- Hardcover: 221 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (Jan. 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312114303
- ISBN-13: 978-0312114305
- Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,513,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Callander Square Hardcover – 1 Jan 1980
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‘The books are infused with morality without being moralistic’
‘What distinguishes Perry’s books is her incisive and imaginative analysis of character and conscience’
From the Back Cover
Murders just didn’t happen in fashionable, respectable areas like Callander Square – and yet, there had been two in a short space of time. The police were baffled. But Charlotte Pitt was curious.
Inspector Pitt’s well-bred wife had not formed the habit of meddling in her husband’s business, but something about this case intrigued her – to the point where she found herself prying into the intimate secrets of the very rich, hearing backstairs gossip that would shock a barmaid, and unearthing truths that could push even the most proper aristocrat to murder.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Upper class lives were then seldom examined . . . except by ladies who were gossiping. When two dead babies are found by accident buried in Callander Square, it becomes Inspector Thomas Pitts' duty to examine all of those lives . . . looking for who the mother was. Pitts' theory is that if you can find the mother, you can find the murderer . . . or the circumstances of death if it wasn't murder.
The wealthy men and women in the square do their best to fend off Pitt by focusing him on their servants. Unsuspected by them, Pitts' wife, Charlotte, decides that she wants to find the mother too . . . but to succor rather than to accuse her. Charlotte and her sister Emily play an undercover role in which Emily is the Upstairs mole and Charlotte is the Downstairs mole. Soon, the skeletons are rattling in all the relevant closets. And crimes multiply!
This mystery presents an interesting problem. How do you investigate when all the "good" people either won't talk to you . . . or lie when they do? These people are so delicate that they won't even come out and discuss their concerns. One has to hint around . . . and hope that the message is received and understood. So there's a dance of manners involved here inside of a mystery which is inside of a dysfunctional society. For those who like novels of manners, there is much to enjoy here in addition to the mystery.
I give Ms. Perry great credit for hiding the villains until late in the book.Read more ›
As to service. It arrived quite quickly and was in good condition. I read it over two days; Anne Perry's books are so easy to read.
Once I've got them all, I will start at the beginning again and read them in the correct order.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely hooked - I think I won't be able to stop buying this author's work now that I've found it.Published 11 months ago by Benjamin Bug
Enjoyable read. Plot. Great information again into the period. Of how the difference classes spoke and thought of each other. Recommend.Published on 3 May 2015 by jayne duggan