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Callander Square by Anne Perry
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Jan 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, mystery, victorian
Read from January 27 to 29, 2011 , read count: 1

Two infants are found while some digging was done on Callander Square. The coroner can't tell if the infants were dead before they were born or if they were murdered. One thing is for sure, one of them was badly deformed. Thomas is forced to painstakingly interview the upper class inhabitants of Callander Square who unquestionably believe that the babies must have belonged to one or even two different servants. When none of the young maids seems to be likely candidates Pitt is forced to begin the sensitive work of interrogating his betters.

His wife, Charlotte, and her sister Emily are intrigued by the case and begin to work their way through the round of daily calls and gossip to find some of the vital information that Thomas desperately needs.

Again, we are given a wonderful view of Victorian life and the unfortunate position of women during that era. However; we are also privy to the ways women got around the male restrictions in their lives. This is one of the better of Anne Perry's mysteries, however; as one reviewer mentioned, it does end rather abruptly.

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