Death with a Double Edge Book Review

Death with a Double Edge Book Review

Title: Death with a Double Edge
Author: Anne Perry
Published: April 13, 2021, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle

Death with a Double Edge is the fourth installment in the Daniel Pitt series by bestselling historical novelist, Anne Perry. Because his card is in the pocket of a coat found on a body that has been slashed to death in a seedy part of London, Daniel is taken to the morgue to make an identification. Fortunately, it isn’t his friend, the owner of the coat, but unfortunately it is the body of Jonah Drake, a powerful lawyer at Daniel’s firm; Drake is well known for winning cases, and while looking into Drake’s recent cases, Daniel and his boss, Marcus, believe it may be related to a case where a high-end call girl was murdered and the son of a wealthy shipbuilder was tried and found not guilty of her murder. Daniel brings his father, Thomas Pitt, head of Special Branch, into the investigation and they are both warned to stay away from looking into the wealthy shipbuilder because it would be a huge political problem; apparently politics hasn’t changed in the hundred or so years since this story took place. As Daniel discovers clues, and works on this case with his law partner, he puts the entire firm in danger, and skirts on the edge of involving the shipbuilder.

As usual Perry’s research is spot on and her stories ring true. Her historical novels are well-written and readers will feel that they are actually living during the time period. Perry is a master of excellent characterization when it comes to the main individuals in her novels, and she brings them out as believable real people. This new series, a take-off from the bestselling Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series (Daniel’s parents), is fascinating and highly recommended. Readers who haven’t read the previous series should pick them up. Not only are they great books, but very educational. Death with a Double Edge is a great read.

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

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