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  • Writer's pictureHeather Moll

Book Review: Three Debts Paid


A serial killer is on the loose, targeting victims with a mysterious connection that young barrister Daniel Pitt must deduce before more bodies pile up, in this intricately woven mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.

AMAZON Ballantine Books April 12, 2022


Anne Perry fans who are only familiar with her Victorian-era set Monk or Pitt series will not want to miss this Edwardian series featuring Thomas and Charlotte’s attorney son Daniel Pitt! Few authors breathe as much life, faults at all, into their characters as well as Anne Perry does. Their insights, frailties, and emotions, and the things that connect them to their world and who they love are as much as a part of the story as the crime time be solved.

I read Anne Perry for the setting and characters as much as the mystery. I didn’t even read the description of this book because it didn’t matter. Daniel was back and it was time to read. I recommend readers start with the first in Daniel’s series to get the most out of it, but they don’t have to have know the Thomas Pitt series about his father.

A lot of page time was spent with Inspector Frobisher’s point of view rather than with Daniel or Miriam. It was more about this inspector’s investigation of the rainy-day slasher than a law case of Daniel’s. It reminded me of Rathbone in the Monk books. If Frobisher is going to feature prominently going forward, then this isn’t so bad to see him in action, but it was jarring five books into the series to suddenly get into the head of a new MC. I shouldn’t miss Daniel in a Daniel Pitt book, but that’s not to say I didn’t like Frobisher.

Anne Perry’s mysteries are always rich and interwoven with a lot of reflection and this one was no different. Daniel’s plagiarism case eventually crossed into Frobisher’s murder investigation and the conclusion is as heartbreaking as I expect from her. I wish a little more time has been spent with Frobisher at the end wrapping up those loose ends. I felt that the pace slowed in the middle with some repetition, but a good beginning and ending made up for that.

I was afraid Miriam and Daniel would continue to dance around what they mean to each other. Their age difference has been an obstacle only in their own heads so it was a relief to see some progress in that front.


I eagerly received an ARC from NetGalley

Do you read historical mysteries? It's my favorite genre!

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