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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Lady Lawyer: Small Town Justice (Lindsey Jones Series) by Shelley L. Levisay is a legal thriller that follows an indefatigable female lawyer in a small town amidst a crisis that challenges her career in unimaginable ways. Lindsey Jones is a criminal defense lawyer who works solo and finds herself in a constant game of cat and mouse. She graduated from Law School determined to help people, believing that criminals are ordinary people who do stupid things or who do not think, but in the field, she is dealing with a completely different reality. She strongly believes in her client’s innocence in a murder case, but the prosecutor is a fierce and unforgiving lawyer who will do anything to win this case. It’s a small town, and the political atmosphere is already tense with the campaign. Is Lindsay cut out for the fight, both within the courtroom and outside?
The story is told in the first-person narrative. It is absorbing and allows the point of view of the protagonist to come out clearly through the writing. Lindsay is the narrator, and I enjoyed her opinionated personality. The narrative captures the attention of the reader and plunges them into the typical world of a defense attorney. The conflict is strong and I enjoyed how the author uses it to build the characters. While Lindsay is determined to bring justice to the innocent, her marriage is in crisis and I was keen to see if she could reconcile the two. The irony is that she is good at providing counsel to clients but seems to not be able to apply it to her own situation. The drama is strong, from the courtroom to private conversations. Lady Lawyer: Small Town Justice by Shelley L. Levisay kept me turning the page, thanks to the strong narrative voice, the pacing, and the well-rounded characters.