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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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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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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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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.<br/><br/>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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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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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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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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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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Love classic mystery!

Great narrator reading a great book! Good ending too! Never would've guessed....but that's the whole point! :)
Can't wait to hear the whole series!

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Loved reading the first in this series.

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!

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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.