Twenty-One Days (Signed Book) (Daniel Pitt Series #1)

Twenty-One Days (Signed Book) (Daniel Pitt Series #1)

by Anne Perry

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry enters the Edwardian era, and inaugurates an all-new series, as Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s son carries on his family’s distinguished mystery-solving tradition.
 
1910: Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Pitt is a junior barrister in London and eager to prove himself, independent of his renowned detective father’s influence. And the new case before him will be the test. When his client, arrogant biographer Russell Graves, is found guilty of murdering his wife, Daniel is dispatched by his superior to find the real killer before Graves faces the hangman’s noose—in only twenty-one days.
        
Could the violent death have anything to do with Graves’s profession? Someone in power may be framing the biographer to keep damaging secrets from coming to light. It is a theory that leads Daniel’s investigation unexpectedly to London’s Special Branch—and disturbingly, to one of his father’s closest colleagues.
                 
Caught between duty to the law and a fierce desire to protect his family, Daniel must call on his keen intellect—and trust his natural instincts—to find the truth in a tangle of dark deception. Lest an innocent man swing for another’s heinous crime.
 
PRAISE FOR ANNE PERRY’S MOST RECENT 
CHARLOTTE AND THOMAS PITT NOVELS
 
Murder on the Serpentine
 
“Blackmail, double agents, illicit weapon sales and the stench of treason arm this novel with the power to entertain as well as enlighten readers on matters of history, crime-solving and devotion to queen and family.”The Washington Post
 
Treachery at Lancaster Gate
 
“A story that is as exciting and tense as it is revealing and thought-provoking.”—Yorkshire Evening Post
 
The Angel Court Affair
 
“Perry melds the intellectual debates of the day with a suspenseful plot line.”Publishers Weekly
 
Death on Blackheath
 
“Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining . . . The period detail is beautifully done, and realistic characters and tense action are woven seamlessly together.”Historical Novels Review
 
Midnight at Marble Arch
 
“Sweeping and scandalous . . . Perry has perfected a delicate touch.”The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525618874
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Daniel Pitt Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including An Echo of Murder and Revenge in a Cold River, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Murder on the Serpentine and Treachery at Lancaster Gate. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as fifteen holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Return, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Scotland and Los Angeles.

Hometown:

Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K

Date of Birth:

October 28, 1938

Place of Birth:

Blackheath, London England

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Twenty-one Days 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is anne perry at her best. DANIEL PITT is a new character I like. He is a good extention of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. I like the detail in the characters. Women are coming into their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Anne Perry's books, and wondered whether this newest series would be as interesting. I could not put it down!! I look forward to reading future stories about Daniel Pitt!! Bravo to the author. She is truly a gifted author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mostly about Pitts son Daniel I need to accept we are all aging but I missed Pitt good ending and hopefully romance in store for Daniel in the next book
Anonymous 4 months ago
I have loved the Thomas Pitt novels, but find the Daniel Pitt series even more interesting. Look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated to read of the death of 2 old characters, but book was riveting. I’m glad that Thomas & Charlottes children will keep the series alive.
Carol67 More than 1 year ago
I certainly recognized the name Anne Perry; but for whatever reason have never read any of her novels. When I saw this title available and that it was the start of a new series, I jumped at the chance and didn't disappoint. Daniel Pitt is a junior barrister at his law firm & by unforeseen circumstances, finds himself as second chair for the trial of Russell Graves who is accused of killing his wife. Daniel is the son of Thomas & Charlotte Pitt who are famous from another of Perry's series. He soon finds himself taking on more than he bargained for as his investigation continues. The mystery/story was extremely compelling. Little by little, Perry gives clues & information of what transpired the night Ebony Graves was killed. I would compare to peeling an onion layer by layer. It was very skillfully done, by revealing enough as it progressed to keep the narrative flowing smoothly; but not too much where it was cumbersome or stalled the tale. There are some unexpected surprises & a few predictable turns; but overall an engaging story that keeps you turning the page. The highlight were the cast of peoples in Daniel's world. I found the diversity of characters in background, personality, appearance & mindset compelling & authentic. Their interaction keeps the reader immersed in the story. I am glad to get on the ground floor of this new series. I look forward to future installments & may delve into the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series as well. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to preview this excellent book. Highly recommend.
Chelynbai More than 1 year ago
Would love to write a review but I never received my copy.
412037RH More than 1 year ago
This book is set in Victoria England in 1910. There was a brutal murder and Daniel, the lawyer, has to help save a client. He has 21 days to do it. Daniel is a new lawyer and that has been put on the case. The things he finds out about his client are upsetting to him. This book is interesting as they did not have the technology we have today. Finger Prints had just been discovered to help with cases. At times the book is a little slow but then something exciting will happen and it will pick up again. This book is in a series of books. Even if you have not read Anne Perry this books holds its own.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
Over the years I have enjoyed several of the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt books by Anne Perry. The author has now started a new series, featuring Charlotte & Thomas' son, Daniel Pitt. Daniel has just finished his education to be an attorney and he's glad his father is proud of him. One of his first cases involves assisting a senior attorney with a murder case. Russell Graves is accused of murdering his wife. Graves is to be executed in 21 days for the killing. Daniel has to pull out all the stops and use the investigation techniques he picked up from his father to try and find the real killer before time is up. Can he discover the truth before Graves is executed? I enjoyed this book. At times things moved a little too slowly, but once action kicked in again it saved the plot from becoming boring. Daniel is a bit naive, but I imagine his character will develop nicely as the series moves along. I like the fact that she is aging her characters and starting Daniel out in a series of his own. Gives the books a dose of realism. The ending had some sweet surprises that I did not expect. I like Daniel as a main character. He's just coming into his own and using the skills his parents taught him as well as his education. He is a bit too naive at times though. I'm sure he will mature as more books are written in this new series. I did find some places where the plot got a bit confusing because it referred back to events in Charlotte & Thomas Pitt novels that I haven't read. But it wasn't important enough facts to lessen my enjoyment of the story. Can't wait for the next book in this series! I loved the first few Charlotte & Thomas books when I was a teenager. Reading this book makes me want to go back and re-read them and enjoy the books that I missed in the series over the years. **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Random House/Ballentine via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never heard of Ann Perry until very recently when I came across her book by chance. I was about to start reading her other established series then I was informed Ann Perry is going to have a new spin off. Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, I obtained my copy via Netgallery for my early enjoyment. Introducing in this series is Daniel Pitt, a young lawyer who possesses excellent qualities to be an investigator (genes inherited from his father who is the head of the Special Branch featuring in another the series by the author) and a defense lawyer. Other potential core characters equip different sets of skill which compliment that of Daniel's. In the current installment, they work together to bring the truth to the surface and put the bad guy behind bar. "Twenty-One Days" basically is all the time Daniel has to dig up the proper evidence to prove his already convicted client's innocence. Yet, immediately after his client's exoneration, Daniel has to bring justice to the exact then client who is guilty of bigamy.The characters, the plot, and the tension are well developed. I actually got emotional when the good client Daniel wants to help is announced "not guilty." There are plenty of investigation and courtroom drama throughout which makes "Twenty-One Days" an interesting read. The story is set in 1910 when forensic science was gradually introduced into courtrooms as means of evidence. 4.5 star for the overall enjoyment and the quality of writing. Will definitely want to check out other books by the author.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Daniel Pitt didn't want to take this case, but his father has specifically asked him to. So, he started asking questions, thrusting him into a web of dubious ideas, strange, but true circumstances and even more astonishing conclusions. Having been a fan of Anne Perry for many years, I was interested to see the children of her original characters taking up the endeavours of their parents. But this is also an excellent stand alone story, on it's own merits!
Meldawoman More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book and this Series! Although I have not read any previous books by Anne Perry.....but I will fix that. This series follows a young lawyer and a budding forensic scientist in a turn of the century (1900's) crime/mystery book which chronicles two or more legal cases. The book is a compelling read and I read it voraciously. It is so closely puts the reader into the situation in which a young lawyer is trying to save a defendent from being hanged. I read this book quickly as it grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let me go. It details the beginnings of forensic science with the introduction of finger prints and the analysis of physical evidence in the prosecution of law. I loved the characters and the great ambiance in the writing. There was one kid of obvious plot twist, but other surprises and twists. I look forward to reading additional books in this series and to going back and reading predecessor series from this author. I great, compelilng read that is richly written. It wil not disappoint.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Set in 1910, Twenty-one Days opens with young barrister Daniel Pitt defending a wealthy man of dubious reputation. Murder is the charge and Pitt’s father is associated with the former police officer standing trial. While the young lawyer is smart and clever, he is worried that he is in over his head. To make matters worse, there is another man on trial for killing his wife in a most brutal way and Pitt is needed the next day to take the place of an injured co-worker so he must wrap up the trial the next morning or the accused will then have to start over with a new defense attorney. Good or bad, Pitt had to finish and be in court at the Old Bailey – the most famous court in the British Empire. He makes it to court, albeit late. Kitterage is the lawyer in charge; Pitt will be doing as told. Unfortunately things go south in a hurry. The distasteful accused claimed innocence but it seemed unlikely anyone else could have brutally murdered his wife. Not only was she murdered, but horribly disfigured by burning her face and upper torso after death. This trial does not go the way Kitterage and Pitt planned. Their client was quickly found guilty and set to hang in twenty-one days. He was not a pleasant man, as a matter of fact he was most distasteful. But he was entitled to every effort of his two attorneys to win an appeal to keep him from the hangman’s noose. To further complicate Kitterage and Pitt’s job even further, the accused has countless enemies due to a controversial manuscript he intends to publish. At best it includes damning information of several highly recognizable and influential citizens. Unfortunately, it borders on treason at the highest level, which is alienating him from the men hired to keep him from hanging. Pitt finds himself working day and night to help the man that just might “rip the masks off of people we regard as heroes” – twenty-one days to do the impossible. This is the first book in award winning author Anne Perry’s new series starring Daniel Pitt, but it is the 33rd book in the Pitt series. It is the first one I’ve read, but I did not feel confused or that I was missing something in the story for not having started with the entire Pitt series. It is easy to see why Perry is an internationally renowned historical novelist. Her intriguing plot, engaging prose and multidimensional characters are skillfully woven into a page turning book that will delight mystery lovers worldwide. Ms. Perry is second to none when writing historical fiction. Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman
RobinT60 More than 1 year ago
Fans of Anne Perry have no doubt thoroughly enjoyed her successful and long-running series with Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. In Twenty-One Days, she returns with the first in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels. In 1910 England, Daniel Pitt, junior barrister, is called upon to assist in the trial of Russell Graves, a well-known biographer accused of brutally murdering his wife. Although he vehemently declares his innocence, the case is lost and he is sentenced to be hung in twenty-one days time. Daniel and the lead barrister are assigned separate tasks during the appeals process, while desperately striving for a stay of execution. Daniel’s new role is that of detective. Is Russell Graves really innocent, and, if so, who is the real killer? During his investigation, Daniel uncovers unsettling facts and is truly in for a race against time, not just for Graves, but for someone very close to Daniel. Twenty-One Days has so much to offer. For example, how forensics played a huge role in solving this case, at a time when most of it was very new. Also, the person helping Daniel with that part of the investigation being a woman, Miriam, when they weren't treated equally in this field at the time. Along with Miriam, the groundwork was laid for other key players to be recurring characters in future books. I so look forward to diving deep into this series time and again.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
Twenty-one Days by Anne Perry is the debut novel in a new series from the author who brought us William Monk as well as Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. The new series features Daniel Pitt, a young barrister, the son of Charlotte and Thomas. He is the least senior barrister at a prestigious law firm in London, possibly hired because he is his father's son. He is trying his first case, a murder charge against Roman Blackwell who requested him or it would never have been allowed. Blackwell is a private inquiry agent who has his own individual morality and had been an officer when Thomas Pitt had been a Bow Street. Daniel was doing his best, but even he was not entirely convinced Blackwell was innocent. As luck would have it, Daniel had to finish his case quickly, as a more senior member of the firm needed him to assist at a murder trial at Old Bailey, but he cleverly found proof that Blackwell was innocent. The accused at Old Bailey was a much higher profile client than Blackwell and has been found guilty and sentenced to be hung in 21 days. Pitt and the senior barrister have that much time to find a reason for a retrial. The Head of Chambers, Marcus fford Croft, has requested this of his staff and has offered his spinster daughter, who has studied Chemistry and Medicine, to assist. Miriam turned out to be invaluable in their quest. She is kind of a rebel and because of the time, have no degree and no standing in the scientific community. Daniel is fascinated by her. It is delightful to see a new series launch, to meet the people who will become the basis of the new series, especially when the new series is written by an author you can count on and is full of people you already know. I enjoy the formality of these books as well as how historically accurate they are. Perry is a master. I heartily recommend this new series if you are a fan at all. If the other series are intimidating based on how many books there are, here is your chance to begin at the beginning and grow with the series. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for posting a review. #netgalley
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels are some of my very favorite mysteries. Twenty-One Days is her first book about their son, Daniel Pitt, an attorney just starting out in London, and it is just as wonderful as all the rest of her books. I love the courtroom drama, the mystery, the investigation and of course the ever-existing conflicts between and within the classes in Victorian England, such as the struggle for women's rights, especially the right to vote and own property. Anne Perry brings these injustices to the forefront in very compelling ways. Twenty-One Days is a book to savor and lets you immerse yourself in Daniel Pitt's London. I especially enjoyed that his parents were also part of this story. This book obviously can stand alone but has left me longing to go back and read Charlotte and Thomas' mysteries again. I highly recommend this book -- it is truly Anne Perry at her best. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Believe it or not, this was my first book by Anne Perry. I know, where have I been? Of course I had heard of her, but I never got the chance to read her until now. Finally. This book is somewhat of a legal procedure book with some courtroom drama scenes. It's not the pages and pages of courtroom procedure and legalese though. I'm going to call it "light" legal drama because the main characters are lawyers and defendants. The action mostly takes place, however, behind the scenes while the main character is doing due diligence trying to get his client declared innocent of a murder charge. I liked the main character, Daniel Pitts, a lot. He's young, smart and interested in right and wrong. Along the way, Daniel discovers that someone very close to him could be responsible for his recent client's wife's death whom he is representing. A case he must quickly (21 days) solve in order to help his client stay away from the hanging rope. The plot twists used to figure out this very strange murder scene are cray, cray. The story was told in such a way that I didn't even question the fire. One that turns out to be a huge missing link in the story of the murder. I loved this book and I hope to get to read more of Anne Perry in the future. Thanks to Random House Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
mweinreich More than 1 year ago
4 here is a new series stars Up until this book, I had not read an Anne Perry book. I am happy to say that I will be changing that in the near future. I found the book set in 1910 Victorian England to be a wonderfully paced novel that had just the amount of intrigue that held one's interest. Daniel Pitt is a new untried lawyer. He is thrown, because of circumstances, into a murder trial of a man who is accused of murdering his wife and then horribly disfiguring her by burning her face. Russell Graves, the accused, is an arrogant belligerent man but Daniel feel even though Graves is pretty awful that he is not a murderer. So Daniel, with the help of others tracks down the story and the man who is Graves is exposed as a biographer who intends to harm others through his scurrilous writing and unfortunately, one of his targets is Daniel's beloved father. Aided in his investigation is a wonderful group of people that I am sure we will see in the future novels in this series. Daniel puts the pieces together and finds that in possibly clearing Graves, he will indite others who have been ever so harmed by Graves. Twenty-one days all the time he has to find Graves innocent but twenty-one days is also the time it will take to turn Daniel's world upside down.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Daniel Pitt, a recent graduate of Cambridge Law School, is assigned to assist one of the top attorneys in the firm on a murder case. While an attorney, Daniel is asked to do some detective work to clear their client of murder. However Daniel is soon put into a precarious position where he is torn between doing the right thing by his client, but yet protecting his father’s integrity. Along the way, Daniel proves himself to be fair, thorough, and ethical. I could almost feel the chill and dampness of London as I read the book. The characters are multi dimensional and the story is well written. I’m looking forward to the second book in this new series!
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I am fairly new to the mysteries by Anne Perry. This is only the second book I have read in the Pitt series (though the first was really a one-off Christmas book.) I’m intrigued and well-pleased with Ms. Perry’s writing style. She has intellectual characters who use their wits and knowledge to solve the whodunnit. In this book, Daniel Pitt (the son of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt), is a grown man working as a new lawyer in a prestigious firm. Daniel is called on to assist one of the bright stars of the firm in defending a man against the charge of murdering his own wife. When the man is found guilty, the clock starts ticking on the twenty-one days allowed for appeal before the man is hung for his crimes. Because of his father’s well-known investigative background, Daniel is sent out to look try to solve the crime and find the real killer, even if it is their own client. For me, the book was compelling and kept me working hard to figure it out alongside Daniel. While I will go back, over time, to read the older mysteries by this author, I’m pleased to have a new series to start with and read along as new books are published. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twenty-one Days is an offshoot of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I read the first book, The Cater Street Hangman, in 1979. I can still remember not wanting to arrive at my destination on the subway because I wanted to keep reading. So, it was with much anticipation that I began this novel in which Charlotte and Thomas's son, Daniel, is the protagonist. He is all grown up, has attended Cambridge and is a newly qualified lawyer. Daniel is assigned several cases in this story, the 21 days has to do with the number of days it will be until a man convicted of murder will be hanged...or will he? Is he guilty? Read the story for a somewhat complex and engrossing solution. It was lovely to see Thomas and Charlotte as peripheral characters and to read about Jemima, Thomas's sister, who is now in New York. Victor Narraway and Aunt Vespasia also are mentioned. There are also new and very likeable characters as well. If you like Anne Perry, read this! If you don't know Anne Perry, read this and then work your way through the series starting with the book mentioned above. Highly recommended by me.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Pitt is a junior barrister in London and eager to prove himself. When his client, arrogant biographer Russell Graves, is found guilty of murdering his wife, Daniel is dispatched to find the real killer before Graves faces the hangman’s noose—in only twenty-one days. Could Mrs. Graves’s violent death have anything to do with her husband’s profession? Daniel is caught between duty to the law and a fierce desire to protect his family when he discovers that someone in power may be framing the biographer to keep damaging secrets from coming to light. I have long been a fan of Anne Perry’s Pitt stories but I wasn’t sure that I was ready to accept the fact that Daniel was grown and ready to start investigating on his own. But I will say, it works. The story was not all that different that the format of the Pitt stories even though Daniel comes at things from a barrister point of view. She follows the same concept of uncovering clues that lead to another. Introduction of new techniques that we so often take for granted such as fingerprinting and x-ray were interesting additions. The new characters that were introduced in this book were interesting and I can only assume that there will be more books in the series and some of those characters will continue to appear and become new friends. The occasional appearance some old favorites were welcome also in the book. However, I had trouble wrapping my mind around the thought that Narroway and Lady Vespasia were now deceased even though I know that inevitably does happen. I do look forward to reading more in the series as I very much did like the person Daniel has become. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. My comments are honest and my own.