A MelanieM Review: Lessons in Playing a Murderous Tune (Cambridge Fellows #12.8) by Charlie Cochrane

Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

Orlando Coppersmith is called in to solve not one but two problems: a suspected murder and a mysterious violin. So why is he reluctant to take the case – is it because it came from the warden of his old college? Once more, it’s up to Jonty Stewart to get his partner through the challenge and employ their own, unique, way to finding a solution.

Well a clink of the bubbly to Charlie Cochrane!  The latest in the long running Cambridge Fellows series,Lessons in Playing a Murderous Tune (Cambridge Fellows #12.8 ) is a absolute delight of a mystery.  Even at 107 pages, its intriguing, all the clues scattered enough to tickle the brain and keep the reader truly puzzled, along with providing new astonishing bits of information about long established characters in this series, things I never would have guessed at! Nor am I giving away here.

In fact, I think the short length plays to the strength of the mystery.  Its concise, taut, pulling all the clues and players together in a swift and timely manner for a perfect Orlando and Jonty revelation!  Full of twists and as I love when it happens, helped along by some of my favorite other characters to Jonty’s father along with what we all know think of as (as Orlando would be shuddering as I type this), their very own Baker Street Irregulars, that very deeply wonderful group of scholars from St. Brides College.

As with every story, the relationship dynamics of Orlando and Jonty’s deep love for each other  is a strong element here, albeit a gentle one this time.  Here its Orlando’s need to prove himself to the college he’s returning to as a man but left as a boy.   Their interaction shows the depth of time together, the knowledge of each other and just how deep and strong their love has become through the years and series.  Gentle, heartening, and remarkable.

As are all the stories in this series and the couple at the heart.

But don’t take my word for it.  Pick them all up and read them in the order they were written, at least up to book number 11, then the timeline jumps around after that.  I highly recommend them all.

Cover art: Alex Beecroft.  Love this cover.  Perfect for the times and tone.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published August 26th 2019 by The Right Chair Press
Series Cambridge Fellows #12.8
Characters Jonty Stewart, Orlando Coppersmith

Cambridge Fellows (all the books here at Goodreads)

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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