Young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Twenty-one Days.
Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. But the Pitts soon learn of a harrowing incident: In Washington, D.C., one of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes. . . .
When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. Daniel plans to provide only a competent enough defense to avoid a mistrial, allowing the prosecution to put his client away. But when word travels across the pond that an employee of the British embassy in Washington has been found dead, Daniel grows suspicious about Sidney’s alleged crimes and puts on his detective hat to search for evidence in what has blown up into an international affair.
As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Miriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes—a triple jeopardy, including possible murder.
Advance praise for Triple Jeopardy
“Readers may find themselves smitten with Daniel and with the dauntless Miriam fforde Croft, whose relationship with Daniel deepens in this episode. . . . Primarily identified for her authentic period sets and well-rendered characters, Perry writes in what she has called the ‘Put Your Heart on the Page’ method, with the focus placed squarely on what happens to people under the pressure of investigation. This book is an excellent example of her craft.”—Booklist
“Veteran Perry dials back the period detail and the updates on the lives of the continuing characters to focus on one of her most teasing mysteries, this time with a courtroom finale that may be her strongest ever.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Tide Rising and An Echo of Murder, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate. She is also the author of a new series featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s son, Daniel, including Triple Jeopardy and Twenty-one Days, as well as five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Revelation, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.
Hometown:Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
Date of Birth:October 28, 1938
Place of Birth:Blackheath, London England
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Daniel rang the doorbell, then stepped back. He realized with amazement that he was suddenly nervous. Why? This was his parents’ home, the house he had grown up in. At twenty-five, he still returned quite often for dinner, for news, for comfort and pleasure in conversation. What was different this time?
What was different was that his elder sister, Jemima, was back from America with her husband and small daughters, Cassie and Sophie. Daniel had not seen Jemima for four years, and he had not met her husband, Patrick Flannery, nor his new nieces at all. Both his and Jemima’s lives had changed radically in that time. He had earned his degree at Cambridge, then passed his bar exams, and was now actually practicing the law he had dreamed about so long. Jemima was married and had lived in New York, and now Washington, D.C. “Idealistic and naïve” she had once called him. Of course, he had changed a little, but she might have changed a lot. Theirs was a relationship he had always taken for granted. It was comfortable; they could disagree over important things, and trivial and silly things, because they knew that underneath, everything that ever mattered between them was unbreakable. She was three years older than him. She had been there all his life.
Did he resent the fact that she had married an American, and so had gone to live across the ocean? Not really, if it made her happy. She was bound to marry someone, and loyalties shifted, grew in time to include others. She had bossed him around when she was nine and he was six. He wouldn’t tolerate that now, although she would probably try since it was an old habit.
But he had missed her. He could remember vividly the day they had been measured against the door, and for the first time he was taller. Their roles had reversed. For twelve years she had protected him, or it felt like it. Now, his father had explained, he must protect her. But that was not always necessary. His mother did not need anyone to protect her. If she was angry, she was the equal of anyone, and not afraid at all! Sometimes Jemima was like that, too.
Nowadays one could cross the Atlantic very quickly, in a mere five days. But five days there, five days back, and the visit: it was a long time to be away. Too long for him to have visited her during exams time. And too expensive on a student’s budget.
He was reaching out to pull the bell a second time when the door opened, but instead of a servant, his mother stood in the entrance. She was a handsome woman, quite tall, with an auburn light in her hair that he had inherited. She was over fifty now, and there were touches of gray, but her vitality had not faded in the slightest. He would find that change painful to accept, but it was far in the future, if ever.
“Daniel!” She threw her arms around him and held him tightly for a moment, then stepped back. “Come in! Jemima is dying to see you, and of course you must meet Patrick. And Cassie and Sophie! You’ll love them, I promise!”
He had no overcoat to hang up. It was August and London was too warm for a jacket, even at this time of the early evening. He followed his mother into the withdrawing room, where the door at the far end was still open to the evening air and the last light was shimmering on the leaves of the poplar trees. It was all so incredibly familiar. His father was there, standing with Jemima and the man who must be her husband.
Jemima came forward. She was familiar, too, and yet she had changed in slight ways. Her hair was still the same, darker than his, and curly like their father’s. She was quite ordinarily dressed, slender in pale green, yet she looked lovely, with an inner happiness that gave her a special grace. He wondered if she would find him changed and in what way: still tall, of course, and slim, his auburn-tinged brown hair still unruly and his face neither handsome nor plain.
Automatically, he held his arms out, and she walked straight into them and hugged him hard. Then, as quickly, she stepped away and turned. “This is my husband, Patrick. Patrick, meet my brother, Daniel.”
Patrick Flannery was tall, roughly the same height as Daniel, but there the likeness ended. His hair was black and his eyes very blue. His features were less regular than Daniel’s and had not their sensitivity, but the humor and individuality in them made him attractive. “I’ve heard so much about you from Jemima. I’m happy to meet you at last.” His voice had the softness of his Irish forebears clearly overlying his American accent.
“Welcome to London,” Daniel said quickly, taking Patrick’s hand and grasping it.
“Thank you,” Patrick replied. “I thought New York was big, but this is . . . enormous.” He said it with a smile to rob it of any offense.
“Lot of villages all run into each other,” Daniel replied. “We’ll have to show you around. Take a trip down the river, perhaps. Or up it?” He glanced at Jemima to see if she approved of the idea.
“I’ve got it planned,” she said with a smile. “But there’s two more people for you to meet before we have dinner. Sophie’s sound asleep and Cassie’s half asleep, but she was determined to stay up to say hello to her uncle Daniel. Come with me . . .” She held out her hand. Her face was shining with pleasure and pride, and nervousness.
“Excuse me,” Daniel said to his parents, particularly his father, to whom he had not even spoken, and followed Jemima obediently.
Upstairs, Jemima showed Daniel baby Sophie in her cot in Jemima and Patrick’s room. The child was fast asleep, her soft downy hair dark against the pillow. Wordlessly they gazed at the baby, then smiled at each other and tiptoed across the corridor.
In the nursery, the first room Daniel could ever remember as a tiny child, Jemima pointed to the bed. A very little girl had fallen asleep sitting up and toppled sideways onto the pillows. She had dark hair, almost black, and soft flawless skin. He would have guessed her to be three, even if he had not known.
Jemima kneeled down beside her and woke her gently, before Daniel could tell her not to disturb the child.
Slowly she sat up, then looked past her mother to stare at Daniel. She had not her father’s blue eyes. Hers were soft gray like Jemima’s, and like Thomas Pitt’s.
“Hello, Cassie,” Daniel said, stepping forward. “I’m Daniel. It was very kind of you to stay up so I could meet you.” He was not sure whether to hold out his hand.
She blinked a couple of times. “ ’S all right,” she replied. “We came all the way to see you. In a big ship.”
“How exciting,” he said. “I’ve never been in a big ship.”
She smiled slowly and a little self-consciously, half turning away and moving an inch closer to her mother.
“Please will you tell me about it, one day?” Daniel asked.
She nodded. “My daddy is a policeman . . .”
“That’s funny, so is mine,” he replied.
She looked at Jemima again. “Is that your daddy, too?”
“Yes. We’re all family. Your family,” Jemima answered.
Cassie sighed and gave a wide smile.
“I think it’s time you went to bed, young lady.” Without waiting for argument, Jemima tucked her up and looked over Cassie’s head at Daniel. “Tell Mama I shall be down in about ten minutes. Don’t wait dinner for me. And . . . thank you . . .”
“She’s gorgeous. They both are,” he replied.
Jemima held her child a little closer. She was clearly asleep again. “Thank you,” she whispered, pride and relief shining in her eyes. Had she really imagined Daniel would be anything but completely enchanted, and just a tiny bit envious?
Daniel went out onto the landing and down the stairs. Jemima had changed, but not radically. As a little girl, she had never wanted dolls, but she had held toy animals with just that same tenderness. It was strange which memories were indelible.
He relayed to the family Jemima’s message about not waiting for her, but of course they did. The time afforded Daniel the chance to speak to his father. Now, in 1910, Pitt was in his early sixties, very gray at the temples, but it suited him. He was still head of Special Branch, that part of the services that dealt with antiterrorist activities within the country. It had been formed originally to take care of the Irish Fenian bombers. Much of his work was secret, as it had always been, from the time he had left the regular police. He had been knighted for services to the Crown in the last year of Victoria’s reign, but even his own family did not know exactly what those services had been. In spite of his openness in so many things, he kept his professional secrets close. He answered questions with silence and a smile, and Daniel tried to do the same.
“How is it going with Marcus?” Pitt asked conversationally. He was referring to Marcus fford Croft, the head of the legal chambers where Daniel worked, as a new and very junior lawyer.
Daniel liked Marcus. He appreciated his quirky personality—“eccentric” was almost too mild a word—but he worked with him very little, and most of the cases he was involved with were pretty pedestrian. But he could not admit that to his father, who he knew had gained him the position. It was one that could become exciting, prestigious, and highly rewarding if he proved to be both dedicated and skilled enough.
Daniel smiled. “Nothing as exciting as the Graves case,” he said ruefully, alluding to the case in which he’d played a surprising role earlier in the summer. It was a double-edged remark, said with humor but also a clear memory of the very real fear the Graves case had caused. Many people stood to lose something; even Sir Thomas himself would have faced ruin if Russell Graves had been allowed to publish his false and incendiary accusations. “But I don’t need that again,” Daniel sighed.
“Most cases are fairly ordinary,” Pitt answered. “But they are of intense importance to the people concerned. They’ll get bigger and more complicated as you refine your skill. You don’t want a case beyond your ability.”
Daniel hesitated a moment. Was his father remembering the darkness of the Graves case? He had shown it very little at the time, but he must have felt his world collapsing around him. Daniel had let the relief of the case’s outcome carry him like a flood tide away from the pain. Perhaps his father had not? He should remember that. Cases that went wrong hurt a lot of people, and all of them were worthy of consideration.
Jemima returned from upstairs, and they all went into the dining room to eat. Conversation became very general, pleasant but not remarkable. Jemima told them about their apartment in Washington, the neighborhood, and the climate. Patrick said little about his job, but with obvious affection described his family, brothers, sisters, warmhearted mother, eccentric father, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Daniel listened intently, not only because the narrative was colorful and charming, but because the people of whom Patrick spoke with such love were Jemima’s new family, so different from the one she had left in England. Pitt had no family at all. He was an only child, and both his parents were dead before he married. It was a story they did not discuss. Charlotte had one living sister, and Emily was a big part of all their lives, as were their cousins. Did Jemima miss them?
They touched only on happy memories at dinner, but all the way through, Daniel had the impression that Patrick had something weighing on his mind.
He learned what it was when the two of them took an evening walk after dinner, alone in the garden, in the pleasant, rose-scented darkness. Daniel was thinking how to broach the subject, when Patrick immediately took it out of his hands.
“There was another reason I came to England,” Patrick said after only a moment or two. It was as if he knew time would be short, and he had something to say that was very important to him.
“Oh? Something to do with me?” Daniel asked, trying to keep his voice friendly and noncommittal. He did not mention that he had noticed Patrick’s preoccupation.
“I want you to have something to do with it,” Patrick said, his voice already thickening with emotion. “I need to tell you the story from the beginning or it doesn’t make sense.”
“If Jemima comes out—”
“She won’t. She knows I’m going to tell you.”
“She didn’t mention anything . . .”
“She wouldn’t,” Patrick said quietly. “But she cares about it, I think as much as I do.”
Daniel leaned against the trunk of one of the silver birch trees and waited.
Patrick cleared his throat. “One of the oldest and most socially important families in Washington is the Thorwoods. Not politically, but they are very highly thought of, and philanthropists to many good causes, especially to the police.” He hesitated, perhaps to see if Daniel understood their importance.
“I see.” Daniel nodded. “Go on. The Thorwoods . . .”
“They have only one child, a daughter named Rebecca,” Patrick continued. It was growing darker and Daniel could hardly see his face, but he could not miss the urgency in his voice. “She’s around twenty. She’s got money, position. She’s very attractive in a quiet way.”
Daniel wanted to interrupt and tell Patrick to get to the point, but with an effort he controlled himself. Patrick had said this would be a long story.
Patrick went on, his voice becoming more strained. “Just over a month ago, she woke in the middle of the night, in her own bedroom, to find a strange man there. He assaulted her, ripped a valuable diamond pendant off her neck, tore her nightclothes.”
Now Daniel was listening in horror.
Patrick’s voice was tight. “She screamed several times and tried to fight him. He struck her pretty hard. As he was fleeing, her father met him in the corridor and tried to catch him, but he escaped down the stairs. Mr. Thorwood went into Rebecca’s bedroom and found her hysterical, bruised, with minor cuts where the chain of the pendant had torn her skin. She was terribly distressed. I . . . I don’t know what else he may have done to her . . .”
Daniel could imagine it. It must have been terrible, unforgettable. “But how could I help?” he asked in some confusion.
“Tobias Thorwood recognized the man, because it was someone he knew,” Patrick replied. He was standing rigid now; this much was obvious even in the darkness.
“So, you arrested him? Or the police did?”
“No. We couldn’t, because he was a British diplomat. Philip Sidney. He fled to the British Embassy, and we couldn’t get in there. It’s legally British territory.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cannot wait for the next Daniel Pitt book! I was totally invested after the first page.
Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. One of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes. When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. .As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Miriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes—a triple jeopardy. Move over Charlotte and Thomas, make room for my new favorite Daniel. It would seem that his parents have trained him well. Even though he is a lawyer, the implications go far beyond the court room. And Ms. Perry does weave Charlotte and Thomas back into these books so that we won't forget them. It is interesting to see what techniques Miriam used in her time as compared to what we have now. And it is oh so sad that her skills are not given proper recognition. But she has found a way to use them and help Daniel in finding the right solution. Another thing that I like about the books is that Daniel is single and a bit of romance can be woven in even though I don't have a sense that is what is happening with him and Miriam. I also wonder if at some point the stories will cross the ocean to include Jemima and her husband, even if they happen to be one off books. I don't know but I would think that Jemima would have learned from her parents as much as Daniel and having a husband in law enforcement is an entree into crime solving. I received a copy of this book to provide a review. The comments are entirely mine without coercion.
Just finished this book today. Great read. Twists and turns not expected. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
"Triple Jeopardy" is the second Daniel Pitt book by Anne Perry, and it’s a worthy successor to the first. Daniel’s sister and her husband, visiting from Washington DC relate a horrible story; a British diplomat has committed a sexual assault and robbery on a young girl, even to the point of doing so in her bedroom -- in America. The man has grabbed a necklace, claimed diplomatic immunity, and fled home to England. So far he’s escaped justice. They want Daniel Pitt’s help to do something about this. Daniel commits himself immediately, which he will probably live to regret, no doubt. Daniel’s sister presents an important point -- that it’s Rebecca Thorwood’s word against the man, Philip Sidney. Will the young woman be willing to go public, to face the possible humiliation, if it should get to that point? And of course, behind it all is the feeling that what everyone will think is that she isn’t an innocent victim – that she let Sidney in, tempted him to attack her – “didn’t say no.” How modern this all sounds! And it may create an international incident – in that the Americans (Rebecca’s family) believe that the British won’t see justice done, as Sidney is a British citizen. What must happen, then, is justice obtained obliquely. Luckily, Sidney has been arrested for embezzlement, and the evidence seems overwhelming. Daniel, through his law firm, fford Croft and Gibson, will serve as counsel for the defense. But perhaps, he will not try too hard? Will his moral compass be jeopardized? Readers will see. At first, Daniel and we readers are outraged. A bounder, Sidney has to be. And embezzling from the embassy, to add to it. And yet... Daniel meets the fellow, who swears he has done neither crime, that he is being framed for something he didn’t do. And slowly, slowly, with the help of Miriam fford Croft, friend and frustrated scientist, Daniel begins to believe his client. “Something bigger here than we have realized and a great deal uglier.” And the truth of this is more than anyone could possibly have imagined, at the beginning. There are answers to be found in the death of family far away – the catalyst for everything. Because of a house. Anne Perry is a master plotter -- "Triple Jeopardy" is a tour de force in that regard. Perry relates Daniel’s thoughts on all this – there is nothing subtle about it – her skill asserts itself in that his desire to know the truth is something the reader needs to know, too, especially as one delves further and further into the story. The book finishes up in an exciting fashion, and we are reminded that Daniel is rather a praiseworthy lawyer. For all that is good about this book, however, the ending is too abrupt. Since we have learned so much about these people, their thoughts and opinions and soul searching and recriminations -- and that’s just the good guys -- the ending comes across as melodramatic; a minor quibble. The story line presages things to come, in British history. It’ll be interesting to see how Ms. Perry handles Daniel’s future. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for a copy of this book, in exchange for this review.
Triple Jeopardy, the second in the Daniel Pitt series, finds Daniel in a precarious position. His sister Jemima, her husband Patrick, and their daughters are visiting from America, but Patrick is there for more than that. Daniel soon finds himself defending Phillip Sydney, an Englishman accused of embezzlement; however, this case is anything but straightforward. This book is a Victorian mystery at its finest. The plot is fast-paced, and there are puzzles throughout as well as a cast of memorable characters -- especially Daniel and Miriam. I highly recommend it.
There are several things in life that one can count on every year and one of those is reading historical thrillers by the great Anne Perry. There is no way I could contain my excitement for this book or her writing. Triple Jeopardy is no exception. Phenomenally written, vivid scenery and a mystery involving a stolen necklace? Whats not to love?! Well done Anne Perry, I anxiously look forward to the next one.
Anne Perry takes her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series to the next generation in Triple Jeopardy. Their son Daniel has had some success as a young lawyer, but he has been handed a case that could damage his career. Daniel’s brother-in-law Patrick is a policeman in Washington DC.on a family visit to London he approaches Daniel with the story of a British diplomat who was involved in an assault and the theft of a necklace. Claiming diplomatic immunity, he quickly fled back to England. While he may have escaped punishment in the US, he has now been arrested for embezzlement from the Embassy.. Daniel is asked to defend him and possibly find a way to introduce his actions in America so that justice is served. After meeting with his client, Daniel questions the charges against him and begins an investigation of his own. The amount embezzled is not significant and rather than asking for repayment and dismissing him, a trial could put a black mark on the diplomatic service. Although Patrick is now family, Daniel is not well acquainted with him and suspects that he may have been involved in providing the evidence. His client’s supposed victim and her family hav also arrived in London after the death of a relative and prove to b less than reliable witnesses. Daniel calls on Mariam fford Croft, a forensic scientist, to examine the evidence and discovers additional irregularities. Their investigation leads them to the Channel Islands and the discovery of a related crime that has national implications. Perry ties each event together in a dramatic courtroom finale. While Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are supportive of their children, this is Daniel’s story. As he begins his investigation he is unsure of his client and his ability to represent him. With Miriam’s assistance he seems to find his way and his confidence grows. As he provides his final argument in court , Perry provides courtroom drama at its’ best. I would like to thank NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Triple Jeopardy by Perry Anne Perry is a prolific writer of British historical mysteries. She has written series including the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, the William Monk books, a series set during WWI and the Christmas novellas. Perry's most recent series features Daniel, the son of the Pitts. The first in this was last year's Twenty-One days. Daniel, a new lawyer, is now the protagonist of Triple Jeopardy. What I loved most about this book was spending time with favorite characters including Daniel's parents and his sister, Jemima. Jemima is now grown up, married to a police officer and living in the States. She has two young daughters. I also was delighted to again see Miriam fford Croft. The plot takes time to build and engage the reader as it moves to a courtroom climax. My favorite scenes, however, are the ones that take place on the small island of Alderney. Did a young employee of the British embassy in Washington D.C. commit crimes including breaking into a young woman's bedroom, embezzlement and murder? If he did not, who did and why? You will have to read the book to find out. As always, I love reading anything by this author. I give Triple Jeopardy a solid four stars. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a very good read. All opinions are my own.
Triple Jeopardy is the second book in Anne Perry’s Daniel Pitt series, a spin off from her popular Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Fans of Charlotte and Thomas will be happy to hear that they make several appearances during their son’s investigation, which also involves his sister Jemima and her American husband Patrick, who has persuaded Daniel to take on the case of an English diplomat accused of assaulting an American woman in Washington, DC. I hadn’t read either of these series before, and was able to jump right in with this one (although Daniel’s first case was referenced often enough in this book to seem like a marketing ploy). There’s a lot to like about this series: the Edwardian England setting, the interesting supporting characters (particularly his law colleague Kitteridge) and Pitt family dynamics, and a promising love interest angle with Miriam ford Croft, a pathologist who occasionally helps out with the forensic side of Daniel’s cases. My only quibble is with the slow pacing in the middle of the book, particularly compared with the speed—almost abruptness—of the ending, but this is a minor issue and one that won’t stop me from coming back for more of this enjoyable series.
Daniel Pitt is a fairly new barrister and is somewhat shadowed by his famous father (Sir Thomas Pitt). Daniel wants to do his best and not have to resort to relying on his father. He is making his way at his new firm with the knowledge that he was hired because of his family and not just his own reputation. This puts Daniel is a place of working very hard to do whatever is put in front of him no matter if it is to his taste or not. His new brother-in-law arrives from the United States with a tale that puts Daniel on the spot in asking his boss to take on the case that is related to it. He does, but he assigns it to Daniel, who would prefer that anyone else take it on. Still, he follows the clues, which seem to lead back to his client and yet, Daniel must defend him. The charges against his client were repeated a bit too often but it did show that guilt or innocence could be decided based on heresy and not on evidence if that heresy is repeated often enough. I was able to figure out the whodunnit fairly close to the end. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and by this author in the future. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Triple Jeopardy is the second book in the Daniel Pitt series. Thomas and Charlotte Pitts children are grown and are out facing their own careers. Daniel Pitt has finished his education and is now a practicing lawyer. His father, Thomas Pitt would rather have seen Daniel follow him as a policeman, but is determined not to interfere with any cases Daniel might have unless Daniel was to ask for his help. Daniel’s sister Jemima has moved to America and has married Patrick Flannery, a Washington D.C. policeman. Jemima and Patrick have returned to England with there two daughters to visit with the family. Patrick presents to Daniel a case he was working on where a friend of theirs was attacked in her home and had a reportedly valuable necklace stolen. The victims’ parents were able to identify the thief, Sidney, as a member of the British Embassy. The embassy claims diplomatic immunity and sends him back to England. Shortly after arriving back home he is charged with embezzling 100 pounds from the embassy. Patrick wants Daniel to defend Sidney on the embezzling charge with the hope of introducing the assault and theft charge from the U.S. He agrees to represent Sidney, but the more he gets into the case, he not sure where he will find the one piece of information that will support his client. The last thing he wants to do is bring in the head of the Special Branch, his father Sir Thomas Pitt. In the end, Miriam Croft, a doctor, and pathologist comes to the rescue once again. As always, Anne Perry provides the reader with an exciting, well-plotted story. She also provides the reader with an interesting and believable cast of characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in this engaging new series.
In the second installment of the Daniel Pitt series, Daniel’s sister is home from America for a visit with her husband and two daughters. His American brother in law, Patrick has brought a case along with him. When a young American socialite is attacked and robbed by an employee of the British embassy the man flees back to England under the guise of diplomatic immunity. Not only have Jemima and her family come for a visit, so has the young woman who was attacked, along with her family. It seems that the attacker is now being charged with embezzlement and Daniel is asked to defend the man so that they can also charge him for the assault and robbery. As Daniel commits to defending the man on the embezzlement charges, he comes to believe the man is not only innocent but being set up for something much larger. As tempers flare and accusations of protecting ones own countryman come out, Daniel knows he must do the right thing..no matter who is right or wrong, justice must be served. Enjoy this series and we get another visit from Doctor and Pathologist Dr Miriam, a strong character for such an era in time. Overall, you will find yourself wondering who did it, then wondering why they did it and then seeing how the clues were there all along. A great whodunit in a Victorian England setting.
Ok, I'm ready for the next one! I have several books in the series featuring Daniel Pitt's parents Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, but I've yet to read them. I shall definitely have to amend that! This is the second book in the spin-off series starring their son Daniel, a young lawyer. It totally stood alone, but references to Daniel's previous case make me want to dive into that book, too. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Daniel is a smart young man, trying to stand on his own and not in the shadow of his renowned father. I especially liked his interactions with his older sister Jemima, her husband Patrick and their two adorable children. However, it's his relationship with Miriam fford Croft that I found most intriguing. She was a fascinating woman - a doctor and scientist in a time when that wasn't acceptable for women, in the years leading up to World War I. As to the mystery, I guessed rather early on as to whom the real criminal probably was. However, I hadn't the foggiest idea how Daniel was going to put it all together in the end. I believe Daniel was feeling that way, too! But put it together he did, leading to an exciting conclusion. This author definitely has a new fan in me. Seriously, when can I expect the next one? I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.