and Thomas Pitt
April 3,2012 / 0345510623
History Mystery / Professor / Investigator / England-1896
by L J Robert
First Sentence: It was mid-February and growing
Just as the series has continued, so have the lives of the characters.
That is only one reason those of us who love this series are loyal
to it; these are characters in whom we have become invested.
After the events of the previous book, "Treason at Lisson
Grove", we find Thomas Pitt now as head of Special Branch.
Unfortunately, neither Pitt nor others are certain he's capable
of handling his new role. Ms. Perry wonderfully helps us understand
the complexity, both socially and with regard to experience, of
the new position Pitt now holds. Victor Narrraway has been moved
out of Special Branch into the House of Lords yet misses his old
role. Great-Aunt Vespasa, one of my favorite characters, providing
insight and wisdom, is Ms. Perry's vehicle for ruminations on the
mental and physical pain of being elderly. Charlotte, Thomas' wife,
is ever loyal and supportive. Stoker, a fairly new character and
Pitt's second, is someone about whom we know little except for a
delightful revelation toward the book's end.
Ms. Perry's attention to period detail is astonishing. Additionally,
the book is an amazing history lesson on Austro-Hungary and the
tensions which led up to WWI. Make no mistake; however, this is
not your old, dry, boring history course. Far from it. It is fascinating
and well incorporated into the plot.
"Dorchester Terrace" contains good tension and suspense
with a very good twist which catches both the reader, and the protagonist,
unawares. Well done, Ms. Perry.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Palace Gardens #25
at Lisson Grove #26
Dorchester Terrace #27 [review
on Blackheath #29