Jury of One is the second in the Lindenshaw Mysteries series. It features a gay Detective Inspector, Robin, whose investigations never seem to run in a straightforward fashion, and his teacher partner Adam who finds Robin’s cases appear determined to involve him. And there’s Adam’s dog, Campbell, who’s desperate to stick his big, black wet nose into everybody’s business.
About Jury of One
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?
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.
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The book starts about a year after TBCftJ ended. Robin and Adam have made a life together and just as they're really getting comfortable a new murder case comes up…
While book two was mainly about Adam with a lot of side of Robin, this book is the opposite. Jury of One us a bit more intense with the attacks and the new characters. Just like TBCftJ it's more slowly paced as there's lots of different roads each suspect lead can take them. It really just feels like a good ole fashion murder mystery. I love the fact that you know as musch as Robin does so it's like you're workign together to solve the mystery.
It may not be quite Sherlock Holmes, but close enough, though I think my favorite is the dog, Campbell. He is the best judge of character and is always the true hero in each story!!
While I don't NEED my books to have all the heat and passion, I do appreciate a bit of it. I feel like it shows a better connection between the MCs and I wish there was a little more in the story.
All in all I give this book a 3.75*