Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane

A Cambridge Fellows Mystery, book 1

Linden Bay Romance

M/M Historical Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-60202-149-5

Reviewed by Ley



Jonathan ‘Jonty’ Stewart is a breath a fresh air to the serene faculty of St. Bride’s College in Cambridge England.  His outgoing attitude is the total opposite of his colleague Orlando Coppersmith, who is such an introvert, that he barely ventures outside of the walls of the school.  Jonty’s and Orlando’s friendship was a surprise to the both of them and soon the relationship turned to romance, a romance that was very taboo in 1905 England. 

Their new romance was further complicated by a rash of murders of students on campus. The victims were young men who had homosexual relations. Not knowing who is responsible for the murders, will Jonty’s and Orlando’s relationship be their death sentence?

Lessons in Love is a really good romance with the bonus of a well-written mystery.  The romance between Jonty and Orlando reminded me of a classic favorite Maurice, written by E.M. Forster. Jonty, aptly named for his jaunty outgoing attitude and happy disposition, was what Orlando needed to end his self-imposed loneliness. The passionate connection between them was strong and I couldn’t wait for them to have uninterrupted time together.  These two make a sexy mystery solving dual and I’m excited that there is more to come from them. Lessons in Love is a fantastic story and lovers of classic English literature and mysteries will find plenty to love about this book and the series.


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