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Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce

By Alison Bruce

"Smart, bold. . . . A pleasingly diversified police procedural."—Kirkus experiences "This debut secret via a British nonfiction crime author hurries up like a educate rushing to its vacation spot. hugely recommended."—Library magazine DC Gary Goodhew is clever and intuitive, the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. whilst he discovers the physique of a tender lady on Midsummer universal, he's given the opportunity to paintings on a homicide research for the 1st time in his profession. quickly the sufferer is identified as Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and enterprise, has stated her lacking and is distraught to find that she has been killed. He claims that she was once enjoyed through his employees, and that she had no enemies. however it isn't really lengthy earlier than Goodhew discovers many that should 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 have got not anything to do with Lorna's demise, yet anyone is mendacity. After one other brutal homicide, Goodhew understands it's time to use his personal initiative to flush out the killer, although it ability risking his task and studying the reality in regards to the one individual he hopes may be blameless.

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The shop was full of old-fashioned, glass cases displaying pipes and tobacco and model cars. A big boy’s nostalgia emporium. A globe caught her eye; it was football-sized and stood in the window, displayed against a fanned-out selection of postcards depicting the golden age of steam. Bet they didn’t know it was a golden age when they were actually in it, she thought idly. She touched the globe’s surface, her fingers brushing across Europe. She was about to look closer, wondering whether she’d managed to find the Pyrenees by feel alone, when in the street just outside, a familiar figure caught her eye.

What sort of man brandished a chair leg? Hadn’t the university establishment realized that leaving it in place was mocking the monarch? ‘I don’t need the tourist bit today is what I meant. ’ Of course, he wanted to look at the water. Neither of them spoke again until they reached the Anchor pub. Alice chose a table with a clear view of the mill pond, while Richard went to the bar and returned with two half pints of IPA. Alice was looking at the river, and Richard settled into the opposite seat and watched it too.

Alice was staring at him, not unkindly, just tolerantly, as if she’d been doing so for some time. Waiting for him to answer something. He tried to remember hearing a question. No, but he could guess what she was expecting, and he wanted to tell her anyway. Or at least, he thought he would feel better if he did. ’ he began. Alice smiled. ‘Well, the age gap’s the same as it’s always been. ’ ‘No. ’ ‘Haven’t a clue. ’ Richard screwed up his face. ‘Sometimes I do, but I’m not sure enough. ’ ‘That means she didn’t go home last night.

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