My rating: 5 Stars
of Anne Perry have no doubt thoroughly enjoyed her successful and long-running series with Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. In Twenty-One Days, she returns with the first in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels. In 1910 England, Daniel Pitt, junior barrister, is called upon to assist in the trial of Russell Graves, a well-known biographer accused of brutally murdering his wife. Although he vehemently declares his innocence, the case is lost and he is sentenced to be hung in twenty-one days time.
Daniel and the lead barrister are assigned separate tasks during the appeals process, while desperately striving for a stay of execution. Daniel’s new role is that of detective. Is Russell Graves really innocent, and, if so, who is the real killer? During his investigation, Daniel uncovers unsettling facts and is truly in for a race against time, not just for Graves, but for someone very close to Daniel.
Twenty-One Days has so much to offer. For example, how forensics played a huge role in solving this case, at a time when most of it was very new. Also, the person helping Daniel with that part of the investigation being a woman, Miriam, when they weren't treated equally in this field at the time. Along with Miriam, the groundwork was laid for other key players to be recurring characters in future books. I so look forward to diving deep into this series time and again.