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Dorchester Terrace (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #27)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,094 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
1896. Newly promoted to Head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is forced to face the danger his new position brings when he uncovers the work of a traitor in his department. Not knowing who to trust, he must unmask the conspirator, whist simultaneously protecting a suspected target, Austrian state visitor Duke Alois.

Meanwhile, Victor Narraway is investigating the mysterious d
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Headline
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Dorothy
I have been reading Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries for so long that there is little mystery left to her stories for me. In this latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery, I had surmised by about a hundred pages in who the villain(s) of the piece were going to be. I read the rest of the book in light of my theory, which did, in fact, turn out to be right.

Figuring out the puzzle early on did not necessarily lessen the pleasure of the read. Actually, there is a certain satisfaction in feeling sma
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Marci
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am very happy with the direction Anne Perry is taking her Pitt series characters. While several elements of this mystery seemed obvious at an early stage, the final solution included several devious bits that I defy anybody to have guessed completely, and it provided the perfect setup to discuss a number of interesting issues, among which I found the problem of aging to be most touching.

It does always make me laugh that Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould was created too old in the series near its be
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Now this was a good read. I have read three or four of the early novels in this historical mystery series starring Thomas Pitt and his eventual wife, Charlotte, and always enjoyed the excellent writing, strong plot, and the way the characters changed and grew.

In the first novel readers meet Charlotte and finally see her escape her stifling, over protective father and shock the whole family, sisters, dreadful grandmother and browbeaten mother, by insisting on marrying a policeman. Thomas Pitt i
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Shirley Schwartz
I have long been a fan of Anne Perry and her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. I have found that the books keep getting better and better in this series. Ms. Perry's plots are always tight and her characterizations realistic. These remain strong, but I find that the suspense build-up in each book seems to get better and better. This book is a page-turner and one that I couldn't put down. Pitt is now the Commander of Sepcial Branch, when, after the last book where Pitt's boss was forced to resign ...more
LJ
First Sentence: It was mid-February and growing dark outside.
Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters. That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.

After the events of the previous book, “Treason at Lisson Grove”, we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch. Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he’s capable of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us und
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Judy
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the 27th book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. While there is a mystery involved--why would anyone want to kill an obscure member of the Austrian royal family or is the threat a red herring--the heart of this book is an examination of the class system in Victorian England and how difficult it was to overcome class prejudices. Thomas Pitt, the son of a gameskeeper, was successful as a poice detective and in excelled in solving cases in the Special Branch. Now, however, he has been ...more
An Odd1
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Dorchester Terrace" (Charlottte and Thomas Pitt) by Anne Perry houses Mrs Serafina Montserrat 75. Formerly promiscuous, fiercely intelligent rider and sword fighter against monarchy especially Austria-Hungary 1848 p27, she fears her deteriorating faculties will lead to murder, as does her long-time friend, elegant, lovely, incisively intelligent Lady Vespasia, great-aunt to Charlotte Pitt (actually younger Emily "sister's great-aunt by marriage to her first husband" p237). Someone overdoses Ser ...more
Barb in Maryland
I've been reading this series since the first book came out in 1979. So I feel like Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are old friends. I read each new book not so much for the mystery(thought it is always good) but to catch up on how they are doing.
The year is 1896, Thomas has recently been made Head of the Special Branch due to the events of the previous book (Betrayal at Lisson Grove) and he is facing his first real crisis--rumors of an assassination attempt on a minor royal visitor. As with all of Pe
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Scot
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this 27th book in the series, Thomas has to come to grips with the power and authority of running Special Branch, and the political intrigues of those who think he's not up to it, given his working class (as opposed to upper class) birth. We get some historical insights into the problems plaguing Europe, particularly the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the second half of the 19th century, and premonitions of what might come in the 20th. There is a strong subplot reflecting on the impact of Alzhei ...more
Susanne
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another incredible Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery by Anne Perry. Pitt is now Head of Special Branch and faces his first real threat to a visiting Hapsburg duke. It's definitely a mystery that keeps one guessing until the very end--to the second-to-the-last page, in fact. I just miss how much Charlotte used to help Thomas solve the various murders he came across, but now with his appointment as Narraway's successor, he cannot share the various threats with her. But Vespasia and Narraway are ve ...more
Deb
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Thomas is now officially head of Special Branch and he is facing a major crisis. Is the assassination of a visiting Austrian duke a real possibility or is it a red herring, leaving open the possibility of an even greater political disaster? What is the secret that Vespasia's old friend is desperate to protect? This is much more of a political intrigue puzzle than a "crime" novel, as befits Pitt's new role. Does he have what it takes? I will ad ...more
Diane
This is my favorite Anne Perry book so far. I found it more suspenseful than most. It takes place in 1896 and gives an English perspective of the crumbling of the Hapsburg Empire which is a topic of particular interest to me personally.

One thing that always bothers me about Anne Perry is that she always ends her books abruptly. Crime solved; The End. There is never a denouement. No final scene where Pitt and Charlotte sit by the fire and enjoy a quiet moment and wrap up the loose threads of the
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Dany
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. While I enjoy this historical mystery series, I have to say I'm not overly enjoying the turn the last couple of novels I've read have taken. The whole Victorican era political intrigue plot is not something I'm finding particularly enthralling, just repetitive and obvious.
Liz
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a definite disappointment and one of the weaker books in the William and Charlotte Pitt series.
DeAnna
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Sadly, I am rapidly losing interest in the Pitts as protagonists. This book was boring.
Mary Kay
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Thomas Pitt is now head of Special Branch but this book really drags a bit.
Connie
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing! Not up to her usual superb status. Plodding, slow, difficult to get through until the final 10 pages or so. Glad I got it from the library. Tempted to stop well before the end.
Kathy
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
acctually, it just got too complicated.
Darleen Langguth
A galvanizing read!

One of the best yet in this series. Many twists and side stories that kept me glued to the page. Entrancing!
Laura
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, and Dorchester Terrace is no exception. Since Thomas joined the Special Branch (and now is the head), the novels have become less mystery and more political thriller. This time out, Thomas' office has become aware of odd people asking questions about the railway in conjunction with the upcoming visit of one of the lesser-known Hapsburgs. What could it mean? Is there a threat to the Duke's safety? Thomas must investigate.

At the same time
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Alasandra Alawine
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pitt has been made head of Special Branch permanently, Victor Narraway has been forced into retirement but he and Vespasia still manage to lend a hand and seem to become closer to one another.

Vespasia is concerned for her friend Serafina, who once fought with the revolutionaries and knows secrets that could get her and others killed. Serafina is suffering from dementia (we would probably say Alzheimer's) and is afraid she will reveal secrets to the wrong person. Vespasia goes to Narraway for he
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Mandy
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, victorian era lovers, history lovers, history of european politics lovers
Originally published in Unravellations .

Since this is my very first introduction to the Inspector Pitt series, I get this feeling that I've missed out a lot, but the book explains its own sprawling backdrop and history pretty well and I never found myself confused, though I did find myself extremely curious. I am going to set about tracking down the very first novel in the series once I work my way through the pile of library books I've borrowed and need to finish.

As fate would have it, though,
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Mandy
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in Unravellations .

Since this is my very first introduction to the Inspector Pitt series, I get this feeling that I've missed out a lot, but the book explains its own sprawling backdrop and history pretty well and I never found myself confused, though I did find myself extremely curious. I am going to set about tracking down the very first novel in the series once I work my way through the pile of library books I've borrowed and need to finish.

As fate would have it, though,
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Nancy
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Involved most all the characters in mostly significant roles. Exciting, suspenseful, thought provoking

1896. Newly promoted to Head of Special Branch, Thomas Pitt is forced to face the danger his new position brings when he uncovers the work of a traitor in his department. Not knowing who to trust, he must unmask the conspirator, while simultaneously protecting a suspected target, Austrian state visitor Duke Alois.

Meanwhile, Victor Narraway is investigating the mysterious deat
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July
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bueno...me ha decepcionado. Lo empecé a leer pensando que podría leer toda la serie, es el último de una serie de libros, que no es que se continuen, pero no me apetecía empezar por el primero, así que como pintaba bien la sipnosis decidí leerlo y no me ha gustado.

Es una buena historia, pero llena de paja y descripciones inutiles de vestidos y lazos en la cabeza o tocados, con lo cual me sobran 350 páginas. Pero lo dicho...la historia en si es buena.
Lorilyn Andrus
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery

A true mystery, the plot twists, turns and final solution is not revealed until the end. One learn a lot about life in late Victorian times along the way without being distracted from the story.
Caren Mitchel
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
if you're a fan of mysteries in victorian england anne perry is the author for you.
Peter S
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give a 5-star rating so needless to say, this one is terrific!
Judy McPherson
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking!

I have read many of this series and always I think the last is the best. The plot was very complex and the end exquisite. A must read!
Toni
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Another good addition in this series.
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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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