Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Musings with Charlie Cochrane

After the Lord Mayor’s Show

I can’t believe it’s 2016, and almost time for another Olympics. Wasn’t 2012 just three months ago or something?

What a summer that was in the UK. We started with the splendours of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations which were a great example of all the pomp and ceremony we Brits do so well. Do you remember that amazing river pageant? Absolutely stunning, especially the floating belfry. Then there was the concert on The Mall with the sheer genius idea of projecting images onto the facade of Buckingham Palace, especially during Madness’ rendition of ‘Our House’. Although I can vividly recall thinking that some of the singers should have been given a tenner and subtly told to go down the pub rather than bother to sing. They were well past their sell by date, which our glorious monarch wasn’t – and isn’t.

Hard on the heels of these celebrations came the Olympic torch relay, where the barge Gloriana made another wonderful appearance, various Olympic oarsmen and women rowing the flame down the Thames. It was amazing to see so many people all over the country bearing that torch with pride. You could (and we did) watch a stream of every mile of that journey. We even went to see the torch and I got to have my picture taken holding it. I had to get a plastic surgeon in to have the grin taken off my face!

I wonder if the Rio opening ceremony will produce as many shivers up the spine as the 2012 one did.  Those rings, the whole “Fear not, the Isle is full of noises” bit and – of course – the Queen as the ultimate Bond girl. As for the sport, that was nailbiting, buttock clenching, edge of the seat stuff. I have a confession to make; we’d applied for four sets of tickets and got only one. That was for what came to be known as Super Saturday, the most successful night ever for British Athletics.

We were worried we’d suffer post Olympics withdrawal symptoms, but our annual holiday got us through to the Paralympics, when we just revved up and started again. But would it be as good? Could it be? The opening ceremony set the tone – every bit as moving and inventive as the Olympic one, with the brilliantly tongue in cheek repeated use of umbrellas. (This is Britain!) And, after a rocky choice of presenters for that opening, Channel 4 coverage proved a revelation, being just as good as the dear old BBC had been with its unparalleled streaming of events. Channel 4 showed a great use of presenters with disabilities, many of whom knocked their able bodied equivalents into a cocked hat. Four event streams at times, good quality commentators and pundits, a great mix of humour and knowledge.

Rio will be different, of course it will. It’ll be marvellous in its own way, too. And I wonder if the same transformation of the city will occur. One of the great things about London 2012 was the Olympic spirit, with people smiling and talking to each other on the tube, for a start.

Still, whatever happens, they’ll never trump Her Majesty with James Bond.

Jury of One

Inspector Robin Bright is enjoying a quiet Saturday with his lover, Adam Matthews, when murder strikes in nearby Abbotston, and he’s called in to investigate. He hopes for a quick resolution, but as the case builds, he’s drawn into a tangled web of crimes, new and old, that threatens to ensnare him and destroy his fledgling relationship.

Adam is enjoying his final term teaching at Lindenshaw School, and is also delighted to be settling down with Robin at last. Only Robin doesn’t seem so thrilled. Then an old crush of Adam’s shows up in the murder investigation, and suddenly Adam is yet again fighting to stay out of one of Robin’s cases, to say nothing of trying to keep their relationship from falling apart.

Between murder, stabbings, robberies, and a suspect with a charming smile, the case threatens to ruin everything both Robin and Adam hold dear. What does it take to realise where your heart really lies, and can a big, black dog hold the key?

About Charlie Cochrane

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.

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  1. I wish I had been on London in the Olympics... No chance of it, but I remember the opening ceremony and it was spectacular. I wish I could go to Brasil but Rio... No chance either!
    Congratulations on the new release. I love Robin and Adam!

    1. Thanks!

      I'm looking forward to watching Rio on the telly.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading Jury of One. I loved the first book.

  3. Looking forward to this one!


  4. Can't wait to read this.

  5. How lucky you were to be able to hold the torch! I was able to attend the in '84, I had tickets to a volleyball match between Eygpt and Tunisia. (It was done by lottery) Luckily for me, I had broken up with my boyfriend so had an extra ticket. I went with my friend Mike and in exchange he let me attend what ended up being the gold medal match. It was an amazing experience and one I will always remember. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. That sounds a fantastic experience. Was that the Los Angeles games? Makes me think of Daley Thompson. *happy sighs*

  6. I love the Cambrigde series. Looking forward to reading more from Charlie Cochrane.