The astonishing murder mystery debut
By Alison Bruce
A stunning debut crime novel from an exciting new voice in British crime.
'Bruce is doing for Cambridge what Colin Dexter did for Oxford with Inspector Morse' Daily Mail
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.
'A gripping tale of murder and mystery' Cambridge Style
'Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel' R J Ellory
Alison Bruce was born in Surrey in 1966 and moved to Cambridge in 1998. She has learnt about Cambridge and East Anglia from researching her two previous non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders (Sutton Publishing) and The Billingtons, Death in the Family (also published by Sutton). She is married with two small children and enjoys horse riding and dancing, when not working on her new crime fiction series featuring DC Gary Goodhew.
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22 Jul 2010
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Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel. — R J Ellory
An exciting debut from a very promising new talent. — Paul Johnson
A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end. — Cambridgeshire Pride
Meaty and deeply plotted. — Morning Star
DC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy succesor to those venerables of the police procedural now drawing their pensions. — Tribune
A gripping tale of murder and mystery. — Cambridge Style