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Farriers' Lane

(Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #13)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,823 ratings  ·  117 reviews
"Gripping and intense...Her characters are authentically and appealingly drawn, and her plot is sinister."
When a distinguished judge dies of opium poisoning, the crucifixion five years before of Kingsley Blaine is brought back into the public eye, and it is screaming for revenge. The police had arrested a Jewish actor, who was soon condemend to hang.
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 31st 1994 by Fawcett Books (first published 1993)
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Detective Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte are at the theater when an appeals court judge, Justice Stafford, is murdered in his box. Seems Stafford may have been planning to look into the conviction and hanging of Aaron Godman five years before. Godman was accused of killing married playboy Kingsley Blaine who was dallying with Godman's sister. Blaine had been stabbed and crucified and Godman was Jewish - all of which inflamed the public and may have led to a hasty judgment.

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Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
De los mejores de la serie, con un inesperado giro que hace más emocionante la historia y sobre todo toca el tema de la intolerancia religiosa un tema que sigue siendo muy actual
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It a sad storyline.

A young man found guilty and hanged because he was a Jew.
His sister tried for years to restore his name and didn't believe he was guilty.
One of the judge who believed her, tried to open the 5 years old case, but then someone killed him too.

Is not an easy case for Thomas, racist very thick in 19th century England and Micah, his boss wanted him to take over his position:)

Bitch Grandmama been told off 😂 and Caroline (Charlotte 53 years old mum) feel in love with an actor who was
Katy M
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is about belief and truth and the lengths people will go to for, about and because of same.

I never put spoilers in my reviews. I'd like to mention that Random House does not proofread as well as I'd like. The copies put out by Open Road Media were far better edited.
Anne Perry is a master of the written word. Every word, phrase, paragraph is placed for maximum effect. There is no filler or waste. She has obviously researched the era exhaustively. Her insight into the human condition is u
Kathy Davie
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, mystery
Thirteenth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in late Victorian England.

My Take
I love it, I love it...Grandmama finally gets all her nastiness thrown back in her face. And about frickin' time! It's also rather sweet to see the about-face that Mrs. Ellison is performing. A new love, a new attitude.

These are just about the only bright notes in this story. Public outcry and political pressure along with the horror of the crime caused the police to speedily find a culpri
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel, dense with clues. It took me until late in the novel before I began to suspect the real culprit because as we follow Inspector Pitt through an old case with bearing on a current case, there are dead ends everywhere. Perry packs so much atmosphere and detail into these novels and they are really fun to read, even when the subject matter is dark. Charlotte, the maid Gracie, and Charlotte's mother, Caroline, all assist with the detective work in an effort to clear a pos ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Although I appreciated a couple of twists in this book, overall the pace of the story was too slow and reduced my satisfaction with this book.
June Ahern
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm on an Anne Perry kick lately and Farrier's Lane was just the ticket to keep me up reading. Police Detective Thomas Pitt is on a gruesome murder case and his wife Charlotte, as usual, has to take part in helping to solve the case, often to against her husband's wishes. But this old murder and new murder does some how involve her mother's love interest. It is set in London in 1889 with the first murder (gruesome) still unsolved. A murder that caused great public outcry and a man was hanged for ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the story of a heinous crime which was committed five years prior to the time of this novel's setting. A young man was stabbed and hung, as if in crucifixion, a fact that leads the police to conclude that the assailant was a Jew. A young actor, who was Jewish was tried and executed, but his sister has always insisted that he was innocent. The story opens with the death of an Appellate Judge's death, which just happens to occur in the Opera Box next to the one in which were Charlotte and ...more
Strictly speaking this was a good, well put-together mystery. However, I picked it up wanting a nice whodunit to curl up by the fire with and it turned out to be simply far too dark for that. The anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by many characters, though they are in keeping with the general mindset of the times (this is the Victorian age, after all), were so disturbing that for me they marred the book beyond the point where I could enjoy it. And the racist superstition [SPOILER ALERT] which tu ...more
Sandi Willis
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is full of anti-Semitic issues. I had no idea that there was so much of this kind of hatred in Victorian England. I was raised by parents that did not harbor hatred of people that were of different races or religions. This time period is not one that I am very familiar with but I am certainly learning more about it as I read each one of Anne Perry's book. She makes one think about why people had such fallacies about those of the Jewish faith. I know in the Old Testament that it was con ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Thirteenth in this series. This time around Thomas must deal with an unresolved case, a particularly grisly murder of a man crucified against a smithy's door, and the case reopend after a perfectly charming night at the theatre is ruined when Thomas notices a man succumbing to poison in a nearby box. A theme of anti-Semitism in Victorian England pervades the novel, and we get some insight into the lives of actros and actresses of this period and a bonus visit to the British Museum. Charlotte's m ...more
Farrier's Lane - VG
Perry, Anne - 14th in Pitt series

When Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his demise resurrects one of England's most sensational cases.

Such an excellent series. I love the characters and the way in which Perry captures the time period.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time getting into this book (number 13 in the series), but once I did-I had a hard time putting in down. As always, the abrupt ending caught me by surprise.

"When the distinguished Mr. Justice Stafford dies of opium poisoning, his shocking demise resurrects one of the most sensational cases ever to inflame England: the murder five years before of Kingsley Blaine, whose body was found crucified in Farriers’ Lane. Amid the public hysteria for revenge, the police had arrested a Jewish a
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Court of Appeals Judge Stafford is poisoned in his theater box while Thomas, Charlotte, and Caroline are in a nearby box enjoying a show with an actor whom Caroline is enamored of. The investigation seems to lead back to a 5 year old brutal murder case. The lead actress is the sister of the man hanged for that murder and she was constantly pleading with Judge Stafford to reopen the case, as she is sure her brother was innocent. It was an emotionally charged case with antisemitism at its roots. T ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bravo, Anne Perry! I have discovered yet another excellent mystery author, and I am absolutely thrilled about it! A Victorian Murder Mystery with a very surprising solution! I look forward to reading more books by this author!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable...Indulge yourself in the audio version. 13 cds and
well read by Terrence Hardman. I am an Anne Perry fan and
was happy to find a Pitt and Charlotte mystery I hadn't read.
Ms Perry outdid herself on this one. I never sensed the length of
Farrier's Lane. It was just that good.
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The nice thing about this series is that Anne Perry doesn't use a cookie cutter plots to develop her mystery books. This was an unusual book showing the problems in racism, lack of education, and the lack of common sense.
Gina Boyd
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was both easier and more complex than many of the others, which I realize is an odd way to think. Also, I know it was very likely the common usage at the time, but I really, really feel uncomfortable with the words “Jew” and “Jewess.”
Gillian Kevern
The ending was much twistier than other Anne Perry books I've read, and while the plot plodded along very slowly, there was still lots of interest. At about 95% of the way through the plot, Oscar Wilde appears, helpfully providing Pitt with the clue needed to solve the murder.
AJ Wright
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of Perry's books in both the Pitt and Monk series and have enjoyed them all. She does a great job of creating Victorian London with much detail about the lives of upper and lower classes. Her characters are compellingly drawn as well.
Fernando Alcala Suarez
The mystery was interesting enough but there were times where the story became tedious and boring. There is too little Charlotte in this novel and I missed her. Not one of my favourites from the series.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Too contrived but ok.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very slow moving until the last third then gripping,
Maurita Kling
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the Best in this Series! Kept me guessing almost to the end!
Kitty Tomlinson
A man is crucified upon a blacksmith's door and a Jewish man is hanged for it. Good read.
Gloria Mccracken
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I kind of went sour on Anne Perry for awhile: one can only take so much depravity and Victorian attitudes. But this one surfaced in my library and it was a nice reminder of previous ones.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une bonne enquête comme toujours...
J'aime beaucoup voir ces personnages évoluer. Et ce que j'entrevois me plait beaucoup.
Tina Wilson
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still entranced by Perry's combination of mystery and historical fiction.
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“It is easier,” she replied frankly, “and often more emotionally satisfying to be mortally offended on behalf of your God than to serve Him by altering one’s style and manner of life—and in a short space, it is certainly much more comfortable. One can feel righteous, very much one who belongs, while heaping vengeance on the heads of sinners. It costs a lot less than giving time or money to the poor.” He ate the last of his salmon and offered her more wine. “You are becoming cynical, my dear.” “I was never anything else”—she accepted the wine—“where the self-proclaimed righteous were concerned. Was the case really so different from most?” “Yes.” He pushed his plate away and like a shadow the butler removed it. “There was a distinct alien culture which could be blamed,” Thelonius continued grimly, his eyes sad and angry. “Godman was a Jew, and the resultant anti-Semitic emotions were among the most unpleasant manifestations of human behavior that I have seen: anti-Semitic slogans daubed on walls, hysterical pamphlets scattered all over the place, even people hurling stones in the streets at those they took to be Jews—windows smashed in synagogues, one set fire to.” 0 likes
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