I read this book about 12-Nov-2008. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1988. This note was last modified Thursday, 04-Dec-2008 18:55:49 PST.
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A Victorian mystery. Well along in the series, it seems.
Inspector Pitt deals with political pressure and social distances, and ends up in jail himself for a while. His wife takes major risks (at least socially, but there have been two follow-up murders too) to try to figure out what's going on.
And the big surprise is a cross-dresser. There was no murder originally; he was accidentally killed by his wife, who didn't recognize him.
Parts of it were pretty good, other parts were condescendingly preachy (not truly horrible, but enough to chafe).