Cambridge Blue : DC Goodhew

  • by Alison Bruce
  • Narrated by Jonathan Broadbent
  • Series: DC Goodhew
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

DC Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive, and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation.
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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Customer Reviews

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Impossible narration

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.


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- Mrs.

Hard going to start with

I aborted my first attempt at listening to this book as I struggled to get a grip of the characters. However, a few months later, and because I was on holiday without wi-fi, I decided to try again. How glad I am that I persevered. In the end I just couldn't stop listening. My I-pod went everywhere and my husband got a little irate at trying to talk to me with my headphones in. I was kept guessing until the end and can't wait to start listening to Book 2.

I do agree however with a previous reviewer about the lack of characterisation of the narrator, particularly the women's voices. I do appreciate that it's always difficult for a man to speak a woman's voice and vice versa, but other narrator's manage it and I think that this was one of the reasons I had initial difficulty sticking to the story in the first instance.

This is a minor niggle however for a great story well written and generally well read.
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- R. J. Gladden "An avid Audible listener for the past two years, it fits in superbly with my busy lifestyle. Love crime and historical novels most."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios