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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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    vxdvxn 09-23-12
    vxdvxn 09-23-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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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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    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 2006
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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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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 09-19-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great start to the series!"

    I loved Davina Porter's reading of this great Anne Perry novel. Can't wait to read the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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