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Death with a double edge : a Daniel Pitt…

Death with a double edge : a Daniel Pitt novel (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Anne Perry

Sarjat: Daniel Pitt (4)

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Teoksen nimi:Death with a double edge : a Daniel Pitt novel
Kirjailijat:Anne Perry
Info:New York : Ballantine, c.2021
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:Mystery, Daniel Pitt Series

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Death with a Double Edge (tekijä: Anne Perry)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 7) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Set in May of 1911, a new era, a new King, a new murder. Perry has scraped the underbelly of the infamous Whitechapel area placing the body of a renowned senior lawyer amidst the brothels and opium dens. Perry tasks Daniel Pitt with the identification of the body and thereby you just know this young terrier isn’t going to let go until he solves the murder and mystery behind the nefarious goings on. What he lacks in experience he encompasses in dedication and fear in equal measures. He is going to chase himself in circles.

Utilizing many of the familiar characters it was not hard to put the players in their roles and watch the plot play out. There was too much of the same and more of the same. Is Mr. Ford Croft totally losing it? And can the firm be saved? And is Thomas Pitt going to get involved and threatened yet again? And what about Charlotte Pitt? What about her indeed? Is Kitteridge going to help Daniel? Is Daniel going to help himself? Is Miriam going to show up and help save them all? And never forget Blackwell and his sister who can always be relied upon to stir up the bottom with those unanswerable questions that have to be answered. Just a little too much of more of the same.

I like Anne Perry’s Daniel Pitt Series even when I am slightly disappointed as I was with this installment. True to its time, well described and written, I am rounding up to four stars. Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | May 24, 2021 |
The story starts with the police coming to Daniel’s office asking him to go to the morgue to identify a body of a man found in Miles End with Daniel’s business card in his pocket. Afraid it’s his colleague Kitteridge but it's Drake, another solicitor in the law firm, wearing Kitteridge’s borrowed jacket. Looking into Drake's cases, leads to more murders and an overlap with Special Branch, bringing Daniel’s father into the mix. Four murders and a kidnapping before the crime is solved. ( )
  Kathy89 | May 4, 2021 |
Lots of challenges for young Daniel Pitt as murder strikes close to home in his law firm. Political repercussions abound as more murders occur and impinge on Britain's Imperial destiny. Mom and Dad make cameo but critical appearances as Daniel and his colleague Kitteridge pursue their investigations. A good entry in this nicely evolving new series from the always interesting portfolio of Anne Perry. ( )
  jamespurcell | May 3, 2021 |
Murder strikes the law firm of fford Croft and Gibson!

1911 and King George V is England’s monarch. The violent death of a senior lawyer in the law firm where Daniel Pitt works, fford Croft and Gibson, rocks the firm and opens up chaos and danger for Daniel, Thomas and Charlotte.
A man Daniel believes to be Kitteridge is discovered brutally murdered in a seedy part of London, an alley in Mile End, a “pretty bad part of the East end.” Heart in mouth Daniel goes to identify the body. It turns out the dead man is Jonah Drake. “Drake had been a very clever man, had won most of his cases, even when they seemed impossible.” A man who “knew the law as Daniel knew the alphabet.” The question is, what was it that took Drake to this area?
Daniel and Kitteridge need to investigate whether Drake’s murder has anything to do with his previous cases. Drake’s main area of expertise has been with cases around embezzlement. Concerns for the firm’s reputation drive Daniel and Kitteridge along as one murder soon turns to three.
Meanwhile one of Drake’s cases is to do with the murder of a woman. The man, Evan Faber was accused of beating a woman to death. Drake had successfully defended Fabre and he had been acquitted.
However the more Daniel digs the uglier things could become.
It seems Faber’s father is a noted ship builder, owner of the biggest shipyards in the UK. An essential business in these days of rising European tensions. Apparently Thomas has been told by the Home Secretary to leave the father alone. Daniel’s investigations look like leading him not only into danger but into conflict with the Home Office.
Meanwhile the shadow of corruption, a slight stain over the firm of fford Croft and Gibson, is waiting to burst forth into a full blown scandal. As events turn even more suspect, both Thomas and Daniel find themselves facing and making hard choices. Marcus’s daughter, Miriam, is away in Holland studying forensic science. Daniel is reluctant to call her back, even as he worries about Marcus’ memory and his ability to handle the current situation.
Another clever and suspenseful read from Perry featuring some of my favorite personalities.

A Random House - Ballantine ARC via NetGalley
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change ( )
  eyes.2c | Apr 12, 2021 |
** 3.4 STARS **

I love this author and this series, but this is my least favorite book so far. I’m not saying it isn’t a good read, I’m just saying that it isn’t as good as previous books. I am usually very good at figuring out whodunit, following the clues, etc. but this one just kept me scratching my head throughout - not in a good way. I just didn’t get some of those ‘logic leaps’ that were made and I’ll give you some reasons below.

Daniel Pitt, twenty-five years old, a lawyer in the law chambers of fford Croft and Gibson, son of Sir Thomas Pitt, head of Special Branch, receives a summons from the police to come to the morgue to identify a body. The only identifiable item on the body was Daniel’s business card. Daniel had already been worrying about his friend and fellow lawyer, Toby Kitteridge because he was always early, never late – and today he was late to work. Daniel, filled with fear and trepidation at what he might see when he gets into the morgue, seems to have his worst fears confirmed when he sees Kitteridge’s unsightly coat hanging in the morgue. Then, they escort him into the area where the body has been kept. Daniel swallows hard, takes a deep breath, and tells them he is ready. What he sees will haunt him forever – a horribly slashed face (and body) – but it isn’t Kitteridge – it is another lawyer from their firm, Jonah Drake.

Why would Jonah Drake be in that depraved part of London – in the wee hours of the morning? Was he pursuing some perverse inclinations at one of the bawdy houses? Not likely. Was he pursuing leads on a case on which he was working? His current case was a tangled financial one, not something that should take him to that area. Is it something from a previous case? It could be. As they question and look into Jonah’s life and cases, they meet a man they didn’t know existed. Jonah was seen as aloof and cold – a workaholic at the office – no personal life, yet, in the notes and drawings they find as they go through his paperwork, they get to know a brilliant mind, a perceptive mind, a witty mind, a lonely man. How could they all have ignored this man who was so much more than they ever imagined?

As their investigation goes on, Daniel’s father gets involved as well as others who have made appearances in previous books. We have more bodies turning up in almost the same place and still no idea who or why the murders have happened.

For me personally, this wasn’t a great mystery – but it was a lovely way to see Daniel grow as a person, and perhaps that was one of the purposes of the book. Daniel has been sort of a man-child who was learning his way in the world and trying to get out of the shadow of his wonderful larger-than-life father. He also sees his own shortcomings in judging someone by outward appearances/actions. His learning to appreciate Jonah as the person he was rather than the person he projected hopefully taught Daniel a valuable lesson he’ll use in future books. He saw his father was human and vulnerable just like everybody else and that was a good thing.

Here are some of the reasons the mystery part of this book left me scratching my head: (1) Daniel seemed totally inept and almost played a secondary role. (2) Daniel, his father, and Kittreridge went over the same evidence time-after-time-after-time. (3) Daniel, his father, and Kittridge asked the exact same questions of themselves and each other time-after-time-after-time. (4) Giant leaps in the progress of the case would happen, with nothing to support it. They just all suddenly decided this is what happened and off they went. (5) Somehow, because Marcus is getting forgetful, they immediately start assuming he must have done something shady. (6) When Charlotte is kidnapped, Daniel and his father sit around reading files trying to solve the murder. How is that going to tell them where Charlotte is being kept? Why didn’t they just ask Roman Blackwell and his mother to check the area where they were sure Charlotte was being held – after all, that area is their old stomping grounds?

Anyway, the book was an okay read, but I wouldn’t read this one again. I’ll certainly be looking forward to the next book and will be hoping that a post-COVID book will have a different flavor/feel than one written during COVID.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | Mar 31, 2021 |
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