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The Cater Street Hangman

A Novel
Perry, Anne (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Cater Street Hangman
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"An ingenious mystery and an excellent example of manners and caste systems of the Victorian era." THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES While the Ellison girls were out paying calls and drinking tea like proper Victorian ladies, a maid in their household was strangled to death. The quiet and young Inspector Pitt investigates the scene and finds no one above suspicion. As his intense questioning causes many a composed facade to crumble, Pitt finds himself couriously drawn to pretty Charlotte Ellison. Yet, a romance between a society girl and so unsuitable a suitor was impossible in the midst of a murder.... From the Paperback edition.
Authors: Perry, Anne
Title: The Cater Street hangman
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2008, c1979
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anne Perry
Notes: "The first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel" -- Cover
ISBN: 0345513568
9780345513564
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PERRY 2008
Subject Headings: Police England London Fiction Police spouses Fiction Women detectives England London Fiction Pitt, Thomas (Fictitious character) Fiction Pitt, Charlotte (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Police
Police spouses
Women detectives
Pitt, Thomas (Fictitious character)
Pitt, Charlotte (Fictitious character)
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Follow the exploits of Charlotte Pitt and her husband Thomas as they go about investigating Victorian society murders. You will love the historical detail in each novel


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Sep 03, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Young women are being garroted on Cater Street, and the neighbourhood is abuzz with fear and gossip. When each girl dies, her morals are brought into question, because only immoral girls could find themselves in the situation to be murdered in Victorian London.

Charlotte is the middle daughter from a good, middle class household, and when their maid becomes the next of the murderer's victims, she begins to ask questions that are considered impertinent by those around her. All except for Inspector Pitt, the police officer in charge of the investigation. He finds Charlotte's questions, and looks intriguing.

A gentle exploration of class and morality in Victorian London.

Feb 10, 2011
  • Albertasaurus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this when it first came out in paperback, and then collected the series for a number of years (I stopped after 12 or 15) - I also started on the Monk series and collected it - I stopped both about the same time

Dec 23, 2009
  • KittyKoko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This series of murder mystery books is set in London, England in the late 19th century. It follows the exploits of Charlotte Pitt and her husband Thomas as they go about investigating murders. The books focus on Victorian society and the historical detail in each novel is excellent from the politics of the day to how one is to act in proper society. Great books for those who also enjoy historical fiction.

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