Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote in bookish,
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Callander Square by Anne Perry

This book is the second in the popular Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, which are Victorian mysteries. The first was The Cater Street Hangman, in which they were Inspector Pitt and Miss Ellison. Now they are happily married, with a baby on the way. Charlotte is shocked when her husband tells her that the skeletons of two babies have been found in the tony Callander Square. She is sure there must be something that she can do to help solve the mystery...

This book features multiple viewpoints, including Charlotte and her sister Emily, as well as people living in the Callander Square neighborhood. The plots are intricate and realistic - this novel really captures the simmering eroticism, poverty, and violence lurking below the veneer of Victorian life - and are resolved in the end in ways you never would have expected.

Perry does not disappoint. Changes among the "family" characters are generally slow and in the background, while the "case" families are prominent. I enjoyed this, although I hear that the books start to go downhill around number 25. Guess I'll just have to stop reading before then. :) Three stars - a C+ in the new system.

I don't generally review later books in a series in communities, so feel free to Friend me if you wish to find out what I think of books three, four, and onwards.
Tags: genre: fiction, genre: mystery, subject: history, xxx author last name: i-q

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