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Old 01-02-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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My Learned Friend by Heather Parker

Please could I introduce my new short story, My Learned Friend, just published by Untreed Reads? This is a traditional English village mystery.

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 defence 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...

A short mystery from the Untreed Reads Fingerprints line.

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Old 04-23-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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I do hope that you haven't called your protagonist a "defense lawyer"? In the UK, we have defenCe lawyers or, more precisely, barristers. The thought of a story set in England but written in American English is just... wrong.
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Hi Harry,

Thanks for this but no problem - the spellings in My Learned Friend are all the correct UK versions. (Defense was just a spell check error in my message - I'll correct it now!) James is definitely a barrister/defence lawyer in the actual story and the publisher, Untreed Reads, always uses UK spellings for books set here.
Like you, I do prefer UK spellings for UK set books but your reply raises an interesting question for authors. I write a lot of stories for US magazines and some publishers do insist on American spelling. It's very difficult to object to this if you want to have them published - but I wondered what other authors (and readers) feel about this?

Thanks for raising it.
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