🎉🎉🎉 Happy Publication Day to Abi Silver 🎉🎉🎉 The Aladdin Trial is out TODAY!!!!
Last year, I was invited to review The Pinocchio Brief by debut author Abi Silver. I do love a good legal thriller so I jumped at the chance and needless to say I really enjoyed it (you can find my review over at crimebookjunkie). So when Simon at Lightning Books got in touch and asked if I’d like to read Abi’s follow up The Aladdin Trial, I didn’t think twice!!
Massive thanks to Lightning Books for my copy of The Aladdin Trial and to Ellie Beadle for asking me to join the blog tour!
When an elderly local artist plunges 100 feet to her death at an overstretched Hampstead hospital, the police immediately sense foul play. The hospital cleaner, a Syrian refugee, is arrested for her murder after stolen jewellery is found at his home. He protests his innocence, but why has he given her the story of Aladdin to read, and why does he shake uncontrollably in times of stress? Judith Burton and Constance Lamb are reunited to defend a man the media has already convicted, uncovering not only the cleaner’s secrets but also those of the artist’s family, her lawyer, and the hospital, too.
What Did I Think?
The dynamic legal duo of Burton and Lamb are back. When I first met them in The Pinocchio Brief they were up against the wall with a child who refused to talk and a lie detector machine making its debut in court. In this second novel from Abi Silver, they’re defending a hospital cleaner who is accused of murder. Did he do it or is there more to the case than meets the eye?
Abi Silver has again written a legal thriller with a difference. I’m not going to go too much into what the difference is because that would spoil the story. But this isn’t just a courtroom battle. Burton and Lamb are doing the leg work to prove the innocence of their client.
I really didn’t know where Ms Silver was taking me. I thought Ahmed was innocent but the prosecution arguments were so compelling, it dropped a seed of doubt in my conviction. Who was the real killer or was it suicide? There were so many motives offered up, I really couldn’t decide! Was it the cleaner, the artist’s own family, her lawyer, someone else entirely?! My finger could not decide which way to point in its accusing manner.
This is the perfect follow up to The Pinocchio Brief. I was kept guessing all the way through and the grand reveal was reminiscent of Poirot at his finest. I loved The Aladdin Trial. Just one question: When’s book 3 out?!!
Well I hope my review has piqued your interest in meeting Burton and Lamb; if it has, here’s the link to get your copy. Don’t forget to go back and catch the other posts on the blog tour!!
Who is Abi Silver?
Yorkshire-bred, Abi Silver is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons.
Her first novel, The Pinocchio Brief – also a courtroom drama with an AI twist featuring Judith Burton and Constance Lamb – was a Sunday Times Crime Club pick and is shortlisted for the 2018 Waverton Good Read Award.
To find out more about Abi and her writing go to www.abisilver.co.uk