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Lessons in Trust (Cambridge Fellows #7)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  217 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
He thought he knew who he was. Now he’s a stranger to himself.

When Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith witness the suspicious death of a young man at the White City exhibition in London, they're keen to investigate--especially after the cause of death proves to be murder. But Police Inspector Redknapp refuses to let them help, even after they stumble onto clues to the d
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Published May 4th 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published April 21st 2010)
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May 09, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it
Ahh how I do love those Cambridge dons. Book 7 in the series, Lessons in Trust, actually steps back up from the slightly lackluster performance of book 6. Perhaps I was the only one that felt the last book didn’t have the same spark and sizzle as others but even so there are few if any complaints about this new offering. The latest book returns with witty dialogue, heartfelt emotion, and an interesting set of mysteries. The familiar style of writing is once again in top form here with the langui ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Sophia rated it really liked it
This was a very personal segment of the series in that besides the usual murder case to keep them preoccupied during the long vacation, Orlando's grandmother dies and leaves him a tangled mystery about his family origins. Jonty is left alone to solve the murder which is difficult because the police detective wants no 'amateurs' as he calls them on the case. He is hurt by Orlando's distance and wonders if it will be fixable if the truth to Orlando's past never surfaces. In the meantime, Orlando h ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Adara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to preface this by saying that I'm not fond of historicals in this particular period and I was reading this for a reading challenge. I happened to win this one in a GR giveaway, and Charlie offered to send me the first of the series instead of this one (the seventh), but I liked the story behind this one more and opted to keep this one instead. She did warn me it would probably be better to start the series from the beginning.

If I had it to do over again, I would listen to her and take
Gerry Burnie
Nov 27, 2010 Gerry Burnie rated it it was amazing
I say with great regret, for the genuine enjoyment I have missed, that “Lessons in Trust” by Charlie Cochrane [Samhain Publishing, 2010] is the first of the “Cambridge Fellows Mysteries” I have read. Fortunately it is not the first of Ms Chochrane’s stories I have reviewed, for “Sand,” (her contribution to the “Last Gasp Anthology”) holds that delightful distinction. Nevertheless, Lessons in Trust gives a much broader picture of her remarkable talent, and it has left this particular reader yearn ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
Goodreads continues to screw around with me, insisting I haven't read a given book just because I reviewed a different edition of it. Arg. Please ignore this duplicate review --


I love this whole series. The books are just such a comfort to read -- they make you feel like cuddling up in front of a warm fire with some hot cocoa. Ahhhhh. ;-)

Anyway -- this installment was much more satisfying for me than the previous volume. This time around, Jonty and Orlando are solving two mysteries -- one i
Feb 11, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
I love this whole series. The books are just such a comfort to read -- they make you feel like cuddling up in front of a warm fire with some hot cocoa. Ahhhhh. ;-)

Anyway -- this installment was much more satisfying for me than the previous volume. This time around, Jonty and Orlando are solving two mysteries -- one involving the murder of a young man who may or may not be who everyone thinks he is, and one involving the mystery of Orlando's own true identity. Questions of "trust", from the title
Dec 26, 2012 Cameluta rated it really liked it
Another lovely book from “Cambridge Fellows Mysteries” delivered by Charlie Cochrane. The seventh book in the series challenges Jonty and Orlando to solve not one, but two mysteries. The first mystery involves the death of a young man which Jonty and Orlando witnessed. Unlike the previous cases, I knew the answer of this one when I was only a quarter throughout the book. And I have to admit that this case didn't hold my attention to much. I was far more interested to follow Orlando in his quest ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Another great entry in this series. We find Jonty & Orlando in London partaking in the exhibits of the White City when they find themselves a dead body and it's surrounding mystery, although they don't know it's a dead body at the time. Dealing with a new detective who clearly doesn't want any help from Cambridge's version of Holmes & Watson, they find themselves digging into this one on their own, with the aid of Jonty's father of course. Before too much headway is made, Orlando is deal ...more
This was difficult to get through. The thing that makes me enjoy these books is the relationship between Jonty and Orlando. They're delightful the way they play off each other. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Anastasia rated it really liked it
This is the first book of this series I have read (nothing like starting in the middle of the characters' lives, right?) and unfortunately my library has NONE of the other books! I don't tend to buy books full price if I haven't read them, but these will probably be an exception to the rule. I love historical romance and detective stories, and this was a great combination of the two. I wish I had been able to read the series from the beginning, as some things would have made a lot more sense, bu ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Suze rated it really liked it
Just easily consumed in one dollop of joy - Jonty and Orlando back again, this time with Mr and Mrs Stewart in full view.
I enjoyed the two main themes - the mysteriously dead visitor to the exhibition at White City (and also enjoyed the Googling this required of me!) and Orlando's family history.
Ralph and Lavinia hopefully get a sex life now curtesy of a lemur - how enterprising! enjoyed this little theme though it was undoubtedly true for lots of women but I bet they didn't have an understandin
Jan 11, 2011 Linda-Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No 7 does not dissappoint it is as well written as the others in all aspects especially the love between Orlando and Jonty and how is grows every day. The way it is shoen with simply looks and touch where they gather so much love and strength from each other. Very beautiful love scenes. The murder mystery was well written even if i did guess what was going on before they did lol. The secondary characters as wonderful as always charming, funny, strong and loving. I am going to miss these characte ...more
I love this series so much I find that the books are getting 5 stars across the board. I did find this a little hard to read since I really hate it when Orlando and Jonty are separated. Their closeness and banter always has me smiling so this one had me worried. Orlando should NOT be away from his Jonty. He needs him too much!.

I'm worried about the next book in the series. War is never easy to deal with.

1st read - Mar 10, 2015
2nd read - Jan 20, 2016
Kaje Harper
Aug 20, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
I have to be in the right mood to read the Lessons books, but when I am I enjoy Jonty and Orlando. I like their relationship, their slightly unworldly enthusiasms, and their mannerly conversations with passion kept behind locked doors (in an era when getting caught could mean a 2-year prison term). This is a good installment. Orlando faces a loss and learns some new truths about who he is, and Jonty copes with the emotional fall-out. The mystery didn't really grip me in this one, but the persona ...more
Jodi Pushkin
Jan 13, 2015 Jodi Pushkin rated it it was amazing
I have not had a chance to write a lot of reviews lately, but, for the record, I love this series. So far, this book, Lessons in Trust, is my favorite. Charlie Cochrane has a flawless and addicting writing style. Jonty and Orlando are awesome characters as are the supporting cast members. In this book, readers get two mysteries, and, more importantly, we get a special insight into Orlando in this book. We also discover a new depth to the love between these two characters. Orlando has become such ...more
I have really enjoyed each installment in the Cambridge Fellows series and this one was no different. Although, I must admit to being furious with Orlando for part of the story. There is not one, but two mysteries included with the second being quite personal and exposing new information about Orlando's background. Lavinia and Ariadne have a nice side story and the theme of the "metal monster" was fun. I am glad this is a long series as I am still left with many books to look forward to reading.
Stevie Carroll
Sep 09, 2011 Stevie Carroll rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favourite of the series so far. Lovely descriptions of the White City with its wide variety of exhibits and rides, and I had great joy at the varying reactions to Jonty's new motor car. Both mystery plots were suitably intriguing, and excellently resolved, and all the characters shone. Highly recommended.
May 13, 2010 Wren rated it it was amazing
Jonty and Orlando are at it again, this time in summer, in London. They get involved in a murder investigation, despite the Inspector who doesn't want them involved. Plus, Orlando's grandmother dies and Orlando is faced with solving the mystery of his family's past. Another great book in the series, and the last of the Edwardian line.
Apr 26, 2015 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I will review this when I finish the series. But a warning: Do NOT read Book 8 after this one, go to Book 10 which chronologically follows Book 7. You will need to check the chronology of Jonty and Orlando's lives before you continue on. Go here for the pathway:
Nan Hawthorne
Sep 14, 2011 Nan Hawthorne rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbtq
The layers in this novel are magnificently crafted, all the issues of trust and how easily it can be damaged. These books get better and better. Now I have to face the last of the eight... and figure out how I am going to go on without another Jonty and Orlando to look forward to.
Mara Ismine
Oct 23, 2011 Mara Ismine rated it it was amazing
Orlando has to deal with the loss of his beloved grandmother and the revelation that his father was born out of wedlock. Jonty wants to be supportive and help Orlando through this difficult time - if only Orlando hadn't run off. The mystery is more of an irritation that helps keep the lovers apart.
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Very good historical m/m mystery/romance, in which Orlando discovers that most of what he believed about his family isn't true - a discovery that leaves him feeling very lost.
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Because Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, series, and the contemporary Best Corpse for the Job. Multi-published, she has titles with Carina, Samhain, Riptide and Bold Strokes, among others.

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