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Title:
Belgrave Square
Author:
Perry, Anne.
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [1992]

©1992
Physical Description:
632 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Thorndike large print"--P. [4] of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560544463
Format :
Book

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Author Notes

Anne Perry was born Juliet Hume on October 28, 1938 in Blackheath, London.

Sent to Christchurch, New Zealand to recover from a childhood case of severe pneumonia, she became very close friends with another girl, Pauline Parker. When Perry's family abandoned her, she had only Parker to turn to, and when the Parkers planned to move from New Zealand, Parker asked that Perry be allowed to join them. When Parker's mother disagreed, Perry and Parker bludgeoned her to death. Perry eventually served five and a half years in an adult prison for the crime.

Once she was freed, she changed her name and moved to America, where she eventually became a writer. Her first Victorian novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published in 1979. Although the truth of her past came out when the case of Mrs. Parker's murder was made into a movie (Heavenly Creatures), Perry is still a popular author and continues to write. She has written over 50 books and short story collections including the Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series. Her story, Heroes, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. Her title's Blind Justice and The Angel Court Affair made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Perry has added a twist to the usual Victorian mystery by having her detective, Police Inspector Thomas Pitt, assisted by his well-born wife, Charlotte. Though the amalgamation sometimes weighs down the actual detecting, the presence of Charlotte adds a certain elegance to the series. This is especially welcome this time, given that the plot begins on the tawdry side. When a low-life money-lender, William Weems, is murdered, aristocrat Lord Sholto Byam begs a lodge brother in the police department to help distance himself from the case. As the investigation continues, Weems' upper-crust connections (as a blackmailer) suggest more and more people as suspects. But it is Byam's hidden homosexuality and a grisly last-page murder/suicide that are the keys to the solution. Although the question of who killed Weems is what propels the story, it is the details of Victorian society and the intimate peeks at the Pitts' home life that decorate it. A series that is sure to keep finding fans. ~--Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

In her 12th mystery featuring Victorian police inspector Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, Perry once again weaves social history and a well-plotted puzzle to moving effect. Here the pair investigate the murder of a back-street usurer. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In the 12th Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, the Victorian police detective and his wife explore society's upper crust after a moneylender is murdered. While the victim may have been killed by someone he was blackmailing, evidence points to aristocrats as well as members of the police force itself. This 1992 tale is the first Perry novel to reveal the existence of the Inner Circle, a secret society of the powerful and influential that will dog Thomas through several subsequent investigations. Because of her sister's pregnancy, Charlotte stands in as her politician brother-in-law's hostess and discovers clues helpful to the case. One of the better entries in the series because of the variety of suspects, a fascinating glimpse at sexual mores, and discussions of such figures as Lily Langtry and Oscar Wilde, Belgrave Square builds to a truly surprising climax. Davina Porter provides her usual exceptionally smooth reading. Highly recommended.--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


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