Title: Lessons for Idle Tongues (Cambridge Fellows, Book 11)
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Published: June 29, 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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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.