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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.
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By Tracey on 08-06-13
Tense British police procedural
Excellent police procedural set in Cambridge, UK featuring 25-year old DC Gary Goodhew, a new detective, who is viewed with mistrust and envy due to his quick rise to the DC role.
The book follows the stories of suspects, victims and police, showing the varying point of views (POVs) as we seek to unravel this complex mystery.
DC Gary Goodhew is a bit of a maverick at the station, following his own methodologies and uncanny hunches, much to the chagrin of his boss, DI Marks who is determined to make Goodhew a team player or let him go.
I loved the writing, especially how well all of the characters were fleshed out and the intricate relationships between the families and the co-workers.
Jonathan Broadbent did an excellent job with the narration, although his pacing can be a bit "off-putting" at first.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Kathi on 03-25-13
Very good police procedural mystery
This is the first in what will become a series, featuring DC Gary Goodhew. In this book, we are introduced to the characters who will move through others, such as Marks--the boss who cannot understand Goodhew's unconventional way of moving through a case, and is almost ready to fire him before he realizes that he actually does have the talent to put clues together. Also, there is the unpleasant detective Kincaid, a colleague who is less than likable. There is Mel, another colleague who plays the saxophone, but Goodhew's favorite woman is: his grandmother, who is also his best support.
This book involves the need to sort out a mystery spanning some years, that leaves the reader considering various of the key people at different points, and comes to its climax with Goodhew acting according to what he thinks he has to do, even if it costs him his job. Almost too late, Marks realizes he has a talented officer, and supports him in solving the crimes.
Alison Bruce is an excellent writer. Not only does she offer a very intriguing mystery, but she has a gift for presenting the details of a situation providing the building tension that brings the reader directly into the moment and keeps the story from being simply a series of scenes offering clues. Also, she has the ability to let the story move back and forth in time, as it plays itself out. She develops this style in future books as well. Recommend!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Mrs. on 11-30-13
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better narration - all emphasis in this reading on wrong words - irritating and irrational.
Would you ever listen to anything by Alison Bruce again?
Not with this reader
How did the narrator detract from the book?
See above: ruined story with consistently incorrect emphasis thus breaking any flow in meaning
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
not really - it was so hard to get past the distracting reading.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Lynn on 11-09-13
Disappointing story uninspiring narration
I tried to listen to this story several times but eventually gave up
The story didn't grip my attention and the narration was very flat the characters just didn't come to life
7 of 7 people found this review helpful