Cambridge Blue

Cambridge Blue

eBook - 2010
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DC Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation. Soon there is an identity for the victim: Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and employer, has reported her missing and is distraught to discover that she has been killed. He claims she was loved by his staff and his sisters, reserved Alice and vulnerable Jackie. He says she had no enemies but it isn't long b.
Publisher: London : Constable & Robinson, 2010
ISBN: 9781849016261
1849016267
Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 p.)

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Nov 24, 2016

Bruce has a promising detective in this novel, the first in her series. Unlike other detective stories, Gary Goodhew, the main detective, is in his mid-twenties not middle aged. Also he is just starting off on his career so he is just a DC not a DI. The novel is set in Cambridge, but the author focuses more on developing the plot than on long descriptive passages of the town or the countryside. The plot is a good one, starting off mysteriously with a character's suspicious behavior, followed by a murder. The inexperienced detective follows hunches, sees clues others don't, and isn't a team player. There isn't much banter among the "good guys" - SCOC people, coroner, medical examiners, DI and other DC. On the whole the writing is pretty good, but there are instances of hyperbole which a good editor should have red inked. I would read another of her novels featuring this detective to see her growth as a writer.

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