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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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    History Buff Maryland 08-23-13
    History Buff Maryland 08-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "There is Truly Nothing New Under the Sun"

    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.

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    Linda 07-12-13
    Linda 07-12-13
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    "Decent story, but narrator "voices" inconsistent."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Billingsley California 06-24-13
    Leigh Billingsley California 06-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"

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    "Great series! Start here!"

    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!

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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-28-13
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-28-13 Member Since 2005

    Mother and catlover

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    "Fun, and unexpected"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cater Street Hangman the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know; nothing stands out…


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meg 01-07-13
    Meg 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A New Series for Me"

    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.

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    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12
    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12

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    "Dull and Uninteresting"
    What would have made The Cater Street Hangman better?

    More interesting plot, less about the lives of Victorian well-to dos, and more about the investigation.


    Has The Cater Street Hangman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love books of this genre, but I doubt I will ever read another book by Anne Perry


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    She actually was quite good, well read, and she kept the story going, for what it was worth.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kay United States 12-24-12
    Kay United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "very enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Davina Porter was the narator and she could read the phone book and it would be good.
    My favorite character was Georgiana.


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

    I listen while driving only. I looked for heavy traffic!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on reading or listening to this entire series. very enjoyable

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    vxdvxn 09-23-12
    vxdvxn 09-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Great Victorian Era Mystery"

    This Victorian era mystery has a unique twist. Since this is the first book, you are introduced to the main characters and the general premise of the series. The book deals with not only a mystery, but also the division of social class and how that divide affects the investigation of crime and murder in 19th century London. This is a great beginning to a series. You can empathize with the characters and you get an idea of what life was like back then without the book being stuff or heavy handed. A good "middle of the road" mystery. Not too much gore or sex, just enough discription to get the point accross.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina St. Charles, IL, United States 06-10-12
    Tina St. Charles, IL, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad..."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would say it was clever, very passionate and rather creepy. At the reveal, I felt like the author was yanking my chain to feel sympathy for a serial murder. I am not at all comfortable with that and I suppose my reaction could be a success the author.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    She is always easy on the ears to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reveal of the murderer. Anything else would give it away!


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the budding romance between the Pitts was not very believable. I am reluctant to pick up the second book, but I always like to give a prolific series with many 4-5 star reviews a 2 book chance.

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    M Burlingame, CA, United States 06-22-11
    M Burlingame, CA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "19th Century Murder Tale by 20th Century Murderer"

    Take Jane Austen???s ???Pride and Prejudice,??? set it in London 75 years later, and add a serial killer; then you have ???The Cater Street Hangman??? by Anne Perry. It is a good novel that stood well on its own when it was released in 1979, something like 15 years before it was discovered that the author Anne Perry is also the convicted murderer Juliet Hulme. Reading (listening to) it now with that knowledge adds a distinct creepiness to the story.

    As per a previous review, the reader is Davina Porter, and she does a great job.

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