Please join us in welcoming the very lovely Charlie Cochrane to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of her latest book in the Lindenshaw Mysteries… Jury of One. There is also a fabulous giveaway, so don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win.
To listen or not to listen?
I’ve always been a fan of audio books and audio versions of stories. I suspect it goes back to childhood days when I used to sneak a little red transistor radio to bed and listen to drama, comedy and quizzes beneath the covers. (Wasn’t I a rebel?)
And now, at times when there’s a ton of stuff to do on the PC or when there’s tedious domestic duties (painting the ceiling, anyone?) to be done, audio versions of favourite tales are a fantastic form of entertainment. Patrick Tull’s hugely entertaining readings of the Patrick O’Brian books or my copies of the Ian Carmichael radio adaptations of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels have enlivened many a routine task. (Ian Carmichael’s mellifluous tones, especially with Sarah Badel as Harriet Vane could soothe many a savage breast.)
Of course there are drawbacks. We all know how we expect certain characters to sound, so if what we hear doesn’t match up we can be disappointed. (The original radio version of Lord of the Rings was brilliant in much of its casting, especially Ian Holm as Frodo, but its Boromir never worked for me. Far too rural.) On the other hand, we can still picture the characters and settings as we’ve pictured them in our heads, so there’s no “Bertie Wooster never looked like that!” disillusionment.
Sometimes the readings can add to my enjoyment, hearing the lines spoken with expression rather than my just reading them leading to “Oh, so that’s what it meant” moments. On the other hand, hearing something can open cans of worms. The best actors/narrators in the world struggle to cover up bad dialogue or poor plotting. Several books I’ve decided to give a second chance to by transferring to audio form have still not got past first base, with maybe the exception of Forester’s “The Commodore”, which was better heard while cleaning the kitchen floor than read in bed.
So, tell me. Do you like listening to stories? And what floats your boat/gets your goat?
(And talking of audio, the blog tour prize is a download of the audio version of Lessons in Love!)
Jury of One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release: 21st March 2016
Genre: M/M (murder / mystery)
Inspector Robin Bright is enjoying a quiet Saturday with his lover, Adam Matthews, when murder strikes in nearby Abbotson, and he’s called in to investigate. He hopes for a quick resolution, but as the case builds, he’s drawn into a tangled web of crimes, new and old, that threatens to ensnare him and destroy his fledgling relationship.
Adam is enjoying his final term teaching at Lindenshaw School, and is also delighted to be settling down with Robin at last. Only Robin doesn’t seem so thrilled. Then an old crush of Adam’s shows up in the murder investigation, and suddenly Adam is yet again fighting to stay out of one of Robin’s cases, to say nothing of trying to keep their relationship from falling apart.
Between murder, stabbings, robberies, and a suspect with a charming smile, the case threatens to ruin everything both Robin and Adam hold dear. What does it take to realise where your heart really lies, and can a big, black dog hold the key?
::: REVIEW :::
Book 1: The Best Corpse for the Job
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Rating: 4 stars
Tea and sympathy have never been so deadly.
Schoolteacher Adam Matthews just wants to help select a new headteacher and go home. The governors at Lindenshaw St Crispin’s have already failed miserably at finding the right candidate, so it’s make or break this second time round. But when one of the applicants is found strangled in the school, what should have been a straightforward decision turns tempestuous as a flash flood in their small English village.
Inspector Robin Bright isn’t thrilled to be back at St. Crispin’s. Memories of his days there are foul enough without tossing in a complicated murder case. And that handsome young teacher has him reminding himself not to fraternize with a witness. But it’s not long before Robin is relying on Adam for more than just his testimony.
As secrets amongst the governors emerge and a second person turns up dead, Robin needs to focus less on Adam and more on his investigation. But there are too many suspects, too many lies, and too many loose ends. Before they know it, Robin and Adam are fighting for their lives and their hearts.
Meet Charlie Cochrane
As Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR, Riptide and Lethe.
She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.
Leave a comment for a chance to win a download of Lessons in Love (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries #1) in audio! Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 26, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!