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Publisher's Summary

An innocent client harbors dark secrets....

Defense Attorney Leland Monroe lost it all: his big-city job, his reputation, and, worst of all, his loving wife. Now he’s back in his hometown to hit restart and repair the relationship with his troubled son. But the past is always present in a small town.

Leland returns to find his high school sweetheart hasn’t had the easiest of lives - especially now that her son faces a death sentence for murdering his father. Yet what appears to be an open-and-shut case is anything but. As Leland digs deeper to uncover a truth even his client is determined to keep buried, a tangled web of corruption weaves its way throughout his once tranquil hometown.

Leland soon realizes it’s not just his innocent young client’s life that’s at stake - powerful forces surface to threaten the precious few loved ones he has left.

©2021 Relay Publishing (P)2021 Relay Publishing

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Narrator Didn't Work for Me

Although many people have commented favorably on the narrator, I found listening to him more than a little irritating, especially when he was trying to sound like a female character, or an older man. Actually, everyone sounded like an old person other than when the narrator was reading in his normal voice. The plot was okay, but nothing special. Kind of wishing I hadn't wasted the credit.

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great book

I could not put it down . I just thought the ending was a bit rushed. but I loved the book

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Totally Engrossing

Peter Kirkland penned a creative small-town mystery filled with interesting characters and rich situations that capture the imagination of the listener. He touches on real-life relationships between parents and their children, friends, etc. The plot moves a bit slow at times but that only enriches the story and allows the listener to delve deeper into the motives of the characters.

The narrator, J J Hosenfeld delivers an exceptional performance. His voices are well done and unique to each character. His cadence was steady and kept the listener intrigued. I enjoy his performance which enhances the book.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing more.

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Fantastic Mystery

I enjoyed this audiobook. This was a new to me author. The murder mystery was well written and easy to follow. I liked the characters. Narrator JJ Hosenfeld has a smooth, melodic baritone voice made it easy to listen to him.

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Entertaining but missing a little something

"Defending Innocence" (2021) is an entertaining novel about former prosecutor Leland Monroe, a recently widowed, single father struggling financially while trying to rear his moody, late teenage son. Leland reluctantly agrees to defend his son’s troubled friend, who’s accused of murdering his own worthless father. The story moves along well but the absence of any kind of romance leaves it a little soulless. J. J. Hosenfeld’s narration is very effective. Solidly recommended. At my request, I was given this free audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.

Kelvin L. Reed
Author of "Guilt by Association"

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Solid Legal Tale

I was given a copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is a great book, accurate in the legal procedure, and audio was really good too. The only draw back is that it takes the book 98% of the time to build up, then speeds through the end. I would have loved if the end of the book was more drawn out.

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Loved it!

The characters came to life. The storyline was gripping and so well written. Great book!

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Full of suspense, mystery and intrigue!

This is the first time I've heard of this author and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The narrator did a great job of varying the different voices, some of them were kind of hilarious but hey it's hard for a guy to make a girls voice. This book has interesting characters and I think the author did a great job of showing how what happened changed 2 teenagers with lots on their plate. I especially liked the characters of Maisy, Jackson's mom and private investigator Trudy I think was her name. I also liked how she was able to converse with Noah in a way that really helped him. I look forward to reading more by this author or listening to his books.
I received a free code for this book from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 12-23-21

Enjoyed

I did enjoy the narration of J J Hosenfeld.

Leland Monroe, a previous top prosecuting attorney in Charleston now having to return to the small sleepy southern town where he was born. He now trying to making a living by working with a old attorney friend and struggling with such reduced finances.

When a friend of his son is charged with murder Leland becomes his defence attorney , With the help of an investigator, Munroe embarks on a quest to find some evidence to free his client.

I enjoyed listening . Recommend


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  • Chris S
  • 12-19-21

Good legal thriller

Defending innocence by Peter Kirkland was a very good legal mystery story. I listened to it nearly 8 hours of multiple motives, suspect and other dirty deeds. Then the whole thing resolves in literally the last few minutes. But it doesn’t really resolve and some things are still hanging. In an otherwise very enjoyable and entertaining courtroom / legal thriller, the rush to finish makes me feel cheated. The narration by JJ Hosenfeld is very good.

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  • caroline wright
  • 12-07-21

Really enjoyable and entertaining

Once I got used to the narrator it all really flowed and I had to know how the story ended. I did feel like the end of the story was a bit rushed but apart from that would really enjoy more books from this author and narraror