Original Title: Lessons for Suspicious Minds
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Riptide Publishing (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 220
First Sentence: “Post, Dr. Coppersmith, Dr. Stewart.”
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
In the innocent pre-war days, an invitation to stay at the stately country home of a family friend means a new case for amateur sleuths Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith. In fact, with two apparently unrelated suicides to investigate there, a double chase is on.
But things never run smoothly for the Cambridge fellows. In an era when their love dare not speak its name, the risk of discovery and disgrace is ever present. How, for example, does one explain oneself when discovered by a servant during a midnight run along the corridor?
Things get even rougher for Orlando when the case brings back memories of his father’s suicide and the search for the identity of his grandfather. Worse, when they work out who the murderer is, they are confronted with one of the most difficult moral decisions they’ve ever had to make.
This was sadly enough not as good as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but that’s it. It was just good. Not great, not really exciting just good. OK, might be another word for it. This is book 10 in a series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone.
The mystery was the biggest disappointment. It wasn’t easy to solve, but it never got its hooks into me. I wasn’t too interested in finding out who the murderer was at the end of the book, an instead of going “AHA, t’was that person!” I just went “oh”.
I did like the characters. They were what had me reading this til the end. They were interesting and likable. Perhaps slightly flat, but it could also be because I have missed character development that they had gone through in the previous 9 books. I also liked the setting, early 1900’s and the fact that the author wrote it in a way that had it breathing that era.
Do I recommend it?
Sure, it is a nice little book and it does have some charm.