Afternoon Delight: Lessons In Chasing the Wild Goose by Charlie Cochrane

Posted August 16, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 8 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: Lessons In Chasing the Wild Goose by Charlie Cochrane
Lessons In Chasing the Wild Goose

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Series: Cambridge Fellows #12.6
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 3/19/18
Pages: 104
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

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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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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Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

This does sound like a great series. I will have to look for it. Glad you enjoyed this newest installment!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Hope you like it when you get the chance, Carole. 🙂

Carole Rae
4 years ago

Love a good twist!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes!!! Give me a good twist and I am a happy mystery fan.

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

Although not my type of read, it does sound good.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It does have something for everyone, for sure, Nadene.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Nice that so far in the stories are still hitting the spot 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes! This series just shines for me. 🙂