Bethlehem Road by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

He may be stylish, yet there is no mistaking it--the gentleman tied to the lamppost on Westminster Bridge is easily useless. sooner than Inspector Thomas Pitt may speculate on why somebody may want to kill the eminent M.P., Sir Lockwood, a colleague of his, meets an analogous destiny on the related spot. the general public is outraged, and shrewdpermanent Charlotte Pitt, Thomas's well-born spouse, is helping her hard-pressed husband via scouting society's drawing rooms for clues to those appalling crimes. in the meantime, one other sufferer is being stalked...."Mrs. Perry once more demonstrates her precise and energetic passion....Her finely drawn characters could not be more well-off in the customs and sensibility in their old period."THE ny instances publication evaluation

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He swung round. "Jasper, for heaven's sake, don't stand there! Come in. " "I don't want anything, thank you," Lady Hamilton replied, hunching her shoulders a little and turning away from him. "Lockwood is dead-nothing any of us do will alter that. And thank you, Garnet, but I won't go away yet. " Garnet Royce turned finally to Pitt. ' 'I assume you are from the police? I am Sir Garnet Royce, 12 Lady Hamilton's brother. " ' 'No sir,'' Pitt said levelly. " Garnet regarded him with cold, clear eyes.

Thank you, Barclay. I am sure you must be cold. " "Of course. I-I-" he stammered. She waited, but Barclay found nothing further to say. In silence she passed him and with Jasper at her elbow walked out into the hall. They heard her footsteps on the stairs and dying away across the landing. Garnet turned to Pitt. "Thank you, Inspector, for your . . civility," he said, choosing the word carefully. "Now I assume you have inquiries to make; we will not detain you. " Pitt remained where he was. "Yes sir, 1 do have inquiries to make, and the sooner they are begun the better my chances of success.

He presented his card, an extravagance he had indulged in a while ago and indeed found useful. " 'Inspector Thomas Pitt, Bow Street,' " the clerk read with patent surprise. Policemen did not carry calling cards, any more than did the ratcatcher or the drain man. Standards had declined appallingly lately! What was the world coming to? "I would like to speak with Mr. Charles Verdun, if I may," Pitt continued. " The clerk was considerably sobered-and a little elated, in spite of himself. There was a certain grisly glamor in being connected with a famous murder.

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