Callander Square

Callander Square

eBook - 2011
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Everyone on Callander Square has something to hide-but someone will kill to keep a secret When two dead infants are dug up in the Callander Square gardens, the upper-class residents dismiss the burials as the desperate act of a low-born girl and resent the intrusion of Inspector Thomas Pitt into their well-ordered lives. Pitt is not convinced that the case should be so easily dropped. Also intrigued by the mystery, Pitt's well-born wife, Charlotte, pursues her own investigation into places Thomas would never have access-the parlors and inner chambers of the mansions on the fashionable square. With her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, who lives on Callander Square, she delves into the lives and secrets of the residents. Thomas and Charlotte, now expecting their first child, form the perfect sleuthing couple. Elegant closets soon spill their skeletons exposing long-hidden secrets-secrets that could lead even the most upright aristocrat to kill. But will Pitt's keen investigative skills and Charlotte's insights into the workings of high-class society solve the mystery in time to save the innocent residents of Callander Square from the murderer among them?
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2011.
[United States] : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller, 2011.
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1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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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