The Cater Street Hangman – Anne Perry

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

From the Publisher:

The Ellison sisters were proper young Victorian ladies. In the foggy streets outside their peaceful home, five women were found horribly murdered. And Police Inspector Pitt found himself wondering if the Ellisons were in fact too good to be true.

My thoughts:

The description from the publisher doesn’t offer any insight at all into the story.  The author is really good at capturing the essence of the time period, the class distinctions, and the atmosphere of the era.  The mystery is not really the central focus, but it is still a good one.  Took me a while to guess who the murderer was.  Yes it’s a mystery/romance combo, which I usually hate, but this one is well done.  The romance doesn’t dominate the story in this installment, and I hope it won’t dominate the story in future installments either.  The author did a good job of setting the scene for the series with this book, and it introduced the characters very well.  I’m definitely willing to continue with the series.

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