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Twenty-One Days

(Daniel Pitt #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,234 ratings  ·  584 reviews
In this first book in a new series, Thomas Pitt's son Daniel races to save his client from execution, setting him against London's Special Police Branch.

It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murd
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Ballantine Books (first published September 26th 2017)
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    Rachel McMillan I just finished it and it can TOTALLY be read as a standalone. It features characters from a previous series but the entire plot and mystery are conta…moreI just finished it and it can TOTALLY be read as a standalone. It features characters from a previous series but the entire plot and mystery are contained within the book. It is a really excellent read :-)(less)

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    May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Anne Perry introduces us to a brand-new series featuring the Pitts' son, Daniel, who is at the beginning of his career as a lawyer and gets involved in a complicated case that may blacken his father's name. I have read only one or two books in the Pitt series, and became an avid supporter of the other one, with the Monks, and as I followed Book 1 with Daniel Pitt, it reminded me very much of William & Hester's complicated cases with regard to the atmosphere and the way the story develops. And th ...more
    May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    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 Gra
    Stephen Robert Collins
    May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I have read over 50+ books of Anne Perry from the early Pitt when his son was just a baby to his reading Wind in the Willows 20 years before Kenneth Grahame wrote it.
    This is lot like her other series The Monk books with Rathbone the lawyer which set earlier in 1850s.
    Here we have switched centuries to 1910 only four years from WWI & this the next generation of Pitts Daniel who has not followed in his father's footsteps but gone to the dark side of law a barrister often hated by the police.
    Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    When an author writes a multiple-book series featuring a character, or in the case of Perry's original Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, a couple, the decision must be made whether to keep the protagonist(s) in a time bubble or to allow them to age. Perry began her Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian mystery series years ago with THE CATER STREET HANGMAN, first published in 1979, and in that one upper-class Charlotte meets Thomas Pitt, a lowly policeman. While they solve this first mystery, they ...more
    Bam cooks the books ;-)
    The first Daniel Pitt novel is a spin-off of Anne Perry's long-running mystery series set in Victorian England, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.

    Their son Daniel is now a lawyer working for the small law firm of fford Croft and Gibson and he is fresh off a big win when he is unexpectedly called in to assist the esteemed lawyer Kitteridge in a murder trial after unforeseen circumstances have created a vacancy. When this trial is lost and their client sentenced to be hanged, they have twenty-o
    Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
    They say, if we listen close enough, the dead will talk to us, they will tell the story of their death and it will be the truth and nothing but the truth. Daniel Pitt, a young attorney with a losing murder defense case dumped in his lap will have only TWENTY-ONE DAYS to save the life of his client, a man, while unlikable may very well be innocent, as he claims.

    Russell Graves will die if Daniel cannot prove he did not murder his wife and the clock is ticking.
    The year is 1910, long before modern
    May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
    Didn't enjoy the book in the beginning but thoroughly enjoyed it by the end. ...more
    The Pitt Dynasty continues!

    A brave new beginning for Daniel and Charlotte's son Daniel! Now a junior barrister he greets his situation with a devoted fervency and honor.
    After defending a family friend, Roman Blackwell, he is called by his Head of Chamber, Marcus fford Croft, to assist Toby Kitteridge with the defence of one Russell Graves. He is accused of the heinous murder of his wife.
    Graves, a biographer, presents facts in such a way that truth appears to be lost. It just so happens that at
    Barbara Rogers
    Series: Daniel Pitt #1
    Publication Date: 4/10/18

    I can hardly begin to tell you how excited I am about this new series – and I almost missed it! It takes place in a later time period than I normally read, so I almost passed it by. However, it is by an author whose writing I enjoy and it featured the son, Daniel, of the lead characters, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, in another series that I really enjoy – so I decided to give it a try. The writing is great, the plot is excellent and I came to really l
    Susan Johnson
    Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    I have been reading Anne Perry's two main series for more years than I can remember. I particularly like the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt one and this new one is about their son, Daniel, now a lawyer. I remember Daniel growing up so there is something particularly satisfying about that. You don't need to have read the other series to enjoy this quite likable new series.

    Daniel successfully gets his first client acquitted from murder and then is thrown into a case that can seemingly not be won. The
    Rachel McMillan
    Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

    I absolutely loved this race-against-the-clock story for several reasons. First, Perry draws Edwardian-era London with the same finesse she loans to her Victorian mysteries. The research (Especially in budding forensics ) is exceptional. I also really loved Daniel. I have to tell you that a much as I love Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, it is about time for someone else to take the stage and Daniel is the perfect hero. A junior barrister assigned to his first case, he has the same curious nature as h
    Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Have read most of Perry's books over the years. This is the launch of a new member of the family, the son of Thomas Pitt at the beginning of his career in law. Daniel starts out strong on his first two cases, seems settled well in his housing and first job and promises the appeal of a new and more modern world. Women still do not have the vote, but things are changing.
    Writing courtroom drama has always been a part of this author's ouvre, and this book brings new life to some old friends.
    Laura (Kyahgirl)
    Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I haven’t read anything by this author before and really enjoyed the characters and the mystery. Will definitely read more by Anne Perry.
    I love that the author is tackling the next generation with this first book in the Daniel Pitt series. I adored the long running series set in the late Victorian era about Daniel's parents. This one is during the Edwardian Era and begins perhaps a decade after the last released Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book.

    Daniel is fresh out of university with a law degree and his father helps get him in with a prestigious London law firm. Now he must prove himself to his new employer and to his father with
    Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
    When Perry's Cater Street Hangman came out in 1979 I fell in love with Charlotte and Pitt and the historical setting, and they became an auto-buy for me until the series started getting into the occult and orgies, and I sadly stopped reading them. Then came The Face of a Stranger with Monk and his friends and I loved them, too. Now we have a new series, with the lawyer son of Charlotte and Pitt, and I was reluctant to read it in case I was disappointed. But when it showed up on the library shelv ...more
    Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This mystery novel begins a new spin-off from a series Anne Perry has been writing for decades. Daniel Pitt is the son of an investigative husband-and-wife team that featured in the Thomas Pitt series. As this book opens, he is in his mid-twenties and just beginning a legal career. He's in the midst of one case in which the defendant seems headed for a guilty verdict, but Daniel gets him off thanks to some nimble deduction regarding fingerprints.
    He is rushed to assist another lawyer on a case in
    Susan in NC
    May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars - I was so excited to see Perry starting a new series with Daniel Pitt as her hero, and thrilled when my best friend sent me a copy of this book autographed by Perry herself!

    I was a rabid Perry fan back in the day, devouring every book in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt and William Monk series for years; I stopped reading both when I got caught up in other historical mystery series. This new series makes me want to go back and read the Thomas Pitt books I missed, but you can dive in with
    Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
    I was so excited for a new Anne Perry historical mystery series! I was even more excited that it was about Daniel Pitt, son of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, and the time frame was fast forwarded to the early 20th century. Think: Downton Abbey meets the type of mysteries I've loved to read for years. I wasn't disappointed in the characters. We also get to revisit Thomas and Charlotte, and enjoy mention of Narraway and Vespasia. HOWEVER, I was much disappointed in the quality of the edit for plot and ...more
    Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
    3.5/5 in fact - a good plot, although I discovered part of it at the very beginning of the story - nevertheless I wanted to pursue the story because i was convinced the plot was more than what i thought -
    i did not realize that anne perry had decided to create a new series, with the Pitts' son being the main character - a very likeable person, still very young at discovering the mean streaks of humankind - there is the same pattern in the daniel pitt stories as in his parents stories or in the he
    Oct 28, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Hello there Daniel Pitt:)
    First Sentence: They were alone in the small room where the accused was allowed to take visits with his lawyer.

    Junior barrister Daniel Pitt has just won his first case defending Roman Blackwell, a private inquiry agent. Now, he has been called to the Old Bailey to assist his fellow attorney, Toby Kitteridge, on a case. With the trial lost, biographer Russell Graves has been found guilty of murdering his wife and is due to be hanged in 21 days. Daniel, along with fellow barrister Kitteridge, has
    Kate Baxter
    May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Bob Mueller, Lori, Tania Rentz
    Exciting and clever courtroom scenes along with methodical investigative procedural passages - this book has it all and never disappoints. The many twists and turns make for a most delicious read.
    If you're a fan of author Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Victorian era police investigative tales, then you'll be delighted to know that the torch has been passed to their son, young Daniel Pitt, as he begins his career as a barrister. Oh, he's as green as they come but clever and bright, just a
    Barb in Maryland
    Nice start to new series, featuring the son of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, main characters in the author's long-running Victorian mystery series. We jump forward 10 years from the action in Murder on the Serpentine to about 1910 or so; Daniel is now 25, a junior barrister conducting his first serious case and feeling woefully inadequate.
    The trial that opens the book serves to introduce us to Daniel and several other characters who will probably be featured players in the series. The action then s
    Elizabeth A.G.
    Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Investigative crime procedure and intriguing courtroom drama lead the reader into the world of Daniel Pitt who is a new lawyer in a respected law firm and the son of Thomas Pitt, the Head of Special Branch and who is Anne Perry's lead character in a previous series of books. Twenty-One Days is a stand-a-lone book from her previous Thomas and Charlotte Pitt books, but makes a generational change in characters with this being the first of the Daniel Pitt series. Perry's hero in this new series beg ...more
    Macayla Fryc
    Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Twenty-one days.

    Childhood reflection

    Twenty days.

    Childhood reflection

    Nineteen days.

    Childhood reflection

    Eighteen days........

    It’s easier to describe Twenty-One Days as what it’s not rather than what it is.
    It’s not a thriller.
    It’s mystery, but it’s not complex.
    It’s not a romance.
    It’s not a whodunni
    Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I have finally finished all the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt books, and have now started Daniel Pitt's books. It's now 1910, Thomas is still head of Special Branch and Daniel is a newly minted barrister. The book starts with Daniel winning a case and the rushing over to Old Bailey to assist in a murder case. This was an exciting book with many surprises. It turns out that Thomas could be compromised and Daniel must figure out how to solve the problem. I
    was surprised that some of my favorite charac
    Ron Judenberg
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A worthy successor to the Thomas Pitt novels. Daniel has his father's enthusiasm, but a distinctly different temperament. His youth gives the story more of the feel of the early years of Thomas Pitt. Ann Perry has begun setting up a new set of allies for him to work with. I hope this series continues. ...more
    Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    ****a few general spoilers ahead****

    The last of the Charlotte/Thomas Pitt novels ended on a triumphant note as Thomas was knighted by the Queen for his services. After all of his difficult challenges and tribulations it was a fitting and perfect end. Much to my joy, the baton has been taken up in this new novel by his son, Daniel Pitt, a newly minted young lawyer. This effectively gets Anne Perry back to murder mysteries as opposed to foiling anarchists and other threats to the state and will be
    May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This novel was ok. The prose was repetitive, and I have difficulty with characters written as defense attorneys who question whether or not to defend their clients. The mystery was entertaining, and I appreciate that the author brought to light some of the injustices against women at the time. I won’t be continuing the series. 3 stars
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    Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is an English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt and William Monk series. In 1954, at the age of fifteen, she was convicted of participating in the murder of her friend's mother. She changed her name to "Anne Perry" after serving a five-year sentence.

    Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979.

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