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ISBN:0709177267
Author: Anne Perry
ISBN13: 978-0709177265
Title: Cater Street Hangman
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Language: English
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; First edition (November 1979)
Pages: 224

Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry



The Cater Street Hangman is the first book in the Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry. Inspector Pitt caught a case of the killing of young ladies at night around Cater Street London. During his investigation, Inspector Pitt met the beautiful Charlotte Ellison after the death of her maid. The Readers of The Cater Street Hangman will follow the twists and turns of Inspector Pitt investigation into the murders and will wonder if Charlotte and Inspector Pitt will fall in love. She definitely reveals the hypocrisy of the age. However, the conversations during which Pitt enlightens Charlotte about the criminal underworld and other aspects of life unfamiliar to her began to feel like the author lecturing the reader.

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In the debut of the New York Times–bestselling Victorian crime series, Inspector Thomas Pitt seeks an elusive strangler among upper-class British society. Panic and fear strike the Ellison household when one of their own falls prey to the Cater Street murderer. While Mrs. Ellison and her three daughters are out, their maid becomes the third victim of a killer who strangles young women with cheese wire, leaving their swollen-faced bodies on the dark streets of this genteel neighborhood.

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It had not been easy because although there were plenty of girls seeking a good position, many of them were unskilled, and many had reputations and references that were less than satisfactory f course, since Lily’s death and the manner of it were known, it was not the most pleasing prospect for a respectable girl seeking employment. However, Millie Simpkins seemed the best applicant they were likely to get, and the situation was becoming most awkward without someone in the position.

The Cater Street Hangman is a crime novel by Anne Perry. It is the first in a series which features the husband-and-wife team of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. The Cater Street Hangman introduces Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison, who both become regular characters in crime novels by Anne Perry. Set in 1881, the story follows an investigation into the murders of several young women in the streets near the wealthy Ellison family home.

Reissued to coincide with a Yorkshire TV series. The Ellison's are shocked by the death of their maid, strangled while the ladies were out. But one daughter, Charlotte, determines to find out the truth, and forms an unconventional but effective alliance with the investigator, Thomas Pitt. A Victorian murder mystery by the author of TRAITORS' GATE.
Reviews: 7
Maveri
Anne Perry’s The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series Book 1) is one of the more uncommon murder mysteries that I’ve ever read. I call it a murder mystery because I’m not sure that I can properly call it a detective novel. The protagonist is a feisty young lady who hardly more than accidentally makes discoveries relevant to the case, and the actual police detective does almost nothing on the stage of the novel except question said young lady, who is not, as it happens, the murderer. The detective does not make use of any forensic evidence, nor is he shown interviewing suspects other than the ones in the protagonist Charlotte’s family. The detective, Inspector Thomas Pitt, is eminently likeable and clearly hardworking, but his work seems irrelevant. In the end, the case isn’t really solved—the murderer merely attacks the wrong person at the wrong time and is finally caught. So in this murder mystery, the plot action is carried along purely by circumstances, not by actual deduction. Despite this, Perry does a fine job of keeping the pace taut, a significant feat for this genre.

The one other detrimental factor, an actual flaw in the book as opposed to merely a unique way of handling murder mystery plotting, is that Perry switches perspectives unevenly. In the first few chapters, some are told from a limited-omniscient perspective focused on Charlotte, others are LO focused on her sister Emily, and still others on their mother. Then the rest of the novel, except for sections from the brother-in-law Dominic’s perspective, is Charlotte’s LO point of view. I’m not sure what Perry could have done to fix this problem, but since none of the chapters are in first-person and most of the novel is devoted to Charlotte, the multiple points of view make for choppy and confusing reading until Charlotte’s story finally stays on center stage.

Since the novel isn’t actually about detective work, what is it about? As with all good murder mysteries, it is about human nature. This novel is worth reading for its rich insights about human nature, marriage, infidelity, conflict, forgiveness, and sibling rivalry alone, never mind the enjoyable characters and dark suspense. Additionally, the Victorian setting is intriguing, and Perry actually makes use of her setting, rather than making it a mere backdrop. She vividly illustrates some of the nuanced challenges that women faced during this time period.

What would Aristotle and John Keats say? In terms of truth and beauty, this novel is elegantly-written and filled with engaging plot and characters. Perry is remarkable in her ability to insightfully communicate truths about human nature. The greatness of content of this work would have to refer to the truths about human nature, not the less-than-complex plot, but I think a case can be made for it. The greatness of execution is well-served by Perry’s literate prose, but poorly served by the uneven point-of-view shifts. As for the strange case of the absent or irrelevant detective in this story, I think that Pitt and Charlotte might prove to be a very formidable detective team in the next novel in the series, actually solving cases rather than merely discussing them, now that their characters have been set up. I have high hopes for this, anyway.
Walianirv
I have almost all the books in this wonderful series, but for some reason had lost the first one. As my husband has been enjoying the Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix, I thought he would like to read these books too, so the first book needed to be replaced. Set in Victorian London, the series follows the adventures of an unlikely couple...Policeman Thomas Pitt, and his upper class wife Charlotte, as they investigate crimes in the darkest pits of Victorian Slums and also those in high society mansions. As Thomas gets promoted during the series, the books tend to evolve into more political upper class investigations and poor Charlotte starts to take a back seat and less involved...this started to make the later books more boring for me, as I was more interested in poverty in Victorian times, and in the relationship between Thomas and Charlotte and how they dealt with combining two very different lifestyles, hence I have slowed down in purchasing any of the newer releases. Still, the earlier books are an absolute delight, historically accurate and excellent cosy fireside reads.
Sirara
This is my second book by Anne Perry, but my first in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Ever since I stumbled across the book, The Search For Anne Perry, I have wanted to read her books. So I began at the beginning in her popular Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series Book 1. This is the book where Charlotte and Thomas first meet and fall in love over a series of gruesome murders in the neighborhood where Charlotte Ellison and her family live. The British class system is very much a part of this book.
Policemen are considered as a lower class compared to the Ellison family. The intrusion of Inspector Charles Pitt into their lives is intolerable. After all, the murder of Chloe Abernathy must have been done by someone from the lower, criminal classes so why is he daring to question them? It's only as the bodies of other young women they know start to accumulate in their neighborhood that the Ellison family and others of their class, are forced to look at the shocking fact that one of their own kind must be committing these atrocities.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would have given it 4 stars had it not been for the fact that I guessed who the killer was about halfway through the book. Who knows. Maybe I just have a devious mind. At any rate I gave it 3 and a half stars.
Mysterious Wrench
Great start to a terrific series. NOTE to publishers: Including the phrase "A Charlotte AND Thomas Pitt Novel" COMPLETELY destroys the author's delicate development (and the reader's enjoyment) of the relationship between Charlotte ELLISON and Inspector PITT. MUST we be told how the story ends before we've even begun to read the first page??
EXIBUZYW
I love the Monk series so thought I'd give this one a try. Its good, certainly well written. And there are some outstanding and ultimately uncomfortable themes, such as the casual infidelity of the Victorian man and the havoc it can produce. The murders were off-screen and quite horrible. But the development of the relationship between Charlotte and Thomas is not well developed at all. The material was there, but it just didn't work. And the final revelation just...happened. Then it was over.

So, knowing what this author is capable of and seeing those deep, personal character moments, I'll pick up the next in this series. Hopefully she got more into her stride in later books.