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Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #2)

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Am vornehmen Callander Square tauchen bei Gärtnerarbeiten zwei Kinderskelette auf - ein Skandal? Die verzweifelte Tat eines Dienstmädchens? Die Herrschaften des viktorianischen London versuchen die Ermittlungen von Inspector Pitt zu vereiteln, so gut es geht. Doch Pitts Frau Charlotte findet Zugang zur feinen Gesellschaft und stößt auf eine Welt voller Intrigen, Untreue un ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by Dumont (first published 1980)
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Linda
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.

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Scot
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ira
3.4 stars.
The mystery is good, as usual plenty killed in this story.

It was nice to meet Charlotte and Thomas again, they married now and expecting their first child.
As we know Thomas is not a well born and budget rather low for these two. So, no maid and it was fun to see Charlotte learn how to cook and clean the house:)
The good thing is Thomas was fine with Charlotte read newspapers, and he thought Charlotte is adorable when she talked freely what she had in mind:)

However too many POV in this b
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Kathy Davie
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lindsey Duncan
Feb 20, 2010 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
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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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C.
Aug 18, 2014 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
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Nupur Tustin
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jenny
Mar 28, 2015 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
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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
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springsnotfail
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jackie
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisty Victorian Affairs

Book 2 (of 32 so far) in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. Thomas and Charlotte have married (not a spoiler) and are expecting their first child. Charlotte is adjusting to life on a policeman's salary without complaint, but it is a big change from her previous high society upbringing. The book opens with the discovery of the bodies of two infants buried in a garden in the tony neighborhood of Callander Square. One of the infants has a weirdly misshapen head. F
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Barbara Rogers
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does a Victorian mystery better than Anne Perry and there isn't a better sleuthing team than Charlotte and Thomas Pitt! Winners all around.

Charlotte and Thomas met in the first book of the series and they are now married and expecting their first child. Charlotte's younger sister has also married her titled suitor from the first book. Everybody is happy, but Charlotte's sister is getting a little bored with her aristocratic existence. So, when the skeletal remains of three babies are foun
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John
Nov 20, 2014 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
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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JayeL
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katie
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hazel
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
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Arthur
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
Hermioneginny
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
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Rubi
"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
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Gail Gauthier
Sep 03, 2013 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
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Deepa Rao
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mandie Kok
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathleen Freeman
It was interesting to see how Charlotte and her sister devised a way to participate in the investigation. I thought the ending was a bit quick, but overall I thought it was okay.
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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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