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Traitors Gate (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #15)

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Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England’s strategy on Africa. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes that Sir Arthur was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government ...more
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Published September 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 1995)
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Donna
Apr 21, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though these books follow a formula, it is just absolutely amazing that I get carried away with each one. It is like reading about old friends and I feel for Thomas every time he gets screwed by the class conscious snobs of Victorian England. I feel outrage over the way people are treated and how willingly they accept this treatment. I would most likely be an old maid out there trying to wake up the population and backing all kinds of social causes with an amazing passion. That said, once I ...more
Regina
Feb 11, 2013 Regina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little hard to get into, but worth struggling through the long first 2 chapters.
Scot
Jun 16, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fifteenth installment in the series is a strong one. The theme of the consequences of Imperialism in Africa is taken up with an undercurrent of questioning the right of women to work or for that matter to have opinions of their own, both in and outside of marriage. Thomas's boyhood mentor is poisoned at his club early on, which entails Superintendent (remember, he was promoted) Pitt returning to his working class country roots and reawakening his fraternal relationship with the mentor's gen ...more
Nancy
Mar 19, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books are still interesting and exciting and suspenseful.. On to the next.......

Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England's African strategy. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic "accidental" death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes he was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government. He is making little progress, until a sec
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Renny
May 20, 2017 Renny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!

Here is another fantastic mystery story of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series! There is murder and mayhem, traitors and secret societies not to mention romance and severely divided loyalties!
Bonnie Drummond
May 11, 2017 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping story of Treason, Murder, Secret Society, and the whole of Africa that was up for grabs. It takes all of Thomas's instinct and the help of certain family members to help solve this and save England embossment to other Countries. Also Thomas solved the murder of the man who was like a Father to him and brought piece to his son and Thomas's mind as well. Traitors Gate book 15 of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mystery by: Anne Perry was a glimpse into the workings of Britain's Government and ...more
Marla
Mar 16, 2017 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
another good book in this series, although I like more Charlotte involvement.
Jane Smith
A few comments about this book:

The author switches point of view, which is normal enough, but I don't think the switching added up to any great revelations. I feel like if the author switches around from one character to another and it serves no other purpose than to just be a convenience for the author, the book will lose me. It didn't in fact lose me. I finished reading but I wasn't particularly in love with any of the book.

The book just doesn't grab you. The first bit of action is when a car
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Jacqueline
Feb 27, 2017 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a slow start the middle and ending were unbelievable

I think this is one of the more gripping Pitt adventures. The ending was a complete surprise. I would recommend this to anyone who likes murder mysteries
Laura
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery lovers /Anne Perry fans
Thomas is a Superintendent of Scotland Yard. He is called in to investigate a "matter of treason". Someone in the British Colonial office is passing information to Germany regarding England's African policies and strategies. Connected with this investigation is the suspected murder of the man who was Thomas's mentor. Among the possible suspects are members of a clandestine organization called the Inner Circle who work behind the scenes to forward their specific goals and agendas. At first the el ...more
Correen
Dec 20, 2014 Correen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book more than any of her other books. It has humor, interesting and empathy building characters, complex plot, commentary on women's issues, historical understanding, and political intrigue. I was immediately hooked. For those of us who read the series, she keeps readers in touch with a large number of characters who, in some books, are mentioned but not a part of the action. In this book the mother, Caroline, and sister, Emily were out of town. Grandmama made a token appearance
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Rose
Jul 20, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Su Bowling, Elaine Raptis
I generally like Anne Perry's mysteries, as they seem very thoroughly researched and true to the Victorian time period in which they are set. This one has several layers of mystery, all wrapped in a shroud woven of political intrigue, conflicting loyalties, and even romantic love, making it interesting on several levels. There are multiple suspects, multiple motives, and Thomas Pitt has to step quite carefully lest he become a murder victim, himself. There is one scene in the last chapter of the ...more
Janie
May 28, 2016 Janie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Anne Perry. I have never been into murder investigation type of book but I enjoyed this one. I liked Pitt and Matthew's connection with the murder victim. He was Matthew's father and Pitt was also part of the household because Matthew's father took in Pitt and his mother when his father died. Matthew and Pitt grew up together.
I found the class distinctions in Victorian England to be very strict and the statist of women then was amazing to me. Not only did w
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Della
Mar 03, 2016 Della rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like most historical mysteries but this one I found tough to get through, at least the first half of the book. What slowed me down was the political information of Africa. I understand that at the beginning this information was to give the reader a sense of background and foundation for the rest of the book but I found it a bit repetitive and tended to slow the story down. It wasn't until halfway through the book that the speed picked up for me and then I couldn't put it down. If it wasn't for ...more
Bill
Sep 06, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pitt novels always take you on a straddling journey, one in which you are part both of the barely middle class and of the lower strata of polite society. From both perches you can look up and down, so you see much of late-nineteenth-century society with clear vision. Perry has a unique ability to reveal character through protagonists' view of faces and gaits, which always makes me feel as if there is something missing in my vision: I never discern so much in a glance. No doubt this is a masc ...more
Lisa
Jul 09, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-perry
Another great book in this series--Perry is getting away from always focusing on Charlotte (and thus having repetitive plots) and is also using more description of London in Victorian times, down to the street names along which characters travel. Too much of this can be distracting, but at this level it adds credibility. This book has a focus on the terrible anti-Semitism and related superstitions that infected some members of London society. Perry is also getting better at foreshadowing the pos ...more
Donna
May 08, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
Anne Perry is a really good writer. Her one flaw for me is that she goes into too much detail sometimes and it slows the story down a bit. Her characterizations are excellent though. The plot of Traitor's Gate was rather complicated as three different crimes become interwoven. The story focused almost exclusively on Thomas but Charlotte jumped in at the end to solve one of the mysteries. I'm not sure I really like the whole secret society business--it just seems a way to have high born people co ...more
Geneve
Apr 18, 2008 Geneve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geneve by: Caprece Curtis
Wow! I usually have that reaction after finishing an Anne Perry book. I love a good murder mystery, and these are the best I have found. Anne Perry has a way of making you feel like you really know and understand the characters. You get pulled in to the emotion of the story, not just the story line. In this one, Pitt is closer to the Inner Circle than he ever has been before and realizes what the consequences could be if he crosses them. The book is full of people making honorable choices, no ma ...more
Amanda Meggs
Wow, this series has really stepped up quite a few notches in my opinion. I missed a few books and started this one because I couldn't get the intervening ones. Thomas has been promoted to superintendent and Charlotte is no longer quite the social pariah she was for marrying so far beneath herself. There is still a lot of social commentary, especially regarding a woman's place in London in 1890. Really, all of the characters are powerfully written and well described. This is easily the best of t ...more
Lynne Tull
Anne Perry is 'the' master of detail. When she writes a scene you will get a feel for every blade of grass, every smell in the area, and every thought of the character about such items. Some of this detail really gives me a feeling of where the story is going. However, most of it is 'filler' and does not do a thing for the story. This story was quite compelling and complicated. I loved it. Ready for the next book! Still recommending.
Ann
Jul 06, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was an awesome book! The more I read about Pitt and his mysteries the more I books I want! This one, as did the last book, mainly focused on Pitt with Charlotte coming in at the end. I wonder if the series is going towards that angle since Pitt has moved up in society.

The mysteries (yes! 3 mysteries ended up happening in this book) were really well done and the ending made me squeal in happiness (obviously I can't say why, but I promise it is great).
Amber
Apr 07, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning or the story. After a while I got really into it and started trying to think of clues and wanted to solve the murder myself. One thing I really liked is that you could never tell where the story was going to take you and wasn't predictable. The characters were very likable and easy to imagine. If you enjoy books about murders as well as the time frame being a little way back when, then this is a book for you to read!
Laura
Jul 02, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian mystery lovers
This well written mystery touches on the politics behind the colonization of Africa and shows just how separate the "spheres" were for men and women in England during that time. An interesting read with a good mystery too! I enjoy Thomas (now superintendent of police) and his wife Charlotte (who married "beneath" her as she is a lady) very much. Each brings special skills to their shared task of solving the crime. Excellent appearance by Charlotte's great-aunt Vespasia as well.
Tom
Jul 07, 2009 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Pitt must ferret out a spy in England's Foreigh Ministry, one who is feeding important information to the enemy (Germany. The country is in a struggle with that country over the establishment of colonies in Africa). Plus, he must do it quietly, to avoid having bad press. Plus, his wife is torn over England's cavalier approach to subjugating the citizens of the countries they are trying to colonize.
LJ
TRAITOR'S GATE - VG
Perry, Anne - 15th in Thomas Pitt series

Someone in the Colonial Office is passing information to Germany about England's African strategy. Police superintendent Thomas Pitt is charged with investigating this treason, but his mind is on the sudden, tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond.

I always forget how much I enjoy these. I love the quality of her writing, her characters, the plotting and sense of time and place.
Connie Melton
Apr 04, 2011 Connie Melton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traitor`s Gate features Thomas much more prominently than Charlotte. Thomas` surrogate father, Sir Arthur Desmond, the owner of the estate for which Thomas` actual father was the gamekeeper, has died in his club in London. The death is ruled accidental, or suicide, but his son Matthew, Thomas` close boyhood friend, is convinced it must have been murder, and asks Thomas to investigate. ...more
Adrienne
Jun 16, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was three stars all the way till the shocking triple climax. That put it into the 4 star category. Touted as her "breakout novel" I actually liked it least of all the ones I have read because of the political speeches everyone felt like making. Normally she is so good about keeping her characters in their worlds and true to their historical period.
Margaret
I had a hard time getting into this one. It seemed like an especially large number of characters to keep track of and a lot of obscure details about an African conspiracy that I had trouble following. Once I got into it, though, I did enjoy the parts about Charlotte, Thomas, and their family members.
Mary Lauer
Jan 06, 2012 Mary Lauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simon
Dec 07, 2008 Simon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I don't like
Shelves: fiction-crime
Quite simply the worst book I have ever read. Like an American stand-up comedian, she over explains everything. I only held on to the end as an exercies, to see if I could put myself through it. Having completed what I consider the most arduous task in the world, I am now confident I can walk through walls, if I have to!
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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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