- Tapa dura: 581 páginas
- Editor: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Nove; Edición: Large Print (5 de abril de 2013)
- Colección: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series / A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1410457095
- ISBN-13: 978-1410457097
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.062.488 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Midnight at Marble Arch (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series/A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel) (Inglés) Tapa dura – Texto grande, 5 abr 2013
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PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY'S MOST RECENT CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT NOVELS
"The always clever Anne Perry infuses "Dorchester Terrace" with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction."--Bookreporter
"A classic . . . novel of intrigue, romance and treason . . . replete with well-drawn characters."--HuntingtonNews.net
Treason at Lisson Grove
"Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time.""--The Washington Times"
Buckingham Palace Gardens
"An intricate plot about a murder at the palace [with] an irresistibly appealing "Upstairs, Downstairs" perspective . . . a fine introduction to Perry's alluring world of Victorian crime and intrigue."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Another winner . . . a wonderful cast of characters with many twisting plots."--Vero Beach "Press Journal"
Long Spoon Lane
"Perry has once again delivered the tasty concoction her readers have come to expect [and] presents us with moral and political puzzles that are all too close to our own."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
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When the bodies of two high-profile women are discovered, bearing signs of rape, and an innocent man is accused of the crime, Thomas Pitt's quest for the truth forces him to play a dangerous game of international politics and murder.Ver Descripción del producto
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I found a couple of inconsistencies that struck me as well. On page 21 she describes the victim as "laying on her front" and then a few lines later she says that her blouse had been ripped open "exposing what could be seen of her bosom". The author then describes the victim's skirt at the murder scene as "raised around her hips" and "her naked thighs were bruised". All this bodily exposure would be fine, if it were not for the fact that on page 73, when the doctor is explaining that he is certain she died from drinking an overdose of laudanum, he says that "she crawled to the cabinet and poured herself enough to deaden the pain...." etc. And the character, Narraway, asks if she could have dragged herself that far.
If she crawled or dragged herself over to a cabinet and poured herself a drink, the skirt, even if tattered, would most certainly have fallen down enough to cover her thighs again, and she most certainly would not have left herself nakedly exposed (her bosom), even if she did remain sprawled on the floor - - which I find unlikely, as well.
The ending also seems very contrived to me, as they are left with no actual criminal participants to testify against each other, but we are left to believe that the court would rely on the word of Thomas Pitt, Victor Narraway and Lady Vespia as to what happened in that room. And that, after the actual written papers and proof they brought to the first trial were disbelived!
I've liked most of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels before this one, and hope that the author returns to her better writing style in the future.
She makes some very good points about rape that are true in the modern context--blame the victim, the guilt that accompanies it, the difficulty in proving it. It seems to me though that Perry is writing in a modern voice more than a Victorian. And the mystery around the "main" rape is very convoluted. I kept reading and reading to try to figure it out. Which would be the author's aim but it was still frustrating. Rather than being exciting it became tedious. And the "secondary" rapes were treated so lightly. A murder that should have been examined closely--and would certainly have resulted in catching the murderer earlier had the police surgeon been consulted--is barely mentioned.
Perry loves courtroom scenes and this book is no different. A trial, the verdict which solves nothing, desperate scrambling by Pitt and his allies.
And then the story ends. Boom. A final confrontation and--that's it. No denouement, no wrap up. Almost as if she exhausted herself and could write no more. Not very satisfying. Reminiscent of the beginning writer who thinks that an ending consists merely of the death of the murderer. Personally, I like something more and after being so frustrated by the plot, I would have liked a meatier ending.
The ending was bad, but I think the repeated dialogue breaks so Perry could hammer away, over and over and over, about the angst the character of the moment was experiencing was exasperating. I think we got it Ms. Perry, after the first few times. The breaks went on so long you'd forget where the dialogue had been going and even who was speaking.
Will I read another in the series? I don't know, but I certainly won't buy any more. And the Monk series is not far behind.
When all is said and done, the book came off more as a Narraway book than a Pitt book. The evolving Narraway, no longer Commander of Special Branch, is somewhat interesting, but almost unbelievable in the setting of a Victorian gentleman's life. Would he, in real life, be as introspective as he is in the book?
The subject of rape, addressed by many reviewers, was a bit disconcerting. I say that, because we are bombarded in our daily lives with horrific crimes and my desire is to read a Victorian novel with a crime not quite so close to home. I do feel, however, that Perry was as true to Victorian morals and ethics as she could be: we need to remember that social and intellectual "blinders" were the centerpiece of "Society."
And, lastly, I absolutely wanted and needed an epilogue. This book ended abruptly - too abruptly.
Bottom line: Decent read