Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
When a body turns up in a shallow grave at a Roman villa dig site—a body that repeatedly defies identification—Robin finds himself caught up in a world of petty rivalries and deadly threats. The case seems to want to drag Adam in, as well, and their home life takes a turn for the worse when an ex-colleague gets thrown out of his house and ends up outstaying his welcome at theirs.
While Robin has to prove his case against a manipulative and fiendishly clever killer, Adam is trying to find out which police officer is leaking information to the media. And both of them have to work out how to get their home to themselves again, which might need a higher intelligence than either a chief inspector or a deputy headteacher.
Adam has a new job at a new school, Robin’s working to combine police officers from different locations into one group, and Robin’s former Sergeant is thrown out of his house and needs putting up. Sounds like a perfect time for a murder or two!
How I love sinking back into Charlie Cochrane’s cozy mystery series, Lindenshaw Mysteries, now on it’s third book, Two Feet Under. From the first story,The Best Corpse for the Job (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #1), we’ve watched Robin and Adam become a couple, establish a home ( Jury of One (Lindenshaw Mysteries #2) , and now become happy in their relationship. As they’ve grown more secure in themselves as partners and in their relationship, it’s been wonderful to watch their dynamics change, not only when at home but during the investigations as well. Because once a body pops up, somehow all clues or a few unlikely leads will point towards Adam. Or someone he knows. Or perhaps even something that Campbell has buried in the garden…you can never be sure how Campbell is involved. But that Newfie will be important somehow! Ah, the thrill of anticipation.
Here in Two Feet Under, the mysteries were wonderfully challenging! It wasn’t just Adam, Robin, and his crew muttering to themselves as they tried to figure out whodunnit. I too was at the crossroads a few times on this one. How delicious! Plus we also got the mole in the station, all the great side characters that ramble through the villages around and near Abbotson. We tumble through the local pubs, out into the streets, and across the wild hillsides in pursuit of killers and the truth. It’s wonderful.
Or sometimes, we just deal with the fact we have an unwelcome guest we need to figure out how to boot out of our house. There’s that too. One whose been a staple character in the first two stories. Oh my.
All that, plus not forgetting the love and warmth of the relationship between Robin and Adam. Charlie Cochrane pulls is all together famously!
Here’s a cozy to spend the night with. Or day with. Or both. I read it right through because I had to know whodunnit. I was completely satisfied with the ending. Now I can’t wait for the next mystery to roll out and my next visit with Adam, Robin, and Campbell.
If you love mysteries and romance, a fan of cozies, don’t let this series or book pass you by! The writing is wonderful. Charlie Cochrane has done it again! I highly recommend them both. They’ll charm you into forgetting that maybe you should be looking over your shoulder! Murder’s like that!
Cover art by L.C. Chase is so much fun. You’ve got to have that wonderful Newfie, Campbell, on the cover, he’s in the middle of everything, so bloody smart!
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published January 6th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
Series Lindenshaw Mysteries #3