Monday, March 21, 2016

Release Day Review : Jury of One (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #2) by Charlie Cochrane

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Title: Jury of One

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 21st March 2016

Genre: M/M (murder / mystery)

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Synopsis

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?

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Mark’s Review

A great murder-mystery with British flare. I loved it. Charlie Cochrane writes excellent murder-mysteries, intricate plots, lots of red herrings and something to really get your teeth into. The other fact is I love the characters, they’re not over exaggerated but real and normal.

Robin and Adam met in the first book when Robin came to investigate a murder in Adam’s school. Since then they are now living together at Adam’s house, in a solid relationship and everything couldn’t be more perfect. However, there is always the small problem of balancing their relationship with their work, both being extremely dedicated but sometimes the workload can take it’s toll on any relationship and this is the case when Robin is called to investigate a murder. It means lots of hours and the moments they get together are few. Adam is very understanding of this but things do start to put a strain on things. The thing I like about Charlie’s books are that they are plot driven. The sex is off page so you have gay characters who “just are” leading normal lives and coping with the stresses and strains of what their jobs bring. As much as hot sex is nice I always find it refreshing to read a plot driven story with gay characters that are not jumping into bed every five minutes.You could say Adam’s job is not as glamourous or exciting as Robin’s being a teacher, but Adam is necessary as a centre of gravity and voice of reason in Robin’s extremely turbulent job.

This case proves to be a real headache having so many leads but nothing conclusive at the beginning. Throw in a rival police precinct with a few bent coppers and the race is on as to who will get to the bottom of Hatton’s murder first. I loved how there are several plot devices happening at the same time, how everything doesn’t always seem to appear as it is upon first inspection. This case becomes a real challenge for Robin and once again Adam becomes involved by default due to Robin’s current case going back to another court case where Adam was on the jury. It was a long time ago when Adam was a lot younger but his experience of being on the jury for this particular conviction is essential in unravelling the mystery of Robin’s current case. Again an excellent piece of plotting by Charlie Cochrane making up an enthralling murder-mystery.

There is one bone of contention between the happy couple, not only the case and their work, but Robin’s flat is still not sold or rented out. Adam feels due to this that Robin is not 100% committed to them being together as though he is leaving his options open if things don’t work out. Understandable I suppose but for Robin this is a difficult step to take as his previous relationships didn’t work out, job always getting in the way, and feels that maybe the bubble will burst with this relationship too. I know this might be the realistic and logical thing to do, but honestly? As much as these two love each other I could have slapped Robin on several occasions for being such an emotionally stunted ignoramus! If he isn’t sure about what he has with Adam then he shouldn’t ever bother trying to be in a relationship at all. But as in all solid relationships here they both are tried and tested but manage to make things work and come out the other side all the stronger for it. Basically, what doesn’t kill us or split us up only makes us stronger,

This book is the second in a series and it can be read as a standalone for sure. However, reading the first book will invariably give you all the essential background to understand the MCs motives, what makes them tick and how they got to where they are now. It’s also an excellent murder-mystery and with any such crime duo stories both MCs are well balanced and compliment each other perfectly. So if you’re a fan of British style crime series, a murder or two, a duffing up or two, antsy witnesses, bent coppers, more red herrings than you can shake a stick at, then you’ll love this second murder-mystery in the Lindshaw series by Charlie Cochrane. I hope there’ll be many more to come.

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Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Title: The Best Corpse for The Job

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Rating: 4 stars

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Synopsis

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.

::: MARK’S REVIEW :::

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Title: Jury for One

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

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?

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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.

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