A Daniel Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
Anne Perry is a prolific writer of historical mysteries; she has written a number of series including the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, the books featuring Monk and Hester, her Christmas novellas, and the new Elena Standish series, among others. This novel is part of a spinoff; it features Daniel Pitt who is Charlotte and Thomas’s son. For those who may not know, Thomas Pitt rose through both the police service and Special Branch. He is wise and was always ably assisted by his emotionally keyed in wife in his cases. Daniel is a barrister who combines some of the best traits of each of his parents.
Death with a Double Edge is book number four about Daniel. This time, someone in Daniel’s chambers has been viciously murdered. At first Daniel thinks that the victim is his good friend and associate Toby. However, it was not Toby but another lawyer who had borrowed Toby’s coat. Who was the intended victim? Why was he in such a dangerous part of London in the early hours of the morning? Was his death related to his work or his personal life? Daniel is tasked with finding out. At the same time, Daniel is concerned for how this situation will impact the head of his chambers, Marcus fford Croft, and the head’s daughter Miriam. Miriam is someone ahead of her time and a person who is important to Daniel.
All will be resolved of course but there will be issues along the way. Some of the seamier aspects of life in early 20th century London will come to light.
I enjoyed this latest novel by one of my favorite authors. Anne Perry can tell a good tale. She is also insightful and understands something about human nature.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.