Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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?
What marvelous characters! What a hedgerow maze of a plot! With Jury of One Charlie Cochrane moved her cozy mystery series even closer into my heart.
Characters Adam Matthews and Robin Bright melt you with their genuineness. By that I mean, I believed in them utterly. Their kindnesses and their doubts about the relationship in its newness, their intelligence and perceptions about each other and the people around them. I accepted them as real and moved forward into the story from the first page.
The two person pov continues and I love it here. Both Robin and Adam are strong, necessary voices here and the contributions the different perspectives make to the plot and relationship are necessary to the story and series. We see what Robin’s continuing need to hold onto his flat is doing to the relationship on Adam’s side and his. That’s the more intimate element. Then when it comes to the larger scope, that of the murder mystery or mysteries here, we see how segments in both of their lives are starting to add up to a startling…well, that’s best left to the author and this wonderful book.
I think what really engages me here is the details in their lives. Having teachers in my background, I understand when Adam faces a evening of grading papers or other such things that he has brought home to work on. He’s used to it or was until Robin entered his life. Now he loves the companionship but it seems to be missing. And Robin? Coming home so exhausted from his cases and long hours that he can barely keep his eyes open to see his way to their bed, let alone converse, eat, or make love in a new relationship? He’s a inspector on a murder case and that’s his life. Something brand new for Adam and a huge adjustment for them both. Neither backs away from it, the author makes sure of it but I love how its handled.
And then there’s himself, that big black Newfoundland Campbell who lends a ear, a discerning look or much, much, more when needed. Yes, I adore him too. He’s as much of this family as Adam and Robin and the village they live in.
So make room Midsomer Mysteries, I’m adding another English mystery series to love. I can’t wait for the third mystery to arrive. For those of you new to the series, you have several choices. The audiobook is out and my review will be coming shortly. Or you can follow the ebook route. Either way catch up. This is a series to treasure if you love your murder mysteries and a realistic wonderful main couple like Robin and Adam, with a big Newfy thrown in for good measure.
I highly recommend them all.
Cover art by L. C. Chase is well done and works for the mystery inside.
ebook, 298 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by Riptide Publishing
Original TitleJury of One
ISBN 1626493766 (ISBN13: 9781626493766)
Series: Lindenshaw Mysteries