Police superintendant Thomas Pitt provided the missing elements for the trial of John Addinett for the murder of his best friend. Unfortunately, after the trial, the very powerful organization "Inner Circle", to which John Addinett belonged, decieds to punish Pitt, and send him to stop anarchists in the East End, far from his family. Deciding to get him out of there, his wife Charlotte and the maid Gracie try to find out why Addinett killed his friend, which was the only missing evidence in the trial, and would eventually clear Pitt's name.
This report prepared by Juliette Hauville
Exciting continuation of a series following the cases of Thomas Pitt a supervisor of police, his wife charlotte and their associates. Manages to make victorian england come alive with unexpected details of everyday life combined with historical events familiar almost anyone. Continues personal themes explored in previous works, excellent choice of reading material
This report prepared by Kathie Dozier
Ballantine, Jan 2001, 25.00, 352 pp.
Superintendent Thomas Pitt of the Bow Street police station testifies against John Adinet, under trial for allegedly murdering antiquarian Martin Fetters. Martin and John were best friends who believed in social reform.
Though no motive surfaces, circumstantial evidence and Pitt's compelling testimony swings the jury to deliver a guilty verdict. John's appeal fails leaving his execution in three weeks.
Meanwhile, the verdict leaves Thomas with some powerful foes since John was a member of the "Inner Circle", a group of influential men protecting each other's interests. They know that cannot save John, but they need to release their anger while also gaining revenge for one of their members.
They go after Pitt starting with obtaining a transfer for him to the East End slum looking for anarchists. This forces John to separate from his wife and children, but his spouse, peers, and friends refuse to sit back while an injustice occurs.
Anne Perry, known for her enthralling Victorian historical mysteries, provides her audience with an unusual take on the Ripper murders. The various subplots, each one starring a different main character, adds up to a
fascinating and plausible story line. THE WHITECHAPPEL CONSPIRACY highlights the squalor of the lower classes while only a few miles away the heir apparent is hosting a party that could feed the masses for a week. Ms. Perry's fans will receive plenty of pleasure from her latest novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner