Loyal, honest and, above all, principled. There is no finer detective in Victorian London than Thomas Pitt.
It is 1896, and Thomas Pitt is in charge of Special Branch. He is beginning to understand the power he now commands, but is still ill at ease at the glittering events he and his wife, Charlotte, must attend. During a lavish party at the Spanish Embassy, a policeman breaks into Pitt's conversation with investor Rawdon Quixwood to break the terrible news that Quixwood's wife, Catherine, has been viciously assaulted at their home, and left for dead. Worse still, it appears that the assailant was someone she had trusted, as she opened the door to the attacker herself.
At the same party, Charlotte sees Angeles Castelbranco, an ambassador's daughter, flinch in fear at the teasing of some young men. A few days later, Angeles flees from the same group and, in her terror, falls from a window - what could have caused her to take that fatal step?
Pitt and his friend Victor Narraway vow to uncover the unspoken truth behind these two women's deaths. But as they investigate, deception and violence get ever nearer and danger is only ever one step away....
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very poor recording
The story is, as always with Anne Perry, excellent, well paced and thought provoking.
Difficult to pinpoint a 'special moment' but perhaps the jury's decision of 'guilty' when one least expected it. Also the enjoyment of 'seeing' Pitt's family growing up.
It may have been the recording rather than the reader, but the story was told at breakneck speed, older listeners (us) had difficulty following the story at times, particularly as we listen to audio books on long drives. There were times when one sentence merged into another with hardly a breath inbetween.
The recording quality was very poor, at times it seemed to have jammed and we heard the same section over about five times before it reverted to normal. It seemed as though the recording speed had been made faster, possibly to fit into a time limit. As people who read for radio listeners, my husband and I found it disconcerting,