As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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The body of an artist, Barbara Hennessy, who had
entered hospital for an operation on a bunion, is found on the ground outside
the London hospital. The suspicion is that she was pushed from a high
window. The cleaner at the hospital, a Syrian refugee called Ahmad
Qabbani, is arrested for her murder. Constance Lamb is asked to be his
lawyer when the police want to ask questions about the case - he mistrusts any
Lamb enlists Judith Burton to help in formulating a defence. The Press
has already decided on his guilt and he does little to counteract their
stories. He and his wife, Aisha, are obviously suffering from a trauma -
he has attacks of uncontrollable shaking when stressed and she refuses to
information that Constance and Judith unearth reveals a great deal about
Barbara’s family and her lawyer and about Ahmad’s past. They also find
some anomalies in the stories of hospital staff. The tale climaxes in a
dramatic trial process. The building up of evidence in court is very well
shown and the trails that lead to an accurate idea about Barbara’s death are
title with a teasing reference to events in the story!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer This
is the second legal thriller about Constance and Judith.
Abi Silver grew up with a house full of books and was inspired from an early
age to believe she could join the ranks of her heroes. Abi accepts that she
probably could not have produced The
Pinocchio Brief without her experience as a lawyer to guide her along the
way. She says being a lawyer is just like being a detective, often required
to construct the whole jigsaw puzzle of a client’s case from its constituent
pieces. Also, being a good judge of character too; the motivation behind
people’s actions (which must be gleaned from their words and conduct) is key to
understanding what really happened and why. Abi read Law at Girton College
Cambridge before wanderlust sent her off travelling through Asia, Australia and
South America as a student. She also lived overseas in Israel for 5 years.
Abi now lives in Radlett, Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but
occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.