My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series depends heavily upon class differences and tension for each episode’s ambience. Charlotte comes from an aristocratic family, while her husband the police inspector could not be more plebian. In Cardington Crescent, Charlotte is called to the townhouse where her sister Emily and brother-in-law George are visiting his family. When George is found dead in his bed, Emily becomes the prime suspect, because it’s common knowledge that he’s been cheating on her with a younger woman. To make matters even worse, a second murder occurs. With Emily on the premises, Thomas has access to insider information, but his investigation is anything but easy, what with the gentry trying to hush things up.
Cardington Crescent lacks the edge that the earlier books featured; perhaps the social theme is wearing thin by now? We’ve seen variations on all the characters so many times that the story falls a bit flat. Not a bad novel, just not as sharp as the Pitt books used to be.