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Callander Square Book Review Summary

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When gardeners unearth the bodies of two newborn babies, the residents of fashionable Callander Square do not concern themselves overmuch. They dismiss the burials as the act of a desperate working-class girl, and patiently wait for the police to stop poking around in their lives.

But they do not count on Inspector Thomas Pitt, and his curious, compassionate wife, Charlotte. As Pitt questions the square's residents, Charlotte finds employment in one of the well-born households. Charlotte's sister, Emily, who married above her class, assists the pair by encouraging neighborhood gossip during social visits.

Soon, the trio find everyone in Callander Square has something to hide -- secrets that, if revealed, would disturb their comfortable, carefully ordered lives. Charlotte and Emily's gruesome discovery in an abandoned garden forces the residents to face facts: a murderer walks among them.

This report prepared by Felicia Jordan








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   19th century What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Murder of certain profession?    -   the rich! Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   butler provides unemotional service    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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