“The Brief will keep you up for hours.  It will play on your mind and you’ll be dying to know what happens next.”

“The Brief…is a pure gem and kept me turning the pages constantly. Brilliant characters, excellent plotting and overall an indulgent, absorbing and enjoyable read.”

“Absolutely unputdownable; if you loved watching Damages and The Good Wife you will definitely enjoy reading The Brief.  This is Britcrime at its very best.”
The Book Magnet

“The Brief [is a] gripping yarn from beginning to end….  On a par with Lee Childs and James Patterson (5 stars).”
Amazon reviewer

“The Brief [is] addictive reading, I couldn’t put it down. A brilliant read. The plot kept twisting and turning providing nail- biting suspense (5 stars).”
Amazon reviewer

“…A great book I recommend to anybody who enjoys a good legal whodunit.”
The Bookworm

“… Gritty, gripping and utterly compelling. Highly recommended.”
Leah Moyse, Independent Blogger

“Move over Martina Cole, you’re going to have company on the bestsellers lists (5 stars).”
Amazon reviewer



“An Honest Man [is] gripping and utterly compelling…Brilliant!  A must read.”
RC Bridgestock, authors of the best-selling DI Dylan series, and consultants on TV series Happy Valley and Scott & Bailey

“An exceptional novel by an exceptional writer. Charles Holborne is an utterly convincing and compelling fictional creation – I came to have the same sense of attachment to this honourable yet beleaguered barrister that I have for characters such as Philip Marlowe or Maigret….I recommend this book to all those who love fine writing, a scintillating story, and a central character that captivates both the heart and the mind; a character who will exist in the imagination of the reader long after the final page has been read.”
Mark Mayes, poet and author of The Gift Maker

“The perfect blend of crime thriller/legal thriller… I love how with the books being set in the 1960’s, that the author incorporates the story around the Krays, which makes for an even more intriguing read… An Honest Man is a novel that thriller fans do not want to miss out on. With plenty of surprises in store, this is one author who makes sure he captivates his audience. A gripping read that has left me desperate for more.”
Sarah Hardy, Top Amazon Reviewer



“Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling, The Lighterman may be Simon Michael’s best thriller yet.”
Robert Daws, bestselling author of the Sullivan and Broderick murder investigations

“The third in Simon Michael’s Charles Holborne series is the best yet. All in all a triumph: highly recommended.”
Hugh Bicheno

“Heart stopping crime drama from the author who lays down the laws of thriller writing”
Mark Mayes

“Simon Michael has now joined the best of British crime writers. This, the third book in the Charles Holborne series is yet another “can’t put it down” story from the former Barrister. His many years’ experience in the Courts of Law guarantee that the book is factually accurate in all respects from criminal language to court procedure. It is not only a cracking read, but it also makes an excellent gift. Move over Iain Banks, there’s a new kid on the block.”
Amazon Reviewer



“A novel that is almost instantly [a] classic… [it] runs away with the reader and leaves them wanting more… a truly awesome thriller that will leave you coming back for more.”
Dorset Book Detective

“Corrupted is a brilliant piece of historical crime fiction” 
Fully Booked

“A gem of a book… a fantastic read throughout, gripping, entangling and certainly a page-turner!”
Lacy Ace

“BritCrime’s answer to John Grisham… “
Miriam Smith



“Not since I discovered Biggles in my primary school library fifty years ago have I sat down and read series of books back to back, but to my surprise that’s what’s happened over the last week and a half and I’ve just finished the fifth instalment, “The Waxwork Corpse” in this wonderful series of 1960s legal thrillers by Simon Michael set largely in and around London.”
Mandrek Larl – Amazon Top Reviewer

“My favourite English crime writer since Jake Arnott’s early work. Cannot recommend highly enough” 
Philip Orme

“An excellent addition to an exceptional series… everything that a thriller should be – and more.”
Greville Waterman

“This is a first rate novel and Mr Michael doesn’t seem to be lacking in ideas yet as the series progresses – long may they continue”
Sue K – Amazon Vine Voice

“What a superb read this was … definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far”
A Lover of Books Blog



“These are confident novels, sharply observed, packed full of rich, authentic dialogue. Pacey, yet measured, they weave complex legal scenes with light, credible domestic and professional moments where characters are fleshed out and the central hero is exposed, both for good and bad.”
Bookends and Binends

“I’ve read enough books to know when something special has come along, so take my word for it and pick up … these books… Once you’ve read Simon Michael’s books, you’ll never look at legal thrillers in the same light. The bar has indeed been raised and I don’t think anyone will ever come close. Move aside John Grisham, there’s a new lawyer in town.”
Michelle Ryles, Amazon Top Reviewer

“…In weaving Holborne’s adventures around legal London, Michael evokes the  “pyramid of steaming cholesterol” of the all-day breakfast at Mick’s, and the “damp sheep pen” smell of Bow Street Magistrates’ Court. Michael writes excellent dialogue too…Holborne first appeared in The Cut Throat – and on this form Michael should cast him in more adventures.”
Law Society Gazette

“…well out of the ordinary and far into the realms of seriously good storytelling… superlative courtroom drama…”
New Law Journal

“This is Raymond Chandler territory but on the streets of 1960s London. Wonderful story-telling and in Charles Holborne he has created a barrister antihero in the mould of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade, an honourable man in a dangerous world of vice and corruption. These are not books to be read and forgotten; Holborne is a character who will stay with you.
Amazon Reviewer