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Buckingham Palace Gardens (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #25)

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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
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Published March 25th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
Jocelyn
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
Kristen
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...more
Libby Ames
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...more
Pete Loveday
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...more
Lisa
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.
Pamela
This isn't a book I would've normally picked off the shelf, but a friend recommended it, so I read it over about a 6 month period. The first half of the book was a little slow (which is probably why I took so long to complete it). For some reason I had a hard time remembering who the characters were. They were referred to interchangeably by their first & sometimes last names & I had a hard time keeping them straight until about halfway through. Again, probably because I took so long to r...more
Susan
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
Deborah Ross
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...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?



However....how many more high-up enem...more
Dorothy
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...more
Laura
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
Susan
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
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
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....more
Scot
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
Susan
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...more
Mary
The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a six-thousand-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But, alas, the prince’s gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen’s monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

With great haste, Thomas Pitt, brilliant mainstay of Speci...more
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
LJ
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...more
E
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...more
Cherie
Thomas Pitt, of Special Branch, is called to Buckingham Palace to solve a mystery that needs to be very carefully investigated and then very skilfully dealt with as if it never happened. Pitt knows that how he handles this one could very well end his career and may even deal a fatal blow to the monarchcy! This is probably my favorite "Pitt" novel because of the charcters involved and the location of the crime. Very interesting!
Sylvia
What I like about Perry's books is the historical aspect, learning more about events in the late nineteenth century, and how she brings them alive, connecting the events skillfully to a mystery. In this story it was not as well done or as interesting as usual to me. But the European perspective on Africa at the time is fascinating and appalling. Although notams suspenseful as some of her others, this book rates a four in my books.
Briansmom
This book kinda frustrated me!!! I like the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt characters; this is the second book in the series I've read. Charlotte did not appear in the book, only in Thomas' musings. The plot here is interesting and rather byzantine; the problem for me lies in the endless mental gyrations of the characters, esp. the women. I hated the endless questions that churned through the minds of the female characters: what if this? what did that mean? why did someone have a particular facial ex...more
Shelly
Another good entry in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels. Although Charlotte is sadly lacking, having more of Gracie makes up for it. There is excellent insight on the life of a maid in a palace, including the fact that even though working in the highest home in the land, few of the servents were literate. Also interesting was the insight of palace life itself in that time period at the end of Victoria's reign and just before Edward's. The mystery is somewhat hard to swallow but is reasonably...more
Correen

Lots of interaction with wealthy, arrogant, position hungry persons. Thus also much selfishness and unpleasant behavior as well as blaming others rather than assuming personal responsibility. I was certain about the culprit from early in the story but, near the end, she almost convinced me I was wrong.

It is an interesting story.
Judy
Anne Perry has a lock on recreating English society in Victorian England. This is her 25th book featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and the stories just keep rolling along. In this episode, the Prince of Wales has invited four wealthy men and their wives to Buckingham Palace to talk about the feasibility of building a railroad from the north of Africa (Egypt) to South Africa. Unfortunately a prostitute is found murdered in the linen closet in the royal wing and everyone is a suspect--including the P...more
Linda
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 near 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 unwavering...more
Sarah
This was an enjoyable light historical mystery. The characters were interesting and well-drawn and the plot was well constructed with some good twists. The writing is nothing special, but it didn't get in the way. I will likely read more mysteries by Anne Perry.
Julie
A good one. I couldn't really figure it out ahead of time but kept getting glimpses and ideas. This one is a bit gorier than most of hers, but like most of hers, the violence is all done "off stage" and we only deal with the investigational aftermath.

In this one, a prostitute is found murdered in Buckingham Palace and Prince Edward is implicated. Thomas Pitt is called in to investigate. (How fun would that be? If the Prince did it, you're really in a hard place. But security is so tight at the...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 cate...more
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