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The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  12,161 Ratings  ·  923 Reviews
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 curiously drawn to pretty Charlotte Ellison. Yet, ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Fawcett Books (first published 1979)
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Alf Goodall My preference is to read books in order of publication if they are part of a series, however it isn't necessary to do so. I highly recommend reading…moreMy preference is to read books in order of publication if they are part of a series, however it isn't necessary to do so. I highly recommend reading this book first as it establishes how the two principal characters met.(less)
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Phrynne
Aug 08, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Historical mystery has turned out to be a favourite genre of mine. There is something very intriguing about watching the police attempting to solve crime without the use of all our modern techniques. Often, as in this case, the murderer is captured in the act which is pretty conclusive!
I had a few small issues with this book, for example the occasional info dumps which I actually skimmed. However these were more than made up for by the excellent story and the characters. I loved the little roman
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Amanda
Aug 06, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on a day I stayed home sick from work. I felt terrible, but escaping into this book gave me several hours of wonderful distraction. Perry perfectly evoked the spirit and flavor of the era and what life was like for an intelligent and curious young woman in a time when those were not considered favorable attributes for women.
The mystery is good, touching as it does the obsessions the Victorians had for sex and religion. The best thing for me in The Cater Street Hangman is the sense of
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Linda
3.5 Stars

Imagine if you will a society that expected women to stifle their feelings for the good of all. A proper lady would marry, bear children and serve her husband and family. She was to be pleasing and her household was presumed to run with complete order. Her goal was to avoid any cause for upset and she was expected to look the other way when necessary.

Charlotte Ellison was a product of the times. Though they loved her immensely, she was the bane of her parents. In her early twenties, sh
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I stayed up until 5:30am listening to this audiobook, because it was due back at the library today. I can't say that it was wasted time. It was a pretty good book and the narrator, Davina Porter does a satisfying job. However, I didn't love this book. I think the major issue I had was that I found most of the characters unlikable.

Charlotte did grow on me. She had some notions and beliefs that weren't ideal (she tended to be very naive about things and was somewhat snobbish and judgmental towards
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Rose
Apr 24, 2008 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cater Street Hangman is the first Charlotte & Inspector Pitt novel by Anne Perry. I had read some of the Pitt mysteries as a teenager and thought I might start at the beginning of the series and read them through. I remembered being fascinated by them at the time, but memory isn't always reliable. In fact, the story is intriguing, well-written, with an interesting twist at the end and a strong component of social commentary that is as relevent today as to the time period in which the sto ...more
Jamie Collins
This is Anne Perry’s first published novel, and it’s not too bad. I look forward to continuing this series (27 books!) which takes place in the late 1800’s, about 20-30 years later than her other Victorian mysteries featuring William Monk.

This book describes the meeting, under tragic circumstances, of Police Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison, the daughter of a banker. Young women in Charlotte’s neighborhood are being murdered, and Pitt investigates the crimes while initiating a few mor
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Wendy Darling
I never really got into the rest of the series (or the Monk ones), but I really like this book. Rereading it now, there's a definite modern feminist slant, but it's never to the detriment of the plot, and is a big part of shaping Charlotte's characterization. The mystery is well-plotted and engaging, and you can practically hear the gas lamps sputtering...
Anuradha
Some history, before I dive into the book. Yesterday, I read about the late Dee Dee Blancharde who clearly suffered from Munchhausen by proxy. One thing led to another, as it does so often in such cases, and soon, I was reading about the infamous Parker-Hulme murder case. Imagine my surprise when I read Hulme was actually a critically acclaimed writer! So I bought the Kindle edition of this book five minutes later, and here we are now.

Right off the bat, for some reason, the blurb made me think
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Jaime
How can I not like this? It combines two of my favorite things… historical fiction and a murder mystery! It’s set in Victorian-era England, and I think all the intricacies of social life at that time are well portrayed. It must have been so stressful living at that time and always worrying if you’re doing and saying the right things! It seemed to me that the worst thing one could do was be “impertinent”.

I’m not sure how I feel about Anne Perry’s somewhat sordid past, but I really enjoyed this bo
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Rubi
Crime fiction? Really? Mmm, Anne, I know you can make it better.

The only really good thing has been the end; so unexpected. And...ok, I like how you let us know the characters. But I hope a lot more from you! Come on!
Kathy Davie
Oct 31, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
First in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in Victorian England in 1881.

The Story
A number of murders committed by the same person brings Inspector Thomas Pitt to the Ellison household with questions regarding the victims. Naturally, being a respectable household, the Ellisons clam up. Then one of the household becomes a murder victim and Pitt becomes a regular, if mostly unwanted, fixture.

And so the summer winds into fall with few clues but leaving time for some in the
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Nicole
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Maria
Quando saiu este livro fiquei desde logo com grandes expectativas. Mas... saíram goradas. Este livro foi uma completa desilusão porque de policial teve muito pouco.

O Estrangulado de Carter Street é mais um romance de época com um toque de mistério. Numa pequena localidade têm surgido casos de raparigas novas que aparecem estranguladas, sempre sob o mesmo método e na mesma altura do dia: à noite.

Opinião completa: http://marcadordelivros.blogspot.pt/2...
Tammie
This is the first in Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, and one of my favorites. I fell in love with Anne Perry's books when I read Pentecost Alley. I bought it not realizing it was part of a series. After reading it I knew I had to read the rest of them. I love the rich period detail she gives her books. She really brings Victorian London to life like no one else.
Jenny Q
Aug 25, 2011 Jenny Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have long heard people talking about Anne Perry, and thanks to Open Road republishing her Pitt mysteries, I finally got the chance to read her myself! The Cater Street Hangman was originally pubished in 1979, but it holds its own against the newer books in this genre. I'm a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, so it's kind of the standard to which I hold other mysteries, and I can't help but compare a bit while reading. Here's how The Cater Street Hangman stacks up:

With this
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C.
Jul 29, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry is beloved and prolific. I picked up many books and discovered they belonged in series. At first I worry historic society will feel too oppressed to enjoy or relate to protagonists. This writer shows a world without reciting an instruction manual and a reasonable percentage of scenes scurry towards the point of the story. With mystery, that is a must. In fact I would encourage her to let us unwind, following revelations. Her novels end with a thud; exciting but I would love a chance t ...more
Linda
Though I have been reading Anne Perry for some years now I had not read the first in her Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series. I am so sorry it took me so long. When we meet Charlotte in this story she is a strong willed young woman whom people believe will never marry as she has no feminine or weak attributes that most men admire. Her family is not rich but well to do so she must never marry below her station. When young women are murdered near Charlotte's family home Charlotte meets Inspector Pi ...more
Tracey
Aug 07, 2011 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Adult fiction; period drama. This is not so much a mystery as it is a novel set during a time of terror wreaked by a serial killer, since there is very little sleuthing done but rather a lot of hand wringing and arguing amongst family members (sister rivalries! marital transgressions!), until finally the main character is attacked (and thus the murderer's identity is finally discovered, and there the book just ends). The book deals quite a bit with the inequalities in moral standards for men vs. ...more
JayeL
Mar 20, 2008 JayeL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeni
Apr 07, 2009 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read an Anne Perry novel and I was pleasantly surprised. The novel takes place during the Victorian age where the author brings out the social norms/mores for women and social classes during that era. The book centers around young women being found murdered just down the street from the Ellison household on Cater Street. This is the first in a series of novels featuring the characters of Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison, the high-bred daughter of an upper-c ...more
Gawelleb
Jan 11, 2015 Gawelleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai fini et je m'empresse de commencer le second :) (en même temps j'ai un livre qui compile les deux premiers tomes, ça serait dommage de l'abandonner maintenant!
Catarina Oliveira
I do love a good mystery and this one kept me guessing until the very end. Unfortunately some parts of the storyline feel a bit rushed and that ending was rather disappointing for my taste.

3/5
Kazen
Mar 12, 2017 Kazen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-challenge
I've been on the lookout for a series I can dig my teeth into and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries may be it.

The good:

- I have a thing for historical mysteries, and is there any better time or place for them than Jack the Ripper's London?

- Perry doesn't assume that the reader knows all the history and social mores of the time and weaves in explanations unobtrusively. We learn about Victorian gender roles, class, marriage, crime, and more.

- All of the characters, from our heroine on down
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E.
The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1)There was a little too much focusing on dresses and who was in love with who, but I went into this book expecting it, so it didn't annoy me that much. I really liked the emphasis on the expectations for men and women during that time. Charlotte came across as a bit too naive to believe, but I liked how she pushed back against what was expected of her. The mystery was interesting and while I wasn't surprised with the revealing of the kille ...more
Amy
What I thought I was getting: (i.e. the synopsis on Goodreads)

Careless of both murder and manners, Charlotte Ellison and her sister, two determinedly unconventional young women, ignore Victorian mores and actively join the police investigation, led by young Inspector Thomas Pitt, into the murder of their servant girl.

What I actually got:
Charlotte: "Oh my! These deaths are so tragic. I'll say everything that comes to my mind. Isn't my brother-in-law hot? Women are so down-trodden."
Emily: "Oh sure
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Lightreads
A lengthy set of Victorian mysteries featuring Charlotte, the daughter of a well-to-do family, and Inspector Pitt of the police. The Cater Street Hangman is about a series of murders that take place in Charlotte’s wealthy neighborhood (thus introducing our protagonists to each other). It’s all about exposing the hypocrisies and secrets behind the glittering façades of wealthy families. Callander Square is about a series of killings in an upper-class neighborhood – it’s all about exposing the hyp ...more
Lin Stepp
Jun 10, 2012 Lin Stepp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series of mysteries by Anne Perry.
I think there are 27 novels published so far in this series set in the late 1800s of England ... and I've probably read every one. Perry is fantastic. She not only writes a wonderful mystery, she paints compelling pictures of the social classes of the 1800s and creates memorable characters that linger in your heart and mind.
The CATER STREET HANGMAN introduces Inspector Thomas Pitt, a working class policeman, and
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Abby
May 07, 2013 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This could have been such a good psychological thriller! It had so much potential.

In a nutshell,a quiet upper middle class Victorian neighborhood is in a panic. there is a killer on the loose who is strangling young women with a garrotte then mutilating their bodies. When someone close to the Ellison family is a victim, they find themselves in the middle of the investigation led by ID Pitt. He visits often because he is enamored with the middle daughter Charlotte. The love story is week. (and I
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Speedtribes
This the first volume that introduces the character Detective Thomas Pitt. I found, as is with most of her books, Perry's strengths lie more in the description of class issues and the difficulty of navigating various social norms. Her mysteries are less who-dunnits, than social commentaries with a murder attached to it. In this first volume, there someone is garroting good, honest women to death and families have taken to hiding their daughters away in fear.

The unconventional and somewhat slopp
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Ambientada durante la época victoriana en Londres, Los crímenes de Cater Street dan inicio a la exitosa saga de la escritora Anne Perry para uno de sus protagonistas más carismáticos, el inspector Thomas Pitt: un discreto policía londinense de carácter noble, perspicaz y algo tímido.

En las calles del barrio acomodado de Carter Street en Londres, se están sucediendo los brutales asesinatos de mujeres jóvenes residentes del distrito. Pronto los vecinos constatarán que el asesino es uno de los suy
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (1 - 10 of 32 books)
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  • Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3)
  • Resurrection Row  (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #4)
  • Rutland Place (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #5)
  • Bluegate Fields (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #6)
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