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Murder at the Bailey: Henry Milner

Thank you to Henry Milner and Biteback publishing for providing a proof copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

A notorious loan shark is shot dead, in broad daylight, right outside the front doors of the Old Bailey. The killer is arrested at the scene and Adrian Stanford is about to take on the toughest case of his career. Can he steer his client past the no-nonsense detective Chief Superintendent ‘Iron-Rod’ Stokes, hellbent, in his last case before retirement, in achieving a murder conviction?

When I was offered the chance to read a copy of Murder at the Bailey, I jumped at the offer. I’ve been in a bit of a slump recently and needed something to lift me out – Murder at the Bailey did just that.

Written by a top criminal defence lawyer, I knew it would give an insight that I hadn’t experienced in crime fiction before. It took me a while to get into the writing style – Henry Milner definitely knows his stuff and there was a lot of technical knowledge woven into the story – but once I did, I really enjoyed this novel.

The characters had a blend of light and dark, even the particularly dodgy ones, which made them intensely likeable – or if not likeable, I cared about them enough to want to know their story.

The plot itself is quite long, but the story didn’t feel like it slumped. Helped along by the short, snappy chapters and the interlinking narratives, alongside Milner’s in depth knowledge of legalities in the courtroom and the custody suite, the ins and outs of the city of London and the faces of the criminal underworld, it makes for a really enjoyable read, that brings a fresh perspective to crime fiction.

About Henry Milner

Henry Milner has been one of the UK’s top criminal defence solicitors for more than forty years, during which time he has defended some of the most infamous names in recent criminal history. He founded Henry Milner and Company Solicitors, described by Chambers and Partners as a ‘Rolls Royce outfit’.

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