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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Death on Blackheath and Midnight at Marble Arch, and the William Monk novels, including Blood on the Water and Blind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recently A New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland.
Perry's Victorian mysteries are equally enthralling for their sophisticated plots, substantial characters, attention to the details of daily life, and criticism of the hypocrisies of the upper classes. While Resurrection Row, an earlier Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, looked at the indifference to poverty, Bluegate Fields focuses on the problem of prostitution, specifically the abuse of young boys by so-called gentlemen. When a 16-year-old from a prominent family is murdered, his stiff, humorless tutor is blamed, and a teenaged male prostitute testifies to having a long-running relationship with the man. Inspector Pitt and his spunky wife realize the tutor is being framed and set out to clear him and find the real killer. As always, the characters, especially Charlotte, are well drawn, and the portrait of the smug, insulated society infuriating, but here the identity of the murderer is a bit obvious. Davina Porter does her usual splendid job. Recommended for popular collections.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"The period detail remains fascinating, and [Perry's] grasp of Victorian character and conscience still astonishes."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "Perry is a forceful plotter and a consistently polished writer."--Seattle Weekly "Perry is [a] master of crime fiction."--Baltimore Sun "When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better."--San Diego Union-Tribune "Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution