- Book Title: Lessons for Idle Tongues
- Author: Charlie Cochrane
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 27, 2015)
- Book Length: 202 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Historical, Mystery
- Posting Date: June 30, 2015
Character Interview: Charlie Cochrane Interviews Jonty and Orlando
While reading her favourite mystery, Death at the President’s Lodging, Charlie Cochrane was struck by some particularly “slashy” scenes and wondered why there were no Classic Era mysteries featuring a pair of gay detectives. There were gay men at the time, so couldn’t they have taken up their magnifying glasses and got sleuthing? Frustrated at finding no answer to her conundrum, she set out to write her own stories. Here she interviews her two sleuths.
Charlie: Jonty and Orlando, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed again.
Jonty: We’re getting quite old hands at it, aren’t we, Orlando?
Orlando: It’s certainly less of a chore than it used to be.
Charlie: I know your favourite sport is the same as mine – rugby – but what other sports do you enjoy?
Orlando: We’re more than partial to a game of cricket. I’m a decent enough bat and can turn my arm over a bit.
Jonty: He’s hiding his light under a bushel as usual. He’s a very good batsmen, while I’m more your plodding spin bowler. Although if you get me on a wet wicket I can make the ball turn square. I wonder what our North American readers will make of that?
Charlie: I’m not sure. I think we need to educate them about these beautiful sports.
Orlando: I’m not sure they’d ever be ready for a game that lasted five days and still might not have a result.
Jonty: They used to play timeless tests in our day, Charlie. Can you imagine that?
Charlie: I can. Although seeing how often we rely on the weather to save the England team these days, timeless tests may not be a great idea. You must love the mathematical element to the game, Orlando.
Orlando: It’s both wonderful and frustrating. I can’t create an accurate equation to predict how the ball moves.
Jonty (rolling eyes): Our latest case features cricket, at least peripherally. Although we don’t get to play, alas.
Orlando: We did get a very nice tea, though. That’s one of the other wonderful things about cricket; the teas!
Charlie: One of your readers asked me where you’d be in ten and twenty years time, professionally (still at St Brides?), individually, and as a couple.
Jonty: Gosh, that’s an awful lot of question. Well, it’s an exciting time at the University, for a start. Lots of plans in place to move the teaching into proper departments, rather than have it based around the colleges. I think it’s exciting but I’m not sure Orlando approves. He might end up having to lecture a girl from Girton!
Orlando: Don’t remind me. I’d like still to be at St. Bride’s well into the future. In twenty years time Jonty will be old enough, if not yet sensible enough, to be in line for Master of the college.
Jonty: They’d never have me. I’d bring shame and ruin on the lot of us because of my frivolity. You could be Master, though; you’re serious enough and less likely to go daydreaming about Shakespeare sonnets during University meetings. I hope we’re still together, though. I don’t know if your readers realise what a danger we run living together – luckily everyone thinks we’re just two eccentric old bats who are scared of women. If people knew the truth and decided to shop us to the police…well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. I wouldn’t want Orlando or myself doing two years hard labour and us being run out of the country in disgrace afterwards.
Orlando: If that happened I’d get Jonty off to France first, or anywhere they have the sense just to let us get on with out lives in peace. Even if I had to do time – it is “doing time” they call it, isn’t it? But wherever we ended up, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere that Jonty wasn’t.
Jonty: Muffin head. You can see why I love him, can’t you, Charlie?
Charlie holding back a sniffle: Yes, I can.
Lessons for Idle Tongues: A Cambridge Fellows Mystery (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries Book 11) – Amazon
Lessons for Idle Tongues: A Cambridge Fellows Mystery (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries Book 11) – Amazon UK
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