Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Anne Perry's Dorchester Terrace reviewed by Lynn Richardson

Once again, thanks to Lynn Richardson for a great review of a very different mystery series from the Millennium Trilogy she previously reviewed. And again, we would love to have other guest reviews of books you have enjoyed! Just let me know at

Anne Perry's Dorchester Terrace is the twenty seventh in AnnePerry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels. Thomas has been promoted to the head of Special Branch following his superior Victor Narroway's removal from the position. The plot in this book is interesting, involving an elderly woman and her memories as a member of the revolution in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Fearing that her memory is failing as she ages and may reveal the names of people who could still be at risk, she calls upon her friend, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, to ask her advice. Lady Vespasia is Charlotte Pitt's aunt ( a courtesy title ). She in turn tries to make sure that Serafina is not left alone without her maid when she has visitors. Later Serafina is found dead and at first thought to be a suicide. Also part of the plot is a visit from a nobleman from Austria who just happens to be a kinsman of the Queen. Thomas is tasked with making sure he will be safe during his visit. As usual, Anne Perry's vivid and accurate descriptions of the clothes, houses and other facets of Victorian life are fascinating. This book is well written and researched. It can be read as a stand-alone novel or if you are curious do go back and catch up with the rest of the series. Ms. Perry is a wonderful read at any time and I've read all her books. She will have several new books later this year.

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