Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.96 × 5.14 × 0.68 in
Published: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345510631
ISBN - 13: 9780345510631
Read from the Book
chapter 1 It was mid-february and growing dark outside. Pitt stood up from his desk and walked over to turn the gas up on the wall lamps one by one. He was becoming used to this office, even if he was not yet comfortable in it. In his mind it still belonged to Victor Narraway. When he turned back to his desk he half expected to see the pencil drawings of bare trees that Narraway used to keep on the walls, instead of the watercolors of skies and seascapes that Charlotte had given him. His books were not so different from Narraway’s. There was less poetry, fewer classics perhaps, but similar titles on history, politics, and law. Narraway had of course taken with him the large, silver-framed picture of his mother. Today, Pitt had finally put in its place his favorite photograph of his family. In it, Charlotte is smiling; beside her stands thirteen-year-old Jemima, looking very grown-up, and ten-year-old Daniel, still with the soft face of a child. After the fiasco in Ireland at the end of last year, 1895, Narraway had not been reinstated as head of Special Branch, though he had been exonerated of all charges, of course. Instead, Pitt’s temporary status as head had been made official. Even though it had happened several months earlier, he still found it hard to get used to. And he knew very well that the men who had once been his superiors, then his equals, and now his juniors, also found the new situation trying at best. Rank, in and of itself, meant little. His titl
From the Publisher
“[A] magic kingdom of Victorian murder and intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review
Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. His own self-doubt is fueled by rumors of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line, on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel. But why destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal? Are the rumors designed to distract police from an even more devastating plot? Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets from her career as a revolutionary spy. And behind the doors of a stately manor, a beautiful young Croatian woman hoards mysteries of her own. Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, need these two fascinating women to tell them things they desperately need to know—before death and terror ignite an international catastrophe.
Includes a preview of Anne Perry’s next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Midnight at Marble Arch
“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 . . . [a] novel of intrigue, romance and treason . . . replete with well-drawn characters.”—Huntington News
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England:  the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Treason at Lisson Grove and Buckingham Palace Gardens, and the William Monk novels, including Acceptable Loss and Execution Dock. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as nine holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Homecoming, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Anne Perry’s most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels 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 “Anne 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 “An altogether intriguing and enjoyable mystery . . . Fans of this series, with its amazingly well-drawn historical details, know the delight of time traveling back to Victorian England.”—Bookreporter.com Seven Dials “Terrific, vivid stuff . . . The alarmingly prolific Anne Perry [is] a master of the genre.”— The Seattle Times “Perry’s as good as it gets. . . . The final courtroom scene produces more victims and left me breathless.”—