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Highgate Rise: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #11)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,037 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Clemency Shaw, the wife of a prominent doctor, has died in a tragic fire in the peaceful suburb of Highgate. But the blaze was set by an arsonist, and it is unclear whether she or Dr. Shaw was the intended victim—or did the doctor himself set the blaze in order to inherit his wife’s large fortune? Baffled by the scarcity of clues in this terrible crime, Inspector Thomas Pi ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 1991)
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Nicole
Part Victorian Jerry Springer show, part clue-less mystery, but unfortunately, rarely believable, if I hadn't enjoyed this book's sequel, (and didn't have two more with me in English language book exile) I might be giving up on Anne Perry right about now. When I read a Victorian novel, I want the people in the book to act Victorian, dammit. Instead, if it wasn't members of conservative and respected Victorian families airing their dirty laundry out in front of complete strangers, it was very rec ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
As this series progresses, Anne Perry is going into some of the worst excesses of the Victorian age. This book centers on two aspects that were hotly debated at the time. The book begins with a terrible fire which kills the wife of a very outspoken local doctor. She had been quietly become involved in trying to breach a system of rental property law which allowed investors to charge extremely high rents for tenements in horrible conditions without anyone being able to tell who the property owner ...more
Allison
All the things I didn't like in the last book are continued in this book and the plot just wasn't as engrossing. The WHOdunit was boringly stereotypical, the WHYdunit was just not believable, the great climatic scene was dumb and the emotion of the book was mostly forced. On the other hand, Thomas and Charlotte are still quite likable, their servant Gracie gets involved which is nice for her and Charlotte's introduction to this segment of society through her crotchety old grandmother was differe ...more
Scot
Eleventh in the series. I particularly enjoyed this installment, because more and more of the secondary characters from earlier novels are being flushed out and many of them are helping out, at various levels, in the detection process of solving the mystery. Thomas and Charlotte are more openly and actively combining their skills and efforts in solving the case, too. Not so much an emphasis on social behavior details of the period in this novel as in many of the earlier ones, but the debate over ...more
Linda
A Victorian mystery featuring Charlotte and Inspector Thomas Pitt. Clemency Shaw, wife of a prominent doctor, has died in a tragic fire in the peaceful suburb of Highgate, apparently the intended victim of an arsonist. As Inspector Pitt searches for clues to the murder, his wife Charlotte uses her social connections to gather gossip about the Shaw family and to help him solve the case. Each book of the series (this is not the first, if you like to read things in order) addresses a different soci ...more
Katy M
This one is about ideals and, as is usual, Ms. Perry shows many sides of the issue.

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 th
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Sandi Willis
As I read other reviews I can understand why some might have thought this novel was not quite as engaging as some of Perry's other novels, I was able to see into a society that is suppose to act one way and only one way. No one should know where the family money comes from or question it. There should be no freedom of speech or speak one's mind in this time period. Charlotte Pitt has a hard time with this - I would have a hard time in this period as well. This novel deals with people who own hou ...more
Wendy
Charlotte, Inspector Pitt, and family investigate the murder of two people in Highgate Rise. Was Dr. Shaw supposed to be the victim or was the arsonist trying to kill Mrs. Shaw and Amos Lindsay? Charlotte sets out to retrace the steps of Clemency Shaw, one of the victims of the arsonist, trying to uncover whether Mrs. Shaw’s work to change the slum conditions in London was the cause of her death. Everyone in Highgate Rise has secrets that they would prefer not to be uncovered, but would any of t ...more
Connie Melton
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt's maid, Gracie, has been admiring her mistress's detecting adventures for the past few books, but her participation in this story adds a freshness to the plot and the characterizations. Dedicated readers of the Pitt series know Charlotte, Emily, Thomas, and Great Aunt Vespasia so well now that new characters are always welcome additions to the cast.
Catherine Letendre
Ce tome était particulièrement "léger" en termes de preuves. Probable qu'à l'époque les preuves étaient moins scientifiques et plus circonstancielles, mais ça rend l'histoire lourde, lente et uniquement faites de "potins". Les détectives rencontrent les témoins à tout bout de champs sans avoir jamais de réelles questions à leur poser. Ils vont à la pêche et espère tomber sur quelque chose. Sans compter que la femme de l'inspecteur commence à me taper sur le système à se mêler de l'enquête sans j ...more
Martin
It took me a few Anne Perry and Victoria Thompson novels to discover that the term 'mystery' has changed from how it was used let's say 10 to 20 years ago. Most readers might still associated a mystery novel with a puzzle and with sleuthing, but those terms rarely apply anymore to modern mysteries. Anne Perry is one of many contemporary authors who writes historical fiction with a romantic inclination, which is probably a better label than mystery. Granted, the reader does not know until the ver ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Anne Perry is one of the authors I routinely look for at book sales, and so I read rather old titles such as this one from 1991. I like her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt very much. They are a loving couple who understand each other, and although Pitt is a cop and their income is low, Charlotte is originally from gentry and has family and friends from that class. This gives them unusual access to people of all walks of life. Charlotte "meddles" in Thomas' cases, but he values her input so unless she ...more
Felicity
Nov 05, 2008 Felicity rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, Victorian history hobbyists
As usual from Anne Perry, this was an engaging mystery. I wanted to know how it ended, and had perhaps better success than usual in working out the end before it became readily apparent. Thomas and Charlotte are always charming, and Gracie (the maid) was rather winning here as well.

I did feel that this book suffered from the characters' being eager to expound on their philosophical, religious and political feelings. One or two people -- passionate, as many of these were -- who run off at the mou
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Tracy Collier
Once again, suspect a crazy person. The good news is, the "crazy" is hidden until the very end so you get the joy and surprise of finding out with all the characters. This was another one I listened to instead of read. Davina Porter is the queen of characterizing an Anne Perry novel. No better English voice actress out there in my opinion!
Brenda Haven
I really enjoyed the story but am only giving 4 stars due to the glaring mistake in this book as to where Charlotte's mother lives. In book 5, Rutland Place, her mother and father have moved to that neighborhood mainly to get away from the tragedy that happened to Charlotte's sister, Sarah, in Cater Street. However, in book 11, Highgate Rise, Charlotte's mother is back in her house on Cater Street where Charlotte grew up. (Chapter 4, page 86 was so annoying to read because of this huge mistake!) ...more
Jolene Portegys
not as good an ending as I had hoped and took way too long to get there.

Too much of the same speculation. Not her usual surprise ending. I like how more people were in on the investigation.
Kathleen Freeman
Definitely a fan of this series, and I especially enjoyed the scene when Thomas had breakfast with his kids and aunt Vespesia came to Charlotte's house and sat the kitchen table. Hope there are more of those gems in future books.
Wendy
I'm sure I've read all of these titles...but I can't quite remember some of the story lines here. I guess I'll just have to read them again!
Kathy England
Mystery set in late 1800 London. Perry always bases her novels on some social ill. This time it is the slum lords of London.
Holly
Another exc. book by Anne Perry. Great detail about Englands poor and greedy rich. Such class differences.
Samantha
I always enjoy an Inspector Pitt novel I love the period in which they are set (around the time of the Whitechapel murders if you don't know) and the characters are delightfully drawn. Sometimes despite the grave investigations there are humorous moments: "She looked at Charlotte down her nose. This was an achievement in itself since she was considerably shorter than Charlotte even when they were both seated." Well it made me laugh. I like the way Anne Perry weaves in and highlights social injus ...more
Sanz
This is the second Charlotte & Thomas Pitt novel that I've read and, while I liked it, I was a bit disappointed as well. There were too many redundant scenes about the free speech debate and too many characters whose actions were anachronistic. I know that the Pitts and their extended family are meant to be unconventional, but some of the behavior in this book was frankly unbelievable for Victorian society. Also, I figured out who did it and why fairly early on so that was a bit of a let dow ...more
Sdprince
Anne Perry has 2 ongoing series, both set in Victorian England, with side trips to other parts of Great Britain.

This series, featuring Thomas Pitt, an investigator with Scotland Yard, is fun reading and gives one a good sense of place. She doesn't dodge the tough issues - crime, dirt, squalor, and, in particular, class issues.

Her characters develop during the series and are interesting if not fascinating.

I recommend the series for light reading.
Sue
This novel had a complicated plot as Inspector Thomas Pitt is called to a different area to solve a woman's murder in a house fire. He is mystified at the motive and clues are difficult to find until his wife, Charlotte, her sister, Emily, and new husband, Jack, plus Great-Aunt Vespasia all get involved with local the society. Slowly they uncover some secrets that point to multiple motives among the relatives. Lots of interesting characters.
Daniele
Usually, when I read a Perry mystery, I often guess "who did it" long before the conclusion of the book. However, very often "the why" of the crime is a bit of a curve ball. I found this 11th installment of the series to be the exception. I knew who AND why fairly early in the story so reading on seemed a bit slow. Fans of the series will still enjoy, but it is not my favorite.
Gail
This is the one where Jack Radley decides to run for Parliament. The "cause" is exposing the landlords of the worst slums in London. While the rest of the police try to find Jack the Ripper, Pitt deals with arson.
Martha
I finally gave up on this when I noticed I was noticed that each day going to work I would scour the radio waves for something to listen to rather than rejoin my audiobook...Nothing really wrong with it, and I've enjoyed Anne Perry books in the past--plus it's a reader I normally enjoy--but I just couldn't get very interested in the plot or the characters.
Tracy
Formulaic Anne Perry. I didn't particularly enjoy the "debate on the side" the author employed in this novel. The prose employed by the author occluded the facts of the issue, and instead of adding clarity throughout the story, the author repeats phrases from the original debate.

Still liked the mystery and insight into a historical period.
Cindy
This book featured more of the poverty issues of London during this period. It revealed how the rich bought the slums, charged high rents and their greed came at the expense of the poor. Not much has changed. The fires were the lead in but I really couldn't gather the clues as the characters hid their emotions well.
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