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The Whitechapel Conspiracy (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #21)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,460 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Bow Street Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, return in an intricately plotted and highly atmospheric novel of murder and political conspiracy that moves from elegant drawing rooms to the most desperate slums in late Victorian London. An Anne Perry novel is a delight to read as much for its Victorian-era details as for the mystery it unfolds.--Chicago Trib ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published December 31st 2000)
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Cáitín  Ní Loingeacháin
I have never listen to or read any of Anne Perry books but I must say I have been missing out in a great serious of book and sorry listen to book 21 before knowing there was more.

The Jack the Ripper story has always been one that has interested me for many a year and this take is brilliant and one I have hear before but love the way the story was twisted and added to the serious.
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, if slightly improbable plot. Excellent character development and historical research. If felt like I had spent the day in Victorian London. I especially liked that there was nothing suggestive, grusome or embarrasing. It was interesting to have main characters who were just good, moral people trying to make sense of a corrupt and evil society. A good summer reading escape!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Had not read any Anne Perry mysteries for a few years...forgot how much I enjoy them! I was not up on a lot of the historical details of the time, so I actually spent an hour (or two?) online researching the British Royal Family of the 1890's and into the 20th century. It was a time when the horror of Jack the Ripper was still fresh, and Queen Victoria's influence was becoming less as she continued to mourn the death of her husband in self-imposed exile (while many Brits became more and more dis ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting change from previous books. I've read where some people didn't like the change in Pitt's job, but I think they are just as good, a little more danger and it's good when a book series doesn't do the same thing over and over. *cough*StephaniePlum*cough*
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another different style of solving the "mystery". Give me back the older style. Too much weird stuff and not enough of the meat of a mystery book....

n 1892, the grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes four years earlier by a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma. And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Superintendent Thomas Pitt’s testimony causes distinguished soldier John Adinett to be sentenced to hang for the inexplicable murder of a friend. Instead of being praised for hi
Judy Sutherland
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solidly enjoyable read from Anne Perry. Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are so immensely likeable that I can't help but enjoy the books just for the depiction of Victorian life. I have read this one before, but didn't realise that until the last few pages. Which says that the plot did not exactly grip me. Still it was pleasant. The conspiracies are rather grandiose and it is very easy to lose track of which side people are on. It made more sense on this second reading. The subtleties of the pl ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo-storico
5 stelle alla mia capacità di dimenticare completamente i gialli dopo averli letti (idem con A. Christie, etc.).
Posso così rileggerli all'infinito senza paura di annoiarmi sapendo già chi è l'assassino.
Non me lo ricordo mai!
May 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I am not giving this book a fair chance. I found the first chapter very procedural and dry. I had a quick look at the positive reviews of others. Perhaps I will come back to it when I don't have a lot of other great books lined up.
Anita Kretzmann
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A particularly good one! I always enjoy escaping into Anne Perry's Victorian London, but the Whitechapel Conspiracy stands out among the many I've read for its combination of real history and clever, somewhat improbable, but gripping and highly enjoyable invention.
Gary Branson
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a departure for the Pitt series. A bit slower build than usual. Lots of minor characters important to this story. Looking forward to the next. Highly recommended.
Kathleen Freeman
I have to admit I really liked that Tellman and Gracie got to play a larger roll in this book. Of course who could not love aunt Vespasia. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Martina Sartor
Commento alla 2^ lettura (marzo 2017) Confermo che la lettura in ordine cronologico della Perry dà tutt'altro sapore e senso ai suoi romanzi. Quindi anche questo, che avevo già letto anni fa, riletto ora acquista profondità e interesse. La spietata analisi della società vittoriana e delle sue evoluzioni anche politiche risulta precisa e interessante. La Perry inoltre è abile nel proporre un'ipotesi di spiegazione ai delitti di Jack lo Squartatore, inserendovi tutti gli elementi già noti al grand ...more
Jacqueline O.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, People interested in novels about or set in Victorian Britian
I actually quite liked The Whitechapel Conspiracy. It's only the second Anne Perry Victorian mystery novel I've read, and the other Highgate Rise was years ago. However, it obvious this is an established mystery/detective series. The detective is Inspector Thomas Pitt, a working class man who's worked his way up in the police to be the head of London's Bow Street station. His wife, Charlotte, is both a comfort and somewhat involved in his cases.
But, as this novel opens - Pitt is in trouble for d
Knit Spirit
Ce livre fait partie de la saga « Charlotte et Thomas Pitt » et c’en est même le 19ème opus ! Autant vous le dire tout de suite, c’est avec ce livre que j’ai découvert l’auteur et la saga et le fait de ne pas connaître l’historique des différentes enquêtes menées par le couple ne m’a pas manqué.
Pour vous situer rapidement le contexte, nous sommes à la fin du 19ème siècle, en Angleterre et le royaume est menacé, le prince dilapide l’argent qu’il n’a pas et sa mère se désintéresse complètement de
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery novel lovers, books based on the Victorian Age in England
I just finished this this morning. I would have finished it last night but it was 1:30am and I could see what was coming in the story and thought I would rather read that in the soothing, serene light of the morning. Glad I waited. Given that I am a dedicated fan of Anne Perry; of the Thomas Pitt series; of mysteries set in Victorian England, this one couldn't miss and it didn't. The thing about reviewing a mystery is you don't want to give away plot developments (read spoilers), so I won't
I wil
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-perry
An above-average entry in this series, involving a potential revolution (theoretically leading to a republic) in England at a time when Queen Victoria has been in mourning for thirty years and making no public appearances, the Prince of Wales is a debt-ridden non-example of an honorable potential monarch, and his son, the Duke of Clarence, has died. All this is tied into the unsolved murders some years previously by Jack the Ripper. (One wonders if Perry had access to or had read Patricia Cornwa ...more
Perry, Anne - 21st in series

Four years after the Ripper terrorized London, Thomas's testimony in a murder case is enough to convince a jury to convict distinguished soldier John Adinett of the murder of his friend, Martin Fetters, despite Adinett's having no clear motive for the killing. Upon conclusion of the case, Thomas finds himself removed from command of the Bow Street Station and sent to work undercover for the Special Branch in the East End. Somehow, unknowingly
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
21st in this series. Giving testimony in a murder case that goes against the wishes of the Inner Circle, Thomas finds himself removed from his Bow Street position and reassigned as an undercover agent in the poverty-stricken and unsettled Whitechapel neighborhood, where Jack the Ripper had committed his famous serial murders of prostitutes four years earlier. In working on trying to confirm the killer and motive in the court case that triggered his dismissal, Thomas also learns how far and wide ...more
Marta Conejo
Me ha fallado el final. No... no sé por qué, la verdad, pero no me ha gustado.

Es un género que no suelo tocar, como iba diciendo: si lo elegí fue porque era sobre Whitechapel, donde había estado alojada en mis vacaciones en Londres. Eso y porque bueno, me lo han dejado y era gratis.

Empezó bien y siguió bien. El problema es que hubo un momento en el que sólo se centraban en algunas cosas como: "seguir a una persona que está descubriendo ciertas pistas sin saber cómo" o "tomtamos té mientras bus
If you are a mystery fan and/or a Victorian England-era fan, and you don't already know Anne Perry's books, you need to check them out immediately! She has two series' each with its own Victorian era-sleuth.

This book is a new twist on the Ripper case, involving one of Perry's two separate protagonists, police detective Thomas Pitt. Pitt is a great character, as is his wife Charlotte - who married down when she married Pitt for love. Charlotte often uses her wealthy connections to help Thomas so
Although this isn't the first of the Anne Perry novels by a long way, it's the first one I've read and i liked it. It features Pitt, a Victorian police inspector who has testified at a murder trial and whose testimony manages to help get the man convicted. He was guilty but there didn't seem to be any motive. Pitt gets demoted and sent to the east end of London to try to keep an eye on possible anarchist conspirators.

Meanwhile, his coworker is trying to unravel another mystery with the help of
Marta Català
Es el primero que he leído de la serie (y mi primer Anne Perry). En conjunto, me ha parecido entretenido y la verdad es que el contexto social en el que se sitúa la acción es interesante. Hay tensión y una trama compleja con una gran variedad de personajes. Sin embargo, me ha parecido un poco irritante la insistencia en cierto mensaje moralista (algo así como que, a la postre, cualquier revolución sitúa en el poder a gente tan corrupta como los monarcas menos ejemplares y ofrece menos estabilida ...more
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Probably because this is one of a series and I kind of jumped in w/o having read any other by this author. I felt that I really needed to know more about the characters; the story itself was intriguing but did, I thought, get bogged down occasionally by the political stuff. I did feel that the author did a great job of capturing the aura of Victorian England: every movement, gesture, and facial expression is fraught with meaning, however unspoken. But my ...more
Anne Perry writes a good murder mystery! This one centers around the Jack the Ripper story in Whitechapel. The back story is a complicated plot to de-throne the king and turn the country into a democracy with a president and congress. The plot is very complicated and involves everyone from judges, lawyers and law enforcement to average citizens. No one is ever quite sure who they can talk to as no one can be sure who is involved. It is very well done.

The main characters are Perry's recurring her
Bonne Marie
First timer with this author but not this genre. Found the plot diluted and plodding by having the story point of view inexpertly shared by too many characters. This made for a great deal of repetition in the telling of the tale as each set of couples went over the same ground but really didn't add much diversity unique to their perspective which is the linchpin of that device. The read became a page turner but not in a good way - only to add some much needed urgency to a tale that was dragging ...more
This is part of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series set in Victorian England. It was a pleasant enough read but a bit confusing at times. It concerned two rival factions, the Inner Circle, a powerful group consisting of unknown individuals who want to foment revolt among the lower classes in order to achieve a republic, and the Masons who will do anything, including covering up murder, to save the royal family’s position. Thomas Pitt having testified against a member of the Inner Circle ...more
Lynne Tull
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, victorian
First of all, this will not be a fast read. Whitechapel murders, revolution, or revolt-all are covered and tied together. It will take a while to read, because you will not want to do any skipping. For one thing the history is interesting and for another thing you might miss some important clues. Happy reading. You will enjoy this series if you like history and the Victorian Era. Recommend you start with the first book in the series, 'The Cater Street Hangman',and read in order. The stories cont ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so scary. Almost all of the characters including the population of London's East End were in mortal danger. Thomas Pitt was at a huge disadvantage -- separated by unjust circumstance from his beloved family. The story was complex and exciting and Lady Vespasia revisited the greatest passion of her life from 50 years hence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Whitechapel Conspiracy".
A pretty average Pitt mystery. I struggled with the two story lines that were a bit too intertwined to keep them straight. I also struggled to keep track of which group of conspirators was behind which acts. I did enjoy the subplot of Gracie and Tellman's relationship. Perry definitely did a better job of building minor characters in this book than she did in Half Moon Street. It keeps my interest better if it relates tot he main plot.
while the writing was good enough to keep me reading until the end; I found this just to be an okay book. Most of us have heard of the "From Hell" book/movie theory about Jack the Ripper and I wasn't interested in the Inner Circle mystery. I have read all Perry's Monk books but this is my only the second of the Pitts I have read. However, I did like her most recent book starring the Pitts, and won't let this slight bump deter me from picking up another.
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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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