In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price. The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation. Yet even with the help of his ingenious wife, Charlotte, and his former superior, Victor Narraway, Pitt is stumped. Why did high-minded, cultured Catherine choose not to accompany her husband to a grand party on the night of her demise? Why did she dismiss all her servants for the evening and leave the front door unlocked? What had been her relationship with the young man seen frequently by her side at concerts and art exhibits? And what can be done to avenge another terrible crime: the assault on Angeles Castelbranco, beloved teenage daughter of the Portuguese .
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by Anne Perry
"Anne Perry returns listeners to the lives of Londoners Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. After the 16-year-old daughter of the Portuguese ambassador leaps to her death, the Pitts grieve for her, particularly when they think of something like that happening to their own teenaged daughter. Narrator Davina Porter is sublime as she creates multiple accents for characters of varied classes and ages. In addition to feisty Charlotte and serious Thomas, Porter excels with the all-knowing Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould and her possible romance with Victor Narraway. When Charlotte and Vespasia discover that rape is behind the suicides of several young women, they compel the police to delve into a crime that was,more often than not ignored in the Victorian era. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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