Old Sins (Lindenshaw Mysteries #4) by Charlie Cochrane

A detective, his boyfriend and their dog. That’s the Lindenshaw mysteries in a nutshell. Old Sins is the fourth installment in the series, and not only does Robin have a murder to investigate, he and Adam have got the “little” matter of their nuptials to start planning. And, of course, Campbell the Newfoundland gets his cold wet nose into things, as usual.


Before we get into the book, Charlie Cochrane shares her views on reader expectations and author obligations in writing and I couldn’t agree with her more!!!

When I buy something from the supermarket, I expect it to come up to a certain standard. For example, apples shouldn’t be so bruised and worm ridden that I have to take them back to get proper, edible ones. In the same way, I expect the books I buy to be up to a certain quality and not riddled with errors (factual, editorial or textual). I recently complained to a publisher because their non-fiction book looked like it had seen neither an editor’s nor a proof reader’s services. Their response? That perhaps I could point out the errors, so they could amend future editions. I was livid! I told them there were far too many errors for me to do that and anyway it wasn’t my job to spot mistakes, it was theirs.

Still, when I calmed down, it did make me think about what the readers’ role is in making sure the novel reading experience works. I devour a lot of cosy mysteries and I know that when I get into one I’m going into a world that isn’t quite like the real one. Let’s face it, if the actual Oxford and Cambridge were like their fictional counterparts nobody would allow their children to study there – far too dangerous. But there aren’t routinely multiple murders in Oxbridge, or any other genteel parts of England, except in books. And as a cosy mystery reader, it’s my job to buy into this concept without shouting, “That’s so ridiculous!”
The author’s part of the same bargain is to make sure the reader doesn’t shout, “That’s so ridiculous!” at anything else. So, no bloopers or errors that make their fictional Oxford (or wherever) implausible. I’ll accept three murders in a university town for an obscure intellectual motive, but not somebody paying for a taxi with a one hundred pound note.

So, the author produces a believable setting and I’ll accept that unbelievable things might happen there. Likewise, I’m happy to accept that romances will follow a more tortuous course than they might in real life, that lovers will make the sort of stupid mistakes that are easily sorted out, that the villain will always be caught and crimes won’t go unsolved and that the motivation for murder could be one you’d never hear about in a real court. Entertain me, but don’t insult my intelligence!



About Old Sins

Past sins have present consequences.

Detective Chief Inspector Robin Bright and his partner, deputy headteacher Adam Matthews, have just consigned their summer holiday to the photo album. It’s time to get back to the daily grind, and the biggest problem they’re expecting to face: their wedding plans. Then fate strikes—literally—with a bang.

Someone letting loose shots on the common, a murder designed to look like a suicide, and the return of a teacher who made Robin’s childhood hell all conspire to turn this into one of his trickiest cases yet.

Especially when somebody might be targeting their Newfoundland, Campbell. Robin is used to his and Adam’s lives being in danger, but this takes the—dog—biscuit.



ADD to your TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43610818-old-sins

Available now from Riptide Publishing.

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About the Lindenshaw Mysteries


Adam Matthews’s life changed when Inspector Robin Bright walked into his classroom to investigate a murder.

Now it seems like all the television series are right: the leafy villages of England do indeed conceal a hotbed of crime, murder, and intrigue. Lindenshaw is proving the point.

Detective work might be Robin’s job, but Adam somehow keeps getting involved—even though being a teacher is hardly the best training for solving crimes. Then again, Campbell, Adam’s irrepressible Newfoundland dog, seems to have a nose for figuring things out, so how hard can it be?

Check out the Lindenshaw Mysteries.




About Charlie Cochrane

Because Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries. Multi-published, she has titles with Carina, Riptide, Endeavour and Bold Strokes, among others.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.

Connect with Charlie:


Blog: livejournal.com/

Twitter: @charliecochrane

Facebook profile page: com/charlie.cochrane.18

Goodreads: com/goodreadscomcharlie_cochrane




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6 Thoughts to “Old Sins (Lindenshaw Mysteries #4) by Charlie Cochrane”

  1. Charlie Cochrane

    Thanks for hosting me. So glad the post struck a chord.

  2. I totally agree about the plausibility thing and I think authors owe it to their readers to get details about locations right. I have also realised, recently, that I demand at least good grammar if I’m going to finish a book – the occasional typo doesn’t upset me provided it really is only occasional, but I do want good English! So editing is really important and the editors need to know their job and spot errors. I love your Cambridge full of murders and mystery – which is not really much different from the Oxford of Morse and Lewis! I’m loving the Lindenshaw mysteries, too and as an ex-teacher I would soon spot errors in Adam’s school experiences!

    1. Charlie Cochrane

      Hear hear ref the occasional typo being the limit of tolerance.

      I’m no teacher, but 22+ years as a school governor have gone into this series. 🙂

  3. Jennifer S

    I agree!
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

    1. Charlie Cochrane


  4. H.B.

    Thank you for the post. I think that goes for everyone for some degree well especially in the grocery store at least.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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