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Treachery at Lancaster Gate

(Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #31)

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Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century’s turn. The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.

When an explosion in London kill
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Heather is correct. One in published by Headline, which is based in the UK. See:
The UK version was available 10 Sept. 2015. The US version, published by Ballantine Books was put out in 2016.
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Another Anne Perry book, another quiet rant from me. I'm hooked on her stories: the historical detail, her wonderful characters, and her excellent plots, even though they are developed in an agonizingly slow manner. But why, oh why must the woman have her main characters carry on dozens of lines of mental deliberation and torture for every single line of actual dialogue? The longest conversations by far in Perry's stories are those that take place between the main character and himself (or herse ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
In this long winded #31 Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, the pace is snail like and 50% filled with second guessing contemplative thoughts of the principles. Much more than it is for events or any plot explaining actions. And Anne Perry has chosen to set this case amidst similar current 2015-16 issues. Police corruption, police brutality, terrorist bombing, and anarchy against governments that are perceived as not working for the people. She draws sharp parallels to opium addiction for a young ma ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not Ms. Perry's best effort.. After 30 of these books, I am vested in these characters, and I miss the interplay between Charlotte and Thomas. She has now been reduced to providing tea and food, and an occasional comment to make Thomas feel better.

The progression of the plot was also less than stellar. So much of the dialogue was Pitt's interior musings. Characters who have been intrinsic to other books in the series (Vespacia, Emily, etc) were reduced to cameos. They felt added just so
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bomb blast that caught five police officers and Pitt must team up with Tellman once again in an effort to determine if anarchists or a revenge-minded citizen are responsible. This one had the start and early set up to be a complex mystery and a thought-provoking piece backing a fantastic cast of characters in a long-standing favorite series.

Pitt would rather be investigating a case involving anarchists, but the longer he sifts through the evidence- or in this case- lack of the usual evidence,
P.D.R. Lindsay
How nice to find a new Anne Perry on the library New Books shelves. This is a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel and a good one too. Lots to think about and re-read to absorb. Perry's novels are always onion books- layers and layers - that keep giving. Her characters have 3D depth and surprise one just as real friends do. This novel is such a good read I will have to buy a copy.

Anne Perry's research is impeccable. Her presentation of the Victorian world is excellent and the reader is swept into tha
Debbie Maskus
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but felt that the ending happened too quickly. The story contains many interesting information, and then the arrest and trial of the bomber finishes in a few chapters. Anne Perry excels in character presentation, especially in expressing their emotions, fears, and beliefs. The newspaper rants that the police lack honesty and valor, and that the time has come to end their rule. The book begins with a bombing in which 3 policemen die, and 2 suffer serious injury. Th ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Longtime reader of Perry's novels. Knowing these characters from the beginning, I'd rank this as a "decent" Pitt entry. Definitely not in the top tier but not one of the worst. Thomas Pitt is one of my favorite detectives--hey, I'd marry him in a second if Charlotte hadn't beaten me to it. With that said, I found the plot thin, and as others have said, the trial quick. The book ends on a bit of a shoulder shrug. The bulk of the novel consists of Thomas creeping his away around the truth and pote ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sorry but - while I normally enjoy a visit with the Pitts - this tale doesn't plod, it trudges. Too mired in endless preaching and repetitions, this story is more turgid then the Thames in those days. Skip this almost painful echo of the Pitt's earlier tales and go find one of those earlier incarnations. Both Pitts and the Victorian Era itself deserve much better! Yawn. ...more
Wild to start an audiobook about police corruption at the same time as there is an outbreak of police brutality in the US that ends in rioting. Screw you, 2020, and the Corona-ridden horse you rode in on. The good news is, this is a novel, and as with all the Pitt novels, there is some justice done. It was comforting to know (once I realized what this one was about) that Pitt would get his man. True, there's already several people dead, and you don't get to see the sentencing at the end, but the ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I was going with a 3 as this book was hard for me to start as I tried several times! However, the crazy twist at the end brings me back in! One of my favorite series and I absolutely live the London pomp of yesteryear!
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
In nineteenth century London when an explosion destroys a house, five policemen are killed are maimed. Thomas Pitt with the Special Branch investigates to see if the act was committed by anarchist or was an act of revenge against the officers involved. He will be led into the shady side of the opium trade as he seeks the truth.
John Nebauer
An interesting story - five police officers are given a tip-off about a possible opium deal. Rushing to the house, a bomb explodes, killing two and grievously wounding the other three. The bomber seems to be an addict revenging himself on behalf of a friend he believed falsely accused and hanged for the shooting of a bystander in an arrest gone wrong.

A fundamentally interesting story about possible police corruption (with strong modern resonances) is marred by Pitt's long internal monologues. Th
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
8/5/16 Treachery at Lancaster Gate, Anne Perry, 2016
After two disappointing reads, the latest book in Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, Treachery at Lancaster Gate shows that Ms. Perry is back in form with an entertaining read. All of our favorites, Charlotte, her sister Emily, Aunt Vespasia and even the ex-maid, Gracie are in the thick of it in this book, helping Pitt solve who bombed a house in Lancaster Gate in London that killed three and severely wounded two other policemen.
Kathy Peterson
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. The latest in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I was struck by the similarity of the conflicts portrayed in the book in turn of the century England and the ones we experience today. The themes of poverty, injustice, possibilities of police corruption, attacks on the police, violence, terrorism, trade deals with China, the question as to whether foreigners with differing political and religious views should be allowed to immigrate to the country.......any of these could be writt ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always happy to hang out with Thomas and Charlotte. At first I thought it was a little pokey, not a lot of Charlotte, the kids are growing up, they didn't figure into it very much. It was good to drop in on Gracie and Tellman, although it wouldn't hurt old lantern jaw to lighten up just the tiniest Bit! The book was timely what with it being about a bombing.....also, with all the opioid deaths, and prevalence of addiction, it was interesting, I wonder how many people understand that not ever ...more
Margaret Bamford
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this mystery and the way the story unfurled in an unexpected way to the way I thought it would lead.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good murder mystery in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I really enjoy the small details of the Pitts' lives as well as the supporting characters as the mystery unfolds. ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was nice to have Tellman and Gracie play a central role in this book, I have missed their characters.

When 2 policemen are killed outright and 3 are grievously injured in a bombing Special Branch is brought in as the bombing is blamed on anarchist. Tellman is the police liaison with Pitt. The reunion of the two friends doesn't go smoothly though as Tellman is outraged when Pitt suggest that the bombing was aimed specifically at the five policemen due to some misdoing on their part. But Tellman
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As Head of Special Branch of Security, Commander Thomas Pitt is in charge of keeping Britain safe from spies, traitors, and revolutionaries. Pitt is investigating a London bombing that has killed two policemen. Three officers are seriously wounded and he soon discovers that the policemen are the targets. He must solve the crime, with the help of his clever wife, Charlotte.

The Pitts are an unforgettable husband and wife team. Thomas has a working class background; Charlotte comes from an upper c
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What on Earth had happened here in a quiet house on a pleasant London Street near Kensington Gardens? Anarchists? London was full of them. Pitt asked Tellman "Why were these men here? Five of them at this quiet house right on the park? It can't have been an inquiry. You don't need five men for that. There's no one else dead or hurt, so the house must have been empty. What were they doing?

Pitt looked at Tellman's tired, unhappy face and knew that he was still deeply shocked by the violence of the
Shirley Schwartz
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
Needless to say, I am a huge fan of Anne Perry and both of her mystery series set in Victorian England. This is the 31 book in this particular series, and it's totally amazing how she manages to bring a new, interesting and exciting mystery with each new book. In this book Thomas and his former constable Telford are dealing with what at first appears to be a bomb set by anarchists that killed three and badly injured two policemen. As Telford and Pitt investigate, they find a mystery that ties ba ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is like reading about old friends, I love her Pitt and Monk books. Anne is the master of character building, you immediately "see" the character in your minds eye and want to know/hear more about him/her. In this case, Monk is back working with his old partner from Police days, and they find evidence that they would rather not be there. Very good read. ...more
Diane Waldo
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, lt-er, 2016
This is another interesting entry in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. It brings back Pitt's old sergeant, Samuel Tellman, and his wife Gracie, which is nice, and also gives a larger role to Jack Radley. Pitt and Tellman have to work together to determine who was behind an explosion that killed three policemen and seriously wounded two others. The investigation points to the son of a man who is central to a delicate contract negotiation with China. While Jack Radley urges Pitt to pos ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-perry
This has one of the better plots of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, until you get to the end, when everything is suddenly wrapped up without the careful explanation that Perry usually provides--she just solves all the puzzles without sufficient foreshadowing or support. I felt cheated. Maybe this series needs to come to a close--although I see the next entry is already scheduled for publication. Well, they can't all be outstanding, but this one is a dud. ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Political betrayal and life-threatening secrets are set against the richly evoked streets and parlors of Victorian London.
This is the thirty-first installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.
Once again the author has written an engrossing mystery that keeps you interested from beginning to end.
Bonny Howe
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a good read. A story taking place in Eng. ,late 1900's . It all starts with an explosion which killed three police officers and badly wounded two others. At first it is thought that anarchists are responsible but during the course of the investigation police corruption is uncovered, corruption which has even sent an innocent man to the gallows.
Michell Karnes
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Anne Perry has written another great novel. Charlotte and Thomas feel like friends and these friends have solved another great mystery. I like the new role Perry has given Narraway and I look forward to seeing what is next for Jack and Emily.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think everything is all settled and you have accepted a less than completely satisfactory conclusion, the unexpected happens. The result is a totally satisfactory ending to a vivid and carefully drawn story. Brava!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good - all the usual characters for a change.
For those of you not familiar with the series, these mysteries are solved with conversation and the reading of character. Exquisite detail on people's perceptions of each others thoughts without benefit a omniscient author.
Ray Palen
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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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Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (1 - 10 of 32 books)
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“He had been too clever to be easy friends with other boys, who were afraid of his intelligence and lashed out at him the only way they knew how, with fists and boots. Even sitting here by his own fire, Tellman could feel the sweat of fear in his body, and then the chill, as he remembered standing facing them in the street, knowing what was coming.” 0 likes
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