The latest for series sleuths Thomas and Charlotte Pitt shines a contemporary light on the role of women and the law in Victorian England.
Review by Mary Alice Gorman
Anne Perry's two Victorian mystery series are each great candidates for binge reading for mystery and history lovers. Also, reading different titles in a series is a terrific way to enliven discussion in any reading group. Death on Blackheath (Ballentine, $27) is the latest Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel that shines a contemporary light on the role of women and of law in Victorian England. A young woman and maid goes missing from the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston. Now head of Special Branch, Pitt in engaged in a baffling case that threatens the very security of Britain. An absorbing ploy, nuanced characters and historical weapons development all combine in a heady brew.