Review: The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane

November 27, 2014 Review 3

Review:  The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane

Tea and sympathy have never been so deadly.

Schoolteacher Adam Matthews just wants to help select a new headteacher and go home. The governors at Lindenshaw St Crispin’s have already failed miserably at finding the right candidate, so it’s make or break this second time round. But when one of the applicants is found strangled in the school, what should have been a straightforward decision turns tempestuous as a flash flood in their small English village.

Inspector Robin Bright isn’t thrilled to be back at St. Crispin’s. Memories of his days there are foul enough without tossing in a complicated murder case. And that handsome young teacher has him reminding himself not to fraternize with a witness. But it’s not long before Robin is relying on Adam for more than just his testimony.

As secrets amongst the governors emerge and a second person turns up dead, Robin needs to focus less on Adam and more on his investigation. But there are too many suspects, too many lies, and too many loose ends. Before they know it, Robin and Adam are fighting for their lives and their hearts.

Title: The Best Corpse for the Job
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Second Helpings
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: November 24, 2014
Genres: Crime Drama, Male Male Romance
Pages: 298
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: half-flame

I have mentioned to you before that I have a fondness of British cop shows.  Well I have a love of cop shows in general, and British cop shows fall in that general category.  This one kind of looked like it might fit. Add to that, the m/m romance aspect and well, I thought I just had to read it.

Unfortunately, I had a difficult time staying awake to read it.  Maybe it was the fact that the weather is turning cold so my innate need to want to hibernate kicked in, but it seemed every time I settled in to read this, I fell asleep.  Sad, but true.

I can’t say it was necessarily because I found the story boring.  Not really.  Granted, it didn’t grab me, but it really wasn’t that bad either.  It was very much a British country read.  Lots of local dialect that sometimes had me scratching my head, but mostly the context let me know what was going on.

The characters were reasonably well developed, but there were many and it was sometimes hard to keep them sorted.  The murder mystery was interesting enough, in that there were no clues and the coppers were running around all over the place looking for “who done it.”

The romance seemed to take center stage a good deal of the time, distracting everyone from the murder, including the Inspector in charge. *shakes head* He was easily distracted by the green eyed teacher.  Thank goodness Mr. Green eyes wasn’t the murderer and I feel okay giving that minor spoiler because there are so many other suspects.  Besides, we cannot have the love interest be a suspect.  *smile*

Toward the second half of the book, things finally started to come together and get exciting.  Lots of twists and turns about “who did it,” with a definite surprise murderer and motive.  Ended up being quite interesting once I stayed awake long enough to finish it.

I would say, if you like mysteries, give this a chance.  Bit of a slow start, but a wonderful surprise ending.  Well worth the time.



About Charlie Cochrane

As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR and Cheyenne.

Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.

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3 Responses to “Review: The Best Corpse for the Job by Charlie Cochrane”

  1. Barbra

    I usually have a hard time staying awake to read anything, since I only have time to read right before I go to bed, but overall, after reading your review, I’m pretty sure I’ll love this one. Thanks. 🙂

  2. H.B.

    I don’t watch many British crime dramas but when I do I find myself really getting into it.