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Lessons for Idle Tongues by Charlie Cochrane

25098264Title: Lessons for Idle Tongues (Cambridge Fellows, Book 11)
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Published: June 29, 2015
Pages: 241
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Jonty and Orlando are academics who have taken up sleuthing in their spare time and have enjoyed success and fame as a result. But most people don’t know they are partners in more than just investigating, something they must keep secret because of the time. What starts out as a case of finding a missing wooden cat quickly turns into a homicide investigation when a guest at dinner alerts them to the mysterious death of a young woman. While the initial consensus is that she wasn’t murdered, they learn of several questionable deaths in the area and rumors about a local recluse that cause them to give this more than just a second look. What they find is a puzzle even they’re not entirely sure they can solve.

While this is part of a series, it can certainly be read as a standalone. It’s only the second of these I’ve personally read, and I had no trouble following the events of the book at all. This is a complex and confounding historical mystery with just a dash of m/m romance to give it some interesting twists. Orlando and Jonty are a great crime solving team, and i enjoy Jonty’s parents just as much–they provide some excellent comic relief in what is generally a lighthearted book (despite the criminal/potentially murderous elements). This is definitely worth a look for anyone that has an interest in any of the subgenres represented here.

Lessons for Suspicious Minds by Charlie Cochrane

18588535Title: Lessons for Suspicious Minds (Cambridge Fellows, Book 10)
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Published: re-released on April 20, 2015
Pages: 255
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Cambridge professors Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith have quite a reputation for sleuthing.  And their relationship makes them a rather formidable pair.  When an invitation to stay with a friend of the Stewart family uncovers two suspicious apparent suicides, the two simply can’t help trying to solve the case.  But there are aspects of this one that hit a personal nerve and uncovering the truth may be a bit more challenging than they expect.

A rather enjoyable read.  It’s one part Sherlock Holmes, one part Poirot, and one part romance.  The mystery is really what drives the plot, but the setting and characters really bring it to life.  I definitely foresee myself reading more of these two in the future.