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Bluegate Fields
Perry, Anne.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2000.
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398 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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In her sixth mystery featuring London police inspector Pitt and his resourceful and well-connected wife Charlotte, the author puts forward a uniquely Victorian situation. The body of a young, upper-class boy has been found in the slums of Bluegate Fields. Because of the delicate nature of the case, no one is willing to discuss it -- which makes investigation a tricky business for the sleuthing duo.

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, the William Monk series, and the Daniel Pitt 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)

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Library Journal Review

Perry's Victorian mysteries are equally enthralling for their sophisticated plots, substantial characters, attention to the details of daily life, and criticism of the hypocrisies of the upper classes. While Resurrection Row, an earlier Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, looked at the indifference to poverty, Bluegate Fields focuses on the problem of prostitution, specifically the abuse of young boys by so-called gentlemen. When a 16-year-old from a prominent family is murdered, his stiff, humorless tutor is blamed, and a teenaged male prostitute testifies to having a long-running relationship with the man. Inspector Pitt and his spunky wife realize the tutor is being framed and set out to clear him and find the real killer. As always, the characters, especially Charlotte, are well drawn, and the portrait of the smug, insulated society infuriating, but here the identity of the murderer is a bit obvious. Davina Porter does her usual splendid job. Recommended for popular collections.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.