©1980 Anne Perry; (P)Recorded Books, LLC
All the best elements of a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery -- sympathetic characters, inexcusable characters, bounders, twits, heroines, and heroes -- all here and embroiled in a convoluted and historically engaging mystery.
Filled with 19th century British social conventions and police procedures set against a London backdrop.
This book is Anne Perry at her mysterious best!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
“Callander Square” is book two in Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. The book was published in 1980. The book covers Victorian London’s neighborhood’s rich secrets. .
Murders don’t take place in fashionable Callander Square, so Inspector Pitt’s wife Charlotte couldn’t resist finding out why one had. The plot revolves around the discovery of two infants bodies buried in the square of a high society neighborhood. The Pitts are on the case. The book is more about Victorian society, how they lived both the servants and the masters, than about solving the mystery.
Perry covers a great deal about women in Victorian England. The author also tosses in some information about proper etiquette in the Victorian time, such as the social rules of calling and leaving cards. Perry also covers what was important to women but not to the men. It is as if there were two separate worlds, the women in the house and outside of the house.
Perry is an excellent writer and she magically transports the reader to see what it was like living in Victorian London. One of my favorite narrators Davina Porter narrated the book.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Yes, if that person enjoys both mysteries and Victorian stories.
This is not *one* moment--but there are series of incidents in which Pitt (the policeman--who is not yet viewed with respect in this era) finds a way to stay calm in front of people who find his very presence outrageous, due to social class standards still in existence. By not reacting to their snobbery or their biased response to his presence, he is able to obtain either information--or even, to some degree, their assistance. Of course, his wife, Charlotte, has her own way of being with these people that does not threaten them, but that's all part of the story.
Well, her ability to do many voices is quite good. Her diction is just slightly less crisp than some narrators so I had to listen hard (and on a few occasions back up to listen again) to hear what she said. However, I find the softness of her voice (despite the lack of crisp diction) to be very calm and easy listening. What I said is not a criticism, just an observation. I didn't mind backing up to listen again--her overall tone was good for this book.
Not necessarily--it is quite good, and one wants to hold on to a good book as long as possible!
This is the second book in a series, begun in 1979 with "The Cater Street Hangman", and is just beginning to develop the characters of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. It is quite interesting because it shows the early stages of police work, in which the upper classes viewed them as "tradesmen" and not their equals, therefore didn't feel the need to cooperate with them very much. However, this is cleverly gotten around, because Charlotte is connected with that society (since she left it to marry Thomas) but her sister still has the connections. So between them, they add quite a lot to the story. Charlotte and Thomas work together (but Thomas doesn't know this through much of the story).
This is a very good series--I enjoyed the book, and recommend it very much!
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Second book in the series. I'm a fan of Anne Perry's books, having found one of her shorter Christmas stories, and then the "Cater Street Hangman" (first in this series), at the library, No blood & gore, no F-bombs. She likes to explore the interaction between people when there is a murder - not only those who are the immediate family of the deceased, but also the friends and neighbors. How they think and suspect each other. Very interesting. Because her stories are set in this era, we are reminded that the aristocratic wealthy looked "down" upon the servants and the working-class, and she explores these interactions also.
Davina Porter is fantastic!
I plan to continue with this series!
Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!
Davina Porter is truly an amazing narrator. She does such an amazing job of bringing the characters in the story to life.
Part of the experience of reading an Anne Perry novel is her beautiful way of bringing to life Victorian England - the city, the people and their lives. She draws the reader along in the carriage of her story with her words.
I like the historical and cultural setting. And I like that the author does give some clues and that it isn't the "butler who done it."
One of the few authors that both my wife and I can enjoy while travelling together in the car. Davina Porter does a great job, as usual.
the believable portrayal of humanity with all it's beauty and warts
the bumbling, internal dialogue of the foolish Mr. Southeron
She so subtly communicates the emotion of the characters...
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
This series is at the upper mid point of my favorites. Unfortunately, you can't take that as a true measure of the quality of this book. At last count I am following over 90 authors and their series.
Finding out who the "bad guy" is. In an Anne Perry book, you usually think you know who it is, but you are most likely wrong. She is good at throwing red herrings into her books to take you down the wrong rabbit whole.
Its always when Charlotte finds herself in trouble after Pitt has told her not to do something.
No. Only once I got toward the climax at the end did I have to sit and finish in all one sitting.
These are very good books. Solid writing, good character development, immersive realistic world. You really feel like you are in Victorian London. You feel the difference between the London classes. I would recommend these to anyone who likes historical or regular mysteries.
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