Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lessons for Survivors by Charlie Cochrane ~ Blog Tour, Interview with Jonty, Review and Giveaway

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Are you an amateur detective?  Like solving murders and finding out whodunnit? Yes? Then you’ll love this book. A very English murder-mystery served up with impeccable manners and copious amounts of tea.

Want to know more? Then be sure to read Mark’s review and the Interview with Jonty who is at Sinfully HQ today on this tour stop.


Lessons for Survivors by Charlie Cochrane

LessonsForSurvivors_400x600Title: Lessons for Survivors

Author: Charlie Cochrane

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 26th January 2015

Genre: M/M (historical / crime)


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A more than professional interest . . . a more than personal intrigue.

Orlando Coppersmith should be happy. WWI is almost a year in the past, he’s back at St. Bride’s College in Cambridge, his lover and best friend Jonty Stewart is at his side again, and—to top it all—he’s about to be made Forsterian Professor of Applied Mathematics. And although he and Jonty have precious little time for an investigative commission, they can’t resist a suspected murder case which must be solved in a month so a clergyman can claim his rightful inheritance.

But the courses of scholarship, true love, and amateur detecting never did run smooth. Orlando’s inaugural lecture proves almost impossible to write. A plagiarism case he’s adjudicating on turns nasty with a threat of blackmail against him and Jonty. And the murder investigation turns up too many leads and too little hard evidence.

Orlando and Jonty may be facing their first failure as amateur detectives, and the ruin of their professional and private reputations. Brains, brawn, the pleasures of the double bed—they’ll need them all to lay their problems to rest.

Read Mark’s Review –> HERE


An interview with Jonty Stewart

Is Jonty your real name?

I was christened Jonathan Stewart, but everyone has always called me Jonty. Except when I’m in trouble with Mama, who bellows “Joh-na-than!” at the top of her voice.

In your opinion, what is your best feature?

I’d like to think it’s my intellect, especially my unparalleled understanding of Shakespeare’s early sonnets. Orlando would say it’s my blue eyes. Mama would say it was being such a beautiful baby.

Do you own a car?

I do. It’s a beautiful Lagonda, with the most elegant lines and leather upholstery. Orlando has always been ridiculously jealous of it.

What was your favourite game as a child?

Having adventures with my brothers. Playing at pirates or Robin Hood or Henry V.

What is your best childhood memory?

Going to the Isle of Wight with my family and being allowed to bathe on Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne. I filled a bucket with sea creatures and tipped them all over my sister Lavinia. Or maybe it was the time my brothers and I took a coypu out in a boat and it was sick everywhere. Brilliant.

How old were you when you went first ‘walked out’ with somebody?

About seventeen when I went on a sort of double date, with a school friend and his sister and her friend. It was at about the age when I’d decided girls weren’t for me. We had a lovely time, but I’m afraid all her sighs and dropping her hankie and pretending to be frightened of the elephants in the zoo were in vain.

Who was your hero when you were growing up?

Shakespeare was my hero, of course. And Alexander the Great (do you see a theme here?) I used to fantasize about Hephaistion, hoping I could one day meet someone who’d be a friend, lover, counsellor and colleague all in one.

Is there something you had to learn at school that you hated?

How to use logarithms. Nasty.

What hobbies do you have?

I love the theatre, and reading. And trying to puzzle out who both the beautiful boy and dark lady were from the sonnets, which I guess is a variant on solving mysteries, although that’s more than a hobby. It’s not really a fun pastime to be involved with violent death and bringing a murderer to justice. On a lighter note, I like playing rugby – I’m a swashbuckling scrum half, or so I’ve been told!

Do you have a favourite song?

Not so much a song as a sonnet. “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”. I think it describes perfectly the way that Orlando and I comfort each other in our darkest moments. And it was written from a man to a man, of course, so it’s doubly applicable.

And what about a favourite book?

I’m very partial to Conan Doyle’s novels, especially the Sherlock Holmes ones. Orlando doesn’t approve as he thinks Holmes is a boring, self-centred misanthropic. Takes one to know one, I’d say.

What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

Sunset over a certain beach in Jersey, with Orlando by my side. Perfect.

Do you have a favourite food? And a least favourite?

I’m very fond of pies and puddings. Steak and kidney, chicken and ham, Spotted Dick, jam roly poly – they’re a foretaste of heaven, far better than caviar or foie gras.

Thank you for being so honest, Dr. Stewart. When will you reveal some more?

When the next in the series comes out, of course!


Meet the Author

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, Riptide and Lethe.

She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.

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Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an e-book from Charlie Cochrane’s backlist (excepting Lessons For Survivors). Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 31.




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  1. I watch The British Baking Competition on PBS and it was pie week on Sunday so the last answer from Jonty made me smile. It's so British, meat pies.

    1. acm05atjuno.com (just in case.)

    2. Well, of course it is. Any sort of pie, really. (Now I want to eat steak and kidney, so badly...)


  2. What a great interview I love the Cambridge Fellow Mysteries.

  3. sounds like a great story

  4. I had to look up that sonnet. Lovely!

  5. Thanks for the fun interview! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Sounds great. Please count me in.


  7. I love it when authors write interviews with popular characters from their books! I could absolutely hear Jonty's voice in this one. Well done! Thanks for the giveaway, and best of luck with the release!

    Oh, and I agree with Jonty about the pies. I love a good shepherd's pie or a Cornish pasty. Oddly enough, one of the best Cornish pasties I ever had came from a vendor at Stonehenge. Or maybe I was just REALLY hungry, lol.


    1. Thank you all round.

      Now, of course, I want one of those Cornish pasties. The pastry on them is a unique pleasure.

  8. Love what I've read of this series (I'm not caught up). Thanks for sharing with us, Jonty! :D

    1. He says you're most welcome, and doffs his hat.:)

  9. I like to read the interviews. They give me an insight to the writer. Thank you for the post.

  10. Character interviews are so much fun and this was a good one! Thanks for it and the contest.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  11. I love Jonty & Orlando, I hope we'll see more of them soon.

    1. Oh, you will. Those little toads don't stay quiet for long!

  12. Have always loved this series and I recommend it every time I get the chance. I could not get enough of Jonty and Orlando and they are my go to for comfort reads. Wonderful interview. Jonty is such a lovely chap, no wonder Orlando adores him.

    1. Thanks, dear. I won't tell Jonty what you said, as he's vain enough...

  13. sounds interesting! please count me in

  14. Thanks for the interview. I love these two guys. :-)

  15. What a great interview. Looking forward to reading this one.
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  16. Really enjoyed the post. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  17. What a fun interview! Your books are next on my Want to Read List! Thank you for a chance in the giveaway!

  18. I love Jonty and Orlando's story. I was so thrilled to see this new one. Fun interview with, Jonty!

    1. Thanks, Sophia. he was at his most charming, the smoothie.

  19. I do love a jam roly poly myself. Fun Interview thank you.


  20. Thank you, Charlie, for bringing these gorgeous guys back! Much success to you!
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  21. Great interview. Thank you for the post!

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  22. I really like the character interviews! They give a little more insight to the book. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!



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