The Third Ben Schroeder Novel
1965. The British Establishment is reeling after a series of defections and acts of treachery by high- ranking intelligence officers. When Francis Hollander, an American academic, accuses Sir James Digby QC, a baronet and leader of the Bar, of being a Soviet spy, Digby retains Ben Schroeder and his head of Chambers to represent him. At first, it seems to be a simple case of libel, but as evidence starts to emerge of Digby’s association with the Cambridge spies, and as MI6 becomes involved, Ben can no longer be sure that he can save Digby from prosecution and ruin. To obtain vital evidence, Ben will have to put his career at risk. But will it be enough?
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And Is There Honey Still For Tea? will shortly be available in paperback and ebook formats
Publisher: No Exit Press
Publication Date: 23rd April 2015
PB ISBN: 978-1-84344-401-5
Format: B (198 X 129mm)
ePub ISBN: 978-1-84344-402-2
kindle ISBN: 978-1-84344-403-9
Critical Acclaim for And Is There Honey Still For Tea?
An intelligent amalgam of spy story and legal drama- Marcel Berlins, Times [read the full review]
An intelligent amalgam of spy story and legal drama, And Is There Honey Still For Tea? takes place in 1965, at the height of the Cold War. An American academic has published a provocative article claiming that Sir James Digby, QC, a respected English barrister, had spied for Russia. Digby sues for libel. The two teams of lawyers prepare for the contest in court. Peter Murphy's regular hero, Ben Schroeder, is the junior barrister for Digby. Victory seems inevitable, but doubts start to emerge. The game of chess becomes important. Murphy was an advocate in war crime cases in the Hague involving the former Yugoslavia, and is now a judge in England. His pedigree shows.
Marcel Berlins, Times
A gripping, enjoyable and informative read...Promoting Crime Fiction loves Peter Murphy's And is there Honey Still for Tea?- Jo Hesslewood, Promoting Crime Fiction [read the full review]
Murphy's clever legal thriller revels in the chicanery of the English law courts of the period- Barry Forshaw, The Independent [read the full review]
The ability of an author to create living characters is always dependent on his knowledge of what they would do and say in any given circumstances - a talent that Peter Murphy possesses in abundance...Arnold Taylor loves And Is There Honey Still for Tea?- Arnold Taylor, Crime Review UK [read the full review]
There’s tradecraft of the John le Carre kind, but also a steely authenticity in the legal scenes... gripping- Paul Magrath, ICLR [read the full review]
Reader Reviews for And Is There Honey Still For Tea?
Your style in these pages deeply moved me. And I loved the elegant way you found to explain the title of the book. A book that one finishes with a sense of nostalgia the last page turned. Quoi ! Déjà fini ! A decisively rare kind ....So, thank you very much for "And is There Honey Still For Tea?" - Raphaël Weissmann, Judge,