When junior barrister Daniel Pitt is summoned to the scene of a murder in the London district known as Mile End, he knows only that the victim is a senior barrister from the same firm. Will Daniel’s devotion to justice be the undoing of his entire life, and endanger Britain’s defense at sea?
Longtime readers of Perry’s work will recognize her protagonist’s last name; Daniel is the son of Thomas Pitt, who has been featured in a long-running series with his wife, Charlotte ... Anne Perry always includes a morality tale within her work that makes it so timely to the period and engaging. Here, it’s a depiction of the large difference in classes, much like a Dickens novel. No one who is wealthy or in a position of power seems to be trustworthy or above getting their hands dirty. It makes for another terrific mystery, and it’s wonderful to see Daniel Pitt grow into his own man.
The fatal stabbing of one of his colleagues in chambers leads Daniel Pitt on a trail of murder that stretches backward and forward in 1911 London ... The main mystery is sadly transparent and the red herrings halfhearted distractions. But Perry's legion of fans won't mind.
Set in 1911, bestseller Perry’s middling fourth mystery featuring London attorney Daniel Pitt opens with Daniel identifying a dead man in a police morgue as Jonah Drake, a colleague in his law firm ... Some melodramatic action mars the closing sections, and Daniel remains an undistinctive lead. Fans of Perry’s longtime series leads, Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, Daniel’s parents, will be disappointed.