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The Cater Street Hangman | [Anne Perry]

The Cater Street Hangman

When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

The Cater Street Hangman is the first of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries. Set in the Victorian era, it is an elegant and complex mystery full of well-drawn characters and rich period detail. When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

©2005 Linda Lael Miller; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 09-23-13
    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 09-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Narrator--Deficient Plot"

    Once again, Davina Porter (not Christina Moore) nails the characterization of a broad range of characters, but it's not enough to save a tedious plot. The story could have been accomplished with half the murders, for each of which the reader must sit through pages of hand-wringing, finger-pointing, and internal dialogue of doubts and counter-doubts. The classic antagonism between upper-class Brits and the police was also carried to extremes to make that point. I was hoping for a series to keep me going through the fall and winter, but I could barely finish this first volume. Multiple thumbs down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 04-25-09
    Brenda 04-25-09

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "The Cater Steet Hangman"

    I loved it. I think it's the best of the Thomas Pitt series. It's always good to find out how the characters met.

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    Rodeo44 VA 07-16-15
    Rodeo44 VA 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good writer"

    Enjoyed this one immensely. Highly recommended for readers like me who want cleanish content but don't want silly writing. It was realistic enough for me and yet felt somewhat indulgent.

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    Thomas R Colson 07-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "wishing there'd been more to it.."

    Struggled to finish. it just never grabbed my attention. I really enjoyed the reader...

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    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 06-28-15
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 06-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "This is where it all began"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they love mysteries set in England during the 1880s. I fell in love with Perry over 15 years ago and the joy in listening to these books is great.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    It's hard to chose between Charlotte and Thomas. Both are focal points of the series, but this book I think Thomas Pitt wins out. He sets the tone for the rest of the books to come. In the very rich and reserved upper class, a policeman is little more than a tradesman and should know his place.

    Thomas refuses to be treated in this manner and using perfect manners and a sharp wit Thomas manages to gain the trust of all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I really don't understand this question. Most books I read or listen to are well over 9 hours. Even I don't want to read that much.


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    Cheyanne 04-01-15
    Cheyanne 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story. Male voices are flat."
    What did you love best about The Cater Street Hangman?

    Good plot and interesting weaving of narratives/character perspectives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cater Street Hangman?

    Any time someone came into the withdrawing room unannounced. It always revealed a new twist in the story.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    One-dimensional male voices


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't walk alone in the fog of Cater Street.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was interesting and I enjoyed the multiple narratives/character perspectives. However, the narrator was difficult to listen to because her voices for the women all sounded very similar and her interpretation of the men was terrible! She allowed the women to have intonation, variation, pause, emotion. Her voice sounded exactly the same for each male character and with little variation other than annoyance or ambivalence. The only time you could really understand the motivations or emotions of the men was in the author's addition narration about the male character -- basically. the voices did not match the words coming out of their mouths.

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    Susan 03-25-15
    Susan 03-25-15
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    "Somewhat tedious"

    Decided to get this book solely because of the narrator. Davina Porter is at her usual best. The story, however, was a slog.

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    Gail N. San Diego 03-25-15
    Gail N. San Diego 03-25-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great dialog & social commentary but flawed ending"

    As a fan of Anne Perry's second detective series featuring the protagonists William Monk and Hester Latterly, I was predisposed to like this first novel of her first detective series based on the characters Charlotte and William Pitt. It shows real promise for the rest of the series. Her barbed commentary on the clergy and religion in general suits me very well. She does a wonderful job of portraying the hypocrisies and excesses of Victorian society and how its patriarchal system must have been confining and oppressive for women all classes, but most especially middle class women. While women in the west have somewhat been released from this form of bondage, it is worth noting that we have not nearly reached parity with the men in our society. So, reading about Ms. Perry's feminist Victorian heroines is inspiring and useful to us today. On the other hand, the book becomes a bit overdone and uneven towards the conclusion, which does not portray its heroine in a very intelligent light and which could easily have been conceived to come to a similar heart-pounding climax while not making its main figure appear foolish. The dialog is wonderful and portrayed perfectly by the divine Davina Porter. I am looking forward to the second novel in the series.

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    Suzy Q 02-03-15
    Suzy Q 02-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing beginning to a wonderful series"

    I've liked every book I've listened to it read by Anne Perry Often the endings surprise me and this book has an amazing twist at the end.

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    yvonne 01-18-15
    yvonne 01-18-15 Member Since 2012

    Yvonne, love to read and do audio books. Spends too many hours and too much money on books. But I love them. I can't stop.

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    "Great beginning of series"

    Great book. I've read several others in this series before reading this book. It gave great background info for the series. However, this series is not for everyone. There's a lot of historical info of the time period, and if you're not a fan of that type of info, you may get bored trying to get to nuts and bolts of the murder. I love it because it refreshes history in an enjoyable way.

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