The Hyde Park Headsman (A Victorian murder mystery)

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A Victorian murder mystery featuring Superintendent Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte. A headless body is found on a boat on the Serpentine and another is discovered in a nearby bandstand. Pitt's family is about to move house, but in the panic of packing, it is Charlotte who finds a solution.

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SLAUGHTER ON THE SERPENTINE

London, 1890, and Thomas Pitt's promotion to Superintendent of Bow Street is as bad as he's feared. He must delegate to resentful colleagues as the most horrific killings since the Whitechapel Murders terrorise the city, beginning with the discovery of a headless body on the Serpentine. Is there a madman on the rampage?

Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner is rampaging around Pitt's office, demanding results, or else more heads will roll. Pitt's instincts tell him that there is more to it than a lunatic at large. Yet, despite his unmatchable detective skills, there is no evidence.

For once, Charlotte Pitt is too busy to help her husband. Her brother-in-law is standing for parliament; her mother is unsuitably fond of a young actor; and, most important, the Pitts are to move house. But in the panic of packing, it is Charlotte who happens upon a startling solution…

"The author distributes delicacies like sweetmeats at a funeral – best savoured for their morbid aftertaste"
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About the Author:

Anne Perry has established a reputation for murder mysteries of the highest quality. She was born in London and lived abroad before settling in her present home, Portmahomack in the Scottish Highlands. She is a full-time writer.

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