|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2009|
|Number of Pages:||263|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.44|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.54 x 0.6 x 7.88|
Anne Perry was born Juliet Hume on October 28, 1938 in Blackheath, London. Sent to Christchurch, New Zealand to recover from a childhood case of severe pneumonia, she became very close friends with another girl, Pauline Parker. When Perry's family abandoned her, she had only Parker to turn to, and when the Parkers planned to move from New Zealand, Parker asked that Perry be allowed to join them. When Parker's mother disagreed, Perry and Parker bludgeoned her to death.
Perry eventually served five and a half years in an adult prison for the crime. Once she was freed, she changed her name and moved to America, where she eventually became a writer. Her first Victorian novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published in 1979. Although the truth of her past came out when the case of Mrs. Parker's murder was made into a movie (Heavenly Creatures), Perry is still a popular author and continues to write. She has written over 50 books and short story collections including the Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series. Her story, Heroes, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.
The second of Perry's "Charlotte and Thomas Pitt" mysteries begins with the discovery of the bodies of two dead babies in a park in the wealthy neighborhood of Callander Square. Inspector Pitt has much help investigating the crime, unofficially, from his wife, Charlotte, and her sister Lady Emily Ashworth. Miss Charlotte Edison becomes a secretary to General Ballantine, assisting him with his military memoirs, to gain access to Callander Square, which is full of colorful characters, each with their own secrets.
We experience the Victorian age where the rigid etiquette of the social hierarchy was observed to the letter. In fact, Pitt's superiors would rather have him admit defeat than 'cause embarrassment to important people. Davina Porter's voice changes easily for each character, offering a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended for public libraries. Marjorie Lemon, SRCF-Mercer, PA
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Murders just don’t happen in fashionable areas like Callander Square–but these two have. The police are totally baffled. Pretty, young Charlotte Ellison Pitt, however, is curious.
Inspector Pitt’s well-bred wife doesn’t often meddle in her husband’s business, but something about this case intrigues her–to the point that staid Charlotte Pitt is suddenly rattling the closets of the very rich, seeking out backstairs gossip that would shock a barmaid, and unearthing truths that could push even the most proper aristocrat to murder.
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