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Cardington Crescent (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #8)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,997 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
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
ebook, 298 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 1987)
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Dec 18, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
My favourite in this series so far. Suspenseful, tragic and fast-paced. The idea of Charlotte an d Emily holed up in a stuffy and unpleasant home with a murderer makes this a very enjoyable read that goes much too quickly.
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 26, 2017 Carole (in Canada) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drama, Mystery
Shelves: favorites, mystery
As book #8 in the the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, Cardington Crescent is the best so far for me. I did find the beginning just a bit slow but the suspense just kept building until the very end. Parts of a dismembered woman are found throughout an area of modest means. Then Charlotte's brother-in-law, George, has been poisoned in his relative's home. Emily is being suspected by the patriarch and his mother as the prime suspect for she had 'married up' in their opinion. For Inspector Thomas ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 15, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history
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
Katy M
Aug 19, 2014 Katy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tad Richards
Jun 30, 2008 Tad Richards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie Collins
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
Moira Fogarty
Jul 21, 2011 Moira Fogarty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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 !!
Mar 27, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of a two-fer, where investigating one mystery helps solve another only minimally related. Well done and a Good Read.
Mar 25, 2017 Poetreehugger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is excellent, as usual. It's a plot line I find difficulty with in this book. It seems one must balance the quality of the story with the darkness of the murders, when one reads mysteries. I have quit other series when they have become too dark, and dwelt too much on horrors, and that is not necessarily the case here...Is it a matter of too glib an attitude toward death? Perhaps, but we must accept a certain lightness of attitude toward the deaths of fictional characters, or we must ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2017 Renny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast paced and suspenseful read with multiple fingers into diverse layers of Victorian society with the patterns of their interactions spelled out enough to leave the imagination only too able to fill in the details. The characters continue to grow in depth and complexity.
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
Susan Anderson
Aug 02, 2011 Susan Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2011 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Hawn Smith
Jan 26, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of a woman’s body are found in Bloomsbury, a crime that seems unsolvable from the very start, as the victim and the murderer are completely unknown. Meanwhile, in Cardington Crescent the murder of Lord Ashworth draws Charlotte and Inspector Pitt into high society yet again, this time trying to solve the murder of Charlotte’s sister’s husband, with Emily being the prime suspect. The suspicion of Emily does not dim with the murder of the woman Lord Ashworth had been flirting with. Family sec ...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
Feb 09, 2017 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one is not Perry's best work. Charlotte's sister Emily and her husband George are staying at the house of relatives which George is murdered. Since he's been outright chasing after a younger woman in the house Emily is the prime suspect. Then the younger woman is found murdered as well. Meanwhile, Thomas is looking for whoever murdered and chopped up the body of a woman leaving her newspaper wrapped parts in public places of London. The two stories eventually converge, but the solution to t ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The book starts with a gruesome discovery of a woman's torso wrapped in butcher paper and then the rest of the pieces around town. Emily and her husband along with Aunt Vespasia are visiting relatives and George is having some relationship with the daughter in law of the house making Emily miserable. Then George is murdered in his bed by poison in the morning coffee. Vespasia calls in Pitt to investigate and Charlotte to comfort her sister. The family wants Emily blamed. I hdn't read the back co ...more
Jan 15, 2015 LaRita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the research that goes into Anne Parry's books. Her stories give in depth and interesting insights into Victorian England. The regimented social structure is hard to imagine in today's world. It is particularly hard to see how children were treated in that time, and this book touches upon some of that horror. This story combines details from her earlier stories in this series with a closer look at Emily and her family. While I enjoy reading the series in order, her books also stand alone ...more
Regina Berg
Aug 27, 2013 Regina Berg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 22, 2008 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Nadal
Sep 11, 2013 Laura Nadal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels are addicting. She writes with a a sensitive eye and compassionate heart about the brutal contrast between Victorian era upper and lower classes and every strata in between. She has the passion of a serious reformer who is gifted with good sense. Her characters often do not say or even think a thing with the directness that we are accustomed to in present day. Therefore, I had to read the ending four times to try to discern its hidden meaning. Still ...more
Lynne Tull
Jan 07, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, victorian
Finally, we almost have Thomas and Charlotte together as a team. Of course, Charlotte almost loses it. Then, Thomas reverts momentarily to his old 'Victorian Male' ways and reprimands Charlotte. I think she put him in his place. Maybe there is still hope we will get a team of Charlotte and Thomas. I can only hope. I am not sure where Emily is going to fit into the picture. Otherwise, the mystery kept me guessing, but still not sure I understand the motives of the murderer. Still recommending!
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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 categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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“The next few days passed in the customary fashion of Society during the Season. In the mornings they rode in the park, at which Emily had taught herself to be both graceful and skilled.” 0 likes
“had not the outrageous flair of Sybilla, and since George was a natural horseman it seemed almost inevitable that they should more often than not end up side by side, at some distance from the others. William never came, preferring to work at his painting, which was his profession as well as his vocation. He was gifted to the degree that his works were admired by academicians and collected by connoisseurs. Only Eustace affected to find it displeasing that his only son preferred to retire alone to the studio arranged for him in the conservatory and make use of the morning light, rather than parade on horseback for the fashionable world to admire. When they did not ride, they drove in the carriage, went shopping, paid calls upon their more intimate friends, or visited art galleries and exhibitions.” 0 likes
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