Callander Square

Callander Square

Large Print - 1981
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"Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon."ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTIONMurders just didn't take place in fashionable Callander Square, so Inspector Pitt's well-bred wife Charlotte couldn't resist finding out why one had. Suddenly there she was, rattling the closets of the very rich, listening to backstair gossip, and unearthing truths that could push even the most proper aristocrat to murder.... Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Anstey : F.A. Thorpe, 1981.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780708907184
0708907180
Characteristics: 446 p. ;,22 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 29, 2018

Again, Charlotte and Pitt go their own ways toward solving a mystery when two babies are found buried near each other in the garden belonging to the mansions in Callender Square. Emily, Charlotte's sister, has gotten a bit bored with the upper class marriage she worked so hard to get, so she joins Charlotte. It takes both the police and the undercover work to solve the mystery. Interesting, but not so much as the first in the series. Pitt clearly loves Charlotte, but doesn't want to give her the freedom she so longs for. She, on the other hand, is willing to be "just a housewife" and works hard to scrimp, learn to keep house and cook, but it's hard to keep her brilliance under control. Sometimes I wanted to shake them both. However, this dilemma is very obviously part of life in Victorian London, and they'll have to work it out if and how they can. To me, this is more important than the particular mystery in this book.

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kkirby221
Mar 06, 2018

Interesting book. A bit slow to get through.

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edlyn700
Jan 01, 2017

As per usual I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery story by Anne Perry. Hard to guess who the murderer was until the last chapter.

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Ubalstecha
Oct 27, 2012

The bodies of two babies have been found in a garden bed in toney Callander Square. Inspector Pitt is sent into investigate, but finds the inhabitants close-lipped and snobbish. To that end, his wife, Charlotte, with the help of her sister Emily, goes undercover in one of the big houses to help her husband catch a murderer. What she finds is layers of scandal, gossip and old wounds that indicate that almost anyone could be guilty.Second of the Pitt mysteries, this one's ending is a bit quick and doesn't connect well to the rest of the story. Still, Charlotte is an engaging heroine and Pitt's love of her shines through much of this story. The gossipy wealthy's stories are thoroughly engaging and help make-up for the mystery plot weaknesses. It was interesting to see how certain characters managed to gain power even within the very strict confines of Victorian society.

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