This time the problem starts with Charlotte's mother - a locket with a picture of a man not her husband in it has gone missing. Charlotte goes to help and when mother's indiscretion is clear calls in her sister to help ward off problems. Then a neighbor winds up dead under odd straits and Thomas must get involved. Random threads are pulled away. Lots of repeat characters. Strange that so many of the nice hoods have murders and Pitt always gets assigned. Just can't decide on the series like each mystery but as a whole not sure what to do with the style.
Anne Perry never fails to be worthy of a top score. It is truly amazing how Anne Perry can set her scene and include very similar characters and from the limited ingredients produce a totally original mix of perverse thought and behaviour hidden by the restricted facade of late Victorian manners , morals and terror of scandal Inspector Pitt , as always , tenacious yet sensitive resolves another crime , revealing what needs to be revealed while concealing details that are best forgotten.
Charlotte’s mother asks her to look for a locket that came up missing. A lot of stuff is going missing in throughout her building and all the residents have secrets. Charlotte gets her sister, Emily, to help her sort though the suspects and untangle all the secrets the tenants don’t want known. After a murder, Inspector Pitt gets involved in the case. This book shows how hard it was to solve crimes in the 1800s.
This story was more a Charlotee Pitt case than Inspector Pitts. She showed a side of her personality that we have not seen before. Of course she had Thomas & Emily involved. Thomas was more involved in police side of a crime that was not directly related but he did help her. It was a good read as per usual with Anne Perry stories.