Rutland Place by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This fifth mystery in the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series begins with the loss of a locket by Charlotte’s mother. Alarmed by her mother’s unexplained concern about the locket, Charlotte agrees to pay calls with her mother and see if she can determine if anyone knows about it. As time progresses, Charlotte becomes aware that there is more to the locket than her mother wants to admit. Anyone finding it will be sure to realize that the picture inside is not her husband. The mystery deepens when on of the women returns home after a series of innocuous calls and is dead within minutes after drinking poisoned wine. Apparently, she has been spying on her neighbors and has learned more than she should.
This book ended rather abruptly for my taste. I was listening to an audiobook and saw that I only had 8 minutes to go and still the murder hadn’t been explained. I felt that there should have been more clues planted during the earlier parts of the book to have provided a basis for the conclusion.
As with all her books, Anne Perry gives us a glimpse into Victorian society and the strict roles of men and women. There are some wonderful scenes in the book and this is one of the more amusing of Perry’s books.
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