• Bluegate Fields

  • A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Bluegate Fields

By: Anne Perry
Narrated by: Davina Porter
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Publisher's Summary

When the body of a boy is found in the filthy sewers of Bluegate Fields, Inspector Pitt is called to investigate. The boy was clearly upper class, so what was he doing in one of London's most dangerous slums? The boy's parents refuse to answer police queries. What are these proper, prosperous people hiding? With the help of his wife and helpmate, Charlotte, Inspector Pitt intends to find out.
©1985 Anne Perry (P)2006 Recorded Books

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"Davina Porter, a performer par excellence....She moves the story forward and turns in her usual stellar presentation." (AudioFile)

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Depressing

Some reviewers have claimed that this book is a great read in part because it does not contain swear words or explicit depictions of sex. I find that point of view shocking. This book is about a 16 year old boy who has been taken advantage of sexually by a trusted adult, given an STD (syphilis-which was incurable in those days and resulted in a horrible death) and then murdered and tossed in a sewer to be eaten by rats in order to conceal the facts. The boys father would rather railroad one of the servants than seek the truth because "quality" people don't have problems like these. We also take an excursion into the world child prostitution. I find all these issues far more upsetting and vile than a few swear words and/or a frank discussion of sex between two consenting adults. What I am saying is that the subject matter of this particular installment of this series is particularly dark and Perry examines the issues with particular minuteness. I found it too dark and depressing for my current mood. Also, just as an aside, the police work is particularly odd and poorly structured. It's never clear to me why Pitt believes that the tutor is guilty initially. We're told that Pitt questions him extensively on general principals, that he tells the father there's no evidence of impropriety, and then suddenly they are both convinced that he did it. Why? The same goes for the testimony of the younger son. He says the tutor helped him up from a fall and suddenly both the father and Pitt are convinced that there's been inappropriate touching. Why? It's easy enough to understand why the father believes it, he's a pompous jerk who's desperate to believe anything that will avoid scandal and doesn't care at all what really happened to his son. But why does Pitt believe it?
In summary, while I've read all the other books up to this point in the series and enjoyed them to greater or lesser degree, this one is far too dark and depressing for me. Additionally, the police work is poor and the logical chain non existent, which is frustrating (it's occurred before in the series, but other points outweighed my irritation over it in the past, but for me this book has no other redeeming qualities). I don't recommend this one, unless you have an interest in the issues it explores-Perry as always does an excellent job presenting them.

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Bluegate Fields

It's so great to read something that is interesting and holds my attention without a lot of obscene language and sexually explicit scenes. The author is so very talented and I love the characters she has invented. I don't hesitate to recommend her work to anyone.

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Excellent work!

I love the Pitt series which I got back into after reading Monk. Anne Perry's portrayal of Victorian England is utterly marvelous not to forget that each book has an intriguing story line and outstanding character development. "Bluegate Fields" like the other Perry novels causes the reader to get one's head glued to the the ear bugs. You just keep anticipating the next moment in the story.
Many well deserved accolades to Davina Porter. She is my favorite female narrator; I have never heard a woman do a man's voice as well as she does.
This book like all others in the series is a must read.

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A little dark, but enjoyable

This was my least favorite of this series so far. There were parts of the story where I felt Perry spent too much time and detail in the telling and then there were other key elements of the story that felt like they were just slipped into the tale.

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one of my favorite Pitt mysteries

enjoyed this one a great deal.
love listening to narrator. she's incredible
worth the listen

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The book drags... get on with it

I'm working my way through this series. As always, Davina Porter's narration is a joy to listen to. The book itself seems to drag and to repeat. There seem to be several passages going over basic establishing information throughout the book. It's almost as though the editor and perhaps the author had set the work aside for a while and then returned to it. I guess if I was reading this as a book and did the same it would not be as noticeable. A tighter story would have been more enjoyable and suspenseful. It did help to speed up the narration to 1.3.

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Truths

This was a challenging listen due to the storyline and the sad truth this still goes on today. Children are so vulnerable and the author handles with sensitively.

Could not have figured this out until Neil the end but it did end with justice

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Great Series!

Loved it! Have listened to all in this series, a number of times. Anne Perry writes a great story!

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Bluegate Fields

Davina Porter is a magnificent narrator with a powerful range of voices. The story was compelling. The snobbish wealthy and their sychopants use an arsenal of strategies to maintain the status quo. However, some among the upper class are clamouring for change. Without giving anything away, suffice it to say, the outcome is very satisfying.

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Wonderful book! Some editing errors

As always, I adore Anne Perry's novels, this one seems to have been editing weirdly though. The chapter breaks don't match up with the tracks, and the pause between the end of the last sentence in a chapter and saying the next "chapter --" is very short and slightly jarring. It made is slightly frustrating, as according to the track there was 5 minutes left in the chapter, but at the end of the track the chapter continued until several minutes into the next track.