Mystery Series Reviews | Callander Square

Anne Perry, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt #2

In London, England, Anne Perry deftly points out the major differences, once again, between classes and gender. The elite believe they are above the law, however, the law, several classes below the elite, eventually brings the matter of class power to a more equal standing. Men who believe and act as if they are superior to women find themselves perpetrators of most hideous crimes. Ms. Perry does this with her usual descriptive body language and thought processes.

The aristocrats on Callander Square live and behave as if they are above reproach, above criticism, and above any wrong doing. When two gardeners assigned the task of planting a bush discover two very small bodies, one recent and one buried some years ago, and report this to the police, the smug world of the rich upper class becomes upended. The thin veneer of the power men think they have begins to shatter, and the women discover that they, little by little, can inch closer to the equality they deserve.

Thomas Pitt finds himself, as detective, interrogating both men and women and both rich and poor to discover who brought the lives of these two infants to a quick end. Charlotte Pitt and her sister Emily set  out to clandestinely assist Pitt in his investigations. Before the conclusion of the investigation and the discovery of a man seemingly above reproach, several others meet their ends.

Up next:  B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

Harriet Engle is an avid reader of several authors who write murder mystery series. Look for her weekly reviews highlighting each of these series.

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