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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Learned Friend by Heather Parker

My Learned Friend by Heather Parker
Publisher: Untreed Reads-Fingerprints
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (17 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

When James Whitman moves to a small village in the English Lake District, he thinks he is leaving the world of crime behind him in the courtrooms of Manchester. Surely folks here wouldn’t find themselves in need of a good defense lawyer – even one of the most highly respected in the land.

Yet, when an old lady dies in mysterious circumstances, James finds himself working to protect a young boy accused of her murder. A local social worker, Katy, becomes his unlikely ally, and the pair begin to investigate. They soon discover life in the isolated village may not be as peaceful and innocent as it seems...

If you’re a fan of mysteries with a British setting I know you’ll enjoy My Learned Friend. Ms. Parker did a wonderful job with the description of the village where this story takes place. I felt as if I was there and getting to know each of the characters as she introduced them.

I especially liked the way the author told this story and how it unfolded in just seventeen pages. It felt longer and I mean that in a good way. Ms. Parker packed a lot of story into this short read. As with any good mystery I kept wondering what would happen next. What I really liked was she had me guessing who was going to be the victim of the crime. It was a surprise, and then I found myself wanting to read on to find out who did it.

And to add even more layers to this story, she added a touch of romance that was enjoyable, too. This is a quick and very fun read for anyone who likes a good whodunit with a cast of British characters and a country setting.

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