Perry writes two historical series set in Victorian England. She made her debut with The Cater Street Hangman, in which the murders of young women end up effecting the Ellison family. Not only does tragedy strike close to home, Charlotte, one of the daughters of the household, marries below her station after falling in love with Thomas Pitt, the investigator officer. Together they solve many criminal cases in the mid and late 1880s. The second series, set 30 years earlier, began with The Face of a Stranger, featuring William Monk, a police inspector with amnesia, a Crimean War nurse, Hester Latterly, and barrister Oliver Rathbone. The books are infused with morality without being moralistic.
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