Murder on the Serpentine
|June 22, 2018||Posted by admin under Fiction, History, Murder, Mystery|
Written by Anne Perry
Published by Ballantine Books
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: March 2017
Reviewed posted on: June 22, 2018
In 1899, Thomas Pitt (Commander of the Special Branch) is summoned by the Queen of England to investigate the death of her friend and confidante. Presumed an unfortunate accident, Pitt is required to dig quite a bit before he discovers all is not as it seems. With the unsolicited help of his wife Charlotte, he forges on a quest to solve the murder and protect the throne from unforeseen threats and corruption.
Every encounter has you wondering. And several characters are a little suspicious. Perry does a good job portraying the relationships between these characters and revealing the animosities that exist — all the while keeping the context within the Victorian time period. It was enjoyable travelling the roads with Pitt as he carried out his mission to track down the real murderer. And it was pure delight to join Charlotte and her sister as they pursued their own behind-the-scenes work to help Pitt (though he wasn’t always aware of it) — their methods of uncovering details was just as interesting as Commander Pitt’s work in the trenches. I only wish there was more of this dynamic duo in the story.
I guessed the murderer early in the book and was a little surprised to find I was right as there was a fair bit of suspense unfolding that created some uncertainty. But the real surprise for me was the unforeseen death of one of the supporting characters — an unfortunate event that proved to be the catalyst to helping Pitt piece everything together.
This book is a part of the Inspector Pitt series. While I did not read any of the earlier books, I didn’t have any real problems following along. I enjoyed the plot and found myself re-reading some of the pages in an attempt to delay the ending. I think most people who like a good murder mystery will want to spend a night or two with Perry’s Murder on the Serpentine.
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