Dorchester Terrace

Dorchester Terrace

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Anne Perry's acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London's exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for listeners everywhere. This masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain's power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siecle Austro-Hungarian Empire. Thomas Pitt, once a lowly policeman, is now the powerful head of Britain's Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. He, too, feels painful moments of self-doubt, especially as rumors reach him of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line -- on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel to visit his royal English kin. Why would anyone destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal, or are the rumors designed to distract Pitt from an even more devastating plot? He must resolve this riddle at once, before the damage is done. Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman -- at the end of a romantic career as a revolutionary spy -- is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets that can kill. And a beautiful young Croatian woman, married to a British power broker, hoards her own mysteries. Apparently all roads lead to the Continent, and Pitt suspects that between them these two fascinating women could tell him things he desperately needs to know. But as the hours tick by, it seems that the only woman Pitt can count on is his clever wife, Charlotte. No one sustains mesmerizing suspense better than Anne Perry. In Pitt's trial by fire, his wrenching moral dilemma, and his electrifying moment of decision, the beloved bestselling author gives us a climax never to be forgotten.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781423372424
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr., 17 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Page, Michael (Michael J.)


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May 21, 2017

A very well told story of Thomas Pitt's first major challenge in his new position as head of Special Branch, a major government department . It is wonderfully suspenseful, morally complex, and riveting.
Pitt's efforts to protect the welfare of the nation when he uncovers a possible assassination plan for a visiting Austrian nobleman are hampered by the arrogance and condescension of his fellow department heads who are of a significantly higher social status.
Two key female characters are strong and have lived fascinating lives. One is dying and suffering from dementia. She is haunted by fear that in her less lucid moments she will reveal secrets from 40 years earlier that will cause great difficulties for some of the leading English families, possibly her own murder, and can affect others she loves.
The story is richly detailed and complex, and the characters are well drawn. Ann Perry at her best.
It is beautifully read by Michael Page, a wonderful voice actor.

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