Title: Jury of One (Lindenshaw Mysteries)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochrane (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 298 pgs
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?
This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. This was my first book by this author and it was very good. I didn’t get a connection to either of the MC’s, Robin or Adam immediately but eventually I connected with them. I really enjoyed the mystery in the story and that seems to be in the guts of the story. I enjoyed how Mr. Cochrane gave life to the story in the background, which was the romance between Robin and Adam and still keeping up with the mystery in the book. I would definitely consider trying more books by this author.
This is book 2 in the series. I didn’t realize how much I had missed reading mystery/suspense books until I read this book. Although I didn’t read book one I was able to follow along with the story fairly well. The toughest partof the book was trying to mentally translate he British slang into English/American language. Otherwise I enjoyed the story a great deal.
As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice – like managing a rugby team – she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries, but she’s making an increasing number of forays into the modern day. She’s even been known to write about gay werewolves – albeit highly respectable ones.
Her Cambridge Fellows series of Edwardian romantic mysteries were instrumental in seeing her named Speak Its Name Author of the Year 2009. She’s a member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and International Thriller Writers Inc.
Happily married, with a house full of daughters, Charlie tries to juggle writing with the rest of a busy life. She loves reading, theatre, good food and watching sport. Her ideal day would be a morning walking along a beach, an afternoon spent watching rugby and a church service in the evening.