“[A] magic kingdom of Victorian murder and intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review
Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted beyond his abilities. His own self-doubt is fueled by rumors of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail line, on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to travel. But why destroy an entire train to kill one obscure Austrian royal? Are the rumors designed to distract police from an even more devastating plot? Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman is terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge secrets from her career as a revolutionary spy. And behind the doors of a stately manor, a beautiful young Croatian woman hoards mysteries of her own. Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, need these two fascinating women to tell them things they desperately need to know—before death and terror ignite an international catastrophe.
Includes a preview of Anne Perry’s next Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel, Midnight at Marble Arch.
“The always clever Anne Perry infuses Dorchester Terrace with the right amount of intrigue and complex relationships that have made this prolific series one of the finest in modern mystery fiction.”—Bookreporter
“A classic . . . [a] novel of intrigue, romance and treason . . . replete with well-drawn characters.”—Huntington News
Scotland Yard's Thomas Pitt worries about his fitness as head of Special Branch, a post he officially assumes in early 1896, in bestseller Perry's suspenseful 27th novel featuring Pitt and his wife, Charlotte (after 2011's Treason at Lisson Grove). When Pitt gets reports from his staff that someone has been asking questions about railway signals and points, he's concerned that the inquiries might be a prelude to an assassination attempt during a train journey, though the target is at first unclear. Unfortunately, getting others in the British government to share his worries proves an uphill slog. And even with additional resources, figuring out the who, the what, and the when to prevent a crime that could have international repercussions isn't easy. Perry convincingly demonstrates that this long-running series hasn't run out of steam, and breathes new life into it by giving her capable lead new responsibilities and new challenges.
Very good story with a complicated but enjoyable plot!
Excellent book- never disappointed with the Pitt series!