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.
Highgate Rise is another great book from the former murderess, where once again her recurring detective Thomas Pitt (alongside his inquisitive and resourceful wife, former society lady Charlotte) investigates a puzzling crime - 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 a woman burned to death in a suspicious fire while her prominent doctor husband is called out for an emergency. Was the doctor the real target? Is the doctor the killer?
When another fire claims a second victim, Pitt must race against time to discover the motive for the killings, and unmask the criminal before more damage can be done.
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.