The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry

Posted May 3, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
The Angel Court Affair

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Series: #30 Charlotte and Thomas Pitt
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books
Released on March 31, 2015
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Giveaway

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I have been with this series from the beginning and at this point I stick with it as much from feeling the characters are like family than for the mystery itself. I say this because generally even installments in the series that are less engaging than others are still really good reading experiences for me. This was one of those less engaging ones. Still good, but good for reasons other than the reason I picked up the book.

These historical mysteries are fabulous when it comes to the meticulous handling of the historical period and setting, the deep mystery plot and the truly engaging characters particularly those that are fixtures. Added to all that, the author adds another element that sometimes is front and center and at others, runs along in the background- ideology, social moors of the day, etc. She really gets inside the heads of her characters and understands their thought processes of that time period. Some of it is archaic, but there are still some stuff that has universality and is true even today. With each book, the author provides a thought or chain of thoughts that the characters and thus the reader is challenged to consider while immersed in the book. In this case, the subject was going against popular thought and being willing to stand up for your beliefs even if your beliefs are unpopular.

My niggle about this particular book is I saw the mystery portion as not much of a challenge. This one was dreadfully easy for me and I’m not the most intuitive of people so I generally struggle to figure out all the pieces of this author’s mysteries. I felt I got an easy to solve mystery with little tension and danger until near the end.

One of the best parts was seeing Victor and Vespasia as a married couple. I love their Autumn-Winter romance, tentatively adjusting to being married, and seeing them partnering and detecting right alongside Pitt and Charlotte. They had a ton of page time and significantly helped Pitt solve the murders.

It was also neat seeing Pitt and his home life in their atypical Victorian household. Jemima is nearly grown up and Daniel is right behind her. He relies on Charlotte and respects her take on matters. Charlotte didn’t have a large role in this one, but she is still a key player nonetheless. I laughed at the hint that Charlotte is involved in the Women’s Rights movements and Pitt doesn’t have a clue. Yet. Just like Charlotte to be right in the middle of controversy. It takes a special man to appreciate and love her anyway.

As usual, the strongest part of the story was being right there with Pitt as he works to some the case and adjusting to his newer role as Commander of Special Branch, gaining the trust and respect of his men, and tiptoeing his way as he rubs shoulders with the powerful men of the British Empire.

In summary, I liked this one, but didn’t love it. I prefer a more challenging mystery. Still, these are good books with engaging plots and characters along with meticulous historical accuracy that I can recommend to any historical mystery or historical romantic suspense readers.

My thanks to Net Galley and GoodReads First Reads giveaway for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    I’m always intrigued by a good mystery, but even though I’m no expert something about an author having such a phenomenal skill set in discussing history, or current events is truly amazing. I can just imagine all the time and research needed to accomplish such a feat and give HUGE kudos. Great review! Hugs…

    • Thanks, Ro! Reading her books is like getting a history or philosophy lesson with only the plusses instead of minuses since its a story too.

  • Holy carp, #30 in the series? Must be a really good series to make it to that many books! I can’t even begin to imagine how much time she puts into creating these stories and getting it right. Just being able to get the characters voices right from that time period must of been a real challenge.

    • Oh yeah! Anne Perry is a boss. She teaches writing and coaches fellow authors. This is her oldest series, but she has written another two long standing series and a few more and standalones besides that. She is meticulous with her facts, but her characters are like meeting a real person with a real story. So good.

      • Thats really cool. She sounds like she’d be a good author to invest in if she’s accomplished all that and takes the time to get everything right.

      • Thats really cool. She sounds like she’d be a good author to invest in if she’s accomplished all that and takes the time to get everything right.

  • Even with not loving it it still sounds like a great time. That’s how I am with the JD Robb ones. Some are better than others but they’re all a good time and worth the read. I’ve got her on my one day list. Whew. That list is long though. lol

    • Yes, that is exactly how I feel about these, Anna. Good way of putting it. And, I have the In Death series on the list too. I’m nearly caught up on my Kate Daniels series and I’ll either jump into the In Death or the Psy-Changling which are both series that I have the beginning books for. Mood will determine it, but seriously, I know they are both good so either way I’ll come out ahead. 😉

  • Lindy Gomez

    Wow! This series sounds impressive. It is special when the characters come to feel like they are a part of your family. I love the way the author get’s in to the heads of her characters, and how it sounds like the time period really came to life for you as well. Excellent & Thorough Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Exactly. I’ve been reading the series for over two decades and I still love it.