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Published by Constable, 11
August 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1227-9
This is book six,
in this police procedural series. All are set in the buzzing, university town
of Cambridge, and feature DI Gary Goodhew, and his sidekick Sue Scully.
At the beginning of
this story, Goodhew is off work, recovering from the ordeal of his last case.
His colleague Sue
Scully is at the station sorting out very old files, where she comes across the
unsolved case of Goodhew’s grandfather. This was a murder investigation. The
man hadn’t, as Goodhew believed, died of a heart attack. The killer was never
found and brought to justice. This was, I felt, a good start to a story,
especially to any reader who hadn’t read any previous books in this series. Immediately the leading characters become
people whose own lives we are involved in and want to know more about.
Then, a homeless
man is found brutally murdered- a man who DI Goodhew knew well. Goodhew decides
to come back and join the case.
Now the picturesque
town of Cambridge takes us to into its inner dark and dangerous night streets,
where Goodhew discovers a lock-up which housed the body of a woman, reported
missing but who was never found. And the lock-up belonged to the homeless man.
Bruce has created
an exciting plot, full of twists and turns. She is a good story teller with a
gift for getting inside her readers head and keeping them wanting to turn
pages. She also writes strong emotion, emotion that she controls as she builds
the story to its climax. Like her previous books this is well-paced, and a
well-plotted story, and I hope there are many more to come in this series.
Alison Brucewas born in Croydon and grew up in Wiltshire. She has
worked in all kinds of jobs, from admin to electro-plating and from DJ-ing to
IT management. She didn't always plan to become a full time novelist but can't
remember a time in her adult life when she wasn't carrying a notebook and pen
and jotting down ideas. One day an idea grabbed her so strongly that she
decided to tackle a full length novel.Alison had moved to the Cambridge area in 1998 and decided to make it
the backdrop for the books because of its unique mix of characteristics. It is
a relatively small city but has a worldwide reputation for education and
science. On its doorstep lie tiny and relatively primitive rural hamlets yet it
has an airport and fast rail links into London. It is traditionally English but
multi-ethnic, vastly wealthy in places but under privileged in others. Alison
Bruce has also written two non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders and The
Billington, Victorian Executioner, both published by the History Press.
Linda Reganis the author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also
an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism,
and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines.
She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent.
She is an avid reader, and welcomes the chance to read new writers