VictorianFan edited the summary of The Cater Street Hangman Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
The Ellison's were a well-bred, proper Victorian family living in a respectable neighborhood. Then the killings began. Someone was stalking young women, high- and low-born alike, and garroting them. As neighbor began to suspect neighbor, carefully cultivated facades started to slip, revealing the human frailties beneath. The crimes of the Cater Street Hangman stripped bare the strict social conventions that ordered the Ellison's world and exposed Victorian hypocrisies for all to see.
As her world crumbled around her, Charlotte Ellison found an unexpected ally. At first, Inspector Thomas Pitt, the policeman who constantly questioned her family while investigating the crimes, annoyed and disturbed her. But she soon came to rely on his honesty and compassion as she navigated a world turned newly strange and frightening. After tragedy struck the Ellison family, Charlotte's feelings for Pitt matured into love. Together, the inspector and the society girl faced the monstrous murderer who had shattered the neighborhood's peace. <Felicia Jordan, Resident Scholar; AllReaders.com>