Force of Evil by Simon Michael (Charles Holborne #6)

’Accident or murder?’

London, 1965.  While Charles Holborne is still treated with reserve by most members of the establishment, his reputation is definitely on the rise.  He has had a series of successful cases, and if his personal life is in turmoil, his professional life seems to be improving.

He is asked to take a pro bono case, representing a widow before the coroner in a recent accidental death case.  The dead man, Sergeant Maynard, was a RAF policeman who worked at the Cardington base in Bedfordshire.  His death was considered to be the result of a motorcycle accident, but his wife insists he was murdered. Charles is not sure, but the closer he looks the more issues he discovers.  And when he and others are warned off, he realises that there is more at stake than he thought.

This is the sixth instalment in the Charles Holborne series, and is just as enjoyable as the other five.  Charles has a complicated personal life and while he is trying to get back together with his former partner Sally, his parents are ageing and need support as well.

I have enjoyed every book in this series: while the courtroom scenes are a particular highlight, London in the time of the Kray twins really adds to the atmosphere.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith