©2005 Linda Lael Miller; (P)2007 Recorded Books,LLC
Plenty of intrigue and suspense, romantic without being cheesy or tawdry. Well developed characters and a very well written story line. Delightful all round!
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.
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.
Having read so many of Anne Perry's novels in which Thomas & Charlotte Pitt figured predominantly I truly enjoyed going back and reading this, their first encounter. Davina Porter is the quintessential narrator for Ms. Perry's books; she imbues each character with unique traits, qualities and patterns of speech which help bring them to life as you listen. This combination of author and narrator is one of the best on the market.
Not only is this the story a wonderful period piece of detecting, it is also the background for the entire series of books involving this crime solving duo and through this novel you come to understand a bit more about how each of these individuals became who they were and how they were destined to become so much more together.
You will notice almost immediately that part of Ms. Perry's writing style involves the inclusion of mundane, day to day happenings such as problems with the tweenie or cook and how the lives and expectations of society during that era are very much removed from those of today. Far from slowing down the novels these references give the story line a better sense of context, allowing the reader/listener to understand the situations and perceptions as they would have seemed to residents of Victorian England as opposed to the impressions we, living in 2013, might entertain.
If you are a fan of Ms. Perry's books and haven't done so you definitely need to read the Cater Street Hangman. If you have yet to experience the writings of this talented author you are in for a treat!
I guess I read this before I began keeping an annotated bibliography which later morphed into my LibraryThing page. At any rate, listening to it brought its own charm, so that was fine. Perry, with gentle subtlety, introduces human frailties that all generations have had to deal with.
It did seem that Porter lost track of who she was reading (which character) at one point, making Sara sound like Grand Maman.
The story was reasonably engaging, though a bit of "repeated character stupidity" was annoying to me. (Don't go out alone! Okay. Oh, here I am, going out alone...). I did like the main characters, and felt they were reasonably drawn overall - though I guessed the identity of one victim in advance simply because she was rather two-dimensional.
However, I will avoid this narrator in the future: the "voices" were just not well done. Many of the characters sounded alike, or sounded different from their voices at an earlier point, and most of the women sounded waspish even when the characters were meant to be likeable.
Not sorry I spent time on it, and won't return it... but don't think I'll continue with the series.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
While you can start anywhere in the series and understand it all, Charlotte's personality is brought out very nicely in this first book and I highly recommend this book as a great place to start!
Mother and catlover
I like the genre, and the elder had been recommended by my mother-in-law :-) (always good to impress the mother-in-law :-)). It was nice that the inspector went back and forth through the possibilities before making a conclusion.
Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human
I don't know; nothing stands out…
It was fun :-)
I'm not sure how good the representation of high society life in (that time era; not indicated what the time era is…), but tHe conclusion is surprising! I must have read/listened to this book previously, because aspects were recognized, but it must either been to recently, because I really didn't remember any of the details or even some of the main points! Clearly, it had been worth saving simply listening to it again was not unenjoyable :-). I bought the book in 2010, and I probably listed to it then, but I just finished revisiting it. It's still fun.
I am just starting this series after reading Anne Perry's William Monk series. I enjoyed this book but, so far, the characters don't seem quite as well-developed as the characters in the Monk series.
More interesting plot, less about the lives of Victorian well-to dos, and more about the investigation.
No, I love books of this genre, but I doubt I will ever read another book by Anne Perry
She actually was quite good, well read, and she kept the story going, for what it was worth.
Not really - dull characters (though heavily developed, which might intrigue some people), poor story (I am a huge Victorian mystery fan, and I was very disappointed).
If you want to read the authors take on what life was like back then, this is a decent book. The characters are fully flushed out, giving much detail about their thoughts and lives. If you are looking for a Victorian mystery, I would look elsewhere.
I recommend to anyone who likes a mystery and doesn't like too much blood and gore. no bad language or violence. there were murders but we didn;t witness them.
the relationships were appropriate as well. Victorian England and all.
I kept being fooled as to who did it. all the suspects were so plausible. In the end I did guess it though. but that was fine.
Davina Porter was the narator and she could read the phone book and it would be good.
My favorite character was Georgiana.
I listen while driving only. I looked for heavy traffic!!!
I plan on reading or listening to this entire series. very enjoyable
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