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Jury of One

(Lindenshaw Mysteries #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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 teach
Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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Wart Hill
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

I am going to try really hard to not just gush throughout this review…but it’s going to be difficult because I loved this book so much.

I fell in love with Adam and Robin in The Best Corpse for the Job (which if you haven’t read you totally should) and I was so excited when I found out there was going to be a sequel. Knowing I’d get more of these two and another excellent Cochrane mystery to boot? Made my day.

So of course the minute t
Chris, the Dalek King
After finding a dead body in his school nearly a year ago, Adam would be quite happy to never be involved with another murder investigation again. Sadly for him his boyfriend Robin is a detective and he can’t seem to avoid them. Though he certainly was giving it a right good go for the last couple months.

Their luck breaks, though, when Robin gets called in to investigate the knifing of a man in a neighboring town, and both he and Adam get dragged in (and out) of several different murder mysterie
I enjoyed the book's laid-back, mellow atmosphere -- despite the violent crimes driving the mystery side of the story, I could almost describe this as "soothing." Not at all boring, just... soothing. But the last 10% or so didn't live up to the rest; action scenes apparently aren't the author's forte, and the final scenes seemed awkward and rushed. That drove me to drop my rating from 3.5 stars rounded to 4, to just a plain 3.

Well, that and the fact that I had trouble keeping up with all the co
Book 2 in the Lindenshaw Mysteries series

Although this is the second book in the series and there are references to events in book 1, it still reads very well as a standalone. It's definitely more mystery than romance but there are some lovely scenes between the heroes and Charlie Cochrane handled that new relationship vibe very well. It is clear Robin and Adam are still working on how their lives are going to mesh but it is also clear that they love each other very much. The terror each experie
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: riptide, m-m
3.5 Stars

Good grief, there were so many names floating around, I’m not sure I know what happened to them all. This puzzle became much more complicated than book one; too complicated for me to enjoy as much. The police procedural aspect was quite good, lots of slogging after witnesses and suspects, but honestly, it was an awful lot of coincidence and serendipity. The misdirection did its work, as the true villains of the piece were impossible to figure out. But it was so much work for me, flippi
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Look at this, a sequel and I'd actually read book 1, go me.

I do love me a Charlie Cochrane book with it's oh-so-British feel. Adam and Robin have moved in together although Robin hasn't sold his apartment yet, leaving Adam feeling a bit unsure. However when a man is murdered in the next town over and Robin is pulled in, things from the past crop up, like a case that Adam was a juror on years ago and the sexy witness he fantasized about at the time is a key person in the new investigation.

I hav
books are love
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robin and Adam pick up in their relationship in this next book of the series. Now they are together and learning how to live with one another. Adam is leaving his post at the Lindenshaw school and off to be a headteacher and Robin has a new murder to look into.

The story is captivating and fun. Adam is embroiled again in the murder without even trying. here he has a past connected to the case and how fascinating it becomes for the past and his future play a big role in this murder mystery. At tim
Lisa The Novel Approach
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So much subterfuge! So many lies! Jury of One is the second book in the Lindenshaw Mysteries series; it follows The Best Corpse for the Job. These books are about Inspector Robin Bright, of the Stanebridge Police Department. The cast of main characters is rounded out with Anderson, Robin’s partner on the force and Adam, Robin’s partner at home. Robin and Adam meet in the first book of the series, but their relationship really doesn’t get off the ground until the end of that book—this book is set ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a more exciting and a more complicated story than the first book in the series. I enjoyed the intertwining strands of the multiple crimes in this story. There are perhaps too many characters this time - I had a difficult time keeping everyone straight - but I enjoyed Robin’s crime solving escapades.

If Adam and Robin felt old for their years in the first book, the domesticity of this second story makes them both seem pos
Lynnette Hartwig
This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. This was my first book by this author and it was very good. I didn’t get a connection to either of the MC’s, Robin or Adam immediately but eventually I connected with them. I really enjoyed the mystery in the story and that seems to be in the guts of the story. I enjoyed how Mr. Cochrane gave life to the story in the background, which was the romance between Robin and Adam and still keeping up with the mystery in the book. I would d ...more
Kris Mielke
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Inked Rainbow Reviews in exchange for an honest review. This is book 2 in the series. I didn’t realize how much I had missed reading mystery/suspense books until I read this book. Although I didn’t read book one I was able to follow along with the story fairly well. The toughest part of the book was trying to mentally translate he British slang into English/American language. Otherwise I enjoyed the story a great deal.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a super fun series.
A great murder-mystery with British flare. I loved it. Charlie Cochrane writes excellent murder-mysteries, intricate plots, lots of red herrings and something to really get your teeth into. The other fact is I love the characters, they’re not over exaggerated but real and normal.

Robin and Adam met in the first book when Robin came to investigate a murder in Adam’s school. Since then they are now living together at Adam’s house, in a solid relationship and everything couldn’t be more perfect. How
Veronica of V's Reads
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was written for Joyfully Jay Reviews and can be accessed here:

Jury of One is the second book in a series, and reads fine as a standalone. It is also a mystery, with a faint hint of romance.

Inspector Robin Bright and his partner, teacher Adam Matthews, met nearly a year ago when Robin investigated a murder at the school where Adam teaches. Their attraction was initially tempered by suspicion, but that’s all water under the bridge. They’ve been
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-fiction, mystery
Second book in the Lindenshaw series, this one was very complex, with connections all over the place and Robin and crew working slowly through the evidence to bring it all together.

It's a year after the first story in the series and Robin has moved in to Adam's house. Their romance was off to a great start but Adam is slightly worried that Robin hasn't sold his apartment yet. Does Robin have doubts about their relationship? Both men are a little bit nervous, wondering if the other will get tired
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

Uhm... well that was different than book 1. Still very cozy, cozy mystery but something was missing for me. I guess I really liked the whole "courting" part of their relationship in book 1 but I didn't really like what happens between them this time. Seemed a bit stretched to me. I mean, I get the jealousy and insecurities but I wasn't as big a fan as their relationship as I was in book 1. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it though. Those to are the cutest.

The mystery was a lot more con
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love the British mystery shows on PBS you will love this book.
Inspector Robin Bright is back with his trusty sidekick Sargent Anderson, his boyfriend Adam and the ever lovable Newfie Campbell and murder is on his agenda. This time it is in a nearby town that is short staffed investigating a serial killer. This is a really convoluted tale of several murders, robberies and plain old assault. This story played out in my mind like Masterpiece Theater. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who
Danielle Gypsy Soul
The mystery was a bit convoluted and there were a few too many coincidences to make it believable for me. The climax was also very unbelievable and a bit frustrating for me. (view spoiler) I'll try one more in t ...more
Jessica James
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Not enough Adam in the first half but still good.
Ulysses Dietz
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jury of One
Charlie Cochrane
Riptide Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 9781626493766
Four stars

How interesting that Charlie Cochrane’s quintessentially British books are published by a house right near me in the USA. I had such fun highlighting all of the English slang as I read through this second in the Lindenshaw mystery series. Fortunately all of it makes perfect sense in context.

Adam Matthews and Robin Bright are back with more trouble in their newly-domestic life together. Adam is looking forward to a c
A cozy sleuthing reading, Jury of One follows the life of Adam Matthews and Robin Bright a year after murder case that had united them.

Campbell, Anderson, and Davis, the usual suspects were still thick in the pictures. Now we got to meet Robin's superior Cowdrey, also his mother and aunt Claire. Their interactions with both Adam and Robin often brought out humorous side of the story without them being comedic about it.

As all Cochrane's works this book also have very British feel to it. When it
Ije the Devourer of Books
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

Book two of the Lindenshawe mystery series finds Adam and Robin established in their relationship and living peacefully together, but unfortunately all is not peaceful in Lindenshawe.

Someone is attacking women in the nearby town of Abbotstone and the police there are under pressure to solve the case. When a man is murdered there in a separate crime, Robin is drafted in to help solve the murder so that the police can focus on find the serial attacker. As Robin starts to investigate he inadvertent
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, as a Brit who has spent all my life living in villages that populate the home counties, this book - and its predecessor - is such a lovely treat for me. It reminds me of lazy Sunday afternoons, sitting curled up in an armchair with a cup of tea and a crumpet and watching British detective mystery serials on TV. In fact, minus the tea and crumpet (although I had several during my read, because yum), this book is exactly like those British murder mystery serials, with the only exception bein ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the first book in the Lindenshaw Mysteries, The Best Corpse for the Job. I was such a fun, quirky read. I was even more excited when I got to the end and found out that it was going to be part of a series. When Jury of One was offered for review, I requested it immediately.
So, first, I need to say that if you haven’t read The Best Corpse for the Job, you don’t need to worry. It works great as a stand alone. Second, if you’ve read The Best Corpse for the Job, Jury of One isn’t
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin & Adam Redux But Flipped

OK, here's the deal: My review of the first in this series was headlined "Too Many Characters With Too Many Motives = Not Enough Romance Time." Ditto here.

One of my observations was: "Everyone seems quite proper for their roles...but there are so many interrelated subplots that I tended to get a bit lost. I will admit, however, that the identity and motive of the killer was well hidden and is why this went from three to four stars." Ditto here.

I also noted: "I
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
First read September 2016
re-read January 2018 in advance of book 3

This is the second of the Lindenshaw mysteries, staring Robin, the police inspector, and his own boyfriend and primary school teacher, Adam. Now settled into a relationship, Adam is getting ready to move onto a new school next term when Robin gets involved with a case in the next town over. With his sidekick Anderson, and new girl Davis, they investigate the stabbing of a man behind a trendy restaurant. This doesn't fit the patter
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I liked Robin and Adam in the first book but I loved them in this sequel, especially seeing how far their relationship has come but realizing how they're still dealing with certain issues as a couple. Robin's new complex is a complex one, because while the first book had his past intertwined with how he was handling the case, here we have a piece of Adam's past
There are some references to events from the first book, mainly in reminiscence of how the MCs connected in that story, but you don't have to have read book one to understand events of this book. I believe this story is set one year later.

I haven't read the first in the series, where the two MCs meet as witness and cop on a murder case, but I suspect there was more romantic tension between them, leading up to a relationship, in that book than there is in this story, where they've been together f
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Because Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, series, and the contemporary Best Corpse for the Job. Multi-published, she has titles with Carina, Samhain, Riptide and Bold Strokes, among others.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People a

Other books in the series

Lindenshaw Mysteries (4 books)
  • The Best Corpse for the Job (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #1)
  • Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #3)
  • Old Sins (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #4)