The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
Charlotte Ellison lives a outwardly beatific and genuinely boring existence at her home in the London suburbs. To her mind, her most vexing problems are her father’s refusal to allow her to read his newspapers—a common enough attitude in Victorian England—and her unresolved, unadmitted crush on her brother-in-law Dominic. Anne Perry’s Cater Street Hangman portrays Charlotte’s extremely circumscribed position as one that might have yawningly gone on for years, filled with good works and a suitable marriage, were it not for the gruesome murders of young girls in the environs of her Cater Street home.
When yet another murder strikes down a member of the Ellison household, the matter can’t be swept aside like an old and purloined newspaper. Inspector Pitt of the London police force is determined to get answers. Tall, well-spoken, intelligent, and rather shabbily dressed, this person becomes a repeated and unwanted presence in the tidily dull household. His lines of questioning reveal many things that the Ellison men would prefer were not common knowledge—where (and with whom) do they go at night and what scenarios from their past would they prefer remain hidden?