The 29th novel in Anne Perry's highly acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Thomas PittGreenwich,1897.
A macabre scene is discovered outside a house on Shooters Hill. There has been a vicious fight, and amid the bloodstains are locks of long auburn hair. Thomas Pitt, head of Special Branch, is called: this is the home of Dudley Kynaston, a minister with access to some of the government's most dangerous secrets, and any inquiry must be handled with utmost discretion.
Although an auburn-haired maid is missing from Kynaston's household, with no evidence there is little Pitt can do. Until a corpse, mutilated beyond recognition, is discovered a few weeks later. As Pitt begins to investigate, he finds small inconsistencies in Kynaston's story. Are these harmless omissions, or could they lead to something more serious, something that could threaten not just Kynaston's own family but also his Queen and country?
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A reasonable plot ruined by a dreadful narrator
The plot was not one of Anne Perry's best but it would have been enjoyable if it had been read by a different narrator. Deirdre Whelan is the worst narrator I have ever come across. Listening to her read is an endurance test, there was so little expression that it became meaningless, she could have been reading the telephone directory. I doubt anyone would enjoy her narration.
Yes, she has written som very enjoyable books but I would avoid anything read by Deirdre Whelan
A robot could have done a better job, her reading lacked expression, her voice is boring and her inability to vary the pace or to observer the punctuation made the reading meaningless. I can't believe that they allowed such a poor preform acne to be used.
They should find a better narrator for the Anne Perry books, almost anyone would be better but I would suggest Carole Boyd