Seven Dials (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 23)
A gripping journey into the dark underbelly of Victorian society
By Anne Perry
Thomas Pitt once again faces the dangerous Inner Circle in Seven Dials, the twenty-third crime novel in Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt mystery series.
The closer he travels towards the truth, the higher the stakes become...
Seven Dials is the twenty-third instalment of Anne Perry's mystery series featuring the intrepid Thomas Pitt, as he delves deeper into the corruption of Victorian society. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.
'Offering an interesting slant on the grandeur of Britain's Empire, this novel will please fans of the series, especially those who enjoy the teamwork of Mr and Mrs Pitt' - Scottish Sunday Herald
Early one morning, Thomas Pitt is summoned to the offices of Victor Narraway, head of the Secret Service in Queen Victoria's vast empire. An ex-army officer and promising young diplomat has been shot at Eden Lodge, home of the Egyptian mistress of a senior cabinet minister, Saville Ryerson, and the prime suspect is the woman herself. When Pitt visits the scene of the murder, however, he finds that some things don't add up. Why did the Egyptian woman have a gun, and if she needed protection, from whom? Is her lover lying to protect her, or himself? When the Egyptian Ambassador puts in a call to Prime Minister Gladstone, it seems that a major diplomatic row is brewing.
Meanwhile Charlotte Pitt is more concerned about her husband's safety. Thomas is convinced that Narraway knows more about this case than he claims, and Charlotte fears that he could be involved with the Inner Circle, the secret organisation that destroyed Pitt's career in the Metropolitan Police and very nearly cost him his life. Can Pitt tread the tense diplomatic tightrope between protecting justice, the security of his country, and the safety of his family?
What readers are saying about Anne Perry:
'The atmosphere of turn of the century London is so absorbing and tangible that you can almost feel yourself shrouded in a cold blanket of East End fog and hear the Hansom carriages clatter along the streets'
'[Anne Perry's] books are always gripping and beautifully written'
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25 Nov 2010
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Offering an interesting slant on the grandeur of Britain's Empire, this novel will please fans of the series, especially those who enjoy the teamwork of Mr and Mrs Pitt — Scottish Sunday Herald
Miss Perry's leading protagonists are as finely and deeply drawn as any in her field and her feel for the Victorian era is unrivalled in her generation — Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Intricately plotted and painstakingly researched... Anne Perry brings alive the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian England in convincing detail — Western Daily Press
From the Victorian murder capital of smog-hit London to the exotic land of the Pharaohs, this thrilling whodunnit is a must for all devotees of the classic murder mystery — Western Mail
Her Victorian England pulsates with life and is peopled with wonderfully memorable characters — Faye Kellerman
When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better — San Diego Union-Tribune
Perry has a wonderful feel for period and remains utterly convincing — Guardian
When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company — New York Times
With a steady hand at dissecting character and motivation, a keen grasp of social history and a flair for description of Victorian London, Perry guarantees a good read to those who like their murder in a believable historical and psychological context — Publishers Weekly
[Anne] Perry's strengths: memorable characters and an ability to evoke the Victorian era with the finely wrought detail of a miniaturist — The Wall Street Journal