Death in the Devil's Acre

Death in the Devil's Acre

eBook - 2013
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The Devil is certainly at work in the dark streets of the slums of Victorian London-and Charlotte and Thomas Pitt must stop a killer before he strikes again A serial killer is loose in the slums of Devil's Acre. The murders are brutal, but it is the killer's grizzly signature that shocks even Inspector Thomas Pitt, no stranger to death and violent crime. The victims are stabbed and sexually mutilated. When Pitt recognizes one of the victims as a blackmailing footman from a case on Callander Square, his investigation takes him from the brothels to the high reaches of Victorian society and into a world where upper-class women descend to depravity to relieve their boredom. Despite Pitt's warnings, his wife, Charlotte, pursues her own investigation. With the help of her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, Charlotte reenters the elegant drawing rooms of Callander Square to find out more about the former footman who, Pitt discovers, owned an exclusive high-class whorehouse with-what else-exclusive high-class whores. As Pitt and Charlotte approach the same dangerous conclusion from differing paths, no one is spared-not even Pitt.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Open Road Integrated Media,, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781453219119
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, LLC.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 09, 2018

Several murders, in an aptly named slum, very near Westminster Abbey and Parliament, leave a "calling card" mutilation so gruesome that Pitt can't even name it to Charlotte. The first murder hits close to Society, because Pitt thinks he recognizes the victim as a footman in a Upper Class home where murder intruded before. Since he's not certain, he has to get the house's owner to identify the victim. Pitt's right. The man who was once a handsome footman had become the owner of several brothels. Further murders had the same mutilations; Pitt's job is to learn how else they were connected, and why they were killed. Charlotte and Emily get involved, much against the will of their husbands. Not just Victorian class issues are highlighted here, but gender issues too. Well done.

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empbee
Apr 15, 2018

Great writing. The Victorian political issues are skillfully embedded in the murder mystery. Some are valid even today.

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