A Middling Sort – Jud Widing

Original, smart, delightful!

A Middling Sort is as if Christopher Moore grabbed a thesaurus and started writing historical fiction.

middlingsortIt’s 1767, and Denton Hedges, a talented but insecure lawyer, heads to Fidget’s Mill, a small hamlet near Boston, to convince the three reigning wealthy families, who’ve made their money on importation, to refuse goods from England. The problem is, no one wants to listen to Denton, and he needs a way in to their inner circle. He’s also naive and unsure of himself.

Enter Miss Carsis, resident witch with her own aims for the town; her Familiar, No-Good Bulstrode (a turkey-demon with a British accent and his own motivations); her co-conspirator and underestimated side-kick, Mr. Increase; and members of these wealthy families, some of whom want Denton dead and some who just want to hang out and be friends.

This book made me laugh out loud. The story is original, the writing above par with droll intelligence, and just all-around entertaining. The ending, however, I found somewhat unexpected, but not in a good way.

Recommended for the reader who appreciates smart writing and tomfoolery balanced with tender insight.

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