Monday, March 24, 2008

New Anne Perry Book

Tomorrow I will be heading to the bookstore to get Anne Perry's latest installment in her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Anne Perry [Anne Perry-Wikipedia] writes mystery novels set in Victorian England—a favorite time period for me. There are two series of books—The Monk Series and The Pitt Series. I love the way that Ms. Perry can take me back into the Victorian era and I can picture the sights and sounds of the times. While the imagery is no less vivid in the Monk series, I have to admit the Pitt series books are my favorite. Ms. Perry has also written a series of World War I books, but I have not been able to immerse myself in the characters or times.

Buckingham Palace Gardensis the latest addition to the Pitt series. I have followed the series from the first book, when Charlotte first meets Thomas Pitt. The books depict all levels of Victorian Society, from the poor living on the street to the highest in the land. In this book The Prince of Wales becomes involved in the mystery (or so the reports say.)

Since the series starts with Charlotte as a young upper-class daughter, you can see many practices of the times and the running of a Victorian era household to her growth into a woman who is allowed to grow and eventually even gets involved in her husband's cases. Her background and the fact that she is a woman allows her access that is denied her husband.

There are many nights that I stayed up half the night since I just had to find out what happens next. So, I do believe I will be up a bit late tomorrow night.

If you intend to indulge in a little murder and mayhem, I would suggest starting out with the early books in the series. This will prevent learning life-altering changes revealed in later books.

Learn more about Ms. Perry's books and each series.

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