Author: Charlie Cochrane
Book: Two Feet Under
Series: Lindenshaw Mysteries, #3
Page/Word Count: 333
Categories: Gay Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: January 8, 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
About the Lindenshaw Mysteries:
Adam Matthews’s life changed when Inspector Robin Bright walked into his classroom to investigate a murder.
Now it seems like all the television series are right: the leafy villages of England do indeed conceal a hotbed of crime, murder, and intrigue. Lindenshaw is proving the point.
Detective work might be Robin’s job, but Adam somehow keeps getting involved—even though being a teacher is hardly the best training for solving crimes. Then again, Campbell, Adam’s irrepressible Newfoundland dog, seems to have a nose for figuring things out, so how hard can it be?
4✨s – Adam and Robin return to solve a mystery replete with twists and turns, coping with issues on the domestic front, having Anderson as a hopefully temporary guest and assisted by Campbell, their loyal Newfie. Robin, newly promoted, is contending with new partners and working out the kinks in his new post. Adam, even working at a different school, finds connections that cross over Robin’s case but fortunately not to the level of danger he’s faced before. Campbell manages to lend a hand, or paw, to Robin and Adam with the problem of Anderson, who I came to dislike quite a bit.
I’d call this episode more of a police procedural, as Robin struggles to find the best and brightest among his officers and works the details of the case with them. A majority of the narrative covers the questioning of a plethora of suspects and witnesses, follow-up on forensic details and brain-storming sessions over the confusing clues. There’s an entire aquarium of red herrings to wade through in this one. Once again, I got rather lost among the number of names, made worse by mistaken identities and impersonations, plus archaeological details. That’s not unusual for me, although there seem to be an excess of people involved in this one.
Romance is still almost an afterthought, but details of Robin and Adam’s growing bond is cleverly tucked into the dialogue. It’s romance in its most basic sense, not the first moments of lust but the steady, dependable love that lasts even through disagreements and mundane moments. Charlie Cochrane can take her place among the best of British mystery writers with this fabulous series. These are enjoyable whodunnits, engaging and challenging my intellect and puzzle solving skills. So far I’m 0 and 3! Highly recommended for lovers of classic mysteries.
About 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 and Cheyenne.
Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.
Where to find Charlie Cochrane:
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