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Belgrave Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #12)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,959 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
When an obscure moneylender named William Weems is murdered in the humble Clerkenwell district, there are no mourners—and there is more than a little discreet rejoicing among those whose meager earnings he so mercilessly devoured. Yet when Inspector Pitt finds in the murdered man’s office a list containing the names of some of London’s most distinguished gentlemen, he begi ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Sue
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think anyone is surprised at the end by who killed the unsavory usurer, although the way it is wrapped up in the end was a surprise. This book focuses less on the vagaries of Victorian society and more on politics in the era so I liked it and gave it 4 stars. The Inner Circle is introduced and they are a highly secretive group of influential men who want to control politics and business. Maybe everything. It's a secret. There was more of Thomas than Charlotte in this one and I like his c ...more
Ira
3.25 stars.

I'm not too excited with this one, except for the shocking truth on the last chapter 😳.
But I wanted to read because I want to know how Jack (Charlotte's new BIL) started his campaign to become an MP, and that's not started well.

The dirty political part is rather heavy in this one, especially when you just a 'mere' common.
Lucky for Thomas, Charlotte was there to help as much as she can even thought made him frustrated and doubt himself sometimes, if Charlotte didn't regret married down
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Ashley
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Wilson
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there was a category for finished but not finished. If you like books that hammer on the class differences in Victorian British society relentlessly, go into every tedious and uninteresting detail of parties, teas and dinners, discuss all the details of life including how to make soap, and occasionally go into the actual mystery being solved. This is your book.

About halfway through I gave up, found the spoilers, and got the answer. Mind you, it wasn't a great surprise.

I will not be readi
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Paraphrodite
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
There was a lot of moralising of Victorian values in this from different POVs. Otherwise, I must admit the ending was a bit of a surprise!
Lynn
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I am finally caught up to where I left the series when they were initially published. This book has a character named Liza Cobb... I think I would have remembered the shared name. That said, I figured out the end of the story long before Pitt did.

This book really focuses on Pitt, with Charlotte providing crucial character development but not really "detecting" as she calls it.
Tina Wilson
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings at the end of this. Once again fascinated by the world Perry's characters inhabit. And by the inner workings of that world. But also, once again so saddened by the ending. Her books do not end happily and, yet, isn't that the way of so much of life. Love her writing and her main characters so I keep coming back despite the sadness of her books.
PLS
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook: I enjoyed the descriptions of the closed nature of the mid to upper levels of Victorian society. The book seemed to drag at about the 2/3 section, however, the ending was worth sticking with it
Chequers
Leggo la Perry per distrarmi un po', devo dire che questo mi e' sembrato meno affrettato nella conclusione rispetto agli altri. Bella storia e personaggi ben delineati, una lettura piacevole.
Melissa
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good twist at the end, though I am not sure it was necessary and I think the book could have been finished without it. I suppose it did allow things to be tied up quickly and relatively neatly.
Pam
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than average mystery in this one.... and as is sometimes the case, repetitive w/ the Victorian angst...but skim right through that and keep going.!
Nancy
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. This book did not have a large Charlotte influence; mainly Pitt investigating.

When low-life moneylender William Weems is found murdered, there are few to mourn his passing. But when Inspector Pitt finds a list containing the names of some of London's most distinguished gentlemen in the murdered man's office, he recognizes the smell of blackmail. Fortunately, Pitt's clever, well-born wife, Charlotte has entree into London's best society. And at glittering balls and over gossipy teas,
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Katie
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I want to start out by saying I read this as an unabridged audiobook. The narrator was Devina Porter – so far she has narrated every Thomas Pitt novel I have listened to and she does a fantastic job. My husband got me into the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series this past year. He loves good mysteries and Anne Perry does an amazing job of adding twists and turns that you would never expect. Belgrave Square is not exception. The series are all stand alone books, but usually reference incidents or ...more
Ranee
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were many not so nice societal virtues of Victorian England that were incorporated into the book. Though those "virtues" were brought up as not so nice, I didn't like the duplicity of the values many of the characters had and the ending was horrid.
Katy M
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my. The suspense keeps you in it's grip until the very last page!

Oh my. The suspense keeps you in it's grip until the very last page!

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 i
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Scot
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 12 in this series featuring the husband/wife detective team of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. In this installment, Drummond calls in Thomas to help on a delicate matter: a peer is being blackmailed by a usurer, and when the blackmailer is found dead two lists are discovered: one of those who owed the moneylender debts they dearly wished to keep quiet and another of individuals being blackmailed. So many had motives to kill, so who did it?

This installment might not be as rich in details of soc
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Labyrinth
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspektor Pitt wird von seinem Chef auf einen Mord angesetzt, der nicht in seinem Bereich passierte und für den sie beide eigentlich nicht zuständig sind. Seine Ermittlungen sollen an erster Stelle auch nicht den Mörder finden, sondern beweisen, dass der Freund des Polizeichefs unschuldig ist. Pitt ist enttäuscht von seinem Chef, und entsetzt, als er in seinen Ermittlungen weiterkommt.


Die Mordermittlungen in diesem Buch allerdings nehmen nur einen kleinen Teil der Geschichte ein, der größte Teil
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Nicole
Dec 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like historical mysteries
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
I'm starting to rack up a fair number of historical mysteries, and as things go, this one was pretty good. There are about 50 other Anne Perry books just about this character that I haven't read, so I can't speak to the quality of the series as a whole, but based on this one, I'd keep reading more. Her main character, Thomas Pitt, is a little stiff at times, but on the whole pretty likable. His wife is entertaining, but I was expecting a little more out of her. Having partially chosen to read th ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Pitt is called in to investigate the murder of a money lender and blackmailer because the murder may involve a member of the "inner circle," a powerful secret society pledged to support each other whenever called upon. There are two lists left at the money lender's house; one of the debts of poor struggling souls and another of upperclass men who are more likely to have been victims of blackmail.

Thomas finds himself investigating people whom he knows and in many instances, people who are
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Aimee
Jun 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a whim at a used bookstore in West Chester, PA one day on my lunch break just before I left for a trip to London. I love mysteries but had always avoided Anne Perry because her detectives are policemen and I prefer the cozier private detectives. Also, I saw the movie Heavenly Creatures and had mixed feelings about reading mystery novels written by a murderer. But I love me some Victorian literature and was desperate for something to read on the plane. As it happened, I didn't ...more
Julie
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I had the big "plot twists" figured out long before they were revealed by the author, I still really enjoyed following Pitt's path as he unraveled the whole sordid story. I very much liked the secondary characters as well as the secondary and tertiary plot lines and the inevitable red herrings. What kept this from being a five star review was the abruptness of the ending and the unanswered questions left lingering because of it. For instance, how did Byam not know who was blackmailing h ...more
Wendy
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under mysterious circumstances, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate the murder of an usurer who loaned money to the poor and blackmailed the wealthy. Unwittingly, Charlotte Pitt finds herself socially involved with the same powerful and wealthy people that are the targets of blackmail while helping her pregnant sister, Emily, whose husband is running for a position in Parliament. Charlotte and Inspector Pitt work together to uncover the dark secrets of the upper class, the identity of a mu ...more
Beth
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First off, the author has clearly done her homework regarding period authenticity--the story rings with it throughout, and in a good way. The mystery is twisty, with plenty of red herrings, and I enjoyed trying to work it out, figuring things out before Pitt and Drummond did (but then I had more information than they did.) I love that Charlotte contributes to Thomas Pitt's work, and that their family life is mixed in with the mystery to just the right amount. Also, other blooming romances are a ...more
Laura
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always with AP books she keeps you guessing until the last 3 or 4 pages of a story. Figured out what the twist in this one was early on but she still surprised me with the ending. A "peer of the realm" comes to Pitt's boss and says he thinks he may be implicated in the murder of a back street usurer. This book introduces a group that will make several appearances in subsequent books, that being, a secretive group calling itself The Inner Circle. They play a major role in this story. These guy ...more
Christine
When I started reading this book, I did not realize that it was part of a series. However, it was not necessary to read the other books before this one. The overall story was interesting, but the author had a tendency to be very long-winded. It got to the point where I was not even in suspense over "who done it". However, I felt that the interesting stories of the many characters in the book somewhat made up for this. While I had correctly identified the killer before this was revealed, there wa ...more
Marta
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Sumi
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily's new husband, Jack, is running for Parliament and somehow the murder or an obscure moneylender in a poor section of town is connected to one of the member's of the political social circle that Jack and Emily must cultivate.

Since Emily is occasionally under the weather with her pregnancy, Charlotte substitutes as hostess and some of the best bits of the book are the little barbs that all the ladies exchange with each other.

I don't think anyone will be surprised by who the murderer is by t
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Felicity
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery readers, those interested in Victorian London
I've read quite a few Anne Perry novels in both the Pitt and Monk series, and this one managed to surprise me regardless. A more sidelong and attenuated connection than usual between the worlds of Thomas's professional life and Charlotte's social meddling made this a challenging mystery indeed. More political than usual, the story of blackmail and secret societies takes place during an intriguing time in London's history -- when the failure to catch Jack the Ripper had called the continued exist ...more
Kristin
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 12th book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Series usually bite the dust for me long before I reach this point but the interesting characters and setting have kept me going, I enjoyed this book more than any of the recent preceding ones. It has everything I like in the novels: appearances by all my favorite characters, including Aunt Vespasia, both Thomas and Charlotte contributing to solving the crime from their different directions and a complex mystery. While I knew the ans ...more
Renny
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A suspenseful story, all the way through, with an incredibly shockingly surprising end that I never guessed.
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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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