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Lessons in Love: A Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Cochrane
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He didn’t think he had a heart. Until he lost it.

Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 1

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.

Editorial Reviews


“You will not be disappointed when reading Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.”
~ Two Lips Reviews

“...well-written characters, intriguing mystery, and fully developed setting will entice those wanting a sweet and lovely story.”
~ Bookworld Reveiws

“...a well-written story, excellent three-dimensional characters and a lovely prose, this book certainly satisfied and I enjoyed reading it.”
~ Whipped Cream Reviews

“If you love period murder mysteries intertwined with a gay romance then you should enjoy Lessons In Love.”
~ Literary Nymphs Reviews

About the Author

To learn more about Charlie Cochrane, please visit her website You can send an email to Charlie at or join in the fun with other readers and writers of gay historical romance at

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002L6M298
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light enjoyable read October 31, 2010
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This, and the others in the series, are quick and light reads. I enjoyed the series because I was able to get into the characters. They had some depth, and were very likeable. I enjoy gay romance novels very much, being a gay man myself, but I have pretty much given up reading those books written by women. Now, I know that's probably politically incorrect, but here's why I feel this way. Many, many books of this genre written by women are lopsided. One character is obviously male, while his partner is a thinly veiled female. Some authors even go on to describe the one person as feminine. One is strong and dominant, the other frail and dependent. The real world is not like that, and I know of no gay couples who fit that description, including my partner and myself. Now if that's what you like to read about, that's fine, it just isn't my taste. That's why I enjoyed this series, because the partners are equals. Neither is the "man" or "woman" in the relationship. It felt like a real relationship to me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, good adventure June 28, 2010
By Johnno
Format:Kindle Edition
The story and characters are very well developed, the mystery is intriging and the sex, while present, doesn't occur every 5 pages, like a formula from a writing class. I've read all 7 novels in this series. This is one of the best and also the first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Love (review applies to entire series) January 14, 2011
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I have become a huge fan of Charlie Cochrane and her lead characters, Jonty and Orlando. I have read the entire series on KIndle and also have given the series as a gift. Right from the get-go I was swept up into the tale of the two professors who inadvertently, and somewhat reluctantly, become amateur sleuths and solve a crime of multiple murders on the campus of the college in Cambridge where they teach. The story is well-written, bautifully told, engrossing and filled with humor, even under the circumstances. I have already pre-ordered "Lessons in Trust," volume 7, in the paperback edition as well. Book number 8 will come out later this year and my excitement is already building.

If you want a great series of delightful reading you simply cannot go wrong with this one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 15, 2011
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I was hoping for a Josh Lanyon style cozy mystery set in 1920's Cambridge (well, a girl can hope, can't she...) This is much less than that. The mystery was not interesting, the writing was not great and the characterization, which could have been the element to carry it all, was not strong enough. So it was pleasantly boring, and then just a bit silly. But I was cross, because I felt that it could have been so much better. So even though I read it from start to finish, I'm only giving it three stars because I won't reread it nor will I buy any more of this series.

3637 locations, but felt longer.. it really got a bit boring, despite all the murders!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Love October 2, 2011
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This is not a book with modern characters placed in the early 20th century. This is a book of early 20th century characters placed in the early 20th century. There's a big difference. The story is well crafted, the sex is understated, as it should be for that era, and the characters are rich. Held my interest to the end. Absolutely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute and sweet story of seduction October 25, 2010
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This is a cute and sweet story of a seduction with a crime to solve.

Orlando lives in a world by himself, he's only concerned about his teaching and he knows almost nothing of the world, as he was brought up in a family where passion was repressed. Then he meets Jonty, who is his opposite, and they become friends. Jonty longs for Orlando and slowly he overcomes Orlando's defenses and awakens the same longing in Orlando.

It's hard to put this book down because the way Jonty and Orlando come together, not only physically but also emotionally, is far more compelling than the crime solving itself. Their encounters are sweet and delicate and I really liked the way Jonty, who is more experienced than Orlando, respected his friend's boundaries and deepened their intimacy only when Orlando was ready and willing to.

Another thing I loved is the way Orlando is changed by his friendship with Jonty, even his teaching improves and he starts to develop some social skills. I liked his jealousy of Jonty. It's a bit difficult to understand how a person as repressed as Orlando can accept his romantic feelings toward a man so easily, but I bet Jonty is irresistible (he's a rugby player, yes!).

The mistery is not as strong, in my opinion, as the romance, but it was enjoyable. The setting is fantastic.

I'll definitely read the other books in the series, I can't let Orlando and Jonty go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars YAWN August 13, 2013
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I've just finished reading the book and I'm really glad the torture is over. I can't tell what's more tedious, the "mystery" or the "love story". I stopped paying attention to the alleged mystery halfway through the novel: no leads, no proper investigation, no thrill. As for the "romance"... My elderly grandmother is far more seductive than Jonty (!?) and Orlando. I had the feeling I was reading a story about two mentally challenged aggravating teenagers (although the protagonists are almost 30). Slushy is an understatement. It was a miracle I got to the end (hoping for things to get better can be a bad habit). I'm certainly not reading any of the remaining seven books (shiver).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
This is the first book of hers that I have read and I am hooked. I found this very enjoyable to read.
Published 2 months ago by qbs
4.0 out of 5 stars An elegant start to an intriguing m/m mystery series
"Lessons in Love" by Charlie Cochrane is a m/m romantic mystery that is the beginning of the `Cambridge Fellows Mysteries' series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elf2060
4.0 out of 5 stars First of the Series
I got this book because I was looking for a gay novel that wasn't crowded with sex. I love the time period, being set in England at the beginning of the 20th century, when men... Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. J. Michaels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great m/m fiction
This book was fantastic! Very inventive and well written. Great job and can't wait to read the rest in the series.
Published 12 months ago by G. Payne
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Cheesy, but Interesting
I wanted this book to be much more than it was. I don't want to come across sexist, but you can tell this book was written by a woman envisioning a Victorian gay romance. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike Janecek
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a nice historical mystery romance to enjoy slowly by the fire
I enjoy a wide variety of stories and I particularly love stories that cross genre lines. This is an Edwardian Historical Mystery Sweet Romance (whew that's a mouthful). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sophia Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Neither graphic nor particularly suspenseful, but sweet
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

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Published 17 months ago by Charly T. Anchor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have become a huge fan of Charlie Cochrane and her lead characters, Jonty and Orlando. I have read the entire series on KIndle and also have given the series as a gift. Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by Mandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not get it going
I am one that you have to grab me from the beginning and this book did the opposite. One of the big turn off for me is the year this took place. Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by jmore865
2.0 out of 5 stars A real yawner
The story had potential, was set up well but disappointed. The mystery about the murders was confusing and the characters were a blur to me, other than Orlando and Jonty. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by ChicagoMC
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