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Title: The Best Corpse for the Job
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Mystery
Prism recently reviewed The Best Corpse for the Job. You can find the review here.
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.
In “The Best Corpse for the Job”, Inspector Robin Bright is called in to investigate a murder at an English village school and is presented with his worst nightmare – a witness he fancies. Adam Matthews is that key witness; or is he really the killer? Will Robin let his feelings cloud his professional judgment and will he and Adam ever get it together? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but Adam dreamed it might go something like this…
Oh, and Campbell is a big, black Newfoundland!
A Missing Scene:
“Bed does look comfy,” Robin said at last, coming up for air from an extended kissing session. “Seems a shame not to use it. Even just for a bit.”
“For a bit of what?” Adam left the question hanging, the answer plain in the way Robin was manoeuvring him across the room.
“Bit of anything you fancy. I think I’m too tired to offer you the romp of a lifetime.”
“I always tell my pupils that if they’re not sure, then keep it simple. Get the basics right and then you can explore.” Adam tugged at Robin’s waistband.
“Sounds like good advice.”
The bed was comfortably hard, the wooden frame only creaking slightly in protest at two occupants instead of the one it had been accustomed to for so long. It was good for Adam to have someone else alongside him again, to fill the empty acres left when George buggered off. And all the early indications suggested that Robin was going to be a damn sight more interesting and accomplished on that bed than inhibited, unimaginative George had ever been. Even if they just ended up with a hand job, chances were it would be a corker.
Or was that just the lips of a lust that had gone a long time unslaked talking?
More kisses, trousers being unzipped and edged down, hands frantically busy until the moment of climax came. Not the great sexual encounter that a romantic novelist might have insisted on, the realisation for them both that they’d found Mr. Right or any other cliché. Too early, too many overtones of the investigation and their roles within it.
But it was good and there was no guilt afterwards to sour the experience. Just lying in the dark, listening to an owl out in the garden—and to each other’s steadily slowing breathing.
“Just don’t let me crash out until morning.” Robin snuggled closer, giving the lie to his words.
“I wish you’d stay.” Adam tried not to sound too desperate, but the thought of Robin going through the door was a lonesome one. Waking up next to him, tomorrow, tangled sheets and tousled hair, would be the best thing that had happened in a long time.
“I wish I could, but I suspect I’ve already stayed too long.” Still Robin showed no sign of moving.
“You can get a better night’s sleep if you stay. Rather than wasting time getting in the car. I’ll make you breakfast.” Adam tried not to sound too desperate.
“If you’re sure, then I won’t argue.”
Reluctant breaking of a comfortable embrace, but only to get themselves cleaned up and to find Robin a t-shirt to sleep in. Some awkward smiles and looks shared, fear of saying too much, too soon or too little, too late.
By the time Adam had gone down, let a drowsy Campbell out for a last leg cock, and returned, Robin was asleep. At ease now, lines of worried smoothed out, looking young and vulnerable.
Adam wanted to wake him, promise that he’d look after him, that they’d somehow face all those childhood demons together. But he had the good sense not to, and just to let the bloke sleep.
About the Author:
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.
Website:charliecochrane.co.uk/<br /> Blog: charliecochrane.livejournal.com/<br /> Twitter: @charliecochrane<br /> Facebook profile page: facebook.com/charlie.cochrane.18<br /> Goodreads: goodreads.com/goodreadscomcharlie_cochrane
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an e-book from Charlie Cochrane’s backlist (excepting The Best Corpse for the Job). Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 29. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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