Review: ‘The Trial’ by John Mayer (The Parliament House Series)


Brogan McLane has been ‘Called’ to the Bar in the Scottish Supreme Court. Now a well established Advocate, he has ruffled more than a few feathers over the years. He is renowned for his passionate defence of his clients and his work in the field of International child abduction law. Despite his start on the wrong side of the tracks, his record within Parliament House and throughout his career is unblemished. Until now.

When High Court Judge Lord Aldounhill is found in his home, his carotid artery severed, it falls to Detective Chief Inspector Terry Imrie to investigate. Being a Judge, there are no end of suspects, people convicted in the Judge’s court, who could possibly bear a grudge against him. But enough to kill him? But when facts are presented, there is one man whose name stands out amongst them all. A man who has had a very public disagreement with the Judge which brought embarrassment upon the Judge. A man who has been alleged to have made threats against his life. Brogan McLane.

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Orenda Week Hangover: Review – ‘The Mine’ by Antti Tuomainen (@antti_tuomainen; @OrendaBooks)

Okay. So, here’s the thing. I know yesterday was meant to be the end of my Orenda feature. And it was. Until yesterday, mid-afternoon, when I finished reading ‘The Mine’ by Antti Tuomainen. Now I could have waited, posted the review in the coming weeks, but there’s no time like the present as they say. I’ve seen this book, as I’m sure many of you have, as part of the blog tour over the past few weeks. It had such good reviews from bloggers whose opinions I trust that I figured I’d take a look for myself. And the result? Well, in what could be called a bit of an Orenda Books hangover, here are my thoughts.


When he is sent an anonymous e-mail claiming that hazardous operations are taking place at a nickel mine in northern Finland, investigative journalist Janne Vuori sets off the the remote town to Suomalahti to see for himself. What he finds at the mine appears at first unremarkable but a chance conversation overheard during dinner at his hotel leads him to visit the mine in the dead of night where it becomes clear that something is not quite right.

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