Jury of One

Jury of One is such an awesome and fun book. I loved having Robin and Adam once again in the middle of murder and mayhem.

Charlie Cochrane does a great job of balancing a mystery for Robin to solve and the romance that is between Adam and Robin.

Here we are months after Robin and Adam first met and they are together. Things seem to be going well although Adam is bothered by some aspects of Robin's job and him not dealing with his flat yet. These are minor though until Robin is thrust into a murder or actually by accident murders once again. Now Robin is trying to figure out who killed someone outside a restaurant and why after getting in a scrap at the local bar.

To add to the mix, there is a slasher case going on at the same time and it turns out that even without trying Adam is stuck in the middle of the muck as well and Robin and Adam's relationship gets tested. As Robin is looking into one murder, the other falls into place for them and the Inspector for the area that they are helping takes the credit. Inspector Root doesn't sit well with me. He is too suave for me and awfully smarmy. Suddenly the murder that Robin has made great headway with is now given back to Root's men and Robin is put in danger.

One of the witnesses opens up the vulnerabilities of Robin and has him act silly towards Adam. Good thing Adam is patient and understanding. Unfortunately this leads to Robin getting hurt and thrust right back into the murders once again.

I love how Robin works quietly with the approval of Inspector Cowdrey on the murders he was taken off of and how he learns the truth.

Each character will brings smiles to your face. You have Anderson and his stubborn thoughts. Davis who is getting out of her office to work in the field on a murder. Robin who is learning to deal with his past, his insecurities more. Plus he is showing more love for Adam. Adam is put in the middle of a murder without even meaning to as he deals with Robin's job and his love for him. Oh and don’t forget the Newfoundland that always saves the day and will just have you love him. And don’t forget the bad guys who try to lead us astray and really have you wonder how they were able to get away with things for so long.

The writing is character driven with the story keeping you in the moment. You watch the volleying back and forth with gusto and enjoy the entertainment that this mystery gives us as the reader. This is a fun energetic story of Robin and Adam navigating their relationship in the background and perfectly intertwined in the story as they solve a murder or two that keeps us on our toes. This is a fast paced greatly entertaining book.


Book Blurb for 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?


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2016 4.50