This intriguing m/m mystery introduces a charismatic pair of men who exemplify the blossoming of a beautiful relationship that has to be nurtured and operates under the difficulty of being a forbidden undertaking. There are interesting glimpses of university life at the turn of the century and the author does a lovely job of evoking the aura of scholarship and intellectual challenges present in this milieu. The contrast between the search for a murderer and the search for a comfortable balance in the relationship between the two men with very different personalities makes this a fascinating read which is beautifully depicted. I look forward to reading more in the series and learning how this couple gradually intensifies their romance.
“Lessons in Love” by Charlie Cochrane is a m/m romantic mystery that is the beginning of the ‘Cambridge Fellows Mysteries’ series. This gently unfolding tale follows two dons at St. Bride’s College of Cambridge during the early 1900s who strike up an unlikely friendship that deepens despite their expertise in vastly different subjects. The relationship veers into dangerous territory as Jonty Stewart shakes up the life of the introverted and sheltered mathematician Orlando Coppersmith and awakens his passion even as the entire college is terrorized by a murderer who seems to be targeting those that are engaging in carnal relations that the killer considers an abomination. The blossoming attraction may threaten not only their professional careers but also their very lives if they don’t catch the murderer before he strikes again.
He didn’t think he had a heart. Until he lost it.
St. Bride’s College, Cambridge, England, 1905.
Jonty Stewart is handsome and outgoing, with blood as blue as his eyes. When he takes up a teaching post at the college where he studied, his dynamic style acts as an agent for change within the archaic institution. He also has a catalytic effect on Orlando Coppersmith.
Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the university walls. He strikes up an alliance with Jonty and soon finds himself heart-deep in feelings he’s never experienced. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped.
Then a student is murdered within St. Bride’s. Then another…and another. All the victims have one thing in common: a penchant for men. Asked by the police to serve as their eyes and ears within the college, Jonty and Orlando risk exposing a love affair that could make them the killer’s next target.
This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.