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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By Frances on 07-05-14
very poor recording
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The story is, as always with Anne Perry, excellent, well paced and thought provoking.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight at Marble Arch?
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.
What didn’t you like about Deirdra Whelan’s performance?
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.
Any additional comments?
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,
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By George on 10-05-17
This narrator needs to learn how to pronounce thwords ending in ing , especially the word something , it does not end with a K , also , it was read far too quickly with very little care for any punctuation it was read as if it were a list needing to be finished in the least possible time .
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By Penelope on 12-04-17
Anne needs a different narrator!
Would you listen to Midnight at Marble Arch again? Why?
Probably not. I find Deirdra Whelan's narration monotonous and annoying. Each character has the same intonation and all sentences finish on a raised note - or maybe that is just my irritation and I am not being fair. I find her difficult to listen to and have given up and resorted to reading the ebook instead. Bring back Davina Porter!