Series: Mydworth Mysteries #7
Published by Lübbe Audio on August 13, 2021
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Length: 3 hrs 25 mins
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When young Ben Carter is found murdered in an alleyway one snowy night in Mydworth, all the evidence points to his best pal, Oliver. And though Oliver swears he is innocent, judge and jury are quick to convict the young man. But at the eleventh hour, Harry and Kat become involved, and aren't convinced. With just days left before Oliver is to hang for the crime, they investigate. With the clock ticking can they find the real culprit in time ... to save a life?
The Wrong Man is #7 in the Mydworth series. I don’t know that it can really stand alone. I think you’d miss too much about Kat and Harry’s place in the village, and honestly, they’re each short and fun so why not read them all? Actually, I listen to them. They are perfect for car rides, for walking the dog, for doing chores. The Wrong Man is interesting, has some twists and turns, but is light enough that doesn’t need your full attention.
It is almost Valentine’s day when Kat and Harry are asked to do whatever they can to save Oliver Brown who is set to be hung for murdering his lifelong friend Ben Carter. The problem is the evidence is overwhelming, and the execution is at dawn in just a couple of days. I really wish the wife would have talked to them earlier, but that would have taken away the tension the deadline provides.
Ben’s murder was a vicious one – obviously done by someone who had an issue with Ben. Also obvious was the fact that Ben and Oliver had been in an altercation earlier in the evening – one that would have come to blows had it not been for the police arriving. With no alibi, the murder weapon found at his home, and bloody clothing buried in his garden, Oliver is the only suspect. Kat and Harry, and several other townspeople, believe Oliver is innocent, but how will they prove it in such a short time?
This is a fast-paced, well-written story, with plenty of excitement and a bit of danger. I liked how “modern technology” helped solve the case. Kat and Harry are always a delightful pair. When I start listening to these, I kind of get on a role. You’ll notice I talked about one yesterday. I’ll also have #8 coming up tomorrow.
I like plots where the sleuths have a deadline to solve the crime. It makes the author write tight.
I do think it can add to the tension.