— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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April 26, 2013

Midnight at Marble Arch



Thanks to NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine Books, I had an early chance to read Midnight at Marble Arch, the newest book {just published} in Anne Perry's long series about Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. This one seems darker, as it deals with brutal rape and its consequences, and the characters, as always, are deeply thoughtful and troubled about what is happening and what they can, and can't, do about it. Victor Narraway, Pitt's friend and former boss, is called on to assist an acquaintance whose wife has died after a brutal attack. In turn, Thomas and Charlotte are at a society party (they are moving in higher circles, now that Thomas is Commander of Special Branch) when Charlotte is troubled by a young man's taunting behavior towards the daughter of the Portuguese ambassador and the girl's obvious fear in response to it. Pitt and Narraway are drawn into working together when the two cases are linked, and a man they believe is innocent stands trial for the first crime.

I always enjoy these books - they're consistently well written, and suspenseful. I like her books about William and Hester Monk even a little more, and I was happy to see that there's a new book in that series {Blind Justice} coming out in September.

1 comment:

JoAnn said...

NetGalley really provides an endless source of temptation - there are SO many series just waiting to be explored! I'm impressed that you are able to keep up with so many... this sounds a little dark for me though.

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