Inspector Thomas Pitt considers himself unflappable but hes never seen anything like this. A male corpsedressed in a velvet gown, arms and feet boundhas been discovered floating in a boat. Further investigation proves the man to be Delbert Cathcart, a daring, innovative society photographer.

With his wife Charlotte in Paris and the children at the seaside on holiday, Thomas devotes all of his time to the investigation. Pitt enters the world of the demimonde, where he finds himself evaluating his own beliefs as he discovers the shocking identity of the murderer and his motivation.

HALF MOON STREET is an intriguing look at life in late Victorian times and a spellbinding mystery. The absence of Charlotte Pitt from the story is a disappointment, but a subplot involving Charlottes mother adds further depth to these well-rounded characters.(Feb., 336 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published April 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg