Review: An Act of Detection by Charlie Cochrane

Posted June 29, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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Review: An Act of Detection by Charlie Cochrane
An Act of Detection

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Genres: Historical Romance, M/M Romance, Mystery Romance
Published by Williams and Whiting
Released on July 22, 2019
Pages: 191
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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A Post-WWII pair of cinema stars who portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson while hiding their relationship right under everyone’s nose find themselves detecting in real life in a pair of novellas.

Review

Alasdair Hamilton plays the leading man who gets the girl and portrays the heroic figure while Toby Bowe work for the same studio and star in the same films with a beautiful woman star to mask the fact that their on-screen chemistry together is not due to La Marsden, but their own secret off-screen relationship. Toby was an RAF pilot in the war and his father got high up in Scotland Yard, but Alaisdair is no slouch in the intellectual department and has good contacts in the entertainment world so that when they are asked by Toby’s friend to help solve a real life mystery, they jump on it.

An Act of Detection grabbed my attention because I already enjoy the author’s historical cozy mystery, Cambridge Fellows series and some of her standalones. I hadn’t read far before I was comfortable with Toby and Alaisdair because they felt like the Jonty and Orlando just set in the post-war and against the film industry.

This book didn’t spend much time fleshing out the character and felt like it was part of an ongoing story when it opened, but I adjusted and soon was tracking with the new pair of heroes. It has a closed door, closeted romance and fun banter. I love old movies so the background and their lifestyle was a fun part. There is a light, cozy mystery tone throughout. I really, really hope the author writes more mysteries for this pair to tackle.

An engaging, light and sweet standalone m/m historical cozy mystery that I can recommend.

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. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR, Riptide and Lethe.

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jen
Jen
5 months ago

Oh! this sounds like a great concept and lots of fun. But since it came out 2 years ago, I do wonder if there will be more…

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, love the golden age of movies backdrop and hope that there might be a revisit now and then like she does with her Cambridge Fellows series which thankfully still gets installments now and then.

Charlie Cochrane
Charlie Cochrane
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

New instalment just going through the editing etc process now!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Woohoo!

Mary Kirkland
5 months ago

I like the premise for the story, it sounds good.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It made me want to watch all the oldies I could find. 🙂

Melliane
5 months ago

It’s the first time I hear about this one but nice to see you had a good time with it

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Glad to introduce you, Melliane. 🙂

Rachel
5 months ago

Glad to see you enjoyed this cozy mystery, Sophia! I hope you get more stories as you’ve wished.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Thanks! I think they are in the works. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
5 months ago

Sounds like you really liked this Sophia Rose I hope she writes more with these characters for you too!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I had a good time with this pair. Yes, we are to get more so I’m happy as a clam.

Carole Rae
4 months ago

Maybe there will be a prequel or something

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Fingers crossed, Carole!

Vanessa
4 months ago

It’s a shame but I haven’t been reading any historical romance lately. And I think I know how to remedy that 😉 Awesome review as always Sophia Rose, I’m glad you enjoyed this story. Cross fingers that there’s more from this pair!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Vanessa

I need to get back to historical romances, too. Oh yay, glad this one caught your eye. 🙂

Lindsi
4 months ago

I live for the character development, so I’m not sure if this one would be a great fit for me. I’m happy you were able to jump in and go with the story though!

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Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Lindsi

Yeah, you do end up having to be all right jumping into the middle, so to speak, as if you already know the characters. I had a good time, for sure, Lindsi. 🙂

RO P
4 months ago

What a brilliant idea for a story, and sounds like it was a really good read, too! Hope you’re doing well, and Happy Weekend! RO

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  RO P

I agree! Old time movie actors as detectives? Brilliant!

vvb
vvb
4 months ago

Fun banter is always a sign for an entertaining story. And I like that it is standalone.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  vvb

You said it, Velvet. I loved the banter. Yes, a standalone can be nice when you don’t feel like the commitment to a long series.

Felicity Grace Terry
3 months ago

Loving the cover of what sounds like a cozy with a difference. I’ll be sure to keep a look out for this.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

I like how the cover matches the setting and tone of the book. Yes, a cozy with a difference. 🙂

RO P
3 months ago

As a Sherlock Holmes fan, this sounds like a fun and interesting storyline. Glad you enjoyed it! Sending lots of hugs to you and Shari! RO

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  RO P

Yes, a fun angle on the Sherlock Holmes lore. I had a good time. 🙂