Reviewed by Tidal
TITLE: Lessons for Sleeping Dogs
SERIES: Cambridge Fellows #12
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochrane
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 198 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2015
When amateur sleuth Jonty Stewart comes home with a new case to investigate, his partner Orlando Coppersmith always feels his day has been made. Although, can there be anything to solve in the apparent mercy killing of a disabled man by a doctor who then kills himself, especially when everything takes place in a locked room?
But things are never straightforward where the Cambridge fellows are concerned, so when they discover that more than one person has a motive to kill the dead men — motives linked to another double death — their wits get stretched to the breaking point.
And when the case disinters long buried memories for Jonty, memories about a promise he made and hasn’t kept, their emotions get pulled apart as well. This time, Jonty and Orlando will have to separate fact from fiction — and truth from emotion — to get to the bottom of things.
This is the first book that I’ve read from this series. When I first spotted it, I was very excited. I love British film and literature and in particular British sleuths. Jonty is always on the lookout for a mystery to solve and this one certainly is a puzzle. The room is locked – it looks like it is an open and shut case.
Jonty and Orlando are hot on the case. I love how they banter with each other. It has a genuine British feel to it. This facet of the book makes it even more exciting to read. I also love that they speak with the sensibility of the time.
It was great for me to get my first exposure of these wonderful gentlemen as mature men. There is something refreshing to see an element of society represented. They have been together for sixteen years. They are playful, and discrete. I like how the author describes their interactions with each other. When I was reading the book I felt that I was transported to that place in time. It felt authentic.
I loved how the mystery unfolded and it was not as easy to figure out as I thought. I like being surprised at the end of a mystery. For me it is all about being challenged, it is not about being right. This book delivered on both counts. At the end of the story I was satisfied and surprised that I had missed some of those things when I was reading. I was most impressed at the methodology that they used to solve the crime. Things are not always what they seem nor are they what we would like them to be. There are some harsh realities that must be faced.
I want to read the whole series from the beginning now.