Lessons in Discovery by Charlie Cochrane

Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 3

Samhain Publishing

Gay Historical / Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-60504-748-5

Reviewed by Cassie



Cambridge fellows Jonathon “Jonty” Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the day they met when Orlando takes a fall down the stairs.  After his initial terror, Jonty is pleased to find that Orlando will recover, but there’s a huge problem—Dr. Coppersmith has forgotten the past year of his life.  Jonty will have to hide his pain at his lover’s lack of recognition and work on regaining their friendship. 

Orlando is shocked to discover that during the time he’s forgotten, he made a friend.  Other, more shocking revelations are still to come.  Fortunately, Miss Ariadne Peters, the sister of the Master of St. Bride’s, has a very old mystery for Dr. Coppersmith to apply his considerable intellect to while he recovers. 

Can Drs. Coppersmith and Stewart solve the centuries-old murder and find a way to regain their previous closeness?

Charlie Cochrane has done it again!  She’s hooked me with her Cambridge Fellows series, and Lessons in Discovery did not disappoint.  While amnesia has been done before, many times, in fiction, Ms. Cochrane manages to make the old plot fresh and new.  Happy, outgoing Jonty and reserved, hesitant Orlando are the perfect odd couple, bringing out the best in each other, and in Lessons in Discovery that comes into play even more so than usual.  Their relationship is completely reset, in a way, because Orlando remembers nothing while Jonty remembers everything.  That fact provides a great deal of emotional conflict, especially for poor Jonty, but the plot never dissolves into melodrama.  As always, the colorful array of secondary characters, the wonderfully realized setting, and an interesting mystery round out the story.  The love scenes, while not explicit, are sweet and lovely to read.  I raced through Lessons in Discovery in one sitting, unable to put it down until I found out the resolution to both the mystery and the relationship between the two men.  If you’re a fan of the Cambridge Fellows series, you have to read this book.  If you like mystery, gay romance, or historicals, but haven’t tried the series, I suggest picking up Lessons in Love, the first book.  You won’t regret it!


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