Midnight at Marble Arch
A new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery from Anne Perry is always cause for rejoicing among her fans, and this one not only doesn’t disappoint, as the saying goes—it absolutely crackles with suspense as it unfolds the dilemmas Perry is known for placing before her characters: moral, ethical, legal and personal. The very interesting Victor Narraway, Pitt’s former boss and mentor, comes back in a new role, and we see much more of the inimitable Aunt Vespasia this time around, as they join Charlotte and Thomas in struggling with a series of sexual assaults on society women, young and older. Savagery and rage are often elements of Perry’s novels as she probes the nightmarish, the hidden sins and motives underlying the so very proper and correct Victorian society, and these passions abound in this story. There’s also a lighter side, thankfully, with a growing awareness of loneliness followed by love’s sweet surprise—but I won’t say who’s involved. Long-time fans of Charlotte and Thomas will warm to their expanding role as anxious parents, and it makes one think that Perry has matter for many books to come about this family. Let’s hope so! Highly recommended.