This the 11th Pitt novel which I have read. I enjoyed it and hope to read the entire series, but while refer to Charlotte as the clever wife and helpmate, I find her vexing. Is there truly this great love affair? We start out with her being "shocked and dismayed to discover she was in love with this awkward and impertinent policeman". She claims she can't lie to Pitt, but she constantly acts behind his back. Her constant forays into "society" made her happy without him. She does this for the most part not only not as Mrs. Pitt but as an unmarried woman. (in this episode she does use her married name. Did women of this period not wear wedding rings?). Her friendships with other men are particularly disconcerting. She flirts and leads them on. In this novel she primps for a character and is deeply concerned about what he thinks about her. Others notice her actions but she continues. How hurt and upset would Pitt be if he was aware? She is disrespecting him. She places herself in dangerous and compromising situations. She should have died in Bethlehem Road. Pitt is deeply in love with her, but he is not aware of her actions. Would his feelings change? It would be interesting to see his reaction. He is a detective so he should become aware.
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