Thursday, April 5, 2018

Jury of One by Charlie Cochrane

Inspector Robin Bright is enjoying a quiet Saturday with his lover, Adam Matthews, when murder strikes in nearby Abbotston, 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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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a more exciting and a more complicated story than the first book in the series. I enjoyed the intertwining strands of the multiple crimes in this story. There are perhaps too many characters this time – I had a difficult time keeping everyone straight – but I enjoyed Robin’s crime solving escapades.

If Adam and Robin felt old for their years in the first book, the domesticity of this second story makes them both seem positively ancient. Between cosy meals at home with the dog for company and a slightly overblown quarrel, these two enjoy a harmonious, if strangely platonic, relationship this time around.

These stories are on the gentler side of the classic English murder mystery – Robin feels more like a contemporary Miss Marple than even an Adam Dalgliesh and there is something very traditional and conservative about both Adam and Robin.

Like the first story, this one wanders round in circles a bit. The circles are more complex this time which makes for a more interesting read, but it didn’t completely hold my attention and I really had to force myself to plow through to the end.

Also Available in the Lindenshaw Mysteries

Book 1
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Riptide Publishing

For reviews & more info, check out our The Best Corpse for the Job post.

Because Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Jury of One (Lindenshaw Mysteries #2) by Charlie Cochrane to read and review.

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