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Midnight at Marble Arch

(Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #28)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,123 ratings  ·  404 reviews

In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I've never been completely disappointed in an Anne Perry book, but this book had what I consider to be more flaws than any other book of hers that I've read (and I've read everything she's ever published, multiple times). Still, I liked a lot of things about it.


Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are comfortable together, but they have realistic disagreements and misunderstandings that can happen to any devoted couple from disparate backgrounds. Particularly amusing was how Thomas reacts to the "new
Kara Babcock
I’ve read a few of Anne Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels now, in no particular order. This is one of those mystery series, much like Lindsey Davis’ Falco series, where I’m content to dip in and out of the canon as I may. I’m fascinated by Victorian literature and life in Victorian England, and Perry has impressed me with her Victorian mysteries in the past. Midnight at Marble Arch is no exception. In this instalment of the series, Charlotte and Thomas go up against a serial rapist who us ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, historical, mystery
Midnight at Marble Arch is book twenty-eight in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series. Commander Pitt offers to help the local law enforcement agency to look into the death of Catherine Quixwood. At first glance, everyone believed that Catherine Quixwood committed suicide after been raped. However, that was not the case, and more Commander Pitt investigates the more evolved it becomes. The readers of Midnight At Marble Arch will follow Commander Pitt investigation into the death of Catherine Quixwo ...more
Laura Edwards
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I gave the book an extra star only because Perry chooses to address an important topic, rape, treating it as the crime of violence it is and not as an act of passion. As usual, the story is well-written (if redundant), however, two particular points ruined the book for me.


1. Victor Narraway. I've read that Pitt was put into Special Branch because Perry had run out of ideas of crimes for him to solve as a regular detective. But in the last couple of books she has Narraway taking his
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would have appreciated a little more wind up at the end, this book definitely ended too abruptly for my taste. The sudden ending cost it a star from my rating.
Karen A. Wyle
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I've been reading Anne Perry's Victorian detective novels for years, and am always glad to see another come out. This one was somewhat disappointing. There was a great deal of unnecessary repetition, as if the book needed padding to make up for insufficient plot. It was worth reading, just to spend some more time with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, Victor Narraway, and Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould -- but if I didn't already know and like these characters, I'm not sure this book would have led me to s ...more
First Sentence: Pitt stood at the top of the stairs and looked across the glittering ballroom of the Spanish Embassy in the heart of London.

Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are attending a glittering society ball. Charlotte notices a young woman who seems to be afraid of a young man who refuses to leave her alone. The young woman runs away and through a glass window to her death. A wealthy banker, also at the ball, returns home to find his wife brutally assaulted and dead. Although Thomas Pitt, now he
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anne Perry has definitely produced a nail biter in this one. She addresses the crime of rape for which women were pretty much ostracized and blamed in this period. (And even today in a lot of a cases!) Catherine, beautiful and intelligent woman, wife of a well known investment expert is found brutally raped and dead in her home. Although the rape did not kill her, she drank a glass of wine laced with a high dose of laudanum It is assumed that she has committed suicide after her ordeal. The beaut ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I've written in many reviews that I'm a HUGE Anne Perry fan. Yes, I have read everything she has written, but lately I've come to realize that maybe she has exhausted her store of good ideas and plots for the Victorian time period. Perhaps she needs to take a rest from Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (or William and Hester Monk for that matter)' and concentrate on her WWI series. I say this because her last three books, including this one, just don't have the same zest and urgency of plot development ...more
Cynthia Sillitoe
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Rape is a violent, insidious crime, which brings with it shame, fear, and trauma. If you don't already know it, you will learn it from this book.... Over and over and over. I'm on page 133 and feel like 90 pages of that is the same message. One character tells another--who has never considered this, and then has to ponder it...and tell another character, who is equally surprised and ponders it, and then tells another character. In fact, ponderous is a very good description of this book. Anne Per ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kept falling asleep whilst reading this, so spent longer reading this than id have cared too. The first 200 odd pages were so repetitious. The main characters (unrealistically enlightened for the era) views on the horror of rape being the item on repeat. Not a bad message to get across of course but maybe try giving it differently not just one character telling another (again). Also Pitt's daughter is on the verge of womanhood, and he's also concerned about ensuring his son respects women, plus ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
I liked this one more than I have the last several. This one reminded me more of the beginning of the series where Pitt was just a regular policeman and not all caught up in Special Branch business. All my favorite characters were there helping to figure out what was going on and catch the bad guys. It also reminded me more of the Monk books as there was quite a bit that took place in a court room.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A tough one.

Rape and murder, very brutal. The Victorian urge to sweep anything unpleasant or related to sex under the rug is at war with the need to bring violent criminals to justice. There was a lot of borderline preachy talk from the more forward thinking characters. I agree with the talk: there is discussion of consent, of victim-blaming, I was 100% behind it. But it was also hit on very heavily and not very naturally, certainly not for the time period. It had a sort of "say it louder for t
Anne Perry has outdone herself in her latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt murder mystery. I was on the edge of my seat for a good deal of the time. Especially during the trial phase of the story.

The wife of a financier is beaten and raped and then commits suicide. Her husband was not home at the time and it seems she dismissed all the servants and let the man in who did this to her. Was he her lover as everyone seems to think? Meanwhile several other young women are raped, one is murdered, one acci
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
As they age, Charlotte and Thomas, seem savvy, but for me, just less interesting then in their youngest escapades. Possibly because in the earlier novels Charlotte was more a full partner within the case's inputs? Well, she seems to be pivotal in this one, but still- they just seem so staid.

Here, Charlotte's notice is piqued by the reaction of a young lady from Portugal when confronted by a certain gentleman at a social gathering of the top crust. It's abnormal- "out of the box" for the approac
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pitt teams up w/ Victor Narroway, his old boss to try to save a man accused of rape and murder whom they think is not guilty. Eventually everyone is involved in helping to solve the delima, Vespasia, Pitt, his wife, Narroway, and the lawyer he hired to try to force the killers hand in a dangerous ploy. I look forward to more adventures of Pitt and his team in the future.
You always know what you are going to get with one of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries: an exploration of the dark underbelly of Victorian society, the secrets that are hidden so well by the glitter and glamour and the stiff upper lips of that high society. The story will be told competently and with empathy for the helpless victims, and, somehow, in the end, justice will be served. All of that is true of Midnight at Marble Arch. While it is not her best work, it is a workmanlike ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, crime
This 28th episode in Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series deals with the topic of rape, a crime that was rarely talked about in Victorian times.Thomas is now Head of Special Branch and as such is required to attend diplomatic events where Charlotte can once again mix with society. They are attending such a function when they hear the news that an investor's wife, Catherine Quixwood has been assaulted and found dead in her home of a suspected overdose. At the same party they witness Ange ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
This is the 26!! book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, and this book shows that Ms. Perry has retained all of her writing skills (in fact they appear to increase each time I read another book). I have read each and every book in this series and her equally as good William Monk series and after over 50 books in total, I still rank Ms. Perry as my absolute favourite author! This book is extremely well-written. It is exciting from the first page to the very end. I love the characters in the ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
in this 28th book in the Thomas and Chrlotte Pitt series, life in Victorian England is again examined and, this time, in a very unflattering light. Catherine Quixwood, the wife of a wealthy and influential London banker, is found brutally raped and beaten and the apparent victim of suicide in her home after she declined to accompany her husband to a society party. As events unfold, it becomes obvious that a vicious rapist is praying on society women and their daughters, and yet, because of the m ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
When it comes to Victorian murder mysteries and crime novels, Anne Perry never disappoints me. In this new novel, she tackles the subject of rape as well as murder. Then as now, it is a crime seldom reported, tainted with shame for the victim, difficult to prove. The case does not fall under the jurisdiction of Thomas Pitt, now head of Special Branch, but he and his wife Charlotte and his former boss, Victor Narraway, are all drawn into two similar cases in an attempt to save an innocent man and ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with a young girl becoming hysterical at a party when Neville Forsbrook approaches her. She is the daughter of the Portuguese Ambassador, which gives Pitt an opening to investigate her death after she throws herself out a window at another party rather than be taunted by Neville. Pitt is convinced that Neville raped her, but Quixwood insist that Neville was with him at the time of the rape and couldn't have done it.

Meanwhile Narraway is investigating the rape and murder/suicide o
Kathy Davie
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Twenty-eighth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series.

I was provided an ARC from the publisher.

My Take
It's been awhile since I've read this series, and I've recently started back up, to catch up with events because I just adore Charlotte and Thomas. Two people who hold to a sense of morality and justice no matter what. It doesn't hurt that I enjoy reading an historical mystery!

This particular story was an odd combination of melodrama, what I consider overly twisted clues---the
Rita Chapman
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a bad crime mystery but somehow heavy-going.
David Kinchen
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt, in the interests of justice, has been known to bend the rules almost to the breaking point, with the help of his wife, Charlotte, and his former boss Lord Victor Narraway and a woman who knows where all the bodies are buried, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. It takes the supreme efforts of all four and the forces at their command to solve the mysteries of a series of sexual assaults on women in "Midnight at Marble Arch."

It's the summer of 1896 and the events i
Michael Gallagher
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I feel I first need to deal with the elephant in the room. In 1954 in New Zealand (from which I hail), Anne Perry, born Juliet Hulme, was convicted, along with her friend Pauline Parker, of the murder of Parker’s mother. She served her sentence, moved abroad, changed her name, found religion, lived a quiet and productive life and, as far as I can tell, was genuinely sorry for what she had done.

What I find curious is why I should know that there’s an elephant in the room in the first place: just
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit that while I enjoy Perry's intricate plotting of her mysteries, I am more interested in the characters than the mystery. Because of Ms. Perry's talent, her characters feel like old friends and I have an emotional interest in their lives, loves, and future. I've enjoyed watching the Charlotte and Thomas during their 15 years of marriage, but I've enjoyed the secondary characters even more. Simple and outspoken Gracie, gruff Tellman, cool and proper Lady Vespasia, and the mysterious V ...more
Lis Carey
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thomas Pitt is now the Commander of Special Branch, part of Britain's intelligence forces. His friend and former boss, Victor Narraway, is involuntarily retired, and not sure what to do with himself, now that for the first time in his adult life he has no duties and no responsibilities.

As Commander Pitt of Special Branch, Thomas and Charlotte are now attending routinely the kinds of social events that Charlotte grew up with. At one of those events, Charlotte witnesses the Portuguese Ambassador's
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this mystery. I like reading Anne Perry because of the way she keeps the mystery until the very end of the book, and this book was no exception. I like to try and figure out "who done it" while I am reading the story. While I figured out a few details I was not expecting how the book ended. There were so many details that I didn't think about and should have while I was reading. Concerning how the book ended, I was a little disappointed that it just flat ended with no epilogue or ...more
Marilyn Fontane
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: perry-anne
The 28th Pitt book? Amazing. I am still interested in watching the characters develop and learning what they do. The plots are still interesting and relevant. In this case, maybe too much so. Rape is a topic we discuss, but back then? Okay, they don't discuss it, and it is because of the disgrace to the victim that Pitt had to work so hard to solve his case, but even so, it seems a more modern subject. It was interesting to see how the rape of a young girl (and several others by the same spoile ...more
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. In 1954, at the age of fifteen, she was convicted of participating in the murder of her friend's mother. She changed her name to "Anne Perry" after serving a five-year sentence.

Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979.

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