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...

BookwormDH 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Thebooktrail rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2016

Visit the locations in the novel my The Brief Booktrail This was a gem of a find for many reasons – the real court documents and police statements added to the already immersive detail and added to the unique premise of the criminal set up, I was hooked from page one. The novel was very immersive...

Harold rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

This novel takes a wee bit to get revved up to speed, but about 40 % in, it finds its metal. Make sure you read beyond the initial chapters involving a rather ordinary armed robbery and unfamiliar terms. This is a very good story with some surprises and moments of suspense. It is early 1960's Lo...

Wild rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017

This is a marvellously taut thriller about a British barrister whose somewhat mundane life is suddenly thrown into chaos when he is accused of murdering his wife. The descriptions of the characters and locations of London and it's suburbs in 1961 sets the tone for this unusual crime procedural tu...

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...

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