Lessons For Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochran #Review

Lessons For Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochran #ReviewLessons For Sleeping Dogs by Charlie Cochran

Series: #12 Cambridge Fellows
Genres: Historical Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide on October 12, 2015
Pages: 243
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
    four-half-stars      three-flames

Ask and ye shall receive! I wanted another installment that took place after the guys returned from the war (WWI) and that is exactly what I got. For some reason, I feel the way the war years tempered and matured them adds that extra layer of complexity to an already deeply engaging pair of characters. The author has done a splendid job of being flexible in how she writes these two pre and post war so that their experiences shape them instead of them being stagnant no matter what has gone on around them. And maybe I am also partial to characters who are middle-aged and still showing passion, gumption, playfulness, and ingenuity as they love and detect together. Yep, I’m a big Orlando and Jonty fan if you can’t tell.

This is book twelve in the Cambridge Fellows series about a pair of college teachers during the late Edwardian through post WWI eras. They eccentrically refuse to be stodgy as they secretly solve crimes and make a relationship work. While it’s possible to enjoy the stories out of order and each mystery is solved by the end of the book, there is an ongoing story that has developed about these two characters and those around them through the series.

This story takes place in 1921. Orlando and Jonty prepare to celebrate their sixteenth anniversary together even as Orlando pines for a new case to stimulate them. Jonty comes home from a social engagement with just such a gift for his lover. It’s a locked door double suicide only the sister of one of the men doesn’t believe it.

There is little real evidence that doesn’t point to suicide to go on and so Jonty and Orlando must carefully sift through all the facts and interview all the witnesses. The case dredges up unpleasant memories from Jonty and Orlando’s pasts and the men have to decide whether they can continue down the twisty path to the truth.

The story reads like a cozy whodunnit as the actual murder took place prior to Jonty and Orlando coming on the scene. It was a ticklish locked room case and I pointed the finger several directions and was just as confounded as the detectives. It was a strong mystery.

I also enjoyed the development of the personal story surrounding the mystery that visits Jonty and Orlando’s world at the college and also pulls Jonty’s sister, Lavinia in along with Ariadne Sheridan as partners in crime. Their sweet moments as a couple are heartwarming and I love it when they banter.

All in all, it was another absolutely delightful and satisfying installment in the series. I would recommend these to folks who enjoy gentle m/m historical romantic suspense.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.
  • Sounds like a good book for those who like that genre.

    • Oh, yes! I’ve been reading this series for several years. Love the romance and murder mystery and historical combo.

  • 12 already? Nice

  • I usually avoid books about war as they make me sad, but it does sound interesting how the war changes and matures the characters, that would be interesting to read about. And the mysteries and how they keep the relationship interesting even after all these books sounds impressive. The ongoing plot of series is part of the reason why i prefer to start with the first book, you get more of the story that way. I might have to give this series a try, the romance, mystery and historical elements all sound well done. Great Review!

    • The series actually skips right over the war. It starts before and picks up after so you don’t actually get any of the atrocities. But the book right after did make me cry a little to see how it affected them.
      You are right about reading straight through from book one being the best way to enjoy a series. Even if they can standalone, I still think most series’ characters grow during a series and you see it that way.