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Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #3)

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The stylish gentlemen of London’s Paragon Walk are suspects in a novel that “combines murder with a profile of the morals and manners of Victorian society” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
When innocent Fanny Nash of exclusive Paragon Walk dies in the arms of her exquisite sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man
ebook, 248 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media Mystery Thriller (first published 1981)
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"People do such strange things to cover their guilt."

The wealthy upper crust of Paragon Walk squeezed the mind-dulling monotony of friendships and marriage into embarrassments and silence. Trivialities and flaws were hidden behind a polished front. As much as propriety would permit, men were allowed to play their games. That is, until it lead to murder.

A darker conflict drove this story. The he-said, she-said camaraderie that I was hoping to occur between Thomas and his wife, Charlotte, was ser
This was another good historical mystery from Anne Perry. There was plenty of dirt to uncover in the lives of all the characters, and it kept me guessing all the way through. I was convinced I had it right up until the very end, and I didn't! But everything fit once I knew all the pieces. The ending was just a little abrupt - I could have done with even just a paragraph or two more to wind it down. (view spoiler)
Kathy Davie
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history
Third in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series revolving around Inspector Thomas Pitt and his very curious wife Charlotte.

My Take
While a young girl is murdered, the emphasis is on how it will affect everyone else socially with a number of the neighbors putting all the blame on the girl. Well, obviously she must have had low morals to have invited rape! How do people actually twist their minds to believe something like this? They are like a snarling pack of dogs. Ooh, that's ra
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Perry writes the most amazing conversation among women. It is hard to imagine the stress of having to manage one's words, as these Victorian age characters did in conversations requiring multiple levels of meaning. Successful wives managed their husbands through clever and hidden strategies.

Perry's books show tremendous insensitivity among the classes and even between station levels within classes. There seemed to be far less value in competence than in income regardless of how it was acquired.
Jamie Collins
I hope this series improves soon; so far I don’t like it as well as the author’s William Monk mysteries, which were written later in her career. This book is very weak, and I’m not in the least impressed with Thomas Pitt’s sleuthing skills.

The mystery concerns a young woman who has been raped and murdered. The Victorian social ill in the spotlight is the blame assigned to rape victims; such things do not happen to virtuous women.

There is still very little here about Thomas and Charlotte’s life t
"We are conceived in sin, and some of us never rise above it"

I've read some reviews about this book and seen than many people complaint about Pitt not being a very good detective and so on. But don't you realize that, from the very first book, Pitt is not like others, for example, Poirot?... The real investigators in these series are Charlotte and Emily!!

"Always was a bit too clever. Trouble is, he wasn't clever enough to pretend to be a little less clever."

"Success without envy was like snails
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Anne Perry's mystery novels when I was in college. My older sister discovered them first and had purchased the entire Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series (to date) from I stayed with her for a month one summer during break and devoured almost all that she had on her shelves.

I stopped keeping up with the series at one point and have recently picked up where I left off and have also gone back to re-read the early books in the series.

Paragon Walk is the 3rd book in this V
Susan Anderson
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Victorian cozies and lovable characters, this book is for you.

With the third in the Pitt series, the author, Anne Perry hits her stride. The story begins with a body in the morgue. The victim is slight, delicately featured, beautifully dressed, her arms bruised, her face barely touched by life. Fanny Nash is seventeen when she is stabbed and raped in Paragon Walk, a London neighborhood of impeccable pedigree, and the neighborhood, as luck would have it, of Charlotte’s sister, Emily,
Ana T.
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, I'm slowly going through this series and I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I had a bit of problem with this one and for me it didn't work as well as the other.

In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, peer beneath the elegant masks of the well-born suspects and reveal that something ugly lurks be
This book was a really good mystery, but I found myself a little confused by everything going on in it and all of the possible suspects. I think there were probably 20 or more characters in the book, by my count, most of whom were possible suspects. I just had trouble keeping track of them all, let alone trying to suss out who the murderer was! Moreover, though Pitt is the lead investigator, the whole novel focused more on Charlotte and Emily, which I found kind of irritating. I think I'd like m ...more
Estoy conociendo a Anne Perry con su saga del inspector Thomas Pitt y la verdad es que me está encantando. Thomas y Charlotte Pitt son geniales. Está claro que esa genial ambientación me puede. Es una saga que disfruto muy fácilmente.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: June 3rd 2013
Rating 1,5

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Alexis Villery
Book three in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series finds Charlotte's sister, Emily, in the middle of yet another murder. The haughty aristocrats find themselves ashamed to be caught in the middle of a murder and afraid that there is a murderer among them. Thomas works diligently as an investigator to get to the bottom of this mystery. Charlotte has one foot in the door of aristocrat world--as she was born into it--and one foot outside of the world since she married outside of it. She fin ...more
Colin Smith
This, the third in Perry's late-Victorian Thomas and Charlotte Pitt murder mysteries, find our heroes investigating a rape and murder right on Charlotte's sister's doorstep. The affluent Paragon Walk, with it's high fashions and decent manners, clearly has a seedy underbelly. No-one wants to admit it, and Detective Thomas Pitt, aided by his devoted and tenacious wife, are well-suited to scratch away at the facade to find the truth.

There are a couple of things I enjoy about this series. I like wa
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:mystery) I really like Anne Perry's writing style. This is a solid mystery, well written, engaging characters, and once again, I didn't know the killer's identity until the very end. That said, though, I think I am going to take a break from reading her for a while. I need something more "happy" right now. The focus on the "darker" underside to the Victorian upper class is getting on my nerves (probably because the moral hypocrisy is so disturbing to me) and volume #3 was particularly bad ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reading this series reminds me of how I like someone more and more as I get to know them better. I really liked Charlotte and Thomas in the first book but they grow on me more and more with each book. Thomas wasn't in this book as much which is surprising since he's the lead detective on the case. As far as the mysteries go they are more believable than some mystery novels. There aren't as many obvious clues and there isn't one or two suspects that draws the readers attention from what is really ...more
Linda J
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like this series and usually listen to one when taking a break from meatier works. My chief complaint with this one centers on the way Charlotte's social standing is handled. On the one hand, there is much discussion about class difference and Charlotte is critical of upperclass snobbery. Yet when she gets invited to her wealthy sister's social functions she quickly accepts a borrowed dress, finds a sitter, and off she goes. Her detective husband doesn't seem to mind - or doesn't know - and is ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
London Inspector Thomas Pitt’s father was employed in service and he had the good fortune to have a gentleman’s education, as he went to school with the master’s son.

In this, the third mystery in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, we see Pitt’s wife, Charlotte, settling into her new and very different life as a wife and mother, a life without servants, where she must cook her own meals and take care of her own children. She gets some respite when she visits her younger and more privileged sis
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I have just discovered this series. I have randomly listened to some, then I had to find the 1st, which I discovered in a used book store. I think they get better with each book (though I would have liked to see the marriage and also the pregnancy and birth of Jemima) Perry seems to skip 2 years at a time. I like the time period, and I also like how she shoots down anti-semitism when it come us (and it does) Charlotte is just a terrific character. The murders are not solved until ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This series is completely enjoyable. I initially imagined these prim Victorian mysteries spearheaded by Detective Pitt but that's not the case at all. He takes a total backseat to his wife and sister's aggressive sleuthing. I probably read way too much into Anne Perry's words, given her murderous past, but I'm blown away by the descriptions in her death discovery scenes. I'm always startled to read them because they are unexpected, nestled between society teas and dining room decorum and yet the ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an earlier book. Her habit of switching point of view is more evident than in her later work. This and her tendency to reveal rather than solve the mystery are my prime complaints.

Something that I like that I had not noticed before is her knack for putting little pearls of wisdom into the mouths or minds of her characters. The one I remember from this book is "one should not do something solely to meet the expectations of others." There were other little pearls as well. I will watch for
Thomas & Charlotte Pitt must tiptoe through the realm of the rich and well known as they try to find the rapist and murderer of a young woman who was to be married soon. It appears that the culprit is known and could be a family member or neighbor. But because they live on Paragon Walk they would not be suspected until all others are cast out thus leaving only those close to the murdered woman.

Though a bit slow to start it became interesting and then hard to put down.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Really enjoying this excellent series.
Mary Lauer
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this one, even if it's evident having read most of hers that she has this fixation on secrets hidden behind normal facades, especially sexual ones.
Another entertaining read in this series. I'm sure I will return again and again until I've read all 31 of these amusing 1880's English who-done-it novels but am taking a break for now.
Elaine Chew
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been on a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt binge! I like the Monk series but I enjoy the Pitt series more!
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte does it again!

Book 3 in a long series of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries. I read the first three right in a row and I think it is time to take a break. Paragon Walk did not hold my attention quite as well as the first two books. However, that could be some burn-out on my part as these books certainly have a formula. Inspector Pitt tries to solve the murder and warns his wife to not get involved. She gets involved, is in danger, but also solves the murder. Not a bad formula as far a
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-cd, ready
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was so boring, I'm amazed I managed to get to the end. I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, getting to know the various characters in a posh Victorian London setting with the occasional murder and a slightly inept police detective, Thomas Pitt, trying to solve the crimes. The 2nd book was ok, but this one just regurgitated the same formula, i.e. murder(s) committed, the posh blaming everyone but themselves, a detective who can't detect and his wife (Charlotte) and sister-in-law (ne ...more
Katherine Coble
Nov 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so incredibly dull, the characters were a blur of interchangeable people and the solution was utterly ridiculous.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but the two subsequent books have rapidly devolved to the point where, instead of insightful portrayals of people faced with violent and unexpected death, the stories are now completely hollow. It's the equivalent of overhearing gossip about total strangers. Pretty sure this is my last Pitt mystery.
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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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