Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 3/19/18
Source: Kindle Unlimited
So much about this series delights me from the historical university setting, the authentic historical cultural references displayed by characters, dialogue, and setting, and to the engaging characters particularly the amateur sleuthing pair who are also lovers.
Lessons in Chasing the Wild Goose is #12.6 in the Cambridge Fellows series. The mystery itself can be read out of order, but the series does have a series progression to it from the romance to their time in WWI, previous cases (though no solutions are given), and other regular characters.
The story opens with Jonty and Orlando busy doing some lesson preparation just before their students come back from the holidays. Life is a little mundane so they get excited when a new case comes their way. An old army friend of a man who was killed by a hit and run auto accident is asked by the widow to approach Jonty and Orlando because she believes it was murder and to lend credence to this, Dr. Beattie, the man who came to them, is accosted by thugs on his way to request their help. The two Cambridge dons set aside their books and gladly take up the case.
As I said in my opening thoughts, this is a series I love and I grab up each new release. I suppose it is something of a historical cozy mystery series that crosses over from Edwardian Era, WWI, and now post-war. The author is great about drawing the fictitious college at Cambridge and a nice little cast who work and live there. But, its not just a cozy mystery as there is the ongoing forbidden love affair between Jonty, who specializes in literature and has a buoyant, teasing light character with a dark past and Orlando, who specializes in mathematics and tends to brood and analyze everything. Their dialogue is high-brow wit like one would expect from Cambridge professors and they twit each other because they are opposites in their approach to almost everything. I enjoy them as a couple and being along as they solve the mysteries.
This particular mystery had some good twists even though it was a shorter piece. I had no idea about who or why until late and even then I didn’t grasp the full why because there was a cleverly worked surprise that gave me something new and startling about WWI history I was unaware of.
I thought it was another fabulous entry in the series and now I’m left anticipating the next release. This is an easy recommendation to make for those who love historical cozies and sweet m/m romance.
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