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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Song for Leonard is a work of fiction in the murder mystery subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author A. I. Fabler. The story revolves around the death of singer Suzanne Finch who was killed whilst attempting to mug Charles Bateman. Eighteen years after the death, Bateman stands accused of her murder and must rely on the songs she wrote to create a defense. As we dive into the work of Suzanne Finch, a picture begins to form of the events that lead to her death. But when the trial begins to reveal police corruption, Bateman’s life is endangered by his proximity to the truth.
This was a completely refreshing take on the murder mystery genre. Putting the alleged perpetrator of the crime into the position of investigating the life of the victim to prove their innocence allowed for a sense of powerful drama as Charles Bateman’s efforts to clear his name only drag him deeper into the strange and mysterious life of Suzanne Finch. Author A. I. Fabler masterfully creates a well-realized protagonist in Charles but also in Suzanne who becomes more and more fleshed out as Charles learns about her throughout his investigation. At the core of this mystery is a character study of a young woman with hopes and aspirations who found difficulty being accepted by the world around her. Learning about Suzanne alongside Charles deftly weaves the two stories together into a powerful narrative that makes A Song for Leonard an unmissable read.