Murder on the Serpentine

Murder on the Serpentine

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition.
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In the history of Anne Perry's bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than now--as a mission for queen and country places the future of the British Empire squarely in Thomas Pitt's hands.

It is not the custom for the commander of Special Branch to receive a royal summons--so Thomas Pitt knows it must be for a matter of the gravest importance. The body of Sir John Halberd, the Queen's confidant, has been found in the shallow water of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, bearing the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. At Her Majesty's request, Sir John had been surreptitiously investigating Alan Kendrick, a horse-racing enthusiast who seems to have had an undue amount of influence on her son, the Prince of Wales.

Now Commander Pitt must navigate the corridors of power with the utmost discretion and stealth, for it seems certain that Sir John's killer is a member of the upper classes. Aided by his wife, Charlotte, and her social contacts, Pitt seeks out the hidden motives behind the polite fa#65533;ade of those to the manner born--and uncovers a threat to the throne that could topple the monarchy.

With Murder on the Serpentine, Thomas Pitt nears a crossroads in his brilliant career--one that promises new challenges, both professional and personal, still to be met. But first, he and Charlotte must conquer the twists and turns of suspense master Anne Perry's most cunningly crafted plot yet--to achieve their finest hour, or suffer their darkest.

Praise for Murder on the Serpentine

"For nearly four decades Anne Perry's riveting detective novels have played out against the backdrop of the Victorian era. Fans of British royalty will delight in Murder on the Serpentine , which spotlights the woman this British author reminds us was 'queen and empress of a quarter of the earth' during her 63-year reign. . . . Perry writes meticulously laid-out police procedurals, and Pitt's methodical investigation sets the novel's early, steady pace." -- The Washington Post

"The mystery may follow familiar lines, but even newcomers are likely to be charmed by scenes that deepen Pitt's family relationships. This entry's main strength lies in the quiet, emotionally intelligent interactions among its characters." -- Publishers Weekly

"[Anne] Perry returns with another engrossing read brimming with superb period details and complex characters." -- RT Book Reviews

"Marvelous . . . Perry delivers once again by simply doing what she does better than anyone else--capturing the flavor, spirit and political temperature of Victorian-era London." -- Bookreporter
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780425284988
Branch Call Number: FIC Perry
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 24 cm.

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traceyrb
Sep 12, 2017

I enjoyed this installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. It was a very interesting plot with many twists and turns amidst the background of the approach of the 2nd Boer War and the end of Victoria's reign. I highly recommend. I just hope this isn't the last in the series.

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dougslater
Aug 19, 2017

This entry in the Thomas Pitt series was ok, but just. I found it to be rather predictable and did not like the method of justice done on the storys main villain, actually it was quite disconnective to the Pitt character, not like him at all to act like that. I did like Pitts reward at the end of the book though, a nice touch. I do like this series overall, the London period settings are always well described.

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yesucan
Apr 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Pitt struggles to do his job and is frustrated at his memory loss whilst people around him seem to know more about his past. He second guesses himself because of this handicap, but his colleagues and friends have his back, believe in him and work very hard at helping him resolve the vendetta against him.

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