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Cardington Crescent (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #8)

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When Charlotte Pitt’s sister is charged with murder, she and her husband Thomas must work fast to clear her—and find the real killer

As Inspector Thomas Pitt works to resolve the case of a dismembered woman, his womanizing brother-in-law, George March, Lord Ashworth, is poisoned with his morning coffee at the country estate of his cousins. The primary suspect? Charlotte’s s...more
ebook, 298 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1987)
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Another very good story from Anne Perry although I must say, the last two books of her's that I've read that involve Thomas and Charlotte Pitt end rather abruptly. Anne has a very good sense of how to build up her characters, the locations she chooses for her stories seem extremely real to the reader and many of the characters can really infuriate you. The smugness, the completely blind and ignorant way the wealthy seem to live in the Victorian period never ceases to amaze. One minute they speak...more
Moira Fogarty
My first Anne Perry mystery; I enjoyed her world-building skills, the rich details of the Victorian era that set the mood perfectly. This was a classic "English country house" mystery, with limited suspects and a single investigator (Pitt) with sidekick, but the true sleuth is Pitt's wife Charlotte. Some excellent suspense moments, my only complaint is that the conclusion, where the murderer is revealed, felt flat and too speedy. There was no real explanation of motive, everything was simply all...more
Katy M
This one highlights societal and family expectations and pressures...

...and is, as with all her books, as relevant a commentary today as the time frame it is set in.
I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Anne Perry is a master of the written word. Every word, phrase, paragraph is placed for maximum effect. There is no filler or waste. She has obviously researched the era exhaustively. Her insight into the human condition is uncanny.
There are always many layers to her tales. The main storyline is Pit...more
At first I felt a bit confused reading this book. The back cover talked about the death of Lord Ashworth, the husband of Lady Emily Ashworth sister to Charlotte Pitt. However the first chapter deals with a dismembered body being dug up by a dog. This takes place far from the grand estate Emily and her husband George are staying at. Then for a while the story seems to forget completely about the grisly discovery and focus turns to Emily and the last days of George's life. This book brought out qu...more
This was kind of a two-fer, where investigating one mystery helps solve another only minimally related. Well done and a Good Read.
Anne Hawn Smith
Lady Emily and her husband, Lord Ashton are visiting a rather unpleasant set of relatives when it becomes apparent that George is falling for the lovely wife of their host's son. Emily is distraught, but with her pluck, she attacks the problem with her usual sense. George and the young woman have a terrible scene and he and Emily are reconciled. The problem is that no one knows this and when George is found murdered, Emily is suspect. The detective on the case is Emily's brother-in-law, Thomas P...more
Susan Anderson
Three stars for a plot which seesaws between two seemingly disparate murders, four stars for its engaging story, characters, and sense of historical place, including Charlotte and Emily, and Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould who play major roles.

Cardington Crescent is the eighth book in Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series of historical mysteries. The main story takes place in June 1887. George and Emily are staying with his relations, Eustace March in Cardington Crescent when George is murde...more
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series set in late 19th century London.

The Story
The Eustace March is having a house party and part of its intention is to vet Jack Radley and arrange his marriage to Tassie. For some reason, George, Emily, and Aunt Vespasia are part of the party; Vespasia is Eustace's mother-in-law and George's great-aunt. William and Sybilla March are also visiting.

As the members of the party pursue the activities of upperclass-dom, George takes up an overt flirt...more
Eighth in this series that is particularly reliable for conveying social protocol, class distinctions, and upstairs/downstairs interactions and relationships in Victorian London in the 1880s. In becoming Mrs. Pitt, Charlotte married below her social class out of love, but as Pitt was raised a gamekeeper's son on an estate where he was educated and taught as a friend and companion to the heir, he has the language and knowledge skills to move between classes while she has the insight and compassio...more
Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series depends heavily upon class differences and tension for each episode's ambience. Charlotte comes from an aristocratic family, while her husband the police inspector could not be more plebian. In Cardington Crescent, Charlotte is called to the townhouse where her sister Emily and brother-in-law George are visiting his family. When George is found dead in his bed, Emily becomes the prime suspect, because it's common knowledge that he's been chea...more
This is my latest selection in the Pitt Series and my march towards reading them all. I enjoyed this one as much as any of the others I have read. Many of my favorite characters from this series appear in this book which certainly adds to my enjoyment of the story. In this one Charlotte Pitt's sister, Emily and her husband, George are visiting members of his extended family. George spends the evening flirting with his cousin's wife. The next morning, George is found dead in his bedroom. Members...more
Tad Richards
A bunch of summer reading mystery novels together. Sue Grafton is always dependable, always good. John Maddox Roberts is a new discovery for me. A private eye in ancient Rome is a great idea -- the historical stuff is excellent, the characters and the writing good too. Very readable. I could have used one more plot twist in each of them.

This one is terrible. I'm frankly not all that impressed with Anne Perry's Victorian backgrounds, though they're not bad. But when I was about two thirds through...more
Catherine Letendre
Intrigue intéressante, personnages intrigants, mise en scène victorienne que j'affectionne particulièrement et pourtant... Les deux héros d'Anne Perry, l'inspecteur Pitt et sa femme Charlotte, manquent de vivacité, d'intelligence et de caractère. On préfère malgré nous tous les autres personnages à eux. Et le développement de l'intrigue... dès le début le meurtrier était facile à identifier, difficile de comprendre comment le couple d'enquêteurs a pu mettre 380 pages pour y arriver! Le 3/4 du li...more
emily had known that she would have to live with her husband's indiscretions when she married him. however, it still hurt when she witnessed george blatantly flirted with their hostess. when george was murdered, she was the main suspect.
lesson to learn from this story - never under-estimate seemingly quiet and meek man...
Until the last few chapters, I was thinking that this was the best of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt novels so far, despite the fact that it’s heavy on repetitious sexist ranting from the aged Victorian patriarch. It’s too bad that the book’s ending is so weak.

Charlotte’s sister Emily is Lady Ashworth - having married as far above herself as Charlotte married beneath. Emily’s husband is murdered just after an embarrassing episode where he was flirting with another woman, and Emily falls under s...more
I like the fact that we change main characters. I personally prefer Emily and Mr. Radley to Charlotte and Mr. Pitt because of their personalities and their way more interesting love story.
Regina Berg
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This was a pretty good story. I got lured into the mystery and was anxious to find out who dunnit, but the ending was a little weak and, while not ruining the story, certainly did not help. The ending was one of those that has a list of more of less equal suspects and the author just chose one in the last couple of pages.

As with all of the Anne Perry books, a lot of the story centers around the Victorian background rather than the mystery itself. For the most part I enjoy that, although this eff...more
Very good , except ending vague!! And abrupt. I wish Perry had made a smoother, more detailed ending... I didn't think there was closure; and after all that tension !!
Laura Nadal
I found the psychological struggle of Emily with her own emotions very captivating. Everyone always tells me that when a partner is unfaithful there isn't a simple solutions. Living in the modern world, the answer seems very clear cut to me. However, in the Victorian era one cannot simply leave ones husband. And taking into consideration that you are bound to another person, your struggles to deal with their possible infidelity and your resulting emotions becomes much harder to bear. Add to that...more
I am completely sick of reading school books after all these years in a Ph.D. program, so I have been gorging on mystery novels for the past few months. I am right now in the middle of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series by Anne Perry. Like all mystery series, I wouldn't call these high art, but they are fun. They are Victorian murder mysteries--quick and easy to read, but also a good place to pick up tidbits of knowledge about 19th century England. As far as mystery series go, I think this is...more
Kathy England
I thought this was better than the average Charlotte and Pitt mystery. Maybe even worth 31/2 stars.
I'm enjoying this series. Charlotte's sister Emily is accused of murdering her husband and there is a grisly murder in Bloomsbury. Two seemingly disparate crimes. Will Inspector Pitt find a connection? Will Charlotte get involved? Most definitely, when her sister might be hanged. These novels show the push of Society's norms with real life and often the absurdity when the twain don't meet. Great-Aunt Vespasia returns and I like her character as Thomas and Charlotte try to save Emily from the han...more
Ann Perry always paints a detailed and interesting portrait of life in Victorian England. This particular story, however, I did not find as compelling as some of her other novels. I always look forward to another Ann Perry mystery, and I must say that I did continue reading avidly to find out what was the answer to all the who-done-it question, but in the end, it was not as satisfying a read as I had anticipated. Of course, I would still recommend this book to those who enjoy a good Ann Perry no...more
Virginia Walter
Thomas Pitt is working on a particularly grisly case -- the dismembered body of a young woman wrapped in paper and discarded in a church yard -- when his brother-in-law is found murdered at the home of an autocratic and wealthy man. It is CHarlotte Pitt who succeeds in identifying the murderer of her sister's husband, but Thomas finds the killer of the dismembered woman while following up on a clue uncovered by Charlotte. A satisfying period mystery.
I am a fan of The Pitt books. This one lives up to the others in terms of social mores and customs and the characters feel like old friends. However, the ending of this one was very abrupt (the last few pages) and unsatisfying. While the villain made as much sense as would several other possibilities, the motive is barely revealed. It's almost as if Perry either couldn't figure it out herself or ran out of allotted space. Very disappointing.
Victorian mystery series.. I haven't read her for a couple of years and in the interim, like many others became a Downton Abbey fan. Many of the characterizations reminded me of those in the PBS series and thus I put those faces in the characters in this story. Her Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series is traditional mystery fare and becomes formulaic over the series, but interesting & enjoyable nontheless. Like coming home to friends.
This was quite the mystery, as the list of suspects all seemed above suspicion, but once again, it came down to Victorian "standards" -- forcing the murders. So, it was good, but I'm ready for a new motive in her next book. Her dialogue and character development is good as ever, and Charlotte & Pitt are regular people -- even argue in this one! -- which to this point he usually just gave in to Charlotte's behavior.
Maybe I should not have started with book in the middle of a series, but I found I could not warm up to the characters. I generally enjoy books which play on English class differences but the characters in this one were so cartoonish that it was hard suspend disbelief and fall into the story. I read the first 75 pages and the last 20 or so. Maybe there is a great book in the middle.
Connie Melton
In the first mystery in the Pitt series, the Ellison family lost a daughter to the Cater Street Hangman. Since that time friends have suffered unspeakable tragedies, and now Emily Ellison March, Lady Ashworth, is suspected of murdering her husband George by putting belladonna in his morning coffee. Families with this kind of luck need to have someone married to a police detective!
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry", the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several cate...more
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