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Treachery at Lancaster Gate

por Anne Perry

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Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century's turn. The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.   When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city's radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse. As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement.   But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt's inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police officer with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge. As he pursues each increasingly threatening lead, Pitt finds himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful--barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive.   Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels   The Angel Court Affair   "Be prepared for another well-deserved vacation to Victorian London with Anne Perry as the most cunning tour guide you will ever need. . . . She is one of the best."--Bookreporter   Death on Blackheath   "Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together."--Historical Novels Review   Midnight at Marble Arch   "Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."--The New York Times Book Review   Dorchester Terrace   "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   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… (más)
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Good read! Loved the investigations and all the twists and turns. Ending was a surprise but I had started to think that was where it was going. I do wish she wrapped up the endings better though. I appreciate the "cliffhanger" aspect but expecting me to remember these characters and all the details a year from now when the next book is published...wrap it up now. ( )
  MommaTracey | Jul 24, 2017 |
I enjoyed this entry into the Thomas Pitt series. An opium bust gone wrong results in an explosions that kills 3 policemen and severely injures two more. Was it set by anarchists, or to draw attention to a false conviction and police corruption. Pitt and Tellman agonize as they solve the case. ( )
  pennykaplan | Apr 11, 2017 |
A tip-off sends five police officers to a house, expecting an opium deal. What they find is not opium, but a bomb. Two of them are killed and the other three injured in the explosion.

What Thomas Pitt has to find out, is whether the bomb was set by anarchists, or someone else. And if not anarchists, then why? And did the bomber want to kill any police officers, or these ones in particular?

The storyline is particularly resonant in the current political climate - Charlotte Pitt has some pertinent things to say about terror tactics, and how they serve to make people so afraid that they will do the anarchists' work for them.

Since Pitt has transferred to Special Branch, there is less role for Charlotte in his cases, which is always disappointing - although in this book, Emily gets a little more page time. Vespasia makes a brief appearance, and Narraway comes in at the end.

There wasn't really much in the way of mystery; the thrust of the book was more about how Pitt was going to handle the political fallout of the case. However, I felt that even there, the suspense was lacking somewhat. Pitt didn't really have many options, so there was never any doubt as to what he might do. There were some interesting avenues that might have been explored, but which were not. For me, though, the worst failings were inaccurate medical detail and a very unconvincing court scene. I can't imagine a modern judge allowing such goings-on in his or her court, and from reading nineteenth century court reports, I don't think judges back then were any more lenient.

All in all, however, it was a pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours (which I desperately needed), but not one of the best of the series. Best left for fans: anyone new to the series should start with the first few books. ( )
  T_K_Elliott | Mar 12, 2017 |
After two disappointing reads, the latest book in Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, Treachery at Lancaster Gate shows that Ms. Perry is back in form with an entertaining novel. All of our favorites, Charlotte, her sister Emily, Aunt Vespasia and even the ex-maid, Gracie are in the thick of it in this book, helping Pitt solve who bombed a house in Lancaster Gate in London that killed three and severely wounded two other policemen.

Pitt is called into the case because, of course, everyone suspects that an anarchist group is responsible. However, it soon becomes apparent that the culprit(s) are something else altogether, and what Pitt is actually dealing with is a wicked stew of drug addiction and police corruption.

I would have given this book 4 stars if not for the irritating dues ex machina ending that Ms. Perry uses all to often. Still, this was a fun and absorbing summer vacation read. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 6, 2016 |
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Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century's turn. The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.   When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city's radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse. As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement.   But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt's inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police officer with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge. As he pursues each increasingly threatening lead, Pitt finds himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful--barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive.   Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels   The Angel Court Affair   "Be prepared for another well-deserved vacation to Victorian London with Anne Perry as the most cunning tour guide you will ever need. . . . She is one of the best."--Bookreporter   Death on Blackheath   "Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together."--Historical Novels Review   Midnight at Marble Arch   "Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."--The New York Times Book Review   Dorchester Terrace   "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   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

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