Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Best Corpse for the Job
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Heroes: Adam Matthews/Robin Bright
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Mystery
Length: 298 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
During the process of interviewing for a new headteacher, one of the contestants ends up dead on campus to the shock of just about everyone. Come to investigate, Inspector Robin Bright is far from happy being back at the school he was bullied at, not to mention trying to find a killer when every clue uncovers more lies. The only good thing about being back at St. Crispin’s is the handsome teacher, Adam. When the murder gets even more complicated, can Robin find the culprit before they strike again?
This was a very interesting story. I’m normally not one for contemporaries and usually not for mysteries (at least, I say that until I actually start reading them and THEN I get sucked in haha). Even still, I picked this one because it seemed funny but also a bit sweet with a complex mystery. To put it simply, this DID have a complex mystery that just kept uncovering one lie after another and had so many suspects that technically EVERYONE was a suspect. It was interesting to see how that played out because of the nature of the killing and also the multiple motives around killing the candidate. I mean, I was actually surprised (but pleased) a time or two in the direction the mystery was going in so I definitely found it intriguing.
As for the characters, Robin is the main one who’s investigating the murder. He’s a bit grumpy especially when he finds out the school the murder is at. Even still, he’s charming when he wants to be and definitely knows how to calm a witness down but most of all I found Robin to be a sweet man who just wanted someone to go home to. As for Adam, he’s not as much of an in-depth character as Robin is because the story is more revolved around the mystery than a love story. Even still, I really liked Adam because he was just so adorable. I loved that he was so eager to see Robin all the time and I especially loved his dog, Campbell.
I only had two niggles with this one. The biggest one is that I found it hard to get the ‘English’ humor. More than half the time, I had no idea what Robin or Adam were talking about and had to reread sentences three or four times to understand the meaning behind the words but even then I didn’t really understand what they were saying. With that said, this was a personal issue because it seems I’m not very versed in British(?) English so I found it hard to really understand the bits that really got into the ‘foreign’ words to my American vocabulary LOL. Beyond that, about three-quarters into the story, I knew who the killer was and kept wondering why Robin didn’t look more into the specifics (i.e. the films) that Youngs was part of. If they had, the mystery would have been solved days earlier. So, that last third I was getting aggravated that no one thought to actually see the videos.
In the end, this was still a very enjoyable and well played out mystery. Even with the British vocabulary that I found hard to follow at times, it was still a story that had me intrigued and eager to see how things would get resolved. Both Robin and Adam were interesting characters and I liked the little attempts at something more without actually going there. I hope the author is considering writing a sequel because I’d love to actually see Robin and Adam go out on a date or at least try their hands at a relationship!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*