A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345523709, 400pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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In London’s affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by his beautiful assistant, Unity Bellwood—a “new woman” whose feminism and aggressive Darwinism he finds appalling. When Unity, three months pregnant, tumbles down the staircase to her death, Superintendent Thomas Pitt is as certain as he can be that one of the three deeply devout men in the house committed murder. Could it have been the Reverend Parmenter? His handsome curate? Or his son, a fervent Roman Catholic? Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, refuse to settle for less than the truth—or less than justice.
Among Anne Perry's other novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt are Pentecost Alley, Traitors Gate, The Hyde Park Headsman, Highgate Rise, and Ashworth Hall, which was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. She also writes the popular novels featuring investigator William Monk, including The Silent Cry, a Main Selection of the Mystery Guild, Weighed in the Balance, Cain His Brother, and Defend and Betray. "Her grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes, said The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the author. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree.
“Mesmerizing . . . a great place to begin with what I guarantee will become a Perry addiction.”—Los Angeles Times
“Once again . . . Perry amazes us.”—The New York Times Book Review
“As in most good detective fiction, no one and nothing—including death—is exactly as it seems.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Taut with tension and political intrigue.”—San Francisco Examiner
“[A] brilliant series.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune