Who better to write about murders than a rehabilitated murderer?
British novellist Anne Perry, saved by her youth from the gallows when convicted of a heinous murder (as 15yr old Juliet Hulme, her real name) in New Zealand in 1954, has since become a bestselling mystery and historical fiction novellist, with more than 50 books to her credit.
Bluegate Fields, first published in 1984 (the sixth of 25 Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels) continues Perry´s fine mystery writings about crime in Victorian era London. Inspector Pitt, a working class policeman married to upper class Charlotte, is a fantastic literary creation - enabling mystery fans to enjoy the twists and turns of standard detective fiction, whilst enjoying the different setting of Victorian era London - a place of carriages, cobblestones, candlelight, unspeakable poverty mixed with opulent housing - all at the time when the city was gripped by panic about one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, Jack the Ripper.
Inspector Pitt becomes involved in a case of an upper class boy found naked and murdered in the sewers. While trying to investigate this bizarre crime, he is thwarted by both his superiors, and the upper class society from where the young man came. Determined to unearth the secrets those in power seem determined to hide, Pitt is assisted by his cunning, inquisitive and resourceful wife Charlotte, who uses her connections to uncover the unspeakable situations of child prostitutes in a city which tries to sweep such unseemly things under the proverbial carpet.
Another fine novel from Perry, worthy of a read by any detective fiction fan, or those interested in Victorian era London, and many insights into the true lifestyles of those that lived in that time.