Silence in Hanover Close
A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
By Anne Perry
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345523730, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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When Inspector Thomas Pitt is asked to reopen a three-year-old murder case that had taken place in London’s luxurious Hanover Close, he is all too aware that his superiors want him to simply smooth things over. But penetrating the reserve of high society households will take more finesse than Pitt can muster. Enter Charlotte Pitt, his wellborn wife, and her sister, Emily. As the social equals of the inhabitants of the Close, the women are privy to conversations that would never reach the ears of a mere policeman. What they find is a secret so shocking it will lead to more deaths—including, quite possibly, Pitt’s own.
“A fine-mannered shocker.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Pitt’s compassion and Charlotte’s cleverness make them compatible sleuths, as well as extremely congenial. . . . Perry has the great gift of making it all seem immediate and very much alive.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A] complex, gripping, and highly satisfying mystery . . . an adroit blend of thick London atmosphere and a convincing cast . . . a totally surprising yet wonderfully plausible finale.”—Publishers Weekly
“Perry’s work is consistently top-notch and [Silence in Hanover Close] is one of her strongest efforts.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Anne Perry is my choice for today’s best mystery writer of Victoriana.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch