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Ashworth Hall (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #17)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,204 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting’s moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, can root out the truth, simmering hatreds and pa ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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Ira
Jun 10, 2017 Ira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, suspense
4.25 stars!

The Irish situation, that's how The Pitt called it.
The story description will give you enough idea what is this story all about.
When both side started their arguments, you couldn't help to believe how passionate and convinced they were in them and as an outsider you do feel despair sometimes about it, like Charlotte's feel.
She thought, if this situation keep on like that, there will be no peace for another 50 years.
Well Charlotte, the peace came at last, only took longer than you pred
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Graeme Roberts
Sep 19, 2010 Graeme Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Perry for many reasons. She teaches us effortlessly and her mysteries are also historical novels in a sense. This one is steeped in "The Irish Problem."

Her understanding of humans and our frailties and motivations is so deep and subtle. She also understands and portrays love in a way that few can match.

Ashworth Hall was another great experience, but I wish that she had provided some map of all the characters and their affiliations and motivations. I know that that is almost an admiss
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Connie Melton
Apr 04, 2011 Connie Melton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another excellent book by Anne Perry. It is one of the books in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and takes place in the 1890's at the home of Charlotte's sister, Emily. Emily's husband is a member of Parliament. A meeting between the differing factions in the "Irish Problem" is being held at Emily's home. Two of men involved are murdered. It is Thomas's job, as a police superintendent, to find out who did it and why. Charlotte is also a house guest and gets involved in the investigat ...more
Jackie King
Jul 21, 2017 Jackie King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-enjoyed
Another good read by Anne Perry featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.
Jennifer
I obviously love the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books a lot, and the way Anne Perry whips the solution to the mystery at the very end and then is like "okay whatever nothing else that's been going on plot wise matters", but this one could definitely have used another few pages after the mystery's resolution.
Ann
Jul 13, 2017 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I never fail to enjoy a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery. While it did get a bit confusing keeping the characters' political sides straight, I really enjoyed the murder and the mystery. I also like how some of the minor characters alongside the Pitts grew in this book. I'm really hoping we'll see more of Tellman and Gracie in the next books.
Renny
Jun 05, 2017 Renny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy Anne Perry's writing. Each novel appears to be set in its own historical time frame with an accuracy and knowledge base of the human condition accurately portrayed. This one dives into conflicts related to struggles between the Irish and English. It is a complex story with multiple characters but well worth the read.
Gail
I always love this series. The Irish question, however, does not hod my interest. Still, it is good.. loved the Gracie and Tellman interaction!
Jacqueline
Mar 11, 2017 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another gripping mystery which I could not put down

It took only a few days to complete this book and I learned a lot about the Irish problems. Roll on the next mystery!
Christopher Huang
First, the good stuff:

The story is entertainingly written, with lovely insights into the life of the servants, hosts and guests at a Victorian country house party. The human relationships are interesting to observe, and the trivia associated with the cares and duties involved in running a Victorian household is equally fascinating. I certainly enjoyed it, in spite of the shortcomings listed below.

The bad:

Perhaps it was only the edition I had, but I found the editing a little lacking. On a couple
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Scot
Jul 07, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment is fun, if that word can be used to describe a review of a series of murders that include a terrorist using dynamite in the 19th century. Okay, that part's not so fun, but the setting is: it's the country estate mentioned in the title--which once belonged to Emily's first husband and now is home to Jack (new to the House of Commons) and his wife Emily, who is Charlotte's sister. One of the character devices of this series was to have Emily marry up in class, Charlotte marry down ...more
TheRLPL Rice Lake Public Library
Patron Review:

This mystery is one of a series of Anne Perry's who-dunnits that features the Scotland Yard detective, Thomas Pitt, and his wife Charlotte.l Her mysteries are really interesting because they are, at the same time, historical novels that recreate life in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, complete with its social, economic, and class divisions.

This particular mystery centers on a week-long party at the country house of Jack Radley, a rising star in the foreign office and the
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Gary Knoke
It must be difficult to have the correction of wrongs in the Victorian era as one's personal cause. It isn't as if one can return to those days and change things. But Anne Perry has built a career around the elucidation of the problems of those years, somewhat as Charles Dickens did. This particular book deals with the Irish Problem, which bedeviled England and Ireland for hundreds of years, and is only recently quiescent. The problem with this social/political issue is that most Americans proba ...more
Regina Berg
Oct 15, 2013 Regina Berg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every one of her novels centers on some social problem. This one goes to the Irish-English problems which gives some insights as to the historical background of these conflicts. In this book, Emily and Charlotte seemed a little out of character with all their worrying. In previous novels, Emily was never rude and Charlotte was always secure in her husband's love. Gracie comes into her own at the age of 20, and becomes even more beloved.
As with all Anne's novels, she is a master of dialogue. One
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Correen
Jan 17, 2015 Correen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Pitt novel. Emily and Jack are hosting a weekend party at their summer mansion to provide a venue for Irish leaders from the North and South to come together and attempt to work out a compromise. Pitt has been assigned to cover the event as he can use his wife Charlotte, Emily's sister, as an excuse for being there. He is taking Tellman, a policeman, as his valet to provide more protection and Charlotte will take her maid Lizzie to play the role of lady's maid.

Like many of Perry's stories, th
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Joy
Jan 13, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a roll to reread, recall Anne Perry...want to record into goodreads without guess work..This one is focused on Irish Issue...I visualized Downton Abbey PBS special currently on TV.
183 "when you take a stand like that in public, you can never go back on it, nno matter what oou learn afterwards. You have left yourself no room to change, retreat or grow.
261 "Why do stories grow around anything?...Because someone leap to a conclusion...a conclusion that suits the emotions they feel and widh to a
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Tracy
Jul 26, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of Anne's but maybe it's because the topic didn't interest me that much. Charlotte and Thomas are to be guests at the country mansion of Charlotte's sister Emily and her husband who is in the political realm of England. Thomas is actually there undercover with his sergeant Tellman as the remaining guests are representatives of the two sides of the "Irish Problem". He is to protect the English negotiator, Greville. Unfortunately Greville is killed in the bath one night. The rest o ...more
Becky
Feb 08, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually like to read series in sequence. I put that aside to choose this as "a book with a red spine" for the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.

Fortunately, I enjoyed this book without needing to read previous mysteries.
Laura
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Anne Perry & Thomas Pitt
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt ride again. This time the scene is Ashworth Hall, a great country house where a secret conference between reluctant Irish Protestants and Catholics gather to discuss home rule for Ireland, a problem that has been with the British Isles since the reign of Elizabeth the First. Pitt is requested by the government to attend the conference as a security force. Unfortunately, Pitt's presence does not prevent the murder of the conference moderator. Subsequently another murder ...more
Rae
Feb 01, 2012 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012
The Pitts are at Emily and Jack's country house while a group of Irish and English representatives are working toward peace. But it's hard to compromise when people are being murdered--and it's a good thing Pitt is there to solve the crimes.

Although this is not my favorite Pitt mystery (mostly because of the political atmosphere), I did enjoy it (Perry at her worst is still good) and was able to figure out most of the whodunit well before the end of the book.

It's a sad country, Gracie Phipps, bu
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Jobiska (Cindy)
I bought this a long time ago, after having rampaged through the several preceding books. For some reason when they moved the setting outside of London, it threw me for a loop and I thought I wasn't interested any more. However, I finally picked it up again and alas for my pocketbook (because I will now want to read the subsequent ones), I liked it! I think early on the exposition of the plot, all in conversation, was rather dense--I had to keep going back to page 10 (I think it was) where they ...more
LaRita
May 23, 2016 LaRita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Anne Perry's novels. They are very well researched and I find the Victorian era fascinating. Perry always does a great job of making the characters come to life. It's not uncommon for me to sympathize with or even like a character even when I despise their behavior. That's how real life can be, so she does a good job of multifaceted, genuine characterizations.

This particular novel was not my favorite as I sometimes had trouble with the keeping the characters straight in my head.
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Sandi Willis
Apr 10, 2014 Sandi Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I noticed that some of Anne Perry's books deal with a lot of political issues. This one deals with the struggle for self-rule of Ireland and this seems to be the reason for the death of three men in this book. I didn't realize that Ireland did not become an independent country until after World War I. I enjoy learning about history; this is one thing that I love about reading historical novels - learning about many different historical events.
This mystery was hard to solve for the Pitts, and m
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LJ
ASHWORTH HALL - %
Perry, Anne - 17th in Thomas Pitt series

Thomas and Charlotte Pitt return in the latest brilliantly rendered novel of manners, mores, and murder in Victorian England. A group of Irish political figures, Protestants and Catholics, gathers at Ashworth Hall in hopes of finally resolving the volatile issue of home rule for Ireland. When a mysterious murder shatters the decorum of the weekend, Scotland Yard's Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his clever wife Charlotte arrive to root out
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Donna
May 16, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puts Thomas and Charlotte in a familiar world for her, one seen from the other side for him. A weekend house party to discuss the "Irish Question" puts Pitt undercover to protect the parties involved. Of course, he is not successful and all the guests are trapped until the mystery is solved while the conference continues with Jack Radley, Emily's husband, now in charge and now in danger. There is always a back story and in this one there are two. Gracie is along acting as Charlotte's maid and en ...more
Allison
Mar 07, 2010 Allison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This one touched on the Irish home rule issue and was set in the country. Interesting read, as usual but it didn't wrap up quite as neatly as I would have preferred. The who and why and how are answered, but some of it seems a bit unlikely.
Here's a little bit of marriage advice from Great-Aunt Vespasia to Charlotte:
Nobody is everything to someone else, nor should they seek to be. Moderate your demands at times, disguise some of your less-fortunate attributes, learn to keep your own counsel in ce
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Laura Edwards
My favorite book in the series. All my favorite characters gathered in one place and offering insight to the story. Charlotte, Thomas, Emily, Gracie. We also get our first good look at Tellman's true character. The only thing which would have made it better was having Vespasia at the gathering. But then Charlotte would have no reason to go to London and obtain a crucial piece of evidence. And, as always, the mystery keeps the reader guessing. This one is fast paced. Stayed up all night to finish ...more
Elise Dubois
I enjoyed the book until almost the very end. Then it was like the author had no idea what to do with the book, so lets go back to the class "throw everyone in a room and someone will confess". A huge let down and really disappointing. Not to mention that Charlotte and Emily were barely a there. Even Pitt and Tellman seemed like accessories. I guess I was too disappointed with the ending. As this seems to be happening more and more as the series progresses, I'm not sure it's worth it to continue ...more
Lynne Tull
Aug 01, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, victorian
At first I thought I was really going to like this story. Thomas and Charlotte were actually going to be together at a house party. I thought perhaps they would actually team up to solve the mystery. It didn't happen...she went her way and he went his way. Home Rule for Ireland was the theme for the book. I didn't find it particularly interesting. It was really hard for me to keep the characters straight; although, there were not many of them. They didn't appear often as a lot of the book covers ...more
International Cat Lady
As someone who loves most Anne Perry books and has a personal family interest in the 'Irish Problem' I expected to really enjoy this book. Instead it was disappointingly hard to get into, and rather dull the whole way thru. Plus, as I had already read books that came after this one in the series, I had a rather big clue as to who one of the bad guys was right from the very beginning. (I won't give it away for those of you who haven't read the books that come later...)
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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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