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The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
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Nov 01, 08

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I found this book to be exceptional in a couple of ways. First of all, it's a vivid depiction of a Victorian household and the mores of the time. The period detail is precise and believable. Seen largely through the eyes of the female characters, it is also an exploration of the effect of Victorian strictures on the lives of typical genteel middle-class women. Secondly, unlike many mysteries which consist almost entirely of plot, this book's strength is in the depth of its character development. Each member of the household is a well-defined individual, as are the supporting cast of characters. The plot was well-constructed, too, but I did guess the villain well before the climax of the story. Still, I enjoyed this book enough that I will read the next in the series in the near future.
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