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by Riptide Publishing, 29 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-62649-272-1
It is summer 1910, and
Cambridge Fellows Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith are about to embark on
a holiday to Italy when they are asked to investigate a mystery that is both
trivial and intriguing. Montgomery is a large wooden cat, kept by a London
hotel to act as the fourteenth 'guest' when patrons would otherwise be thirteen
at table. When Jonty's mother wishes to borrow Montgomery, it is discovered
that he has been stolen.
and Orlando swiftly resolve this minor crime but a far more serious matter
awaits their attention when they return to Cambridge. A young woman called Lucy
French has died and a young man who loved her believes that there was something
suspicious about the circumstances of her death and beseeches Jonty and Orlando
to discover the truth for him. As the sleuths investigate they hear rumours
about the deaths of three other young people in the village. Local gossip
blames Lord Toothill, a reclusive landowner who was a soldier in the Boer War
and, according to the rumours, was responsible for atrocities so vile that he
can no longer face the world.
and Orlando have to cut through a forest of malicious rumours in order to
discover the truth behind the young people's deaths, as well as braving Lord
Toothill's loyal servants and their guns. The solution to the mystery is so
cruel and strange that it shocks them both.
is another sparkling addition to the chronicles of Jonty Stewart and Orlando
Coppersmith, two thoroughly likeable sleuths. The story is further lifted by
the appearance of many other series characters, most notably Jonty's delightful
parents, who play a significant role in the investigation. It is a thoroughly
enjoyable book, skilfully evoking the era in which it is set. Great fun, and an
excellent, pleasurable read.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Cochranecouldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs
of choice—like managing a rugby team— so she writes. Her favourite genre is gay
fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries. A member of the Romantic Novelists’Association, and International Thriller
Writers Inc, Charlie's Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, was
instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site
Speak Its Name.
Carol Westronis a successful
short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May