Review: Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry

Description (from cover): “Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. But the Pitts soon learn of a harrowing incident: In Washington, D.C., one of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes…

When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. Daniel plans to prove only a competent enough defense to avoid a mistrial, allowing the prosecution to put his client away. Bur when word travels across the pond that an employee of the British embassy in Washington has been found dead, Daniel grows suspicious about Sidney’s alleged crimes and puts on his detective hat to search for evidence in what has blown up into an international affair.

As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Marriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes–a triple jeopardy, including possible murder.”

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Daniel Pitt mystery series. Anne Perry has many notable series, including the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, which may sound familiar as they are Daniel’s parents. Unlike his father, who was a police detective and now is the head of Special Branch, Daniel is a lawyer who uses his talents and experiences in the courtroom as a defense attorney. If you love the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, Daniel will be a familiar character that you have spent time with and watched grow up into his own person. His older sister, Jemima makes her return to England in this novel and the family is together once again, doing what they do best, solving mysteries and making sure justice is properly served. Jemima’s husband, Patrick, is a police officer back in Washington, D.C. and a case has followed them across the pond and they have requested that Daniel and his family assist them with their investigations.

While the Pitts appear in this novel, Daniel is a character in his own right. I am glad that Perry has decided to make a separate series featuring Daniel as a young lawyer, trying to make a name for himself in defending cases that seem hopeless. Perry uses her skills as a phenomenal writer to draw the reader in with the richness of details and characters to create a book that is impossible to put down. Anne Perry is one who is not without controversy herself, as I recently learned in a podcast that I listen to frequently. I won’t spoil the details for you here, but I highly recommend that you learn more about her own past if you do not already know about it already. I always wonder if her real life experiences help her with her writing as her books are so aptly on point with police investigations and the legal system. While this book was a little slow at times, overall it was a very exciting and enjoyable read.

There is a lot of character development in this book for Daniel and I am anxious to see where Perry is going to lead him next. I have my own suspicions, but a reader never really knows where the author plans to take the characters. I have found that anything that Perry writes, I usually tend to enjoy immensely and this series is no different. At the time of the writing of this blog post, there appears to be four books already in this series, and as this is the second book in the series, it looks like I have more reading to do. I highly recommend this series, and while you do not have to read the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt books to fully understand this series, I also recommend that you read that series so you can evolve with the characters. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I couldn’t put this one down and I was anxious to get to the end to see how everything would resolve.

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Title: Triple Jeopardy

Author: Anne Perry

Series: Daniel Pitt #2

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: April 9, 2019

Pages: 338

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Disclaimer: This book was selected by myself at the library, and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

Review: Murder on Wall Street by Victoria Thompson

Description (from cover): “Midwife Sarah Brandt Malloy and her detective husband, Frank, must discover who killed a prominent–but despised– society banker before an innocent family is destroyed in Murder on Wall Street, an all-new Gaslight Mystery in the USA Today bestselling series.

Reformed gangster Jack Robinson is working hard to bolster his image in Gilded Age New York City society as he prepares to become a new father. But when Hayden Norcross, the man who nearly ruined his wife, is shot in cold blood, Jack knows the police will soon come knocking on his door. Frank Malloy has to agree–things don’t look good for Jack. But surely a man as unlikeable as Hayden had more than a few enemies. And it’s soon clear that plenty of the upper echelon as well as the denizens of the most squalid areas of the city seem to have hated him.

Sarah and Frank have their work cut out for them. As the daughter of the elite Decker family, Sarah has access to the social circles Hayden frequented, and the more she learns about his horrific treatment of women, the more disturbed she becomes. And as Frank investigates, he finds that Hayden had a host of unsavory habits that may have hastened his demise. But who finally killed him? Sarah and Frank must put the pieces together quickly before time runs out and Jack’s hard-won new life and family are ripped apart.”

My Thoughts:

This book is #24 and the most recent release in the beloved Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson. I have always highly recommended this series and have reviewed other books in this series on this blog. If you haven’t read this series and love historical mysteries, I suggest you look into these books as they have never disappointed this reader. I do, however, recommend reading them in order for character development and context. While reading this book I felt like I was reuniting with old friends. Sarah and Frank have now found themselves involved in yet another murder mystery when a family friend is the top suspect in an investment banker’s murder. Investment banker, Hayden Norcross, wasn’t a very pleasant person and had numerous enemies who all had motives for his murder. Frank and Sarah use their connections to investigate the murder and hunt for the killer and character favorites Gino and Maeve make appearances to assist them in their investigations.

This novel takes the reader through New York City during the gilded age where automobiles are first being seen on the streets competing with horse drawn carriages. Where society is struggling to find new norms in a new world where women and the lower societal classes are starting to make a voice and name for themselves. Sarah has always defied the social restrictions of the era, but it is interesting to see how society as a whole is starting to move in that direction as well. I find that Thompson is highly attentive to historical details and that delights this historical mystery reader. I personally like to get a sense of how people really lived during the historical period that the author is writing about and Thompson is stellar in achieving this in her books and you get a real sense of how things really were.

This book was an engaging and enjoyable read. I could hardly put it down, but then again that goes for all of the books in this series. The plot was well written and while there wasn’t as much character development in this new book as there have been in previous installments, it still was fun to read. I am anxious to get my hands on the next book in this series. I have found in my reading experience that some of the series that have numerous books in them tend to get stale as you continue to read along in the series. That is definitely not the case with this series. Thompson does a good job of keeping her series readers engaged and coming back for more. The only bad thing about this book was when I was finished, I wanted more.

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Title: Murder on Wall Street

Author: Victoria Thompson

Series: Gaslight Mysteries #24

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

Pages: 331

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Disclaimer: This book was selected by myself at the library and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.