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Twenty-One Days

(Daniel Pitt #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,062 ratings  ·  435 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
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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…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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Juli
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 s ...more
Marialyce
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
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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.
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OLT
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
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dianne
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
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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
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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
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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
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Ira
Oct 28, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hello there Daniel Pitt:)
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.
Sophia
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
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Kathy
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.
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
Alisha
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
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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
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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
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LJ
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
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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
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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.
Teri-K
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
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
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Rebekah
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
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Cynthia
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anne Perry is one of my go to authors and I’ve followed most of her books from when they were first published. I’ve enjoyed the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and, in turn, the Monk books though I’ve enjoyed her other books less. I was so afraid of losing Thomas and Charlotte but this beginning saga with their son Daniel at the beginning of his London law career is wonderful. He’s his own man even at only aged twent-five but he still is clearly their off spring with similar values and integrit ...more
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
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Pamela
I really liked this book. It is a new series for this writer, and I quite approve. The book jumps ten years in the lives of Charlotte, and Commander Pitt. Their son Daniel is through law school and a junior lawyer in a very fine firm. I enjoyed this because he does a lot of investigating with some new characters. He manages to do pretty well, but gets bumped to a very important case, due to an accident. This case is a lot more detailed, and the man wanted for murder ,is a man who you'd want to p ...more
Lyuba
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twenty-One Days was my first Anne Perry book. Perry, from what I understand, is a prolific mystery writer. Lots of her mysteries feature the same main characters. In particular, she had a long running series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. Twenty-One Days is the first Daniel Pitt mystery.

Daniel is Charlotte and Thomas' son. He is a young lawyer who is just starting out his practice at a prestigious London law firm. Perry does a great job with the historical setting of the novel. It is a 19
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Paula
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 pow ...more
Tracy Rowan
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again I have arrived at the party late and wholly unprepared. This is my first Anne Perry book in spite of the enthusiasm The Housemate shows for her work.  And once again, she was dead right.  Perry's work is great fun, and highly engaging.

I like being surprised by mysteries, especially if the author doesn't require a lot of fiddling to make the clues work. So in spite of my (dramatically) over-thinking the plot right out of the gate, and in spite of managing to anticipate some of the plot
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Vickie Sarmina
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Daniel Pitts is a young attorney who has taken on a case that he’s not sure he can win. He is defending a friend and former police officer, Roman Blackwell. It seems as if all of the evidence is completely against his client. There has to be a way to prove that Roman is innocent. While reading through the file, he noticed something off about the ballistics. He called the expert who had reviewed the evidence, and asked him about the gun. The gun had no fingerprints on it. Daniel asked him if the ...more
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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