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Long Spoon Lane (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #24)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  2,069 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Early one morning, Thomas Pitt, dauntless mainstay of the Special Branch, is summoned to Long Spoon Lane, where anarchists are plotting an attack. Bombs explode, destroying the homes of many poor people. After a chase, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot . . . but by whom?

As Pitt delves into the case, he finds that there is more to the terrorism than th
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Paperback, 329 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2005)
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Ira
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.

I like the traditional way of Thomas solving the mystery with asked lots of questions.
But I do find myself fallen to sleep sometimes though, while reading this series! Lol.

And that's not happening anymore since Thomas join Special Branch.
In here, the first time he was using the gun, chased and shot the baddies.
Also fight on the boat in the sea, more dirty politicians who wanted to cling to their powers, and bombs.
Woot! Everything in here and I like this series more!:)
Nicole
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
And then I found my new least favorite Thomas Pitt book. Coming directly after Seven Dials in the sequence, I shouldn't be surprised to find all my objections about the previous one are still valid. And to that, I must add that this seemed a very untidy book. The murderer (because there actually was a murder in this book, though it was easy to forget, so often was it just a side show) was pegged with no more evidence than "if not him, then who?" until the last couple pages where he kindly admits ...more
Pauline Ross
If I’d known going in that this was the twenty-fourth book in this particular series, perhaps I might have expected some problems. But it was a book group read, recommended by one of the members, and it seemed to be right up my alley – a murder mystery set in Victorian times. Well, that sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Something light and entertaining, but with a more interesting background than the usual inner-city fare or the Marple-esque twee rural village beloved of the writers of cosy mysteries ...more
Tammie
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This was slow for me in the beginning, but picked up somewhere in the middle. It's not one of my favorites from the series, but it was still good, and it wraps things up with the character Charles Voicey. I think at this point I’m just growing a little tired of the series and need to take a break from it for a while.
Carol Schultz
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in England in the late 1800's the story discusses the controversy between protection and expanded power of the government. So very timely with the recent bombing in Boston and other changes that have occurred in recent years including the patriot act. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Amazing how the use of manipulation through fear can be used to sway the minds of the public.
Nancy
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Wraps up a lot of the previous story lines. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Early one morning, Thomas Pitt, dauntless mainstay of the Special Branch, is summoned to Long Spoon Lane, where anarchists are plotting an attack. Bombs explode, destroying the homes of many poor people. After a chase, two of the culprits are captured and the leader is shot . . . but by whom?

As Pitt delves into the case, he finds that there is more to the terrorism than the destructive gestures of misguid
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Rosemary
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version. The narrator did a nice job overall but the story felt like it dragged to often for me to give it higher rating. This the the 24th in a series I've not listened to or read before.
Fae1956 Hotmailcom
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. A little slow at times. I genuinely liked the characters. This is the first book of this series I've read. Will be reading others.
Kristen
I got tired of all the Inner Circle and anarchist story line, but enjoyed the ending.
Toni
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
It's been fun to just immerse myself in late Victorian England and read a few books in this series in a row.
E Callender
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detective
Enjoyable as always.
The Cannibal
C’est fou comme certaines lectures peuvent rejoindre l’actualité… Et malgré plus d’un siècle d’écart, les pensées imbéciles et les désirs haineux de certains sont toujours d’actualités.

En aurions-nous douté ? Pas moi, en tout cas.

Je viens donc de prendre mon pied avec ce roman (tout en ayant une pensée pour l’actualité de ces dernières semaines) qui me donnait envie de chanter ♫ Non, non, rien à changé ♪

Lecture, qui, au départ, fut entamée avec appréhension. Pourquoi ? Parce que je n’aime pas la
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Heather Jones
Jan 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am extremely fond of historical murder mysteries. This is why it was a great relief to me some years ago when the genre had established itself so thoroughly and prolifically that I felt enabled to dislike a significant proportion of the available offerings. I think the authors that first spurred me to this position were Paul Harding and Michael Jecks: it wasn't that the books were badly written -- it was just that I got the feeling that they authors didn't have much liking or respect for the h ...more
Cornerofmadness
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, historical
It's been a long time since I read an Anne Perry and now I remember why. I really enjoyed the earlier books but after two dozen novels it's obvious she's run out of things for Pitt to do. I stopped reading these because it got insanely political especially with all the Inner Circle crap and remembered that once I started reading. Worse, this wasn't just over the top political, it was boring and slow. It only got interesting in the last seventy odd pages.

Charlotte who was Pitt's partner in crime
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Barbara Mitchell
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel is one of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, a favorite of mine. It's the Victorian era in London and in this story Thomas has been removed from the police in Bow Street to work in Special Branch. I love the characters, not only Thomas and Charlotte, his wife, but her aunt Lady Vespasia, the Pitt's servant girl Gracie, and Gracie's fiance Tellman who used to work with Pitt at Bow Street.

In this story anarchists are bombing poor neighborhoods and no one can understand why. As Pitt r
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Carl Alves
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Set in the late 1800s in England, the story starts off with the bombing of a building and the murder of one of the anarchists believed to be behind the bombing plot. Thomas Pitt of Special Branch is brought in to investigate the bombing and the murder. This starts a long path where Pitt's investigation reveals corruption in the police force and the government. He uncovers that the bombing and the murder were all about an attempt to pass a bill that would give the police more power.

Although the m
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Hannah
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
A decent read, although if you picked this up as your first Anne Perry/Thomas Pitt book, like me, you might find yourself rather confused. There are numerous references thrown in to events in previous novels, and most of the main characters had a lot of history together that is only vaguely hinted at here.

Perhaps being a first time reader of Pitt books is also the reason why I found it difficult to identify with or even like any of the characters, with the possible exception of Vespasia. I found
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LJ
LONG SPOON LANE (Police Proc-England–1800s) – Ex
Perry, Anne – 24th in Pitt series
Ballantine Books, 2005- Hardcover
Thomas Pitt is now a member of the Secret Branch having been forced out of Bow Street when Inspector Wetron became the head of the Inner Circle. When anarchists bomb homes, the head of the anarchists is murdered, and members of Parliament are lobbying for a bill to arm the police and allows ad hoc searches and questioning of servants, Pitt is forced to work with his enemy Sr. Charle
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Denise
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I expected it to be another of my pure brain candy books, and to be pure fluff but there was a bit more there. Granted, some of the conspiracy theory stuff with the Inner Circle feels a bit contrived, but I really enjoyed the debate around arming the police. It was a modern debate inserted legitimately into this Victorian novel. Also the relationship between Voisey and Pitt was fascinating. Trust was a huge part of this book, who do you trust, and how do you work with ...more
JayeL
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone with a lot of brainspace
It is nice to revisit familiar characters from this series by Anne Perry of novels about Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. It has been awhile since I read any of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels and I was reminded that they are fairly complicated. Because it has been quite awhile since I read the last one, I am finding that I have forgotten some of the details of the previous stories, especially in character development. I don't remember any of the story that previously involved Charles Voisey, whi ...more
Jennie
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Correen
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I have been much impressed by this book. Perry's writing is beautiful with a narrative that clearly moves her intricate plot forward, vivid descriptions without resorting to comparison phrases of A is like B, and easily readable complex sentences that maintain interest and match the complexity of her plot.

Perry's novels are historical and cozy. The Pitt series is set in the 19th century and features a detective and his wife who have a fascinating relationship, quite modern for it's day. Mrs. Pit
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Scot
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
24th in the series. Anarchists are blowing up rowhouses in a poor neighborhood of London. When Thomas and Narraway investigate, they uncover webs of deception with ties to police corruption in Thomas's old workplace, Bow Street, and a struggle btween two separate enemies that both want to see him dead but hate each other as rivals. As both offer unreliable alliances to get him to knock off the other, will Thomas be able to play the villains off against each other? Tellman is in a lot of personal ...more
Laura
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hooray!! The presumed end of the group known as the Inner Circle. The aforementioned will only be meaningful to fans of this series by Anne Perry. In this installment Thomas Pitt in his assignment to the "Special Branch" is sent to investigate the suspected bombing attack by supposed anarchists in a poor area of London known as Long Spoon Lane. Bombs do go off. Homes are destroyed and people injured. Three culprits are tracked down and during the course of the arrest the leader is shot dead, but ...more
Beverly
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are at it again. As part of his duties in Special Branch, Thomas is called in after a group of anarchists set off a bomb and one of them is murdered. The investigation unveils the corruption in the police force. Pitt enlists the help of his former Sergeant at Bow Street and the beau of his maid Gracie, Tellman. Tellman has to walk a fine line because his superior officer, Wetron, is also the head of the Inner Circle made up of men intent on gaining power. Pitt must also ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are on the job Who killed Magnus?
Thomas is called in after a group of anarchists set off a bomb and one of them Magnus is murdered. The investigation unveils the corruption in the police force. Pitt enlists the help of his former Sergeant at Bow Street and the beau of his maid Gracie, Tellman. Tellman has to walk a fine line because his superior officer, Wetron, is also the head of the Inner Circle made up of men intent on gaining power. Pitt must also work with his ene
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Maria
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Long Spoon Lane takes place in Victorian England, but many of the issues are relevant today. The crime being investigated by Thomas Pitt is a terrorist bombing (by anarchists). Government officials react by wanting to arm the police with more weapons and to allow them to search people and their homes without proving just cause. People read three newspapers to get a balanced view of news stories.

Pitt joins forces with an enemy to solve the crime, as they are both opposed to the proposed laws (al
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Susan
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
As always, Anne Perry crafts a great plot, mystery and keeps true to her characters. I have not been able to read the series in order, that is sometimes a challange, but in order or not, This series is great. It keeps one guessing until the end, but as always, we have been given the clues, and just when one thinks one knows "who done it", the plot twists.
Her ability to use a social problem and weave it into the plots is very clever, we still have the same problem in our society,however the Victo
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Lynne Tull
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, victorian
Even though the social/political issue of the day took center stage, the mystery kept on the straight and narrow. I think I may have skipped one time and had to go back and read it. I keep a map of London handy and couldn't find Long Spoon Lane. It is either a fictional name or it was off my map. Nevertheless, I love the story. All of the characters have a part to play. I really did not want to put it down, but it was too long for me for one sitting. Ms. Perry has a way to build the suspense, so ...more
Kelley Blanks
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This books takes a turn from previous books as it has Thomas working with a long time enemy, Charles Voissey. The bombings have almost the feel of current events and add a great deal of intensity. There are several plot lines that have been going on through previous books that are brought together in this book and some resolutions that are greatly appreciated by a long term reader.

It is also very nice to see the relationship between Tellman and Gracie growing. She is one of my favorite character
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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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“corruption begets corruption.” He heard the bitterness he felt very clearly in his voice. “That’s what I hate about it most, the contagion of it. Men who could have been good become tainted, and the more of it there is the harder it is to survive without being touched by it. If you give people power, sooner or later they are tempted to abuse it. It takes a very strong man not to, a man wise enough to see its price, brave enough to go against the tide, and he can pay dearly for it.” Narraway” 1 likes
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