(pb; 2003: twenty-third book in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series)
From the back cover:
"Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to protect -- at all costs -- the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. This distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha's lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself is. Pitt's journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials, to a packed London courtroom where shocking secrets will at last be revealed."
Solid entry in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, with an exotic, turning-point element (Pitt travels to Alexandria, Egypt) in the unfolding plot. The writing, as usual, is excellent, with characters worth rooting for or hissing at. The killer is obvious, with an ending that should be somewhat familiar to Perry's readers, but the ride's still fun.
Check this series out.
Followed by Long Spoon Lane.