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The Cater Street Hangman (1979)

– tekijä: Anne Perry

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Sarjat: Charlotte & Thomas Pitt (1)

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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.
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April 1881. Now there have been two murders. Firstly a maid from the Hilton household, but now Chloe, daughter of the Abernathys, garotted just like the maid. When will these murders end. Inspector Pitt investigates as it seems every gentleman in the area comes under suspicion.
An enjoyable and well-written mystery ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
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. women and even a bit among classes in the Victorian era. Though Charlotte would be the lead female for this and a series of books to follow, I didn't find her that strong of a character (she is allowed to exercise her sharp tongue here and there, but mostly she's kind of flighty and not really that astute); and the lead male, Inspector Pitt, is mostly just an insufferable know-it-all, but with an apparent soft spot for Charlotte. I suspect they balance each other out more in the books to follow, but here they are both weak characters and not all that likeable. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Cater Street is being stalked by a murderer, and when a maid in the Ellison household is garroted, the tension becomes unbearable. Women have to be careful never to go out alone. Men find themselves wondering if someone they know is the murderer, and wives begin to doubt their own husbands. Inspector Thomas Pitt must somehow navigate upper-class society's secrets to figure out the murder's identity. As he does so, he becomes closer to Charlotte Ellison, who's still nursing a secret crush on her sister's husband.

I started this series with the second book. That worked out well enough, but I was advised to go back and read the first book before moving on to the third. When I saw that this audiobook was available for checkout, I decided to give it a shot.

I read the second book back in 2019 and had already forgotten a lot, so I reread my review before writing this. I feel much the same way about this book as I did about the second: it seemed like it took ages for the murder investigation to make any progress, one detail swooped in practically out of nowhere at the end, and some of the characters' names (like Charlotte and her mother, Caroline) were similar enough that I occasionally had trouble remembering they were separate people. On the plus side, I really enjoyed the gradual progression of Thomas and Charlotte's romance (although I wish there'd been something more to it than her eventually realizing she's in love with him because he's basically the most decent person she knows), and the mystery wasn't uninteresting, just extremely slow.

For some reason, both in this book and in the second one, the level of darkness and tragedy took my by surprise. Something about this series keeps making me expect "light and fluffy," and then I get smacked in the face with sadness. This particular book digs a bit into the pain and unfairness of women being held to one standard while men are held to another.

I really liked Davina Porter's narration and may listen to more audiobooks in this series once I've read my paper copy of Book 3.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Mar 26, 2021 |
3 1/2 stars: Good

From the back cover: While the Ellison girls were out paying calls and drinking tea like proper Victorian ladies, a maid in their own household was strangled to death. Quiet, young INspector Pitt found no one above suspicion- and his investigation at the staid Ellison home caused many a composed facade to crumble into far - from - elegant panic. But it was not panic beating in the heart of pretty Chralottel Ellison. And something more than brutal murder was on Inspector Pitt's mind. Yet, such romance between a society girl and so unsuitable a suitor was impossible in the midst of a murder.

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I don't love that back cover description as it focuses on a romance that is only tangentially part of the story. This is the first in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series by author -- and a former murderess herself - Anne Perry. After watching the movie "Heavenly Creatures" based on the real case, I wanted to try one of her books. The story itself is very cozy typical -- murders, high society, lots of possible suspects. (In this particular book, Perry does a good job of making us suspect nearly everyone at some point, thus leading suspicion away from the actual killer.) Charlotte is a very independent woman, which is why inspector Pitt is drawn to her. At first Charlotte is very annoyed with him, but slowly comes to appreciate, much to her chagrin. At the end, she does agree to marry him, thus setting up the rest of the series.

I found this to be a quick, easy, engaging read. At first I wasnt overly impressed, but by the time I was a third in, I was hooked, Charlotte and Thomas particularly made many observations about Victorian society that I found interesting to read in a book such as this.

"There is nothing in the world more immoral than pleasure in the pain of others."

"She had always believed she loved him. Not passionately, but adequately."

"Nothing strips the soul quite as nakedly as fear. We see things in ourselves and others that we'd far rather not have known about."

Why is it that one does not tell people things while there is time? One lets such trivial things matter. ( )
  PokPok | Dec 22, 2020 |
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