The Angel Court Affair

The Angel Court Affair

A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

Book - 2015
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In New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, the glorious era when Britain reigned supreme has found its most brilliant modern interpreter. Perry's gripping new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel invites us back to Victorian London, where greed and ambition never sleep, and passion sometimes runs riot.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, most of Europe is in political turmoil, and terrorist threats loom large across the continent. Adding to this unrest is the controversial Sofia Delacruz, who has come to London from Spain to preach a revolutionary gospel of love and forgiveness that many consider blasphemous. Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, is charged with protecting Sofia--and shielding Her Majesty's government from any embarrassment that this woman, as beautiful as she is charismatic, might cause.

When Sofia suddenly vanishes and two of her female disciples are gruesomely murdered, Pitt is challenged as never before. Is Sofia's cousin, wealthy banker Barton Hall, somehow involved? And why has handsome cricket star Dalton Teague insinuated himself into Pitt's investigation? Fearful that this sensational crime may trigger an international incident, Pitt welcomes the help of three allies: his clever wife, Charlotte; her great-aunt, Lady Vespasia; and Victor Narraway, Pitt's friend and former commander at Special Branch. From the narrow streets of Toledo and a lonely monastery high in the hills of Spain, to the halls and wharves of London, Pitt and his friends race against time in their desperate bid to catch a murderer.

Anne Perry is the acknowledged mistress of Victorian intrigue. No one else can match her period flavor, her all-too-human characters, or her haunting truths, which speak so clearly to our own time. The Angel Court Affair may be the best of all the beloved Thomas Pitt novels.

Praise for Anne Perry's most recent Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels
 
Death on Blackheath

"Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together." -- Historical Novels Review

"A complex and rewarding plot and outstanding characterization . . . a book that fans of Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo trilogy will find interesting." --Huntington News

Midnight at Marble Arch

"Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Perry is a master at illuminating the wrongs of the Victorian age." -- Booklist (starred review)

Dorchester Terrace

"The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction." -- Bookreporter

Treason at Lisson Grove

"Perry has always done her historical homework on the darker elements of the British ruling class, and she has outdone herself this time." --The Washington Times
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9780553391350
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 25 cm.

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readerpat
Jul 06, 2016

This was a complicated story but I enjoyed it. About murder, politics, and a religious cult. Very exciting ending and you don't find out " who done it" until the last few pages.

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Wandareads
Jun 04, 2016

I'm a long time Perry fan, but this story wasn't worth reading. Between the politics and religion, there was "no there, there".

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dougslater
Jan 02, 2016

I did not like this story. The Pitt mystery series is usually a solid fun read but this fell way short. The story was just not very good nor were the characters who provided the mystery.

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Christina1907
Oct 18, 2015

I agree with the others who have offered their reviews. I won't be giving up on Anne Perry, as I have read all of her books published so far. However, this is the first one where I just didn't care what happened - I could find nothing of real interest in the story, but did read to the end, just in case. I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.

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blanclila
Sep 22, 2015

I've also read every book in the Pitt (and Monk) series and have loved all of them except this one. The political stuff is boring and the beloved characters of Charlotte, Pitt himself, and Vespasia fall flat. A very disappointing book that was drudgery to read. I plowed through hoping it would get better, but it did not.

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macrw3
Jul 08, 2015

I was partway into the novel, and I couldn't bring myself to continue. I'm tired of all the political angst. Can we get back to some top-rate mysteries, please?

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marieluce
Jul 08, 2015

I agree with all the previous comments. This is substandard Anne Perry. Unconvincing, weak and, frankly, quite boring. Getting Pitt back into real detective work would be an option to revive the series. Poor Charlotte is now becoming seriously sidelined, which is a great pity since her own tribulations made the books all the more thrilling. Had this book been submitted to a publisher or an agent as an author's first, it would never have been considered for publishing.

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ladybugg
May 15, 2015

I agree with ktkat1949's comment. Pitt's cases have been getting too political. There is no excitement to the hunt and chase. This fails as an adult book

ktkat1949 May 07, 2015

Totally boring. I have read every single one of Anne Perry's books. I loved the Pitt series until he ended up at Special Branch and since then the books have just got worse. No more deep characterizations or complex plots or reasons. Just international intrigue and spies. This is the last one of this series I will be reading.

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Tentacle
Jan 14, 2015

Weak plot that stretches credibility. Perry is sure obsessed with her characters showing all their emotions in their eyes. They could all be psychologists. Time to retire Commander Pitt.

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