Death in the Devil's Acre

Death in the Devil's Acre

Book - 1987
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When a doctor is found brutally murdered in the lurid section of London aptly named "Devil's Acre," even its most hardened residents are stunned. But shock soon turns to horror when Inspector Thomas Pitt discovers three more bodies with the same gruesome "calling card": a stab wound in the back and a rather inexpertly executed mutilation. As Pitt and his wife, Charlotte, race against time to find the killer, a treacherous mystery unfolds. And no one, not the lowest brand of ruffian or the most established aristocrat, will escape unscathed.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Crest, 1987, c1985.
ISBN: 9780345514042
9780449210956
0449210952
Characteristics: 267 p. ;,18 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 09, 2018

Several murders, in an aptly named slum, very near Westminster Abbey and Parliament, leave a "calling card" mutilation so gruesome that Pitt can't even name it to Charlotte. The first murder hits close to Society, because Pitt thinks he recognizes the victim as a footman in a Upper Class home where murder intruded before. Since he's not certain, he has to get the house's owner to identify the victim. Pitt's right. The man who was once a handsome footman had become the owner of several brothels. Further murders had the same mutilations; Pitt's job is to learn how else they were connected, and why they were killed. Charlotte and Emily get involved, much against the will of their husbands. Not just Victorian class issues are highlighted here, but gender issues too. Well done.

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empbee
Apr 15, 2018

Great writing. The Victorian political issues are skillfully embedded in the murder mystery. Some are valid even today.

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