The Brief by Simon Michael

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Barrister Charles Holborne spends his life dealing with law breakers, people of violent criminality. But when his philandering wife Henrietta is found with her throat slashed, Charles finds himself up to his neck in serious trouble of the murderous kind. Arrested for her murder, can Charles discover the truth of her brutal death, and prove his innocence to a skeptical investigators? This is compelling whodunnit set in 1960s London and an addictive read for any crime fan.

Title : The Brief
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ISBN : 191069200X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Miriam rated it ★★★★★

March 04, 2017

Simon Michael's "The Brief" has been described as 'BritCrime at its best' and I would wholeheartedly agree, it's so impressive! It had me hooked from the very first page till the tense gripping end. This is so much more than a legal thriller - intense, riveting, compelling and with plenty of actio...

Dave rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2016

1960s London - gang wars, corrupt police, vice, and pornography - ex-boxer, Charles Holborne, has plenty of opportunities to build his reputation with the criminal classes as a barrister who delivers. But Charles, an East End boy made good, is not all he seems, and his past is snapping at his hee...

Sonya rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2016

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review. The story is set in 1960s London. In a city of gangsters, prejudice and terrifying gang wars, Barrister Charles Holborne seems to spend the majority of his time dealing with the worst examples of violent criminality. H...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2016

I picked up The Brief one Saturday afternoon, after the football results disappointed me yet again, and by Sunday morning I was into the final pages. This is a seriously good British crime novel and really stands out from the rest by including real court documents. We are introduced to Plumber an...

Leah rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2016

I had anticipated when starting this book that it was going to include lengthy spells in the courtroom. I am glad that this wasn't the case. It was a gripping legal thriller that I whizzed through in a matter of hours, such was the pacing of the plot. The setting of 60s London was excellently envi...

Jill's Book Cafe rated it ★★★★★

April 18, 2017

4.5 stars When I bought this book it was originally intended for my OH. I had heard good things about it, but the setting of gangland London in the 1960’s epitomised by the Krays and the Richardsons was something that didn’t appeal to me. Having read it, the OH suggested I read it as I would enjoy...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2016

'm not usually a big fan of court room dramas but believe me the actual court side of it is only a smallish section and even then I was well and truly gripped by the questioning of Charles' client. The story starts off with events leading up to Charles' first court case as well as the court case i...

Nicki rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2017

Even though I'd read the second book first, so I knew the outcome of this book, this was still a real page turner. I enjoyed being transported to 1960s London with public phone boxes were on street corners, pubs were real drinking and meeting places and cafes were greasy spoons. Simon Michael wea...

josbookblog rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2017

Originally posted on Working as a barrister, Charles Holborne is used to dealing with criminals, but always from the “right side” of the law. When his wife is found murdered, he is the prime suspect and is subsequently arrested for her murder. Determined to prove his inno...

Jackie rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2016

The Brief, by Simon Michael, brings to mind various vintage crime series that I have enjoyed watching on TV over the years. It is set in 1960s London, a period when the roads in central London could be driven through with relative ease and public payphones were a necessary aid to communication. T...

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