Friday, October 4, 2013

Cambridge Blue, A DC Gary Goodhew Mystery By Alison Bruce

Gary Goodhew is an ambitious young cop.  When he's assigned a murder case, he's elated.  When he finds out who his senior detective is that partners with him, he's less than thrilled.  Gary is also bound and determined to do a good job.  How he goes about it gets him in trouble...

Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd, so check with those who carry ebooks for a copy then.

This was my first meeting with Mr. Goodhew, but I find him to be a fascinating cop.  He's very smart, has good instincts for hunting evil, but he's not very well versed at how to keep his boss happy.  Despite warnings, he almost loses his job.  There's fine line between trust and belief in a person and fear they may go too far out of line in their behavior.

The dead woman is tied to a rich family in town.  She was dating the man that owned the company she worked for.  She was a friend of his sister.  And she was enemies with another woman at work.  She cared only about herself: what she could get, how she could manipulate people.  She liked to play people against each other.  Unfortunately, someone didn't want to play.

At the center of this story is a sick, dysfunctional family.  What really happened when David, the baby of the family, died is grotesque.  It seems everyone was poisoned by the sins of the father, gone long ago.

The author has her main character solve the mystery despite the hidden facts and the ugly truth.  Mr. Goodhew will go on and I'd like to read about him again.  He's almost too smart for his own good but he's growing and maturing.  There's more to come, I'm sure.

Happy reading.

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