have found a good balance in their perso ...more
Susan Anderson
Another fabulous Pitt mystery by Anne Perry, the fourth in the series. And the reader is off to the races beginning on the first page when two of the folks hailing a cab get more than they bargained for, an astonished horse and a corpse who’s been there, done that, now dug up, and posed as a cabby. A creative if improbable beginning. And the reader settles in. Not only are the dead again exposed, but the manners and mores, the pretenses and hypocrisies of Victorian society.

As is always the case
Anne Perry schreibt Kriminalromane, die im London der viktorianischen Zeit angesiedelt sind. Inspektor Thomas Pitt vom Scotland Yard ermittelt in der feinen Gesellschaft, während seine Ehefrau Charlotte oftmals aus Neugier Nachforschungen auf eigene Faust anstellt.

Nervenzerfetzende Spannung kommt in diesen Romanen nie auf. Alles läuft ein wenig langsamer und dadurch kommt ein sehr gutes Gefühl für die Gesellschaft und die gesellschaftliche Etikette um 1890 auf.

Warum "Resurrection Row" den deutsc

Bodies that won't stay buried—is it a practical joke? Or murder?

Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual fare. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew the Sunday following his second interment, Pitt begins to wonder if perhaps there's some message in it. The case grows increasingly bizarre as oth

By this time, I have read 5 of these novels, including the later ones. Let's just admit it: Inspector Monk is a horrible detective and thank god he married Charlotte or he'd lose his job. If you like inner monologues from almost every perspective, almost no sleuthing, and very spot on analysis of late Victorian domestic politics, like the Woman Question, then this is for you. If you actually want a mystery, with clues, plot, detection, and a satisfactory wrap up, well....sorry.
#4 in the Victorian Age Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte mystery series set in London. Dead and buried bodies start appearing in various setting in London starts Pitt on this case to discover why it is happening. Involvement centers around an aristocratic enclave. There is also a subplot regarding the appalling living and working conditions in London slums and workhouses and efforts at reform.

The mystery is good, but it is dragged out and slowly moves along.
this book deserves 3.5 stars since i managed to refrain myself from skipping to the last chapter.
the mystery was very intriguing as buried corpses were finding themselves out from their graves. this time pitt was really confounded by this mystery. was it merely a prank? a cry for justice for wrongful deaths? pitt had to put his wits together as he tried to solve this mystery which revolved the aristocrats of the victorian london.

This series just brings a smile to my face. I love the fact that I can feel like I'm in Victorian times. The descriptions of the surroundings, their clothes and the atmosphere is purely splendid. Anne Perry brings a up close and personal view of the past era. The mystery and sleuth finding will keep you turning the pages. This is the 4th book in the series.
Why do I keep reading these? They're not very good, and worse in the printing/publishing than the writing.
But they are good for rainy days or sick days, I suppose. And FAST reads. And I've really developed a rather sick fascination with just how bad the copy-editing can be...will they get better as I go on? Worse??
It was a good read. This book delves into the gritty side of London just a little bit, covering some social history. As before some characters from previous novels were brought in, but their previous association is well explained so even if this is the first book you read in this series, you won't be lost. It's a fun mystery series.
Anne Hawn Smith
This reminded me of an old movie called "The Trouble with Harry." Harry can't seem to stay buried. In this case, an elderly man is found propped up and dead in an cab in Victorian London. The problem is that he is not only dead, but he has been already been buried. The family gather's together to bury him again and a few days later there is another corpse that turns up posed as if he were living, but unfortunately dead and buried. By this time he is getting really hard to identify, but the famil ...more
This is the fourth Victorian murder mystery in this series featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt, and his wife Charlotte, who married her for love but significantly below herself in society. There’s some interesting bits where Charlotte is learning to cook and keep house on a policeman’s salary.

As for the mystery: someone is digging up freshly interred bodies and leaving them in places where innocent bystanders will discover them. It’s intriguing at first, but the resolution is pretty weak.

As with mos
Nupur Tustin
I've devoured almost every one of the Inspector Pitt novels, and have just started on the first two in the series. I admire the way Perry brings Victorian England to life, portraying a very diverse picture of the poverty and grime as well as the wealthy.
Charlotte and Thomas are always an entertaining sleuthing pair. There's a nice bit of ethical ambiguity surrounding a Victorian reform issues subplot and its questions of how you treat those around you. A couple of secondary characters are back from previous books, but that just made me miss what made this a just a mildly entertaining read: no Emily. There's one scene where Charlotte think how her sister would act if present, which just articulated how I felt for most of the book. Emily is my fa ...more
The mystery aspect was quite intriguing in this fourth book in the series. The focus was more on Thomas than Charlotte which made a nice change of pace and we see Thomas doing more active detective work rather than being somewhat passive. A solid entry in the series.
Fourth in the series. This one has a subplot that probes more deeply the struggles of the underclass in Victorian London, although much of this is still dealt with in well-to-do conversations over tea and finger foods. Someone keeps digging up corpses and putting them in odd places, and sometimes it's the same corpse again and again! Aunt Vespasia is back, getting more time and attention in this novel, and she is delightful. The fact that she takes Charlotte under her wing will allow that charac ...more
My favorite of the Thomas Pitt series so far. I think I need to read more of the earlier ones. Perry's mysteries are still sometimes too much based on trusting the author not to let her character make a false arrest, but I liked the characters more at this stage. I can see the temptation of wanting to introduce her working class heroes to the lusher world of the upper class, but her females characters seem to lose their groundedness and become brainless and superficial like the women they are as ...more
This Inspector Pitt book started off with a great opening scene and an
interresting premise; bodies are being dug up and left in unusual places. The plot itself was somewhat weaker. I think the author may have started with the 'suppose' about the bodies and worked from there. In general, her plots are not particularly strong. She takes a basically small story and adds her background material and one or two subplots consistant with the era and viola, she has a novel. The end result is consistantly
The story starts with a dug up corpse driving a hansom cab and once again the sordid little secrets of a Victorian neighborhood are exposed in the search for answers.

In this book, Somerset Carlisle, who will pop up intermittantly throughout the series, gets his chance to be a much more intriguing character than he appears in subsequent books. I really wish that the potential of her supporting cast wouldn't get squashed down the road. At least I don't have that complaint about Aunt Vespasia, who
Good book, though she had to hurry up and tie everything together in the last 20 pages. The subplot of the workhouses was too long with little payoff. I will try another in the series, however.
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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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