The Best Corpse for the Job is the first novel in the Charlie Cochrane-penned Lindenshaw Mysteries and introduces readers to Adam Matthews, a school teacher with Lindenshaw St. Crispin's, and Robin Bright, a police inspector who arrives at his alma mater to investigate the murder of an applicant for the position of headteacher. Adam has never been as drawn to anyone as he does with Robin, and as much as Robin would love nothing more than to pursue his attraction to the handsome teacher, he tries to remind himself that he's there to do a job and the last thing he can afford to do is to fall for someone who could potentially be a suspect. But with home visits for interviews that feel more intimate than they should, Adam and Robin's closeness could cost Robin his job and Adam his life.
This was my very first Charlie Cochrane read and I was pleasantly surprised how focused it was on the actual mystery and suspense elements, although I think that the romance part was sufficient enough to put a smile on my face. This had a solid story and it took me a heck of good long while before I even suspected the individual who turned out to be the villain. The pace was sure and steady, building anticipation as you try to come up with a list of suspects and whittle it down as evidence comes in. Adam and Robin's romance may have played second fiddle to the murder case, with Campbell the Newfoundland as the adorable scene-stealer, but I liked that I was getting to know while they were getting to know each other. The Best Corpse for the Job was a cheeky and lovely four-star read. ♥
Date Read: 24 March 2016
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