Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Detective Chief Inspector Robin Bright and his partner, deputy headteacher Adam Matthews, have just consigned their summer holiday to the photo album. It’s time to get back to the daily grind, and the biggest problem they’re expecting to face: their wedding plans. Then fate strikes—literally—with a bang.
Someone letting loose shots on the common, a murder designed to look like a suicide, and the return of a teacher who made Robin’s childhood hell all conspire to turn this into one of his trickiest cases yet.
Especially when somebody might be targeting their Newfoundland, Campbell. Robin is used to his and Adam’s lives being in danger, but this takes the—dog—biscuit.
The books in this series are not meant to stand alone but rather read with the understanding that you already know Robin, Adam, and their wonderful Newfie Campbell and all the events and history that has gone on before. Trust me, that’s considerable, both in their backgrounds and in the small village in which they live and work. Or did work. Now the cozy cottage where they live (it was Adam’s) and the village is both a distance from their new jobs and they are planning both a move and wedding when the new story opens. How I love this series!
So yes, a lot has gone before Old Sins (Lindenshaw Mysteries #4) by Charlie Cochrane and quite a lot is beginning to happen. For things are never dull for long for these two who have just gotten back from a long needed holiday before the school year starts up again for Adam and the criminals start a wave for Robin and his crew. Plus there is that wedding to be planned, pesky details and all.
For those new to the series, I do recommend heading back to The Best Corpse for the Job, the first story in the series.
That is where Adan and Robin meet, and it all begins, including our love affair with Campbell, Adam’s Newfoundland. There are many secondary characters that appear , in varying stages of narrative importance depending upon the plot, book after book. So meeting them and being able to identify them early is a great thing. Then seeing them again is like greeting old friends, ornery or otherwise. In these villages, the personalities swing widely!
Cochrane’s characters are so beautifully crafted that it’s sometimes hard to tell which way the plot will fall, who will be the villain or the victim? Sometimes both have the same personality traits! You can emphasize with both or neither, an element I really love. It makes them so human.
Here once again Robin’s tortuous childhood is involved, one he is still dealing with and this case brings it back with an immediacy he never expected. Plus a connection to Adam, as it always happens with these cases. Throw Campbell into the mix, and things turn frightening, mysterious, and downright murderous.
I will admit to guessing part of the plot (the person partially) but got the motive all wrong! No, the author kept me guessing on the twists and turns on that until the end. There was a couple of things I wanted more neatly tied up but that’s just me.
On the whole, I found this extremely satisfying, it took Adam and Robin’s relationship to a deeper place, and at least moved their wedding plans forward ! lol Plus i got more Campbell which is always a wonderful thing.
If you love cozies like I do, this is one mystery series for you. Start at the beginning and make your way here! i highly recommend them all.
Cover art: L.C. Chase. I really like the covers for the series. I wish it had Campbell on the cover, but that was the last one. Oh well.
ebook, 209 pages
Published February 11th 2019 by Riptide Publishing
Original Title Old Sins
Edition Language English
Series Lindenshaw Mysteries :