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4.25 stars!The Irish situation, that's how The Pitt called it.The story description will give you enough idea what is this story all about.When both side started their arguments, you couldn't help to believe how passionate and convinced they were in them and as an outsider you do feel despair sometimes about it, like Charlotte's feel.She thought, if this situation keep on like that, there will be no peace for another 50 years.Well Charlotte, the peace came at last, only took longer than you pred...
I love Anne Perry for many reasons. She teaches us effortlessly and her mysteries are also historical novels in a sense. This one is steeped in "The Irish Problem."Her understanding of humans and our frailties and motivations is so deep and subtle. She also understands and portrays love in a way that few can match.Ashworth Hall was another great experience, but I wish that she had provided some map of all the characters and their affiliations and motivations. I know that that is almost an admiss...
This is another excellent book by Anne Perry. It is one of the books in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and takes place in the 1890's at the home of Charlotte's sister, Emily. Emily's husband is a member of Parliament. A meeting between the differing factions in the "Irish Problem" is being held at Emily's home. Two of men involved are murdered. It is Thomas's job, as a police superintendent, to find out who did it and why. Charlotte is also a house guest and gets involved in the investigat...
I obviously love the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books a lot, and the way Anne Perry whips the solution to the mystery at the very end and then is like "okay whatever nothing else that's been going on plot wise matters", but this one could definitely have used another few pages after the mystery's resolution.
Average. My main issue with this installment is that the characters who might have committed the murder are given so little insight that, in the end, I didn't care at all who the perpetrator was.
This was an utterly disappointing outing from the usually reliable Anne Perry. The plot had much potential focusing on the Irish situation of the late 1800’s, a turbulent and tragic time in the United Kingdom’s history. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt find themselves ensconced at Ashworth Hall as Charlotte’s sister Emily and her husband Jack Radley are asked to host a summit bringing the two Irish warring fractions together (Catholics and Protestants) to come to some kind of compromise. Thomas and his...
This was a very wordy story with murders happening but with far too many details: people's feelings and emotions and a big host of suspects. It ended rather quickly with solutions but the whole plot was slow and it just didn't do anything for me. I did learn a bit about the hatred of the Irish for the English in the time when people rode horseback, buggies, rode trains and yet had telephones.
Thomas and Charlotte are guests at Emily and Jack’s country manor where a conference is being held to address the “Irish Problem,” as the refer to Ireland’s quest for home rule and independence from England. The descriptions of the passionate arguments on both sides of the “problem” are well done. My only problem with this book was that there were too many characters, not all of whom were very well developed, many of whom had Irish sounding surnames, but who were not all on the Irish side of the...
Although the story takes place more than a century ago, the tension between Irish Catholics and Protestants continues today. The storyline was interesting but I would have liked more development of the relationship between Pitt and his wife Charlotte.
Another good read by Anne Perry featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.
Another great Perry story, this one concerning the Irish Problem and all the attendant hatred & prejudice. It comes to a head with murder at a peace conference held at Charlotte's sister's home, Ashworth Hall, where Pitt & Charlotte are sent to protect the chairman. It all goes downhill & Pitt has to solve a murder with the help of Charlotte & their maid, Gracie. Well-told, interesting, enjoyable, and satisfying.
Is it really worth 4 stars? Honestly, the writing for me is what makes this series. The mystery was good. I like the characters. It took me longer to get all the new characters straight than I would have liked.I enjoy historical fiction. It gives a glimpse into actual history but in an entertaining way. This book got into the long-running Irish independence conflict which I really don’t know very much about. I did some Wikipedia research into a few things covered. So hey...knowledge!
#17, amazing. I am reading another book at the same time about Ireland in the early 1900's. So the Irish problem was already in.my head reading this book. A particularly complicated plot, and a very confusing ending.Gracie had a big part in this book, as did Tellman. Emily and Jack also had a part, and it was interesting seeing their interactions as well as what life eas.like in a big house like Ashworth Hall. On to the next one.
4 stars again but despite the wordy, convoluted and confusing road to a conclusion—of sorts. But Perry won me over again with her characterizations and her detailed historical settings. Gracie suffers a crisis of conscience that nearly wrecks the investigation and Tellman finally reveals his softer side. And Charlotte gets to be a fly on the wall when Justine reveals her secret to Piers and he has to reimagine their future together.
Probably the last of hers I’ll read. Interesting for look at how servants and aristocracy interacted bit plot was convoluted and non-sensical.
it is a longish while since i have read an Anne Perry novel, in either the Pitt series or the Monk series, and as always i am not dissapppointed. i find her novels very descriptive and informative as to the Victorian era and society and also the historical content- much better than reading a dry school history book. The overall plots are well presented .The one thing i feel is apparent in her books is her clear wish to tell the reader especially about the upper classes at the time, and all its c...
Ashworth Hall is the home of Emily (Charlotte Pitt's sister) and her current husband Jack. They are hosting a very important political conference by which England hopes to solve and bring peace between Ireland's Protestants and Catholics. The house if full of important people along with their butlers, ladies maids, coachman, and the regular staff of Ashworth Hall, so its pretty crowded, but its a very big house. Story wise, this is my favorite in the series. Its tense, there's lots of action, ne...
Anne Perry does not know how to write a denouement. However, her mysteries in this series have usually been clever enough that I just grit my teeth at the ends of them, where she never "finishes" anything, leaving the reader to feel as if there should be another few pages.But Ashworth Hall is absolutely aggravating. The plot goes along very well, and two criminal characters are obvious long before the end. One of the criminals is set to be brought to justice at the end of the book, but Pitt choo...
This book wasn’t my favorite Anne Perry--I got quite bogged down 2/3 of the way through and skimmed through to the end. I was already familiar with the political situation in this novel (the so-called “Irish Problem”), but even so, the storyline just didn’t seem to resonate with me. I never listen to audiobooks, but I sometimes wonder if that would be better with Anne Perry’s novels. She typically has lower-class characters of the Victorian era speak as they would have spoken at the time, but I
I always learn something about the social life of the late 1800's when I read one of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries. In this novel, the focus Is on the fight for Irish independence between the Irish Catholics and Protestants--a conflict that continues to today. In this novel three men who are killed are thought to have been targeted by a radical Irish group. While this wasn't the most suspenseful book in the series, there were some things I did like about it, one of them being
Diverting enough for right now. But too many instances of the author giving 'historical lessons' on deportment, status, class and social structure, women's behavior... the who-done-it is resolved too quickly in the end- from no clues or hints whatsoever, to sudden knowledge. The characters last names are too similar, and the author inconsistantly goes back and forth between referring to characters by their first or last name. I felt like I needed a chart to keep the characters and their politica...
May have been my favorite book since the first one. "When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting’s moderator, government bigwig Ainsley Greville, is found murdered in his bath, negotiations seem doomed. Unless Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, can root out the truth, simmering hatreds and passions may again explode in murder."
When Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at Pitt's sister in laws house he is sent to protect the chairman of the group. When that man is murdered Pitt and Tellman must discover who the murderer is. This was an intriguing and interesting book in the series. Editing was well done and the characters were interesting. The murderer was a total surprise to me so loved the ending. Highly recommend this book and the series.
I thoroughly enjoy Anne Perry's writing. Each novel appears to be set in its own historical time frame with an accuracy and knowledge base of the human condition accurately portrayed. This one dives into conflicts related to struggles between the Irish and English. It is a complex story with multiple characters but well worth the read.
I never fail to enjoy a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery. While it did get a bit confusing keeping the characters' political sides straight, I really enjoyed the murder and the mystery. I also like how some of the minor characters alongside the Pitts grew in this book. I'm really hoping we'll see more of Tellman and Gracie in the next books.
This one had all the features that I like in Perry's work. Besides the gender, marital status, and class differences, she use the Irish 'troubles' as a framework. As a mystery, this one was not as good as some of the others. I guessed very early on who the culprit was. I'm not good at that and, I don't try to do it. This one was too obvious. Regardless, I enjoyed it.
More interested in the background of Irish-English relations as a result of reading this book. But with a myriad of political characters and their wives/lovers and/or relations, plus the complicated and intricate nuances of their political alliances this novel is less instructive and often confusing to follow. The abrupt ending is thus more difficult to understand and disappointing.
Took me awhile to sort out all the characters, but this story of a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gathered at country house to discuss Irish home rule was most satisfying. I especially enjoyed seeing a more human side to Tellman.
A country weekend, with a conference between rival factions in Ireland as the main event. Barely a day passes before it is clear that no, the guests can't behave themselves. The next day brings a murder - but was it personal, or political? Excellent story and mystery.
Very good read. One of the better ones in the series. The ending dragged on just a tad and the conclusion could have been better explained. Overall it was engaging which is what you would expect from a good read.