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Treason at Lisson Grove (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #26)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,295 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant with details of an international plot against the British government. Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt, hastening to rendezvous with him, arrives seconds after the knife-wielding assassin—who, in turn, flees on an erratic course that leads Pitt in wi
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.
Thomas get promoted but not for the right reason.
Anyway he had done a good job!
So, let's see:)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Anne Perry is the consummate mystery writer! Even after 26 Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, the spark is still strong, the twists and turns still too good to figure out and the thread that ties it all together, the love story between Thomas and Charlotte, is still just as endearing and true as it was from the first. "Treason at Lisson Grove" triumphs in the face of all those who believe a series must have a natural arc then gracefully retire. If an author is as gifted as is Ms. Perry,
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to a new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book and its insights into life in Victorian England. But this book left me disappointed. Thomas Pitt is chasing a man he thinks is linked to a conspiracy against England itself that leads him to France and frustration. Back in England, his superior is charged with taking money that had been earmarked for an informant in Ireland who was later betrayed and killed. In order to clear his name, Pitt's superior travels to Ireland to try to clea ...more
Susan Johnson
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of the Pitts and eagerly looked forward to a new adventure after a long break. Unfortunately, it was not worth the wait. The plot just crumbles everywhere. It's because it's just not believable. As Narraway is framed for a crime, Charlotte traipses over to Ireland to assist. I don't believe it for a minute. I don't believe she would leave like that without talking to her husband and entrust the care of her children to a maid she had met the day before. I thought Gracie would return fo ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another decent entry to the Thomas/Charlotte Pitt series - the 26th, I believe, and I've read them all. Still enjoy reading the series, especially all the details of Victorian life, but I do wish we could go back to the couple just solving regular! murders instead of all the political intrigue and conspiracies of the last few books in this series, and also in the Monk and WWI series. Starting to seem like Ms. Perry is just a tad obsessed with anarchists and evil cabals of powerful men around eve ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I have read every book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I love the first, The Cater Street Hangman,and have enjoyed many of the others. I like the blend of mystery with the historical details of the time.

However, I really felt Anne Perry was going through the motions with Treason at Lisson Grove. I had to force myself to finish it. It was slow starting, Thomas and Charlotte were hardly together during the book, and the plot took twists that were not believable. It's sad to see the series
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I'm a little sad that there was virtually no sign of Gracie and Tellman. I really like their substory. And I'm more than a little amused that Aunt Vespasia is now "almost 70", when at the time of her introduction to the series, she was described as almost 80, and close to 14 years has elapsed since the series started. (I understand that she wasn't intended to be a recurring character and that she has become the author's favourite, but the boldness of the de-ageing makes me chuckle. There are cle ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have to say I'm warming to the turn that this series has taken. The political intrigues are getting interesting. Although I must say that (view spoiler)
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's my 26th outing with Charlotte and Thomas, and Anne Perry, reliably, satisfies me as I drop in to spend time with these old friends. Now it's 1895 and Thomas works for Special Branch, a rough equivalent for what we might call Homeland Security. He dashes off to France chasing a suspected anarchist as the novel opens, and Charlotte will get her own adventure in Dublin, trying to assist Thomas's supervisor Narraway. Jemima is already 13 (they grow up so fast!) and Daniel is 10. Gracie has her ...more
Lynn Smith-Roberts
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In a really great series, this is one of the very best. While Pitt is out in France following a murderer, his boss is discreditted at work and he goes to Ireland to clear his good name. Because of his being discreditted, Charlotte fears the same will happen to her husband, so she goes to Ireland with her husband's boss. When Pitt discovers he has also been betrayed, he nearly loses his life, but he returns to England and is made the head of Special Branch in his boss' place. Is he there because ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘What are you going to do?’

This novel is set in 1895, at a time when political unrest was rising all over Europe. The threat of anarchy and the potential for violence had European governments nervous. England’s Special Branch knew of a current plot, but not yet who the leaders were, or who the target might be. Inspector Thomas Pitt, in pursuit of a suspected terrorist, finds himself in France. Shortly afterwards, Pitt’s superior officer Victor Narraway is accused of causing the death of an Irish
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is my first Thomas Pitt book.
Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt and his partner are meeting an informer, but the man has his throat cut seconds before Pitt catches up with him. Pitt them follows the murdered ending up on a ferry and then in St. Malo on the French coast. Meanwhile, Pitt’s supervisor, Victor Narraway, finds himself accused of embezzling government funds. With Pitt incommunicado in France, Narraway, in desperation, turns to Pitt’s wife Charlotte for help. The plot was hatched
Surprisingly, this was the most interesting Anne Perry I have read! Even if, seriously, the loltastic writing at some points - everyone is always finding deep emotion in one another's eyes, etc etc etc

BUT i have no idea why, i imprinted slightly on Narraway and even though i still secretly want him to like dudes he's a pretty cool guy anyway. sadly he just kind of got increasingly tired and careworn and exhausted (etc etc etc) as the book went on, and nothing was ever capitalized on re: him cru
I think I missed a book or two in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, but I enjoyed this one nevertheless. Thomas is now in Special Branches, investigating possible socialist terrorists, when he's drawn to France. At the same time,and unbeknownst to him, his superior Victor Narroway is accused of embezzling government funds and is dismissed from the service. Charlotte and Narraway head to Ireland to clear Narraway's name, while Thomas struggles to discover who in the Special Branch is a traito ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt has been a favorite of mine for years. This one, her first in three years, contained more excitement than usual, and I enjoyed it very much. The relationship between the Pitts, the descriptions of Dublin, London, and Paris in the time of Britain's Queen Victoria, and the intrigue of the mystery with its many twists all kept me reading furiously. So good to spend time with old friends again!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I asked for more Charlotte and I got it.... Plot uses both of the Pitts. Good story.

The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant prepared to divulge details of a potentially devastating international plot against the British government. Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt, hastening to rendezvous with him, arrives a second too late, preceded by a knife-wielding assassin. As the mortally wounded man’s life slips away, so too does the inform
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read an Anne Perry novel that I did not like. Setting this Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series in the Victorian period provides the opportunity to show life in England in this time. There are such interesting background happenings. The culture and customs of the time are fascinating and offer different approaches to solving a crime. This novel begins with a murder, but it gets all the way to the queen as it develops. There is apparently someone hatching a plot with serious consequences fo ...more
Debbe May
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting story

Love the Thomas a d Charlotte Pitt novels. Had got them a little out of order since my library didn't have this one in hard cover. They had the ebook, though. So, I am now caught up and have them in order. I anxiously await the next one. I read in the newest one where Thomas was knighted. It will be interesting to see how jealous people will think him unworthy as he continues his adventures in Special Branch.
Julie Fukuda
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once into this book, it is hard to put down ... not as easy a read for train rides as Readers Digest.
Although being read out of order in the series, it really doesn't matter. I can happily go back to earlier books without much confusion as Anne Perry grabs you wherever you are and sucks you into the tale.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this in the car and it was great. Exciting, but not too stressful. Love the characters and their development through the years and the books in the series. This seems like another jumping off place for the Pitts and Special Branch. Wish I could see Charlotte's new clothes! (Narraway has such good taste.)
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good solid entry to the Pitt series. I’ve noticed that her recent books have the characters “musing” quite a bit which I find a touch annoying as it - to me - slows the action. I’m guessing the idea is to show their inner torment/worries.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable mystery.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good per usual.
Trudy Gleason
I liked to book OK - I like the twists and turns but the ending left something to be desired. It just kind of ended. The case was solved but there was no resolution.
Nancy Pierson
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not up to the level of some of the other Pitt mysteries, but great political intrigue.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I do enjoy a good Anne Perry Mystery.
Jennifer Webb Richards
Hate to give this only 3 stars but it just didn't have what it takes for me to get "into" it. I enjoyed several of her other books and have selected another from the library.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite the best so far!

This is by far the best Pitt mystery so far. I read it in three days as I could not put it down! I hope the rest of the series is as gripping.
First Sentence: “That’s him!” Gower yelled above the sound of the traffic.

Thomas Pitt, an officer of the Special Branch, is on the hunt after those plotting to overthrow the government. After their informant is murdered, Pitt and a fellow officer are chase after the assassin. Stuck virtually incommunicado in France, it is up to Pitt’s superior, Victor Narraway, to advise Pitt’s wife. Having helped Pitt with earlier police investigations, she is now asked for help by Narraway who has been framed
This was an unusual, but very enjoyable Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery!

When Thomas is unexpectedly obliged to follow a suspect to France, he doesn't even have time to notify Charlotte, but sends a message to Narraway advising him where Pitt and another officer are going.

Shortly after Pitt leaves, Narraway is shocked to be advised that some money he thought he had provided to a witness to allow him to leave the country after helping special branch with a case has been discovered back in Narraw
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