Title: A Carriage of Misjustice (Lindenshaw Mysteries #5)
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 350 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Murder doesn’t care if you’re a newlywed.
Detective Chief Inspector Robin Bright and Deputy Headteacher Adam Matthews have just tied the knot, and all they want to do is sink into blissful domesticity. Unfortunately, there’s no chance of that when a chilling murder at a rugby ground takes Robin miles away to help his old boss solve it.
The mystery seems impossible to crack. Everyone with a motive has an alibi, and those without alibis don’t have a motive. Robin’s determined that this won’t be the case he’s unable to unravel. Not when he’s got his old boss to impress and a new team to lick into shape.
Back at home, Adam joins a fundraising choir to keep himself occupied. Surely a case that’s so far away won’t draw him in this time? Fate has other ideas, though, and danger turns up—quite literally—on his doorstep. He’ll need Campbell the Newfoundland for both company and protection this time around.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
The previous “Lindenshaw Mysteries” had been a bit of letdown for me, but this latest installment restored my fondness of the trio. A CARRIAGE OF MISJUSTICE followed the life of newly married Adam and Robin with their Newfoundland doggo companion, Campbell. All well and good in Bright-Matthews household, although the first test had them at temporary separation – location-wise – due to their job. I must say I felt the frustration almost throughout the story. Empathizing too much with what the lads were feeling, I guess!
This entry had Robin on secondment to Hartwood, a town peregrinated from Lindenshaw for a murder case. Bored and needing something to occupy himself, Adam joined a fundraising choir, bringing Campbell along on practices to keep him from being left-out. Away from Adam, Robin felt the effect of his supportive influence, especially on his process of thinking in directing the investigation. And this what had me aww the whole time, how closely linked they were at heart. Even the little we saw of Campbell – unlike in previous books – also showed his connection to both men. I truly loved this aspect in the story, especially given the previous unease between Adam and Robin.
The case itself was the source of frustration yet realistic in the way it tied up to unsolved case and that somehow found a way to touch into Adam’s life a town away. It didn’t try to force solving everything in one swoop. More to slowly – and I mean reaaally slowly – picking up the crumbs and painstakingly connecting the dots to get to the culprit. So don’t expect some exciting chasing scenes or exchange fires. It got the familiar Cochrane’s good-humored vibe and easy charm. The upside of it all was at least this time none of the trio got hurt or bloodied for a change (that as far as I can say without spoiling more of the story).
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.