Cambridge Blue, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


DC Gary 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 before Goodhew discovers plenty, including her high maintenance colleague Victoria and Goodhew's reckless former classmate Bryn. They both swear that they have nothing to do with Lorna's death but Goodhew knows someone is lying.

Then there is another brutal murder and Goodhew knows it is time to 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 will be innocent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781849012645



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I very much enjoyed this book, the first to feature DC Gary Goodhew. Gary is a very promising detective, the youngest to make DC in his station, but he's a little unconventional in his working methods, which is getting him noticed by his boss, and not in a good way. The author managed to keep me interested throughout the story, and I was never able to guess the perpetrator of the crimes which is certainly the sign of a good crime writer. I would say that the bit where we found out 'whodunit' was a bit rushed and I had to think about it again afterwards to get my head around it all, but in a way that part of the story was incidental to the main theme of the book, which is Gary. The story is very much about him investigating crimes, rather than the crimes themselves. However, I didn't mind that as he's an excellent creation.This was a great start to a new series of crime novels, and I'm really looking forward to reading The Siren next.

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The first installment in a new crime series. I found DC Gary Goodhew a bit too good to be true, and I thought there were a couple of holes in the mystery plot (or perhaps I was just missing things). But overall I enjoyed reading the book, it was a quick holiday read, and I will probably read another in the future.

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This is the first novel in a series featuring the slightly autistic Detective Constable Gary Goodhew, newly appointed to Cambridge CID. Goodhew is keen, very intelligent and capable of inspired insight, but he is also incapable of resisting his sudden tangential urges, which causes untold angst to Detective Inspector Marks, his querulous boss.The depiction of Cambridge is very accurate but, interestingly, does not revolve around the colleges or other more "touristy" aspects of the city. The plot was engaging though stretched credibility at time. However, all in all I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other in the sequence.

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I have to be honest and say that the major reason why I chose to read Cambridge Blue is because of the day I spent wandering the streets of that old city. It's a fascinating place, and I often felt as though I were in a completely different world. Alison Bruce certainly does not disappoint with her setting; I felt myself back on those streets once again, but this time with a very unusual police officer.Young Gary Goodhew isn't into casual relationships. He simply cannot separate the physical from the emotional. His best friend is his grandmother. He's also something of a lone wolf-- a young man who's a police detective by day and then seemingly behaves like some sort of nocturnal super hero when he's off duty. He's a character who simultaneously threw me off balance and captured my attention. I just had to know how different he really is.Many things that Goodhew does are not by the book. Fortunately for him Detective Inspector Marks sees his potential and is willing to cut the young man some slack. However, as the investigation continues, Goodhew begins to take advantage of Marks, and the inspector has to draw the line. There's a very interesting dynamic between Goodhew and Marks as well as the other police officers he works with.The mystery is complex and makes for compelling reading-- even though I guessed the identity of the killer rather early on. It seems as though all the victims and suspects have hidden agendas, and that's what made the mystery for me: trying to piece together "what" and "how."With a Cambridge setting, a complex mystery, and the unconventional Gary Goodhew as the main character, Cambridge Blue is a very good read. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

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