Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce

By Alison Bruce

"Smart, bold. . . . A pleasingly assorted police procedural."—Kirkus experiences "This debut secret by way of a British nonfiction crime author speeds up like a teach rushing to its vacation spot. hugely recommended."—Library magazine DC Gary Goodhew is clever and intuitive, the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. while he discovers the physique of a tender girl on Midsummer universal, he's given the opportunity to paintings on a homicide research for the 1st time in his occupation. quickly the sufferer is identified as Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and enterprise, has suggested her lacking and is distraught to find that she has been killed. He claims that she used to be enjoyed through his employees, and that she had no enemies. however it is not lengthy earlier than Goodhew discovers many that do not have minded seeing her lifeless, together with Spence's excessive upkeep colleague, Victoria ,and Goodhew's reckless former classmate, Bryn. They either swear that they've not anything to do with Lorna's loss of life, yet a person is mendacity. After one other brutal homicide, Goodhew understands it's time to use his personal initiative to flush out the killer, although it skill risking his activity and learning the reality concerning the one individual he hopes might be blameless.

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Private enough to be intriguing. Just as well that Goodhew had remained apparently unaware of the frisson that crackled through the corridors within a couple of days of his arrival. Marks thought it more likely that the young detective was under the delusion that the female staff were consistently that helpful, but there were also days when Marks suspected that he got better results when he asked Goodhew to ask someone to do something than even when he asked them himself. By contrast, DC Kincaide was the peacock of the department, mentally and physically smart, but surrounded by an air of fraught ambition and a whiff of insecurity.

She gave him a smile, but it was a sad one. She felt sorry for the stress he was under: bad events certainly took their toll on him. ’ He glanced at her and seemed to know that she was worried. ‘It’s not that, Alice. It’s . ’ He paused. ’ They walked back the same way she’d only just come, heading towards the centre of the city. ‘I don’t mind where we go; I’ve just been in town. Here will do,’ she added, hopefully, as they passed the last of the restaurants. Alice spied the globe in the shop window ahead again, and then the sign outside the Round Church; God help Richard’s frame of mind if he were to try taking her for lunch in there.

She pointed at the frosted-glass panel behind Faith’s chair. ‘Oh, good. ’ Lorna swung up the hinged end of the reception counter and slid back the glass partition which led to her office. She worked alone in a twelve-foot-square space that contained two desks, two phones, two chairs and one kettle. ‘Give me a minute to sort myself out and I’ll be with you. ’ ‘Not for me, thanks. ’ The corner of Lorna’s mouth flickered with the hint of an ironic smile. That made a change; a temp with a work ethic.

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