Kaye Whiting went to buy a birthday present and didn't come back. She isn't dead, or physically injured. But she is alone and very, very scared. Fifty miles away in Cambridge town centre, a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call.
DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye, and when her body is discovered, the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman's voice on his answerphone saying, "Kaye isn't the first and won't be the last...."
Alison Bruce was born in Surrey, but moved to Cambridge in 1998. She has learnt about Cambridge and East Anglia from researching her two previous non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders (Sutton Publishing) and The Billingtons, Death in the Family (also published by Sutton). She is married with two small children and enjoys horse riding and dancing, when not working on her new crime fiction series featuring DC Gary Goodhew.
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"A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end." (Cambridgeshire Pride)
"Meaty and deeply plotted." (Morning Star)
"DC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy successor to those venerable of the police procedural now drawing their pensions." (Tribune)
Ive stuck with this series because I enjoy books set in my home town but this will probably be my last. The gratuitous sex descriptions just dont cut it for me and there seems to be a sexual element running through all this series so far and if the next in the series is of similar ilk I just wont be bothered. Narration continues to irritate - there were a few attempts at character definition but not nearly enough in comparison with other narrators who can really lead you into a scene peopled with lots of individuals. Im sure he does his best but this young chap (I am assuming) just seems to be reading the book. At least there were no glaring mispronounciations of local place names this time which is a plus.
Unique plot line, good characters, and engaging listen.
I could not guess who was the murderer in the first few pages. Characters have lives of their own and are well developed.
John Broadbent sets a good pace. He brings the various characters to life and narrates their decline into death with a light touch.
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