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Buckingham Palace Gardens (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #25)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,449 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives to Buckingham Palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a six-thousand-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But the prince’s gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute turns up in a linen closet among the queen’s monogrammed sheets. With gr ...more
ebook, 249 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Apr 26, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars.

Wow, Pitt has really made a powerful enemy this time! The Prince of Wales no less! I wonder what the future brings for him and Special Branch?
Mary Corbal
May 31, 2015 Mary Corbal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De lo mejorcito que ha escrito Anne Perry, te lo lees de un tirón de lo interesante que es.
Feb 09, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long enjoyed the Victorian era series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. They are an appealing couple and Perry's mastery of the period is impeccable. She has a feel for the nuances of social conventions of the period that is without peer in my reading experience. I can't say that I've ever read one of her books, either in this or the Monk series, that did not entertain me, and this is actually one of her better efforts, I think.

Over the years, Perry has taken us throughout the mean str
Deborah Ross
Oct 19, 2011 Deborah Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the challenges of a long-running series is how to make each book complete and independent, so that a new reader lacks nothing, without boring established readers with repetition of everything that has gone before. I was struck by Perry's craft in handling this, as Thomas Pitt, a detective on loan to Special Services, investigates a murder in Buckingham Palace. His own character and those of the returning personages are deftly and seamlessly woven into the plot.

A group of gentlemen -- orga
Jul 29, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Anne Perry fan, so it pains me to give one of her books only one star, but this particular outing was stuffed full of irrelevant detail that had nothing to do with the murder, and made it hard slogging to get through the book.

The premise was excellent - a murdered prostitute turning up in a linen closet at Buckingham Palace after the Prince of Wales and several of his houseguests partook of "services" from the murdered women and a couple of her compatriots.

Naturally Inspector Pitt is
Sandi Willis
I have to say that I enjoyed the historical part of this book. I know that the Prince of Wales is mentioned in many of her books but I liked reading about Princess Alexandra. I had no idea that she was hard of hearing which caused many people to think that she was stupid about what was going on around her. I read up on her after reading this book and found that she was well liked by the people, and devoted to her children. It was said that her husband liked her but he still had many mistresses a ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Jocelyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was just not brainy enough for me, I guess. It read like a soap opera. This didn't have as much to do with the actual plot, which I found pretty unbelievable, but with the way the story was told. The pace was really slow, because everyone's inner thoughts and feelings had to be described. This was done either by narrating the main character's thoughts (usually in in the format of the person posing a bunch of questions to themselves) or else by relating the facial expressions or tone of ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read this series about Inspector Pitt and his wife Charlotte since the beginning because I’m interested in Victorian London and because they’ve always come to a spectacular end, usually with the most powerful/power hungry person guilty of the most heinous crime. The crimes usually have a sexual element and always involve the rich victimizing the poor. The stakes for Pitt are always extremely high. The writing isn’t spectacular and the plotting is often awkward, with fairly obvious clues art ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've done it! Completing "Buckingham Palace Gardens" has brought me to my goal of reading all the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt books published to date. Thomas is called to Buckingham Palace to investigate the murder of a prostitute. Thomas has been called in because he works for Special Branch and this murder occurred after a private party held by the Prince of Wales, the future king of England. Thomas and his superior enlist the aid of Thomas's maid, Gracie to act as a new maid on the palace staff ...more
Jobiska (Cindy)
This book was worth reading, and certainly drives the overall story of Thomas Pitt, as well as Gracie, his maid. There was barely anything of Thomas' wife Charlotte, which is a pity, because I like the balance between Thomas' contributions and Charlotte's. I was somewhat taken aback at the idea that Gracie's manner of speech would fit in as an (undercover) Buckingham Palace servant, and was more so that the other maids spoke the same way--but what do I know? many more high-up enem
 Gigi Ann
To be fair, this is the first book I've read by this author, Anne Perry. I don't very often read a book out of my comfort zone, but this book was definitely out of my comfort zone.

I wasn't surprised by much in this mystery. It just surprised me that it took the police so long to figure it out. I didn't enjoy the book at all. I thought it drug on and on for way to long. I know many like the descriptive writing in their novels, but I just enjoy the storyline, and would liked the story so much bett
WOW! Leave it to Anne Perry to dream up a murder in Buckingham Palace. One that has to be investigated and solved but kept quiet so as not to embarrass the Queen, who is not home at the time, or the Crown Prince. There are so many twists in this story it will keep you guessing for a good long time but you do narrow in on the suspects and then the final twist that throws you for a real loop.
Thomas Pitt solves this mystery with the help of his own household maid, Gracie. She is smart and unwaverin
Libby Ames
Feb 28, 2010 Libby Ames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
Mystery is never my first choice of genre, but if you are going to read a mystery, Anne Perry is the author to read. I began listening to this one reluctantly (because I had no other audio books for treadmill time), but became totally engrossed in the plot. Perry creates excellent characters and deals with personal relationships and feelings, not just action and blood.

I listened to this book at the same time I was reading another mystery and it became intensely clear that Perry was a far superio
Pete Loveday
Dec 16, 2012 Pete Loveday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fascinating story from this master of Victorian mysteries that again showcased the skill of Inspector Thomas Pitt. The delicacy and protocol of the environment - Buckingham palace and the Prince of Wales - adds a powerful dimension to this rather complex story.
Pitt is up against the bombastic and dastardly Dunkeld and with some excellent help from his housekeeper/assistant, Gracie Phipps, they unravel the terrible crime they are confronted with.
an excellent read and some interesting insi
May 28, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Perry book where I've mostly figured out what is really going on early in the book. I didn't expect the twist in the last few pages, but other than that I identified the murderer early on; it was therefore a touch frustrating to see the characters going round. Even so, the story was still compelling and enjoyable.

I liked how Gracie grew during the course of the book and understood her fiance's perspective on service better as things went along.
This was my first time reading a book in this series or by the author. I also listened to it as an audiobook. This was notable because the narration of one character was so cartoonishly angry, it was almost unbearable. The plot itself was solid, but got bogged down in the moping of unrequited love. I wish there was more of a background into the true extent of these relationships because it seemed unclear to me. Also, it seemed like Pitt never really explored each man at the party with much vigor ...more
Rose Wesselman
I liked a lot about this book - the change in environment was interesting but there were a lot of inconsistencies in the investigation. Two clues given early on were not investigated - they were glaringly obvious and should have been pursued IMO. Always good but not my favorite.
Oct 08, 2016 Cybercrone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have generally enjoyed this series so this book was an anomaly.

It just went maundering on and on with one silly supposition after another, especially when the 'bad guy' was quite clear from the start, as was most of the plot. I put it down several times and didn't even know if I could wade my way through to the end, but I did.

Not the usual thing for Perry but I think this would have done much better as a short story instead of trying to fill it out to be novel length and driving the readers to
Buckingham Palace Gardens is the 25th book of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series by Anne Perry, set in Victorian England. Charlotte does not play a role in this book, only Thomas Pitt and surprisingly, their housemaid Gracie.

Thomas Pitt, now working for Special Branch to investigate crimes against the State, is summoned to solve a crime that shocks his values: the murder of a prostitute inside Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales was hosting a house party to plan a grand scheme: buil
Karin Boasci
Love it .I love all of Anne Perry's Books and audio books.
Donna LaValley
Apr 13, 2016 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-read
Years ago I read (eagerly) the first 23 of this Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. By book 23, the gore seemed to escalate and there wasn’t much more an author could do to keep it fresh. Bringing the theater world in was a try. However, I was always interested in the marriage, relationship, and household of Charlotte and Thomas with their children and Gracie (their young “servant”). Thomas’s work-related issues were repetitious but realistically so. Then this, the 25th book, came my way a ...more
Ben Babcock
I greatly enjoy Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries. Historical mysteries are tricky, requiring one to not only be well versed in the period in which the story is set, but the judicial system and detection methods available at the time. While I can't attest to how accurate Perry is in her facts, she maintains a willing suspense of disbelief.

In Buckingham Palace Gardens, someone commits a murder at the eponymous royal palace. The Queen isn't in residence, but the Prince of Wales is.
Linda Yezak
Buckingham Palace Gardens is a straight mystery, meaning it engages the mind more than the adrenaline glands as a mystery/thriller or mystery/suspense would. I haven't read a mystery in years and am embarrassed to admit I'm out of practice. I jumped around from character to character in my thoughts of who slashed a prostitute to death inside the royal palace. Because I'm out of practice, I can't quite pinpoint what it is about this novel that failed to satisfy me. It could be nothing more than I ...more
Susan in NC
I've read all of Perry's books in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, but had missed this one; I lost interest in the Monk series awhile ago. When I saw Perry was coming out with her first Pitt novel in three years, I wanted to catch up. I have mixed feelings about this book; the plot is intriguing (mutilated, murdered prostitute found in a linen closet at Buckingham Palace the morning after a debauch hosted by the Prince of Wales, Pitt and Narraway of Special Branch called in to investigate) ...more
BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDENS (Hist Mys/Pol Proc –Thomas Pitt-England-Victorian) – Ex
Perry, Anne – 25th in series”
Ballantine Books, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 978-0-345-46931-1

First Sentence: She was apparently found in the linen cupboard, poor creature,” Narraway replied, his lean face dour, his eyes so dark they seemed black in the interior shadow of the hansom cab.

Now with Special Branch, Thomas Pitt and his boss, Narraway, have been called to Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales is having a ga
Apr 26, 2013 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why haven't I read Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books before? Victorian era mysteries, right in (one of my) sweet spots. I'm told that it's better to read the series in sequence to see how the relationships develop, but I think I had enough fun reading this that I don't mind reading out of order.
The way it started, with a prostitute gorily murdered in Buckingham Palace, gave me a rather persistent thought of "London... SVU?" which I had trouble shaking over the first couple of chapters
June Ahern
I told you I am on a Anne Perry kick and will get to reviewing the Monk series too. Still on the Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte. This murder mystery starts strongly with a woman found in a Buckingham Palace linen closet, gutted. She is a "lady of the night" and the guests (there upon an invite from the Prince of Wales and his deaf wife, a gentle woman, the Princess. The guests are four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives - all suffering from some unhappiness in their marriage - ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-perry
This is my least favorite so far of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books. The plot just isn't up to Perry's usual standard, in part because it takes place almost entirely in Buckingham Palace and Thomas Pitt is pretty much trapped there without much to do but interview and re-interview the suspects, their wives, and the servants. Gracie comes in undercover as a servant to help, and that redeems the book for me, as her character is so enjoyable. Charlotte is not in the book at all, really which is ...more
Just A
May 18, 2016 Just A rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can you give a book zero stars?
I just do not get Anne Perry books... When seeking historical fiction, I prefer more history and less fiction but that's not what you get with this author. To quote the author's protagonist, page 142, "But she also knew how stupid people could be repeating things that a moment's thought would have told them couldn't be true". Wait, what? Where did the historical stuff go? Please tell me why is the book called Buckingham Palace GARDENS? The story takes place inside
Aug 08, 2009 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of the books in Anne Perry's mystery series featuring Inspector Monk, but this is the first of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mysteries by her I've ever read, although I think it's something like the 25th volume in that category. Actually, Charlotte, the detective's wife, doesn't play a role in this one, but their plucky little maid, Gracie, joins Thomas Pitt as they adapt an 'upstairs/downstairs" investigative strategy, trying to get information and evidence related t ...more
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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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