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Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  6,358 Ratings  ·  308 Reviews
Murders just don’t happen in fashionable areas like Callander Square–but these two have. The police are totally baffled. Pretty, young Charlotte Ellison Pitt, however, is curious.
Inspector Pitt’s well-bred wife doesn’t often meddle in her husband’s business, but something about this case intrigues her–to the point that staid Charlotte Pitt is suddenly rattling the closets
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 12th 1985 by Fawcett Books (first published 1980)
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I ‘met’ the tall Charlotte Ellison who lacked a filter on her mouth, her beautiful but conniving sister Emily, the secretive Lord William Ashworth and Inspector Thomas Pitt when I read The Cater Street Hangman. The mystery was good and I enjoyed Thomas’s character. He was a working man’s son who was educated side by side with a nobleman’s heir. His wisdom and speech did not match his disheveled clothes or wild hair. He wasn’t handsome but he fell in love with Charlotte. And he solved the case.

Sep 08, 2009 Scot rated it really liked it
Second in this series. Charlotte has married Thomas, and finds a way to get around Victorian gender rules about the reaspectable wife remaining in the home to get out and help him solve a series of murders that begin with the discovery of some buried infant skeletons in the shared garden of a fashionable cul-de-sac where some well-to-do Londoners reside, Callander Square. Who put those dead babies there, and why? I liked Charlotte's sister Emily even more in this volume, for she uses her skills ...more
Kathy Davie
Nov 15, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history
Second in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series set in Victorian London and revolving around a police inspector and his wife.

My Take
Each of the murders revolves around babies while the instigator is sex. It's an interesting look at the double standards of the times and the expectations of the wives' behaviors as most of the families on the square are torn apart. Expectations and beliefs are torn asunder although, I suspect, several of the women affected end up being much happier. I did
Jean Poulos
“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 th
Oct 28, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second historic sojourn with Anne Perry, whose wonderful suite I’m taking in ten years tardy, was also enjoyed at the five-star level. By an odd personal turn, it was hard to begin this sequel to “The Cater Street Hangman” because my dear cat unexpectedly died while that book was going! We miss you very much, Love. I didn’t want to associate Anne with a sad event. After a few uplifting titles: I got back upon the saddle and forged into “Callander Square”.

Exactly like the former, action and ac
Lindsey Duncan
Feb 25, 2010 Lindsey Duncan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When the skeletons of two infants are found buried in fashionable Callander Square, it's up to three people to negotiate the labyrinth of social mores, scandal and deceit: Inspector Pitt, his intrepid wife Charlotte, and her redoubtable sister Emily ... who arguably is the real sleuth through much of the first half of the book.

Overall, this is an intriguing and often disturbing study of Victorian high society, but it suffers from the (also Victorian) attributes of being somewhat dry and reserved
Apr 21, 2014 springsnotfail rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I liked this more than the first book; although there was a nasty ARRGH WHAT moment at the beginning to do with Charlotte and Thomas' marriage (she's super happy that he intends to be the master of the house and secretly glad to obey), I really liked their relationship and interactions. I LOVED getting more of Emily, who was my favourite character in the first book. Could definitely read more of the crime-solving team of Emily, clever and ambitious socialite aristocrat, and Charlotte, principled ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with other Perry books, the interesting part of the story isn't really the discovering of "whodunnit" (if you can even call this a whodunnit) but more about learning about the characters. I like that we're still spending time with Emily, who almost got more screentime than Charlotte in this installment.

With a neighborhood like this, it became a bit confusing keeping all the characters straight. I constantly got Campbell and the other C'family (Carlton?) confused, which was terrible since one
Nupur Tustin
Oct 26, 2014 Nupur Tustin rated it it was amazing
The overarching theme of the first two Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, The Cater Street Hangman and Callander Square, is about the sordid details a murder investigation brings out. They may not ultimately be connected to the murder, but they can never be forgotten and they irrevocably change our relationship with those closest to us.

To write a mystery that is more than just a mystery, but without sacrificing the essential elements that mystery readers look for, is a difficult task. Perry d
I liked this book, particularly the characterization of the people who lived in Callander Square, as demonstrated by their assumptions about who might have murdered two babies and buried them in the central green of the square, and the things they knew, didn't know, and didn't know others knew, about each other. Social class mattered at the time, and this is important in the book, as Charlotte mixes with both the upper class and the servants in her quest for information.

I really liked the Balant
A.G. Lindsay
Actually, I think this rating should be between 3 and 4.

The writing was good, but it seemed that the main "discoveries" of the mystery were not revealed by the "detectives" in the story, but by the characters in "the Square" talking amongst themselves without any of the investigators hearing of them. It made the solution by the policeman {Pitt) seem to come out of left field.

I did like the main characters, Pitt, Charlotte, and her sister Emily, but felt that the Pitts were a bit "flat" compared
Jamie Collins
Book #2 of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series. The bodies of two infants are found buried in a park near a wealthy neighborhood, and Inspector Pitt begins interviewing the servants of nearby households, hoping to spot a maid who has secretly given birth and disposed of her baby. Charlotte’s sister, bored with her high society life, decides to help by exchanging gossip with the local ladies, in case the infants were born to a higher-class woman.

The Victorian social ill in the
Gail Gauthier
Sep 03, 2013 Gail Gauthier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonists in this series, Charlotte and Thomas Perry, are not particularly interesting. The point of view shifts around to other characters, and Charlotte and Thomas aren't even on center stage that much. I had trouble keeping track of the potential bad guys. On top of that, the plots are a little week. The resolution to this one didn't make a lot of sense to me.

Why did I give it four stars? The incredibly oppressive nineteenth century setting is what is incredible in these books. The nar
Feb 02, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2014
This second book in the series has Charlotte and Thomas married and Charlotte expecting their first child. The discovery of two infants buried in the shared garden of an upscale neighborhood opens up a host of scandals involving the repressed and double-standard sexual mores of Victorian England. The ending was a bit weak but a very good story overall.
In una bella ed elegante piazza nella zona bene di Londra due giardinieri trovano sepolti i resti di due neonati. Thomas Pitt è chiamato a indagare con cautela: la colpa è di una domestica? Sono nati morti? Erano i figli di un uomo importante? Ad aiutarlo ci pensano la moglie Charlotte, che si dimostra interessata alla storia britannica, e la cognata Emily, esperta di pettegolezzi e scandali.

Il mystery in sé viene risolto nelle ultime pagine, anche in maniera un po' raffazzonata. Ma è l'atmosfer
Deepa Rao
Feb 22, 2015 Deepa Rao rated it really liked it
Just as I started this book, I found out about the author's past and I am very sorry to say it impacted how I felt about and how I enjoyed the book. In all fairness, it is a good book. In today's age of high tech and complex crimes and equally complex crime solving techniques, these old mysteries seem too simple. The real beauty of the book then is not in the actual mystery but in how the suspects are eliminated. We get a deep insight into the life and motivations of each suspect which is where ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Callander Square is the second book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series by Anne Perry. Set in the late 1800s, this novel tells the story of multiple mysterious deaths in a posh area of London. Thomas, a police inspector, is called to the central garden of the high-society Callander Square after two baby corpses are found buried among the flowers. Immediately suspecting a poor servant girl, Pitt begins to investigate each household, causing an uncomfortable mood to hang over the residents of ...more
Nov 20, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The discovery of two tiny corpses buried in the middle of London's toney Callander Square sees Inspector Thomas Pitt sent in to investigate; at first without his knowledge and then with his consent, his high-born wife Charlotte and her elder sister Emily, who's married for aristocratic prestige, help his inquiries by ingratiating themselves among Callander Square's worthies -- or, as it too often proves, unworthies. As the tale proceeds, more and more dirty laundry comes spilling out. It seems t ...more
This is my first audiobook, and it's been an interesting experience. My husband says it's reminiscent of the old radio plays. Despite all the flaws in plot and in Davina Porter's delivery, I was enrapt, and have spent many, many hours listening. I'd have raced through the print edition in no time. :-)

This is a mystery, but 'reads' more like a soap opera. The families and staff of this middle class Victorian neighbourhood are linked by class loyalties, business dealings and social ties, but Perry
Nov 28, 2008 Arthur rated it it was amazing
I admit I am not much able to understand much of this story. Nor interested. I think it has a good story near the end, however. Even if, when you read it, you will not like how it spirals to an end. But its literal and descriptive conclusion after following literal actions of Pitt’s so long that it makes it kind of worthy. Pitt found too few clues, he could not support the investigation, and there were no real leads. At first I read and reread for instances of circumstantial evidence or missing ...more
May 03, 2008 JayeL rated it liked it
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Aug 07, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
In Anne Perry's second Pitt mystery, she's still showing signs of warming up to her series. It was not as awkward as the first novel, but it was still not as good as some of the later ones that I have read, partly because the urgency of solving the crime was almost absent. I wish that Perry were less repetitive. I do not need to be reminded once a chapter (or sometimes twice) that men of the aristocratic class could carry on affairs with the maids of their house without fear of recourse. I also ...more
Katy Johnson
Jan 28, 2015 Katy Johnson rated it liked it
I hoped this series would hook me, but I'm giving up after the second book. I feel really cheated when I'm reading a book and the author has created a compelling mystery with an intricate web of characters (and in this case a ridiculously large number of them to keep straight), only to solve the mystery on the last page and - DONE. I honestly thought my book was missing the last chapter! What about all the characters I've invested in? How do they feel about the truth coming out? What happens to ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Ubalstecha rated it liked it
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
"He believed that the longer you hid from the truth the less able you were to cope with it when it finally broke through all the barriers, like a dammed river, and carried away the careful structure of your life with it."

I knew Anne Perry could do it more much better than in the first book!

This plot is fantastic. I have been "suffering" all book not knowing who was the murderer! But... such a great ending! :D

And...this is not a normal crime fiction novel. Pitt is not like Poirot or Sherlock Holm
Mandie Kok
Mar 02, 2015 Mandie Kok rated it it was amazing
Another excellent entry into the series. This murder mystery held my attention throughout. I found the characters very engaging and there was never a dull moment. Good conclusion to the story, as well.
Amanda Meggs
May 20, 2013 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it
Charlotte and Thomas have been married a couple of years. I like that some time has passed as often you find your protagonist enmeshed in one murder after another, and although Thomas is a policeman Charlotte would not usually have anything to do with his job.

Once gain the upper classes seem to be almost uniformly bad people, as opposed to the good struggling poor people. It seems a little harsh as I'm sure there was probably as many good and bad people irrespective of their wealth.

Charlotte enl
Sandra KS Pitt
« En creusant dans Callander Square, deux jardiniers découvrent un cadavre de bébé. Alerté, l’inspecteur Thomas Pitt se rend sur les lieux, où il découvre un second corps. Il entreprend dès lors une enquête dans ce lieu habité par la grande bourgeoisie, qui n’apprécie pas beaucoup de voir ses secrets mis à jour. Pour l’aider dans sa tâche, l’inspecteur Pitt peut compter (d’ailleurs, elles ne lui laissent pas le choix) sur son épouse, Charlotte, ainsi que sur la sœur de celle-ci, Emily. »

Anne Per
Sep 24, 2015 Jacque rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I started reading the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books in order. This 2nd installment moved along well and kept me engaged. I loved the numerous quotes. Perry is a great wordsmith when it comes to describing some of the situations men and women find themselves in and their reasons for marrying or making other decisions.

I also loved Perry's passion for the Victorian period in London and how it virtually becomes a character in itself. She hits hard on the double standard between soicety men and wom
Drunkenness Books
Apr 22, 2015 Drunkenness Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Attention, pour celles et ceux qui n’auraient pas encore lu (ou terminé) L’Étrangleur de Cater Street, cette chronique contient des spoilers.

Après avoir trouvé l’Étrangleur de Cater Street, Charlotte et Thomas sont de nouveau confrontés à la noirceur humaine : des nourrissons ont été enterrés dans un parc. Qui a bien pu les mettre là ? Et surtout, pourquoi ?

Anne Perry reprend dans Le Mystère de Callander Square tous les éléments qui ont fait le succès de son premier tome. Nous retrouvons ainsi C
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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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