Title: Two Feet Under (Lindenshaw Mysteries, #3)
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Genre: MM Romance, Mystery
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 87,600 words / 328 pages
Rating: 3.25 Stars
Things are looking up for Adam Matthews and Robin Bright—their relationship is blossoming, and they’ve both been promoted. But Robin’s a policeman, and that means murder is never far from the scene.
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
My favorite trio from Charlie Cochrane’s “Lindenshaw Mysteries” are back, they even got their promotions. Newly Chief Inspector Robin Bright now moves in with Deputy Headteacher Adam Matthews, and their Newfoundland doggo, Campbell. After getting involved in Robin’s previous big cases, Adam now determines to stay as far away from any murder case as possible. And of course, Robin’s first big case in the new office took place close to Adam’s new school, involving one of his student’s parent.
Just like the previous entry to the series, Two Feet Under is told alternately from Adam and Robin’s POVs. Not only this enables readers their insights and first hand lowdown of the characters’ development, especially compared from that of the first book. The only part I slightly miss (and Robin’s probably agree with me on this) is the lack of Sergeant Anderson in Robin’s new post. The chap makes a cameo here, though not entirely in a positive way, before the intervention from Campbell (that’s a hilarious scene for sure).
Mystery-wise, it’s rather convoluted and frustrating to follow. Without Adam’s lending a hand – albeit indirectly – I seriously worry for Robin’s new team. On the other hand, given the situation of Robin’s new post, it contributes to the proper and wholehearted feeling to the story. There’s room for improvement should the series continue and Robin (and Adam) got more cases to solve.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.