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Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,067 ratings  ·  227 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
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 12th 1985 by Fawcett Books (first published 1980)
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Best Historical Mystery
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Scot
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
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
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Lindsey Duncan
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
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toft
Apr 21, 2014 toft rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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Donna
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.
Nupur Tustin
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
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Deepa Rao
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
C.
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
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Wendy
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
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Arthur
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
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
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JayeL
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Jamie
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
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Ubalstecha
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
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Mandie Kok
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.
Gail Gauthier
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
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Amanda Meggs
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
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Manon-Marie
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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Katie
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
John
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
Richard Ward
Loved the first Thomas & Charlotte Pitt book, gave it 5 stars. This one starts out with a good but not great hook, with gardeners finding a pair of infant corpses buried in shallow graves. It's an upper-class neighbourhood, and so all the snobs assume that it could only have been a servant girl who either:
a. Had two illegal abortions
b. Give birth to two stillborn infants
c. Committed infanticide twice.
Be it a, b, or c, the idle rich in the neighbourhood just wish the police would mind the
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Lilithanne
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Katy Johnson
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
Pat
Nice dissection of the class divisions of early Victorian London. The resdeints of Callender Square will do anything to avoid scandal, especially murder. Pitt meets his usual resistance based on his "commoner" status. I liked the twist of Charlotte being very involved in the investigation. The ending felt rushed, with everyhting wrapped up in one page. I guess I would have liked a few more clues along the way.
My Inner Shelf
Si le premier volume fut le théâtre de la rencontre entre Charlotte et Thomas, nous faisons ici un bond de presque deux ans après leur mariage. La pudeur d’Anne Perry nous prive systématiquement des petits détails de la vie conjugale de ses héros, et ne nous relate que l’essentiel. C’est un choix, respectons-le. L’intrigue s’annonce assez glauque, puisqu’il est question de cadavres de bébés retrouvés enterrés dans un square. À l’époque les congélateurs n’existant pas, il fallait faire avec les m ...more
Kathe
Callander Square is the second in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry. It's mystery follows the discovery of two children buried in the common area between the houses and exposes the occupants' secrets along the way.

It effectively sets up several different suspects, but again and again, I kept on thinking will you just get on with it? I get your drift - now move the plot along.
Amy
Apr 01, 2014 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable. The book allows you to think without straining yourself. You can look at all the different suspects and make a decision before everything is revealed in the end.
I find the endings to be a bit sudden. It ends with the solution and then boom, the book is finished.
I would recommend the series to anyone interested in reading a mystery and doesn't mind historical novels.
Jennifer
I'm not sure why I'm apparently embarked on a tear through this series, except that it's been cold and rainy, and nothing says "kill some lazy, cold, rainy hours" like adequately-written Victorian mysteries?

But the editing is KILLING me. Apparently the versions I'm reading are relatively recent reprintings of the series (new / slightly different publisher, maybe, or just less dated covers?) and they are RIDDLED with copy-editing errors. Like, seriously egregious sh*t. For example, unless it's (a
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Lisa
While I enjoy the characters in this series, I'm not enjoying how Inspector Pitt solves the mysteries. They are epiphanies that come to him at the last minute and seem like the author just hurries to wrap everything up. But because I like the characters and the setting (Victorian London), I'll probably keep reading the series.
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