The first five novels that Anne Perry published open the Thomas Pitt series of historical detective stories. They are: ���The Cater Street Hangman��� (1979), ���Callander Square��� (1980), ���Paragon Walk��� (1981), ���Resurrection Row��� (1981) and ���Rutland Place��� (1983).Continue Reading
Anne Perry���s first detective novels, set in Victorian London, feature Police Inspector Thomas Pitt. His marriage into the upper class and his own hard work garner Pitt a series of promotions that put him high in the ranks of Special Branch.
The first novel, ���The Cater Street Hangman,��� puts Pitt���s future in-laws at the center of his investigation when the body of one of their maids is discovered amidst a group of murdered women. Although very attracted to a daughter of the house, Pitt realizes that none of the family is above suspicion.
Perry���s ���Callander Square��� opens with the discovery two dead newborns buried in a garden in an upscale London neighborhood. Now married, Pitt and his new wife investigate the crime together, he through police work and she by listening to upper-class gossip. Built along similar lines, ���Paragon Walk��� sets Pitt against tight-lipped locals to investigate a murder, while his wife and sister-in-law learn about the ugly underbelly of Victorian society.
With ���Resurrection Row,��� Perry turns Pitt���s attention to the upper crust as he investigates why the body of a nobleman was removed from his grave. As more bodies turn up, Pitt walks among blackmailers, prostitutes, pornographers and murderers. The theme of blackmail carries over into ���Rutland Place,��� where Pitt���s mother-in-law loses a locket containing a compromising picture, starting a chain of events that leads to murder.Learn more about Fiction