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The Whitechapel Conspiracyby Anne Perry
Synopses & Reviews
In 1892, Queen Victoria clings to her widow's weeds and seclusion while her bored heir, the Prince of Wales, outrages everyone with his mistresses and profligate spending. The grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes by a killer known as Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma.
And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Pitt's testimony causes distinguished soldier John Adinett to be sentenced to hang for the inexplicable murder of his friend, Martin Fetters.
Instead of being praised for his superb deduction, Pitt is removed from his command of the Bow Street Station by pressure from Adinett's powerful friends of the Inner Circle and transferred to the clandestine Special Branch in the dangerous East End. There he is to investigate alleged anarchist plots, working undercover and far from his family, in Whitechapel, one of the worst slums. Among his few allies are clever Charlotte and intrepid Gracie, the servant who can travel unremarked in Whitechapel.
But none of them anticipate the horrors to be revealed.
"Anne Perry, queen of the historical mystery, has outdone herself with The Whitechapel Conspiracy. The suspense and tension mount as the Pitts fight to save themselves and English life as they know it. As always, the characters are unforgettable and the plotting superb in this thrilling read." Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times
"An Anne Perry novel is a delight to read as much for its Victorian-era details as for the mystery it unfolds." Chicago Tribune
"Every now and again in one of her Victorian mysteries, Anne Perry will make some oblique reference to the Jack the Ripper killings of 1888. But only now, in The Whitechapel Conspiracy, does she offer her own interpretation of that still-unsolved mystery, and it's a beauty, brilliantly presented, ingeniously developed and packed with political implications that reverberate on every level of British society." Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
THE WHITECHAPEL CONSPIRACY is “a beauty, brilliantly presented, ingeniously developed and packed with political implications that reverberate on every level of British society.”
-The New York Times Book Review
In 1892, the grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes by a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma. And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Superintendent Thomas Pitts testimony causes distinguished soldier John Adinett to be sentenced to hang for the inexplicable murder of a friend. Instead of being praised for his key testimony, Pitt is removed from his station command and transferred to Whitechapel, one of the East Ends most dangerous slums. There he must work undercover investigating alleged anarchist plots. Among his few allies are his clever wife, Charlotte, and intrepid Gracie, the maid who can travel unremarked in Whitechapel. But none of them anticipate the horrors to be revealed. . . .
“ONE OF HER BEST MYSTERIES EVER . . . You cant put this book down. . . . Each scene, each encounter takes on a many-layered resonance.”
-The Providence Sunday Journal
“A POWERHOUSE OF A HISTORY-MYSTERY . . . Reading Perry is a bit like reading Thackeray edited by Elmore Leonard.”
-Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Anne Perry is the Edgar Award winning author of twenty other novels featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. She also writes the popular novels featuring Victorian private investigator William Monk. She lives in the highlands of Scotland.
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