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The Best Corpse for the Job

by Charlie Cochrane

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This is a fairly competent mystery, and I enjoyed it reasonably well. The mystery plot is sufficiently puzzling for me, with lots of potential suspects, although I think more could have been done with some of them--there is one person at least who is barely mentioned after the first few scenes. However, it seems the story as a whole (including the romance and characterization) failed to draw me in or win me over quite as much as it should have, because I noticed a lot of typos, which I don't so much in a really good book, even if they are present, and also had issues with various things, most of which are problems not unique to this book and/or which would require spoilers to explain and so I will not get into them here.

I was a little bothered by some of the wording, which I think it is reasonable to bring up (after all, one of the main characters seems to have a case of PTSD regarding words applied to him when he was little--it is enough to interfere with his job and personal life, and he should probably see a therapist or something. It is interesting that he is so touchy about words when it comes to his own experiences, but is careless about words applied to other people by him or in his presence.) One male character casually refers to a female witness, who is not present, as "stupid cow" because she concealed a detail from the police that turned out to be relevant and could potentially get her killed, except of course she wouldn't know that as she is not privy to everything the police know about motivations by that time, and has no particular reason to suspect the murderer of being capable of murder. I believe that at this point the police are very frustrated because of many witnesses lying and not mentioning things, but couldn't they use a gender-neutral insult? "Bloody idiot" perhaps? This seems like careless misogyny on the author's part, as opposed to consciously writing a character who talks like that for a good reason. (Earlier, one of the characters had referred to herself as a stupid cow, which was understandable in context, but it strikes me as too vicious this time. Also, repetitive.) ( )
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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. -- Publisher.… (more)

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