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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as others in the series but far from great, 1 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels) (Paperback)
I felt relieved that the 'Cater street hangman' wasn't as repetitive and boring as 'Dorchester Terrace' had been. On the whole it was easy to read and quite addictive. The problem with Anne Perry's books is that they always obey to a recipe and so lack any kind of originality. The upper classes are always condescending towards the rest of society and there's not an iota of difference among any of them. Supercilious and oblivious to the feelings of others, indeed denying that feelings exist in the lower classes, they protect their own and behave in exactly the same way, uttering the same slighting words and expressing the same cold disregard to anybody not of their station. They read like caricatures. How on earth can the author expect us to believe in Charlotte and Pitt's love story. There simply isn't one. Pitt anyway is so devoid of any detailed defining traits that you can't take him seriously as a character. What we know of him basically is that he is enormous, untidy but has a beautiful voice. Charlotte at first slights him as an inferior creature, is short-tempered with him and finds him offensive. Very Mills and Boons, from such negative feelings only passion can erupt!! But is it credible? No indeed. As for the detecting going on, this is actually the funniest aspect. Nothing done apart from the same questions being repeated too many times to too many people without bringing in the slightest bit of information or the tiniest clue. But by the time the book reaches page 240 or thereabouts it is time it were over so pronto, one character starts behaving extremely oddly and there appears, out of nowhere, a cheese wire in a kitchen that is enough for Charlotte to understand who did it. It is absolutely ludicrous and very farcical.A good thing we are told by all the characters in the book how clever a policeman Pitt is because reading the story gives the lie to this assertion!
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