Cambridge Blue

Cambridge Blue

Book - 2009/01/01
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Random House, Inc.
Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive, and the youngest detective at Cambridge’s Parkside Station. When Gary discovers the first body in a series of murders involving an eccentric Cambridge family, he gets his chance to work on a homicide investigation. He must use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes is innocent.

Alison Bruce was born in Surrey, United Kingdom, and now lives in Cambridge. She is the author of two previous nonfiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders and The Billingtons, Death in the Family.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Police Station, Gary Goodhew, as he investigates his first murder, which could risk his job and reveal the truth about the one person he hopes will be innocent.

Perseus Publishing

Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive, and the youngest detective at Cambridge’s Parkside Station. When Gary discovers the first body in a series of murders involving an eccentric Cambridge family, he gets his chance to work on a homicide investigation. He must use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes is innocent.

Alison Bruce was born in Surrey, United Kingdom, and now lives in Cambridge. She is the author of two previous nonfiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders and The Billingtons, Death in the Family.


Novice DC Goodhew is intuitive, intelligent, and obsessive, which may not be good for his career.


Blackwell North Amer
Lorna Spence knows she is clever. She thinks she is in control. And she's sure that she is loved...
She believes each of these things until the moment she realizes she's going to die.
DC Gary Goodhew is the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Police Station. When the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common he finds himself on the investigating team. Goodhew is intelligent and intuitive. He feels ready for the challenge of his first murder investigation, but the case brings fresh deceit and increasing danger at every turn.
Then there is another brutal murder. It becomes clear to Goodhew that he must flush out the killer even though it means risking his job and revealing the truth about the one person he hopes will be innocent.

Publisher: New York : SohoConstable, 2009/01/01
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781569475201
1569475202
Branch Call Number: M BRUCE
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 23 cm

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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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