Charlie Cochrane on Lessons for Idle Tongues (Cambridge Fellows #11) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

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Title: Lessons for Idle Tongues (Cambridge Fellows #11)

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: Riptide


Genre: Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical


Cambridge, 1910

Amateur detectives Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith seem to have nothing more taxing on their plate than locating a missing wooden cat and solving the dilemma of seating thirteen for dinner. But one of the guests brings a conundrum: a young woman has been found dead, and her boyfriend is convinced she was murdered. The trouble is, nobody else agrees.

Investigation reveals that several young people in the local area have died in strange circumstances, and rumours abound of poisonings at the hands of Lord Toothill, a local mysterious recluse. Toothill’s angry, gun-toting gamekeeper isn’t doing anything to quell suspicions, either.

But even with a gun to his head, Jonty can tell there’s more going on in this surprisingly treacherous village than meets the eye. And even Orlando’s vaunted logic is stymied by the baffling inconsistencies they uncover. Together, the Cambridge Fellows must pick their way through gossip and misdirection to discover the truth.

Ficlet: Jonty’s Dream

            The master beamed as his protégé left the arena; the man was bloodied but not bowed and most of the gore he was spattered with was not his own. The gladiator drew admiring glances from almost all he passed, his fair hair and blue eyes marking him out as being from those benighted isles far away. Non Angli, sed Angeli indeed.


“Hm, eh, what?” Jonty came to with a start. “What’s going on?”

“You were making the most peculiar noises in your sleep. Like you were wrestling a bear.” Orlando sounded both concerned and aggravated.

“Ah. Sorry. I was having a bit of a dream.” Not quite wrestling a bear, but in the arena with sword and armour and goodness knew what. “I apologise for disturbing you.”

“No apology needed. I assumed you were upset, as you called my name more than once.”

“Did I? Oh, yes, you were in my dream somewhere.” His owner, but Jonty wasn’t going to admit that. He couldn’t quite decide if the idea was appealing or appalling.

“Pleased to hear it.” Orlando kissed the top of Jonty’s head. “Goodnight.”

“Goodnight.” Jonty shut his eyes and tried to get back to Rome.
As the slaves stripped, oiled and applied the strigel to the fighter, his master watched with hungry eyes. The precious olive oil, mingled with the warrior’s sweat, was carefully collected and preserved, but this would not be sold to some rich and spoiled woman for her to use as perfume. This highly prized unguent would anoint no-one’s torso but Orlandus’s own.


About the Author

Author bio:

As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR and Cheyenne.

Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.

Connect with Charlie:


Twitter: @charliecochrane

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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22 thoughts on “Charlie Cochrane on Lessons for Idle Tongues (Cambridge Fellows #11) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

  1. My mind is now invaded with Richly robed Orlandus and a kneeling, oiled & scantily clad Jothanus. Ooh yes!

  2. I love this series. I keep recommending it to my friends. Thank you for the new book. I hope you plan to continue the series!

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