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    • ISBN:9781849016261
    • Publication date:22 Jul 2010

Cambridge Blue

The astonishing murder mystery debut

By Alison Bruce

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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

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781849012645
  • Publication date: 22 Jul 2010
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: C & R Crime
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
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The Moment Before Impact

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'Unpredictable, challenging and compelling' Sophie HannahDeath, disappearance and divorce have shaped Jack Bailey's life. The breakdown of his marriage and the loss of his beloved daughter force him to make a new start. He reluctantly returns to Cambridge, his childhood home, but his decision means living in the shadow that still hangs over the place where he grew up. The old house stirs memories and his reappearance causes ripples amongst the locals who still remember the night, eleven years earlier, when his stepsister vanished without a trace. When another woman disappears, history seems to be repeating itself. The police probe Jack's past and the only possible witness refuses to help. Tragedy is about to strike again -- and Jack's future depends on how he reacts in the moment before impact.Praise for Alison Bruce'As always, Bruce produces a rewarding read' The Times'I Did It For Us held me from the off. It's compelling, slickly plotted and brilliantly written' Amanda Jennings'One of our most interesting crime writers' Daily Mail

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I Did It for Us

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'Unpredictable, challenging and compelling' Sophie Hannah, author of Did You See Melody?From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us.Emily's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Emily fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Emily watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice. But Emily has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?'Never before have I read such a compelling, chilling read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end . . . If you adore psychological thrillers and books such as The Girl on the Train, then this is a must read!' Red Headed Book Lover Blog'I Did It For Us held me from the off. It's compelling, slickly plotted and brilliantly written' Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

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Cambridge Black

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A cold case waits to be solved . . . and a killer waits in the wings.Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name. But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past. DC Gary Goodhew is haunted by the day his grandfather was murdered and is still searching for answers, determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death and find his killer.But, right now, someone is about to die. Someone who has secrets and who once kept quiet but is now living on borrowed time. Someone who will be murdered because disturbing the past has woken a killer.

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The Promise

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The Backs

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A fresh start in a place you hate. Even tougher with a killer watching...Jane Osborne left Cambridge and vowed she'd never return. An unexpected twist of fortune results in DC Goodhew bringing her back to the remnants of her old life and a confrontation with the man who killed her sister.Meanwhile a burning car on the outskirts of Cambridge leads to the discovery of the body of its owner, Paul Marshall. There seems nothing to connect it to either a recent assault, or to Jane Osborne, until a shocking discovery rips Goodhew's investigation apart.

C & R Crime

The Silence

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The Siren

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The Calling

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'Bruce is doing for Cambridge what Colin Dexter did for Oxford with Inspector Morse' Daily MailKaye Whiting went to buy a birthday present and didn't come back. She isn't dead, or physically injured. But she is alone and very, very scared.Fifty miles away in Cambridge town centre a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call. DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye and when her body is discovered the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman's voice on his answerphone saying, 'Kaye isn't the first and won't be the last...'Praise for Cambridge Blue:'Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel' R J Ellory'A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end' Cambridgeshire Pride'A gripping tale of murder and mystery' Cambridge Style

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