Death On Blackheath: A Charlotte And Thomas Pitt Novel

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Death On Blackheath: A Charlotte And Thomas Pitt Novel

by Anne Perry

Random House Publishing Group | March 25, 2014 | Hardcover |

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Anne Perry's superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule-but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire.
 
As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there's no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston's beautiful lady's maid.
 
But weeks later, when the mutilated body of an unidentified young woman is found near Kynaston's home, Pitt realizes that this is no ordinary police investigation. Far from it. Is Kynaston-one of Britain's most valuable scientists-leading a double life? Is Pitt saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it will ruin him?
 
A baffled Pitt has never needed his friends more desperately, including his indomitable wife, Charlotte; his canny old colleague Victor Narraway; and his personal drawing-room spy, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. But even these allies may not be able to save Pitt-or Britain.   
 
Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of plot and counterplot, love and betrayal, scandal and murder that follows. Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, knife's-edge suspense, and a haunting, unforgettable denouement.
 
Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
 
Midnight at Marble Arch
 
"Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age."-Booklist (starred 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
 
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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345548388

ISBN - 13: 9780345548382

Found in: Suspense

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Death On Blackheath: A Charlotte And Thomas Pitt Novel

Death On Blackheath: A Charlotte And Thomas Pitt Novel

by Anne Perry

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345548388

ISBN - 13: 9780345548382

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chapter 1 Pitt stood shivering on the steps leading up from the areaway to the pavement and looked down at the clumps of blood and hair at his feet. Splinters and shards of glass lay on the steps below and above him. There was blood on those as well, and some of it had already congealed. The January wind whined across the open stretch towards the gravel pits in the distance. “And a maid seems to be missing?” Pitt asked quietly. “Yes, and sorry, sir,” the police sergeant said unhappily. His young face was set hard in the gray early morning light. “Thought that seeing whose house it was, like, we should call you straightaway.” “You did the right thing,” Pitt assured him. They were in Shooters Hill, a very pleasant residential area on the outskirts of London. It was not far from Greenwich, where both the Naval College and the Royal Observatory from which the world took its time stood. The imposing house rising above them into the still, shadowed air was that of Dudley Kynaston, a senior government official deeply involved in matters of naval defense—­a weapons expert of some kind. Violence so very close to his house was of concern to Special Branch, and thus to Pitt as its commander. It was a recent promotion for him and he was still uncomfortable with the extraordinary power it lent him. Perhaps he always would be. It was a responsibility that ultimately he could share with no one. His triumphs would be secret, his disas
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Anne Perry's superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Perry returns us to that charmed era, when wealth and power rule-but where, alas, poisonous corruption lies coiled in the heart of the empire.
 
As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there's no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston's beautiful lady's maid.
 
But weeks later, when the mutilated body of an unidentified young woman is found near Kynaston's home, Pitt realizes that this is no ordinary police investigation. Far from it. Is Kynaston-one of Britain's most valuable scientists-leading a double life? Is Pitt saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it will ruin him?
 
A baffled Pitt has never needed his friends more desperately, including his indomitable wife, Charlotte; his canny old colleague Victor Narraway; and his personal drawing-room spy, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould. But even these allies may not be able to save Pitt-or Britain.   
 
Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of plot and counterplot, love and betrayal, scandal and murder that follows. Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, knife's-edge suspense, and a haunting, unforgettable denouement.
 
Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
 
Midnight at Marble Arch
 
"Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age."-Booklist (starred 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
 
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

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Midnight at Marble Arch and Dorchester Terrace, and the William Monk novels, including Blind Justice and A Sunless Sea. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as eleven holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Hope, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
 
Midnight at Marble Arch
 
"Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age."-Booklist (starred 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
 
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
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