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

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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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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...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...
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...more
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Jen Scott
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
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
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...more
Kathy Davie
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...more
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
I am a big fan of the Victorian Era so it would seem natural that literature based in that period would appeal to me. Not always so. Too many writers these days feel that "old" is good only insofar that they stick their characters there. The dialogue and details lack any feel of authenticity and I might as well be reading contemporary. Anne Perry's novel The Cater Street Hangman proves this trend very wrong. A husband and wife detective team tackle crime in Victorian England and Perry makes it r...more
Never have I read a more compelling detective novel than this one. It has everything from terror, romance, whodunnit crime, and suspense. I can't believe that this book and the series that follows have never crossed my path before. I know I have said that many times a certain book is the ultimate "whodunnit," Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, for example. The Cater Street Hangman is probably the second best whodunnit I have ever read in my entire life, no doubts about it.

I have two fav...more
This is one author and book that I've been really excited to read and am thrilled to say that I wasn't disappointed! I really loved the Victorian England era that the story took place in and I thought the overall atmosphere of the book was great. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and look forward to visiting them again in the upcoming books. (yay! a new series to tackle!) I did guess who the murderer was fairly early on, but still continued to question my choice throughout the stor...more
Me ha gustado conocer el inicio de la relación entre Pitt y Charlotte aunque la trama me ha resultado mucho más previsible que la de otras aventuras de la saga.
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:
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...more
This book is more about the whole Ellison family than just Charlotte and Inspector Pitt's relationship as is advertised in the description. We get point of views from most of the family and come to know them as they see each other and themselves--especially when the investigation into the murders start to reveal secrets. The question the characters start to ask is: How well do you really know anyone? Even someone you live with?

There are times in this book when you love and hate all of the charac...more
In further adventures of Monica Reading Mysteries, I decided to give Cater Street Hangman a try. Final thoughts... are mixed. Certainly it was well written. You could practically see the flickering gaslights and smell the, um, horse manure? Is that what one would smell on a traditional Victorian street? And there are perky little pickpockets, and fire-and-brimstone-spewing vicars, and vicious grandmothers, and gentlemen’s clubs, and endless cups of tea. Anyway, it all seems very realistic, right...more
Synopsis: Someone is killing young women in Cater Street. Thomas Pitt is called in to investigate and he meets Charlotte Ellison. More or less together, they try to uncover the identity of a killer dubbed the hangman.

What I liked: The characters. Ms Perry actually gave the reader a glimpse into each and every mind that she felt was important to the story. I was surprised by the POV switches even though they were separated by scenes and sometimes chapters, but it added well to the mystery. I didn...more
This is the first in a long running series of historical mysteries set in Victorian London. The focus was on the Ellison family, a husband and wife with 3 daughters. The story opens with a murder in their neighborhood is a local girl. It was a grisly crime, quickly followed by several others. Each of the family members have different reactions to the crimes and family secrets and suspiciouns abound.

The portrait of a family dealing with grisly crimes happening close to home was interesting and I...more
I read this book almost right after reading the first book of Perry's 'William Monk' series. As a result my expectation of what to expect in this book was completely off. At first I was disappointed but once my expectation was adjusted I enjoyed the book a lot. In the Monk series we get one perspective, the male investigator. I had anticipated this would follow the same general way of telling the story but was wrong. The story was told from several different character's perspective, none of whic...more
I read the 2011 Open Road ebook edition of this book. This is the first book I have read of hers but won't be the last. I was into the characters I really like charlotte and her sisters.
Charlotte is reading the paper in secret because her father thinks that their is only a little on the news fit for women and he will read it to them. So she reads them when the servants put it away for them to read so at least its a day old by the time she can read it.
Charlotte has a crush on her sister Sarah's h...more
Susan Anderson
The Cater Street Hangman, the first book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt historical mystery series, introduces a set of characters, many of whom will continue throughout the next twenty-nine Pitt novels. The story takes place in 1881 and the author, Anne Perry, paints a rich portrait of late nineteenth-century London society, weaving actual places and historical events into the plot. The major theme deals with the duplicity and stultifying mores of Victorian society.

The business of murder begin...more
I just finished number eight in this series so, in general, I like this series. I wasn't expecting so many different view points. Not just Thomas(who doesn't even get a view point in this first book at all)and Charlotte, but just about everybody else involved. While unexpected it does make it much more interesting.
While it was fairly easy to figure out, or at least narrow down, the killer and motives in the first couple books it's gotten harder to figure out, but in a good way. While I do like t...more
Ana T.
After enjoying The Face of a Stranger so much I was anxious to try Anne Perry’s other Victorian series about Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. I was no disappointed.

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...more
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What is your favorite Pitt book? 3 22 May 21, 2013 08:24AM  
  • Murder on St. Mark's Place (Gaslight Mystery, #2)
  • Death at Bishop's Keep (Kathryn Ardleigh, #1)
  • Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding, #1)
  • Mortal Arts (Lady Darby, #2)
  • Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple, #1)
  • Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, #4)
  • Murder in a Mill Town (Gilded Age Mystery, #2)
  • Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #2)
  • The Wandering Arm (Catherine LeVendeur, #3)
  • Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #1)
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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 cate...more
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