The Aladdin Trial

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Dec 2018

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I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review,  so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡
The cover and title is what originally drew me to this book. 
An elderly local artist plunges 100 feet to her death at an overstretched London hospital and the police immediately sense foul play. The hospital cleaner, a Syrian refugee and a loner, is arrested for her murder. 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 reunite to defend a man the media has already convicted. Together they uncover not only the cleaner’s secrets, but also those of the artist’s family, her lawyer and the hospital. 
This was my first book by this author. It was alltogether an easy read. ♡ I give this book a 
4.5 star rating!
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The Aladdin Trial
A Burton and Lamb Thriller
by Abi Silver
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Eye Books
General Fiction (Adult) ,  Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Sep 2018


I am reviewing a copy of The Aladdin Trial through Trafgar Square Publishing and Netgalley:


After an elderly artist plunges a hundred feet to her death at an overstretched London Hospital.  The police immediately sensed foul play.  They soon arrest a hospital cleaner a refugee from Syria and a loner.  He protests his innocence but she can not understand why he had given her the story of Aladdin to read and why does 
he shake so uncontrollably when he is stressed.


Judith Burton and Constance Lamb once again come together this time to defend a man who has been vilified by the media.



Together the two woman not only discover the hospital cleaners secrets but also those of the artists family, her lawyer and the hospita.


I give The Aladdin Trial five out of five star!



Happy Reading!
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The was an enjoyable book, complex and with great characters, and an excellently constructed plot.  The first half of the book grabbed my interest, and then for the last half I could not put it down until I had finished the story.  As murder mysteries go, this was a great one, really top notch.

Barbara Hennesey is in the hospital for a routine operation when she is found dead, apparently having been thrown from the twelfth floor of the hospital.  A Syrian refugee, working at the hospital as a custodian, is suspected and eventually arrested for the crime.  Constance Lamb is appointed as her lawyer and embarks on his defense, trying to determine exactly who murdered Ms. Hennesey.  In the process many characters are interviewed and and presented as possible culprits: Joe Hennesey, her son, the sleazy car salesman; Janice Hennesey, the somewhat inattentive daughter who inherits a million pounds from the estate of her mother; Barrister Brian, Ms. Hennesey's lawyer, who seems to have a private agenda; and Dr. Wolf, who performed her operation and seems to have something to hide.

I was reminded of Agatha Christie when reading such was the interwoven complexity of the plot and characters.  The author has a deft touch with characterization of the main characters, making them more than interesting, and the hard-hitting plot kept me guessing until the very last pages.  After taking half the book to set up the crime and the characters, the story turns into a courtroom drama, so there is that tension to add to the solving of the crime.  

I found this book utterly gripping and a top-notch mystery.  One of my top ten books of the year.  Highly recommended.  5/5 stars.  Read this and other reviews of upcoming books at bookgeist.blogspot.com.
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Convicted before being proven innocent is the name of the game when Syrian refugee cleaner at St. Marks Hospital is accused of murdering a local elderly artist.
Barbara was either pushed or she jumped as she went in for surgery on bunions.
Now it's up to Constance Lamb the lawyer to prove he didn't do the job.
Can Constance along with Judith show the true secrets behind this every encompassing mystery that weaves its way into the artists family, the hospital, and ultimately her own lawyer?
Will the person responsible every pay the price?
Amazing read by Abi.
Thank you Abi Silver, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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