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The Cater Street Hangman (The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Perry
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Book Description

The first book in Perry’s bestselling Victorian crime series, bringing together Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Ellison
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. Inspector Pitt, assigned to the case, must break through the walls of upper-class society to get at the truth. His in-depth investigation gradually peels away the proper veneer of the elite world, exposing secrets and desires until suspicion becomes more frightening than truth. Outspoken Charlotte Ellison, struggling to remain within the confining boundaries of Victorian manners, has no trouble expressing herself to the irritating policeman. As their relationship shifts from antagonistic sparring to a romantic connection, the socially inappropriate pair must solve the mystery before the hangman strikes again.
Rich with authentic period details, The Cater Street Hangman hooks readers from the moment the sparks first fly between Charlotte and Thomas.

Editorial Reviews


“When Anne Perry puts Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary Victorian company.” —The New York Times
“Pitt’s compassion and Charlotte’s cleverness make them compatible sleuths, as well as extremely congenial characters . . . Perry has the gift of making [the Victorian era] all seem immediate and very much alive.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Perry combines murder with a profile of the morals and manners of Victorian society . . . Murder fans who prefer their crimes with a touch of class should heat some scones and nestle back for the afternoon.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

From the Publisher

I have been to many many Anne Perry bookstore events throughout this country and at every single event the same question gets asked: when is one of your books going to be made into a TV series? Well, fans everywhere, the good news is that this fall in England a two-hour pilot will air on ITV based on THE CATER STREET HANGMAN. And then in early December finally finally finally it will air in the United States on A&E. THE CATER STREET HANGMAN is Anne Perry's first book and features William Pitt and Charlotte. I can't wait to see the Victorian costumes and the characters that I love come to life on the TV screen.

Kim Hovey, VP & Director of Publicity

Product Details

  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZEI60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thundering good read! March 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was aware of Anne Perry's historical mysteries and assumed I would not be interested in them since in general I prefer more contemporary mysteries. Then I saw A&E's production of The Cater Street Hangman and was captivated by it. I immediately bought the book and found it to be even better than the TV version - the characters have more depth and the plot is tighter and more credible. Anne Perry has a wonderful knack for creating characters. I feel as though I know (and like) Charlotte Ellison and Thomas Pitt. Charlotte is a wonderful creation: she speaks her mind, almost unheard of in the Victorian well-to-do world she inhabits. Thomas Pitt is an equally interesting creation and seeing the two of them pass beyond instant dislike to attraction and admiration for each other is very entertaining. We SO want them to get together. This is edge-of-the seat stuff which, together with all the wonderful details of life in Victorian London and an intelligent love affair, makes for a thundering good read!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that revived the historical mystery. May 29, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What plot! What a setting! What characters! Anne Perry started a revolution with this book, the first in her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series (Charlotte is not "Pitt" yet in this book). When murder disturbs the elite and proper world of the Ellison family, the cracks begin to show in the family's heretofore placid exterior. Family members start to look at each other with fear and doubt, and suspicion is as frightening as truth.
Perry's depiction of Victorian England is detailed and fascinating--she is as knowledgeable of upper-class life as she is of the working-class. Her characters are realistic and sympathetic, and the kicker of an ending in this book is the sort that has become her trademark.
You cannot call yourself a fan of the historical mystery without reading this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! April 27, 2006
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This is the first Anne Perry mystery I have read and I wanted to begin with the first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel so that I could read them in order if I chose to continue with the series. I just loved it! It was a book that was almost impossible for me to put down. That phrase is used so often in reviews that I hesitate to use it but nothing else comes close to describing how truly absorbed I became in this story.

Other reviewers have covered the plot so I will only say that I found everything I am looking for in a period mystery in this novel. I had no idea who the killer was up until the reveal and then could only marvel at how ingenious this author is in her thinking. I had suspected someone else of the crimes but was wholly satisfied with Perry's results. That says a lot coming from a longtime mystery reader.

If there was a tiny niggle, it would be that Charlotte did not get quite enough time to realize that her feelings for Pitt were changing. But in the end, who cares? All's well that ends up with them becoming a team. I can't wait to dig into Callander Square, I just have to find a good clear space of time to be totally uninterrupted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic introduction to Victorian mystery series February 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is the first featuring Thomas Pitt and Charlotte (Ellison) Pitt, and set in Victorian London. In some ways, the novel is a standard mystery, with the victims, suspects, police and other interested parties all involved, sometimes to the detriment of the investigation! What makes this novel stand above other contemporary novels set in the Victorian era is the author's obvious knowledge of that era and her attention to detail which makes the reader feel as if s/he has truly glimpsed what it must have been like to live at that time. I also thought that it was critical to spend a significant portion of the novel on the class system in Britain (London society in particular) during the late 1800s. This is more than mere background--it is crucial because the class system determines how the characters act and react to the murders around them, to the investigation, and to eachother.
I also liked the romance which developed between Charlotte Ellison and Thomas Pitt, and found it entirely believable. Anne Perry pulls it off, despite Charlotte and Thomas being from different classes, because she had the foresight to make Charlotte something of a social misfit. She was honest. She said precisely what was on her mind without considering what the listener wanted to hear. She did not accept the double standard of behavior that her family, friends, and neighbors subscribed to (one set of rules for men, another more strigent set of rules for women). She read the newspapers and "unfeminine" books on topics such as military history to the shock and horror of her family and friends. All of these things made her, as her mother put it, "a liability on the marriage market". She would not attract a suitor of her own class (nor of the aristocracy nor gentry).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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CAPSULE REVIEW: This is the first book in the CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT series of Victorian murder mysteries. I highly recommend this book and the whole series, although this first volume is not as riveting as some of the later ones. This is an excellent British cozy with the elements mystery fans expect.Among my criticisms are that the emotions of the characters are often glossed over when they should be explored and are examined in minute detail when they are of little interest. Also, I find the romance between the two main characters completely unbelievable, but then I must admit that I am a mystery fan and not not a romance fan, so I may be missing something.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Neighborhood
Ms. Perry presents an intriguing mystery with well-developed characters caught in the rigid social structure of their times. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Cinnamon Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The series is great for its historical insights.
Published 5 days ago by Louise A Culotta
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good historical fiction. Not my favorite time period, but I did enjoy it. I did figure out "who dunnit" about halfway through the book.
Published 13 days ago by Tamara McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read, She did it again to me, I was suspicious of the wrong...
Anne Perry weaves a tapestry of customs, relationships, people and their foibles, then she plants some red herrings making you thing you have the answer, but she is a master at... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ernesto V. Oporto
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful and appalling how they treat women.
Great story and had me guessing until the end as to who did it. Painful reminder of how women were treated back then. Oy! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joie P.
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely an early work
Anne Perry's work deepens over the years, and this is very obviously her first novel. You can see the seeds of characters who later become far more complex, but parts of the plot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anne van Gend
1.0 out of 5 stars More like a childrens book
This is so amateur. When I read the description of the police inspector I had to laugh. She had just made him a 19th century Colombo and the plot had such big holes in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by May Mclauchlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series.
I loved this first book of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Reader never knows "who done it" until the end!
Published 1 month ago by swedeknit
4.0 out of 5 stars I read this for book club~
I read this for book club and enjoyed it very much! I think this is a great author and I will read more in this series~
Published 2 months ago by Clara Underwood
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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including The Cater Street Hangman, Calandar Square, Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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