One Fatal Flaw Book Review

One Fatal Flaw Book Review

Title: One Fatal Flaw
Author: Anne Perry
Published: April 7, 2020, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Anne Perry’s Daniel Pitt series is excellent, and the third installment, One Fatal Flaw is no exception. Perry’s knowledge of 19th century London is evident in the novels, and it is fascinating to read as Daniel Pitt, son of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (Perry’s bestselling series), who is now a new, inexperienced lawyer, investigates his client’s cases. His friend, Miriam fford Croft, who is a scientist, but because she is a woman can’t practice as a forensic expert, teams up with Daniel to get to the bottom of the crimes for the clients that Daniel represents. In One Fatal Flaw, Daniel agrees to represent a young woman who is worried that her boyfriend will hang for a murder that she doesn’t think he committed, but since he was a criminal and the man with him, another criminal, died, he must take the blame for the other man’s death. Miriam is instrumental in getting Sir Barnabas Saltram, one of her past professors who is considered the best forensic scientist in London, and an expert in arson, to testify, and it is his testimony that gets Adwood off. But when this woman is accused in an identical case, Daniel figures that things aren’t adding up and gets Miriam involved to find out what is going on.

There is building suspense throughout this novel, and the twists and turns will keep readers on the edges of their seats. Saltram is an unlikeable character, and Daniel suspects that his past relationship with Miriam has some aspects that he isn’t privy to. Perry is a master at developing characters so that they become real, and Saltram is one that is quite despicable, as well as arrogant and willing to lie to preserve his excellent reputation.

Perry has a knack for taking command of a story and telling it expertly. This book is fascinating, and actually contains three separate mysteries which, in the end, blend together nicely. One Fatal Flaw is highly recommended for those who love a good thriller and appreciate historical fiction.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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