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When Charlotte Pitt, well-born wife of Thomas Pitt, the police investigator, learned of her mother's distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she did not know it was the beginning of several bizarre events that would end in sudden death. For hidden behind the sumptuous elegance of Ruthland Place were terrible secrets. Secrets so horrifying that only murderWhen Charlotte Pitt, well-born wife of Thomas Pitt, the police investigator, learned of her mother's distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she did not know it was the beginning of several bizarre events that would end in sudden death. For hidden behind the sumptuous elegance of Ruthland Place were terrible secrets. Secrets so horrifying that only murder could conceal them. And only the dogged persistence of Charlotte and Thomas could reveal them.......

Title : Rutland Place
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ISBN : 9780449212851
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Number of Pages : 217 Pages
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Rutland Place Reviews

  • Darla
    2019-02-06 10:40

    (Genre:Mystery) I am always torn when I read Anne Perry. She writes a great mystery with distinct characters and wonderful attention to detail for the Victorian English culture. But I usually can only read a book or two of hers before I need a break. Her writing usually explores some hidden and dark elements that we usually don't associate with the time period (probably due to the social constraints at the time, not because they didn't exist). I've asked myself while reading her books if murder must always have some dark and unsavory element behind it and I decided that it isn't unlikely, seeing that it IS murder we are discussing after all, which is a very dark subject.This novel is the 5th in Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. Charlotte is summoned by her mother (Caroline) to her parent's home in Rutland Place to address a private and potentially embarrassing situation that her mother finds herself in. She had a locket stolen with a picture inside of a secret crush/love. While Charlotte strives to help not only to find the locket but to protect her mother from herself, a murder is committed and Inspector Pitt (Charlotte's husband) is called to investigate. Eventually Charlotte's sister Emily also becomes involved as they become embroiled in the investigation. I didn't care for the resolution to the murder revealed at the very end and the dark reason behind it, but the ride to get there had some entertaining moments and it kept me fully engaged.Here is my favorite "thought provoking" quote from the book. Charlotte is confronting her mother about her mother's infatuation and making the case that she doesn't really know the man and he doesn't really care about her either. He has no idea how seriously Caroline is taking their flirtation because Caroline is feeling a little lonely and overlooked at home by her husband. Charlotte tells her mother that she is just pinning her romantic ideals on this other gentleman without truly knowing him. "We haven't the right to dress anyone else in our dreams and expect them to wear them for us! That isn't love! It's infatuation, and it's childish--and dangerous! Just think how unbearably lonely it must be! Would you like to live with someone who didn't even look at or listen to you, but only used you as a figure of fantasy? Someone to pretend about, someone to make responsible for all your emotions so that they are to blame if you are happy or unhappy? You have no right to do that to anyone else." I thought it was a great argument. Especially since we live in a culture where we often mistakenly label infatuation and passion as "love", which is much deeper and less selfish in nature.

  • Roger Taylor
    2019-01-18 09:31

    Having read a number of Pitt mysteries, I can honestly say this was not my favourite. Too much of the time was devoted to women at tea and idle chatter in drawing rooms. Life must have been incredibly dull for well to do ladies in the 19th Century. I much prefer those stories involving Thomas Pitt out in the streets trying to solve some grisly murder!!

  • Linda
    2019-01-21 13:32

    As much as I love Anne Perry I really didn't care much for this story. Can't really say why though.Charlotte's mother, Carolyn, has a missing necklace with a photo she does not wish anyone to see. The photo is of someone other than her husband and she is afraid the person who has it will try to blackmail her with it. Whil shee has done nothing wrong (this is just an infatuation) she knows everyone will think the worst of her.While Charlotte, her husband, sister and mother look for the necklace a young woman is murdered though the extablishment wants to call it suicide. As they dig deeper they find that this woman holds many secrets most of which she uses to embarass or blackmail others. The trick is to find out who wanted her dead before their secret could be revealed.

  • C.
    2019-02-13 10:45

    There are numerous reasons to enjoy books. I applaud the reception of “Rutland Place”, 1983 and scowl at three-star feedback or less; protesting “This isn't a typical mystery”. How nice to see most appreciating that a swerve from the usual is a talent and a treat. Think of the opposite. Wouldn't we groan if Anne Perry only churned out cases, without acquaintance of chief characters, personal scenes, and heart? I constantly say this: the most creative mysterious of all are not crimes! This one eventually involves them but the better part follows puzzles: missing items and the cause of a neighbour's death. Caroline & Edward Ellison now reside in Rutland Place.Caroline consults Charlotte about retrieving her private locket with discretion. She acknowledges the skill with which Charlotte assisted Thomas's police work. When she feels concerned about a direction their Mother is taking, Charlotte summons Emily. A haughty girl I disliked in the first novel, who became fun after marrying and no longer glorifying the status she reached: we are thrilled whenever Emily appears and never disappointed. I love the long period in which letters were commonplace. England's mail is clearly faster than Canada's. It is hilarious when, upon Charlotte's note, Emily races to her house by carriage and exclaims: “What?!” Her first thought is concern for family and secondarily, revelling in her own sleuthing skills. Thomas belatedly becomes connected officially.It appears Anne burst with plotlines. No one could formulate the outcome, which takes numerous tacks while several scandals are unrelated. Lack of clarity in characters' ages is a hindrance. Anne gave no cues to discern among uniform language and behaviour. Knowing that some characters were young would behove the denouements. I had yearned to see Charlotte with her parents since she married and enjoyed the familial interaction greatly.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-02-05 10:25

    Fifth in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in late Victorian London and revolving around Detective Inspector Pitt and his busybody of a wife.My TakeThis particular story provides an in-depth look at how the mere accident of losing a trinket can have a profound effect on everyone in one's circle. Followed with that step up to true scandal whether it's murder or stepping out on one's spouse.For all the desperation Caroline feels about recovering her locket, I don't see why she doesn't come right out and explain what she fears. Instead she just keeps dancing and dancing about. And considering how reluctant she is to explain, you'd think she'd realize what she was doing was wrong. Grandmama could do with a few smacks, oy, whine, bitch, complain, moan, and groan. "Nothing's been the same since Prince Albert died in '61. He was a man with standards! No wonder the poor Queen is in perpetual mourning—"Ambrosine is too funny. She prefers to hire cooks with a nice hand with cakes and pastries. The current cook can't cook soup's just what her husband loves. Oh well.It is a nice peek into "current events" as all this taking tea requires chit-chat about the latest books, Society news, dancehall songs, and the interactions between men and women. Thank you for today's attitudes! The telephone is just coming into use---not at the station of course.I am curious as to why Mr. Charrington was so anxious for Pitt to believe that Mina Spencer-Brown was unhappy, neurotic, and unstable. The only neighbor while all the rest thought just the opposite. The sisters' exchanges with Alaric are really very vague.The segue into discovering just where and how Ottilie Charrington died was certainly fun! And very unexpected.The StoryThe potential for disaster is horrendous and Caroline Ellison finally writes Charlotte for help. After all, Charlotte has worked on cases for her husband, this is no different except they will avoid the scandal of a policeman on the doorstep.Obviously one mustn't mention what one has lost, so Caroline and Charlotte make the rounds of the neighbors calling on them and dropping hints, looking for any sign of guilt or information. Giving us an inside look at the relationships between each of Mrs. Ellison's neighbors. Quite a useful start when one of them is murdered. Quite dismaying as Charlotte realizes how far much her mother has fallen emotionally. At which point, she engages Emily's aid. Good heavens, if her father should find out! A divorce! It would reverberate onto everyone in the family...!And Mrs. Spencer-Brown's murder is not the only tragedy to strike in Rutland Place. A tragic carriage accident has laid out Tormod Lagarde and his sister is just beside herself. Naturally the hideous Amaryllis doesn't hold back. The CharactersCharlotte has married down---to a policeman of all things! Thomas Pitt has the manners and speech of Charlotte's class, but certainly not the appearance. Dudley Athelstan is Pitt's superior and most anxious that this death be a suicide.Gracie is the maid the Pitts have hired to help with 18-month-old Jemima with plans for her to help when the coming babe is born. Caroline and Edward Ellison are Charlotte's parents. Emily, Lady Ashworth, is her younger sister. Grandmama Ellison is a major pain and lives with Caroline and Edward. Maddock is the Ellison family butler who has been through quite a bit with the family.Of the neighbors in Rutland Place, there is Ambrosine (very eccentric) and Lovell Charrington (very uptight) with their remaining son Inigo who takes after Mama (their beloved daughter Ottilie died); the very critical and poking Mina and Alston Spencer-Brown; Eloise and Tormod Lagarde, an orphaned brother and sister; the spiteful Mrs. Amaryllis Denbigh is quite up in her own worth and dismisses anyone she feels is beneath her; and, Theodora von Schenck (Amaryllis' sister) is a widow with a great deal more money than previously.Monsieur Paul Alaric who lives in Paragon Walk near Lady Ashworth. Dr. Mulgrew seems to tend to most of the people in Rutland Place with a special affection for the late Ottilie. Ada Church is a famous music hall performer.The TitleThe title is abrupt and to the point for all the action takes place in Rutland Place.

  • Fernando Alcala Suarez
    2019-01-24 14:19

    For me it's been the weakest in the series so far. But the atmosphere and the characters (both, main and recurring) are so well portrayed that I'll obviously read the following.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-02-12 12:40

    Rutland Place begins with a series of petty thefts, and escalates to bloody murder and a troubling denouement. Once again, Charlotte uses her upper-class family connections to dig out secrets that her policeman husband Thomas Pitt simply could not access.This is not a series to read for pace and suspense. Anne Perry is much more interested in the interior lives of her characters, and in probing the hypocrisy of the Victorians’ attitude to gender, class, and sexuality. The mysteries are always intriguing, nonetheless, and most importantly – it’s quite hard to guess the murderer!

  • Cathy Gingerich
    2019-01-26 08:33

    I truly wanted to like this book. I love mysteries. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like it. Was it the he said she said dialogues that got to me or the lack of clear clues,or the slow moving very inactive plot? I began to enjoy the characters about 2/3 of the way through the book. Normally would have given up before then, but for some reason was compelled to know the ending. Weird, I know.

  • Trina
    2019-02-12 11:35

    I liked some aspects of this, mainly the recurring characters of Thomas & Charlotte Pitt, but on the whole I found it insipid and silly, expecting us to care about a murder victim whom no one liked and to give a fig about the indiscretions of genteel neighbors? Spare us the madness of polite Society in Rutland Place and give us the teeming world of Victorian London any day!

  • Carole (in Canada)
    2019-02-07 10:28

    Another wonderful book by Anne Perry evoking the sinister side of human nature of which she does so well. This is the 5th book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series of Victorian murder/mystery and my first review of her books. Each book is a stand-a-lone mystery. However, I have enjoyed how Charlotte and Thomas' relationship from strangers to husband and wife has evolved through each of the books. I have also enjoyed how Thomas Pitt's career as a policeman, to now Inspector, has come about and how Charlotte has taken an active interest in his cases. The other aspect of these stories is the great divide between the upper and lower classes and those in-between...the rigidness of society in general.As the book description states, Charlotte is asked by her mother for assistance in trying to find her missing locket. This locket has no real value other than sentimental, but it does hold a secret. However, as they receive and make calls on their neighbours of Rutland Place, she finds out that others are missing items as well. But quickly the theft of these items soon loses some significance as one of the neighbours is poisoned and dies. Is it suicide or murder? What secrets are these neighbours hiding? For soon there is another tragic accident that leads to death...but is it? I love trying to find clues among Ms. Perry's descriptions and dialogue. They are so subtle at times that it is easy to miss. But once you know what exactly has happened, you realize what those seemingly innocent things are.

  • Meg
    2019-01-17 11:23

    Glad to read something out of my norm and try this Victorian mystery. Fun, interesting quick read and good glimpse into the social classes and mores of the day.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-08 10:38

    12/29/17 $1.99 for Kindle.

  • Tracy
    2019-02-12 16:38

    I think I’m beginning to understand the attraction to Anne Perry. I think she writes for slow readers, so that is the pace I set for this novel. I took care to absorb every word, and I very nearly escaped re-reading of any lines or passages. I was able to follow the story line and even the implied meanings of conversation, although I’m unsure how anyone of this time period ever knew what they were talking about. They most definitely were never certain of another person’s intention, even when plain words were used. I felt validated by some of the characters’ apparent confusion by the teatime topic.Tangential observations aside, Miss Perry has captured a vision of the entire culture of this time, as if she had access to ladies’ diaries from the 1800’s. She doesn’t seem inclined to impose her own view upon history, and there is little I find to object to her portrayal of this time period. In fact, it’s like peering through a window into a whole other world. We’re presented with the best, worst, and everything in between pertaining to Victorian-era England. I find I long for its nobility and disdain its lack of freedom. (Are those two concepts intertwined?) Most amazing is how her hero and heroine find the answer without forensic science and with very little evidence. Sheer persistence and novelty in thought seems to bring about the solution.I thought this book was interesting, but my opinion of Anne Perry as an author is still undecided. Rarely does it take me so long to form an opinion on an author, but here I am after completing my third book, still not sure. Honestly, her writing is so stylized that it has taken me several novels to become accustomed to it. I might have taken me this long to understand her prose. Now that I know the best way to understand her, I think I’ll need to read even more to decide if I like her work or not.I am beginning to get the feeling that these novels might be formulaic. Anne Perry likes the manic murderer, especially those who are secretly or recently insane. It seems to be the answer to the unanswerable question. I remember a particular few weeks where I was obsessed with crime dramas on television. I began to ask myself if anyone sane person commits murder, or if no sane person ever would. Does any person who willingly slays another of their kind have to be touched with madness? After carefully considering it, I decided it must be nearly irrefutably true. Those who kill others in the most noble of causes, such as war or the defense of the innocent, are often times driven to the edge of sanity. It stands to reason that those who commit murder for the most wicked of causes may also be the most prone to madness. The admiration or affection of our main character(s) also seems to be essential to the formula. Miss Perry knows that we least suspect those we love and attempts to deflect suspicion with trust. In the past two novels I’ve read, we end of with the deepest of sympathy for the murderer, realizing that desperate times really did drive them to desperate measures. Justice is diverted from the oppressed, and we see that the murderer’s individual circumstances and particular disposition led them to their inevitable acts. No question is raised about whether the murder was justified. Surely not everyone based in reality that has experienced all or part of the same circumstance committed murder. Yet we do not question this character who did.Our final part of the formula is dramatic or even comedic side stories. Our other suspects must eventually come out with their alibis or reasonable explanations. At times these characters are wildly outrageous, and that gives us our entertainment and break from the drama of the murder. One by one we eliminate our potential murderers until only the guilty party remains to confess their awful secrets and justification for murder.I’ll read Anne Perry again, and probably soon. I’ve referred to her before as a weaver, and she has proven once again her particular talent for merging many characters and their individual worlds into one complete story.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-01-30 09:30

    Charlotte Pitt is expecting her second child, but that provides no reason to stop her involvement in a crime. Carolina, Charlotte's mother, has lost a locket. The problem rests in the fact that the locket contains a picture of a man that is not her husband. Wonders never cease in thinking a grandmother might still fall in love and act foolishly. The story illustrates the conventions and limitations of English society. Perry does a wonderful job in showing real people with real feelings and human foibles. The men seem to play minor roles in the stories, whereas the women dig into secrets to reveal a decadent society.

  • Sue
    2019-01-28 11:35

    Charlotte Pitt's mother, Caroline, is hiding a secret and when there's a murder in Rutland Place where she lives, it's up to Charlotte to help not only her mother but also her husband, Thomas, who is called in to investigate. The structure of society and its rules dominate this Victorian mystery and the keen insights into mores and the period detail are fun to read. The unspoken assumptions among the upper classes make for intriguing mystery.

  • Judy
    2019-01-20 13:46

    Continuing on with Perry's series set in Victorian England. At first I was only going to give this three stars, but then I realized that it took me to the end to solve the mystery. That's a good mystery. Besides, I like to read of the life and ways of this period.

  • William
    2019-01-24 13:33

    My complaint is the same as with the previous books in the series - (1) too much extraneous verbiage in the beginning before the "plot unfolds" and (2) on the other hand, at the end of the book, the crime is solved and the book ends within a couple of paragraphs.

  • L
    2019-02-16 14:23

    This is worth reading, if only for the image of Charlotte Pitt on the verge of being falling-down drunk on champagne. But, of course, there is a solid mystery here, as well and Perry's dependable characters.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-20 10:19

    Not her bestThis one wasn't quite up to par with the first four and there were several continuity errors (both series and within the book itself)

  • Karen
    2019-02-05 15:26

    Another great book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. This series is following along nicely. Charlotte has been summoned by her mother to help her find a locket that has been stolen. The locket is not valuable but the picture inside could cause Charlotte's mother to suffer a great damage to her reputation. To make matters worse, it doesn't appear to be taken by a servant but more likely by a neighbor. Others who live around Rutland Place have claimed to be missing little objects also. Suddenly, a tragedy has taken place. Another lady has been murdered in the neighborhood. Was it the thief? Was the thief blackmailing the Victim? Is there even a connection between the theft and murder? To make matters even worse, Caroline is infatuated with a man that is not her husband and she will not let the hope/dream of him go. Charlotte must figure out how to prevent her mother from ruining her marriage and find a thief and maybe a killer before too much damage is done. This series just keep getting better. I am interested in these characters and how they live. Manners and outward appearances matter to all. The belief that woman are actually not as intelligent or even capable of being emotionally strong as men shine through this series. The attitude that you are inferior if you are of a lower class is another struggle in this series. Anne Perry writes this historical mysteries that keep you turning until the end just to know the answer of who-dun-it but along the way you admire the woman who dare to show society that are equal to man and those who acknowledge that helping those that are less fortunate than you improves society overall. Glad I have more books to look forward to in this series.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-24 09:35

    Well-the series has grown on me...I enjoyed this entry (#5) and the fact that Charlotte's mom and sister were featured. I hope that continues in the next book!"London’s most unusual sleuthing team, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, just cannot seem to stay away from trouble. When Charlotte learns of her mother’s distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she has no idea that it’s just the beginning of a series of bizarre events that will end in sudden death. For hidden behind the sumptuous elegance of Rutland Place, where Charlotte’s mother lives, are terrible secrets—secrets so horrifying that only murder can conceal them. But the dangerous persistence of Charlotte and the quiet patience of Inspector Pitt will make it possible to unwind this most macabre and chilling mystery."

  • Desda
    2019-02-04 10:28

    I continue to enjoy these mysteries as a nightstand book; however, the endings are still too abrupt and this one overly dramatic. It is enough that Tormad and his sister are lovers ( which began when she was 13 as their parents were dead) That was ample reason for her to hate him and literally throw him under the carriage. I didn’t need the added motivation that he had forced her to have an abortion. It became pretty clear that Tormad was our killer. Not certain we needed the sensational twist of abortion.

  • Holly H
    2019-02-13 11:36

    I love historical mysteries and it seems I had read all my usual favorite authors and was in the reading dead zone--nothing to read!!--when I stumbled upon this volume by Anne Perry. Not only is she prolific with several series to read, but she is a master of her genre and time period--Victorian England. Riveting story lines, richly-drawn characters and the mystery keeps you going to the very end. I'll be going through each series from start to finish!

  • Jan C
    2019-01-18 15:19

    The ending bumped this story up to ****. It was a bit of a twist at the end that I, for one, hadn't been expecting. Although not out of the realm of possibilities.A neighbor of Charlotte's mother is found dead - suicide or murder? Apparently poisoned by a cordial. Then there is a rash of robberies going on in the neighborhood. In the previous year a woman disappeared and Charlotte wonders if it is connected. Charlotte still can't keep out of Thomas' investigations.

  • Maureen
    2019-02-10 14:37

    Anne Perry has been hit and miss in the five Pitt entries I've read by her. I find she rushes her endings something terrible. However, Rutland Place is probably the more interesting Charlotte and Thomas Pitt I've read so far because as well as going strong on Victorian social mores around sexuality, gender and veneers of respectability, the murder mystery has a pretty good resolution. The ending is tragic, but well played out and it was nice to check in with Charlotte's parents.

  • Tracy
    2019-02-11 14:29

    Rutland Place has a petty thief and Charlotte's mother is a victim. She has lost a locket with a photo of a man other than her husband. Tongues will wag if someone finds it and knows it is hers. She enlists Charlotte to play detective and it's not too big of a mess until one of the well-bred in Rutland Place is found murdered. Again, we find just as many secrets upstairs as downstairs.

  • Nancy Wilson
    2019-01-24 08:19

    Apparently I am a genius--I was about half the way through the book and I thought oh I know who did this and I know why and I looked--pretty much what I thought and I decided the book wasn't really good enough to wade through all the stilted Victorian conversation. Think it is time to take a break from Perry.

  • Marj
    2019-02-08 15:22

    I don't like this series of hers as well as the Monk series and this book just didn't measure up for me. Way too much English manners and I usually enjoy that kind of thing. It picked up towards the end.

  • Dave
    2019-02-14 14:20

    I enjoy Anne Perry's books because she does such a good job of bringing one into that period. This was quite a confusing "who dunnit" with far more high society conversation than I enjoy. I still enjoyed the book.,

  • Teri
    2019-01-22 12:29

    Another solid readWhat I I used to think was a pacing problem in the books I now realize is a stylistic choice. I wish I had known that when I started the series!