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Published by Constable, 23 February
2017. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1963-6
first book in this series was entitled Cambridge
Blue and when I recalled the book I remembered how much I had enjoyed it
and how impressed I had been with this debut book.I was shocked to realise that Cambridge Black was the seventh in the
series. I thought that Cambridge Blue
was good but Alison Bruce has in the interim grown into a first class crime
writer. I could not put this book down.
1991 two young people are burnt to death in a house fire. Robert Buckingham was
convicted of the crime and served 22 years in prison. His daughter Amy was just
4 years old when her father was convicted. She has always believed he was
innocent. Now the sudden realisation of her father’s mortality galvanises Amy
into seeking to prove his innocence.
Amy seeks to uncover new evidence to clear her father’s name in what is now a
very ‘cold case’ she wakes the sleeping tiger and soon there is a murder.
Amy is not the only one researching a cold case DC Garry Goodhew has only recently
discovered that his grandfather was murdered and he too wants answers. Brought
up mainly by his grandparents and still close to his grandmother he decides to look
into the unsolved case.
tantalising mysteries that both relate back to the early 1990’s. But the truth
has a way of surfacing.Secrets that one
thinks are long buried are sometimes closer to the surface than one thinks.
and intricately plotted this is a fascinating mystery as two seemingly unrelated
killings have a number of coincidences no one can ignore.Except
for the awful DS Michael Kincaid, who sole raison d’etre is for DC Goodhew to,
as he puts it ‘crash and burn’.
from recommending this as a ‘must read’. I have only two things to do, one to
read up the earlier books in the series and two, to make sure I don’t miss the
next one. Most highly recommended.
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.