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by Riptide Publishing, 12 October 2015. ISBN: 978-1-62649-274-5
The year is 1921 and the
Cambridge Fellows, Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith, are back in their
Cambridge College having survived the Great War, although scarred in both minds
and bodies. They are delighted to be offered a new mystery to solve, and a
genuine locked room mystery at that, even though the Coroner's verdict of
double suicide is the most likely solution. Wealthy invalid, Edward Atherton
and his doctor, Paul Robertson, were found dead in the doctor's surgery. Both
men had been poisoned by cyanide and both had left what appeared to be suicide
notes. The surgery door was locked and had to be broken into by Atherton's manservant
to gain access, and this was witnessed by Dr Robertson's housekeeper. Atherton
had often spoken about taking his own life as the progress of his illness
robbed him of the ability to move until he could not even raise his hands to
his mouth to feed himself. However, Atherton's sister is convinced that he had
found true religion and had a change of heart. She believes that Dr Robertson
murdered her brother and then committed suicide and wants the Cambridge sleuths
to prove this.
eager to establish the truth, Jonty and Orlando start to question those who
knew the dead men and, in the course of their investigations, uncover another
possible crime. For Jonty the case proves especially traumatic as it brings
back a promise he had made to a comrade in the trenches, which shock had caused
him to forget.
is the twelfth in The Cambridge Fellows Mysteries. As with the earlier books,
the author skilfully captures the feeling of the period she is writing about.
In this case, set after the Great War, the prevailing feeling is of gentle
melancholy and the determination to survive and rebuild, as the two heroes
mourn for their own lost youth, and for all their comrades who died, and also
for their loved ones who were taken by the Influenza Pandemic. It is good that
there are still people eager to help the sleuths, most notably the redoubtable
Ariadne Sheridan and Jonty's sister, Lavinia, both of whom play a significant
part in unravelling the mystery.
is a delightful series and Jonty and Orlando are appealing protagonists. A very
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