Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, 2013 - Fiction - 337 pages
18 Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS

In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price.
 
The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the jurisdiction of new Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.
 
Yet even with the help of his ingenious wife, Charlotte, and his former superior, Victor Narraway, Pitt is stumped. Why did high-minded, cultured Catherine choose not to accompany her husband to a grand party on the night of her demise? Why did she dismiss all her servants for the evening and leave the front door unlocked? What had been her relationship with the young man seen frequently by her side at concerts and art exhibits? And what can be done to avenge another terrible crime: the assault on Angeles Castelbranco, beloved teenage daughter of the Portuguese ambassador?
 
As an ordinary policeman, Pitt used to enter London's grand houses through the kitchen door. Now, as a guest in those same houses, can he find the steel in his soul to challenge the great men of the world with their crimes? The path to the truth takes him in deeply troubling directions, from the lofty world of international politics and finance to his own happy home, where his own teenage daughter, Jemima, is coming of age in a culture rife with hidden dangers.
 
In this rich, emotionally charged masterpiece, Anne Perry exposes yet another ugly secret of Victoria's proud empire. And in a courtroom battle of unparalleled brilliance, we thrill at the chance to witness a massive wrong righted.

Includes a preview of Anne Perry's next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Death on Blackheath.

Praise for Midnight at Marble Arch
 
"Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"Fresh and vibrant . . . Perry captures Victorian England with flair, and her storyline is fascinating."--Wichita Falls Times Record News

"Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age."--Booklist (starred review)
 
"Bestselling author Perry continues her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series with another splendid success. She is so familiar with life at this time that history, attitudes and culture are slipped in seamlessly so the reader sees the world as Victorians did. Not only are Inspector Pitt and his wife fully realized, their circle of friends and acquaintances also feel real and alive. This is a series to read from the beginning."--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
 
"May be [Perry's] most intense and thrilling novel to date . . . Midnight at Marble Arch is stunning and insightful from start to finish."--Bookreporter
 
"This book is packed with intrigue."--The Huffington Post
 
"The monsters Anne Perry creates are not easy to live with, and their actions linger long after the book is closed."--New York Journal of Books
 
"Engrossing . . . intriguing . . . Perry does a nice job exploring late Victorian attitudes toward sex crimes."--Publishers Weekly
  

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The ending is absolutely ridiculous. - Goodreads
I found the Quixwood plot far more artfully handled. - Goodreads
All in all, the plot didn't really work for me. - Goodreads

Review: Midnight at Marble Arch (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #28)

User Review  - Laura Edwards - Goodreads

I gave the book an extra star only because Perry chooses to address an important topic, rape, treating it as the crime of violence it is and not as an act of passion. As usual, the story is well ... Read full review

Review: Midnight at Marble Arch (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #28)

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This story takes place at the turn of last century in London. At a party at the Spanish embassy, a confrontation develops and results in a young girl falling to her death. Later, we find that one of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
22
Section 3
40
Section 4
59
Section 5
95
Section 6
109
Section 7
126
Section 8
162
Section 11
209
Section 12
220
Section 13
233
Section 14
250
Section 15
262
Section 16
275
Section 17
292
Section 18
319

Section 9
172
Section 10
190

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About the author (2013)

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Dorchester Terrace and Treason at Lisson Grove, and the William Monk novels, including A Sunless Sea and Acceptable Loss. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as ten holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Garland, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.


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