The Pequod Review:
Smallbone Deceased, Michael Gilbert’s fourth book, is an impressive crime novel. The story is set in a lawyer’s office, where the body of a man with connections to the firm is found dead in a safe-deposit box. The plot is a good one, a standard order procedural investigation led by Inspector Hazlerigg, but Gilbert also incorporates a wry and intelligent satire of the legal profession — one that Gilbert knew first-hand, as a practicing lawyer for thirty-six years. Great fun.