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Anthony Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave, chief superintendent for New Scotland Yard, never married - no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice - will turn 60 in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age.

When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

Fall in love with Ice Blue, book one in the New York Times best-selling Lord & Lady Hetheridge mystery series.

©2011 Stephanie Abbott (P)2015 Stephanie Abbott

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English and Exemplary

Would you consider the audio edition of Ice Blue to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio with Davies and his accent. He did a great job of differentiating between characters and pacing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ice Blue?

When Hetheridge shows Kate his fencing room and they spar, it was so smooth that they both were just play fighting. The approach to this scene was really well written.

What about Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance did you like?

Matthew was able to portray each main character with a distinction that fit their role. His accents were spot on and his interpretation was perfect.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This was a fun mystery that had some surprising twists. I really want to know these characters more and bought the next book - looking forward to the character developement.<br/><3

Any additional comments?

If you like Elizabeth George,you will like this series too! :) Very well done!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • Decatur, IL, United States
  • 01-08-17

Meh...

I got this audio book for $1.99 and it was worth every penny. A decent plot, the narrator was good, the class distinctions were set and the characters believable. But, and this is a big but, I did not buy the romance, such as it was. This is a set up for a series, introducing the players and backgrounds. As a devotee of Georgette Heyer, I like sparkle, wit and chemistry in my romances. I found little in this book. An older, titled man and a "council flat" feisty Londoner. Nope. Even the author admitted the unlikelihood. I may read or listen to the others in this series because of the plotting, but if you want romance, go elsewhere.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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funny and suspenseful!

I enjoyed all the characters. The narrator did a fantastic job. Excited for the next book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • A.
  • 01-09-16

An amusing and well written mystery

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This was a good mystery that kept me guessing. The interaction between the characters and the dialog was amusing and well written. I bought the first three books of the series a while ago but decided to wait for the Audible recording to be released when I heard a sample of the narrator...and I am very glad that I did. He does a very good job of all of the diverse characters.

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This author is very creative about finding characters who are just a bit different and making them endearing. I have already started listening to the second book in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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No more "Blue"

My favorite genre of fiction is British mysteries but this series is not one I care to follow. I just felt there were too many unbelivable situations included, especially in terms of police proceedure. Also, the relationship between the two main characters did not feel authentic to me.
I did not care for the narration when different voices were portrayed.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Series

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I have read the entire series in print form and am now listening to them on Audible. This is the first. The narrative, as before, drew me in and I enjoyed it very much. I had a more difficult time with the narrator, especially the voice characterization of Kate. That said, I highly recommend this book and the series.

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Oh dear...

I wish I had not purchased this book. I can think of books the narrator might read brilliantly, but not this one. His attempts at doing a woman's voice are cringe-worthy. The plot is dreadful. I felt I was listening to a strange copycat version of the Inspector Lynley mystery series (also an older titled detective paired with younger, scruffy sidekick). Caveat emptor. I did think this might have been a bit improved by reading it, rather than listening. Hopefully, there are others who will like it better than I did--just my listening taste.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A fun start to this series with brand new narratio

I loved this book. It's funny, warm, intelligent with great NEW narration and great characters and writing. It's a cozy-style police mystery, set at Scotland Yard. Our hero is a Chief of Detectives, Lord Anthony Hetheridge, and the heroine is a young female Detective Sergeant under Tony's command. There's snappy dialog, well-crafted mystery, plots and sub-plots, and the start of an endearing love story. The new narration is outstanding, some of the best I've come across on Audible. I'll be looking for more books with this narrator. If you like this type of book, this is a top-drawer example of the genre. I highly recommend it!

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If Punch and Judy had a baby; oh, wait..

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

So disappointed, as had just finished 2 of Jameson's Dr Bones titles, which were fantastic listens. The story here was negligible, really, but- not that that is a good thing for a story to be- that was not the worst thing. This is more a case of Death by Narrator. Preposterous uppercla(h)ss nasality in all females but one: Wakefield, the protagonist, whom the narrator takes to a realm of cockney that should not be perpetrated upon the human ear. Not to mention that, though decidedly not upper class,Wakefield is never presented as Cockney. It was so grating and irritating that I had to stop with 1 hour and something left. I could hardly recall what crime the Chief ( Lord Hetheridge)and she were investigating. The supposed attraction between Wakefield & said Chief was completely unbelievable; and the physical contact scene was only possibly more excruciating for him than for me as unwilling voyeur. Ugh

What could Emma Jameson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Insisted on a different narrator, first. Fleshed out all (any) of the characters. This rubbish stands in sharp, negative contrast to the aforementioned Dr Bones selections. When I finished the first, Marriage Can Be Murder, I could not wait to read more about its two main characters. Was not disappointed by #2 in series, Divorce Can Be Deadly, and was devastated to learn there are only 2 other V brief offerings in this series. But nothing, Nothing, could persuade or coerce me into listening to another Lord & Lady H title. Unless perhaps I were to learn that early in book 2 Wakefield vanishes and Lord H falls for someone else.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Matthew Lloyd Davies?

Clueless, because Lloyd Davies did a fine job with Dr Bones- all characters therein. He should neve, ever be called upon, however, to do lower or middle class vocals. Never. Even his Madge ( social climber cum Upper) was strident to a spine crawling degree. Truly horrible

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, yes, yes. Pls see above

Any additional comments?

So unnerving was Matthew Lloyd Davies vocal portrayal of Wakefield- who appears in nearly every scene- that at one point I asked aloud, Wait;, who was murdered? That cannot be what Jameson had in mind for her audio audience.

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Could become a new regular

A new series, title was misleading but enjoyable nontheless. liked both man characters and will most likely continue to read future books.

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  • Ms M Morrissey - McKenzie
  • 01-10-16

Cannot bear unconvincing accents.

The accents were unconvincing which made me terminate before ending. Plot pretty formulaic and mundane.

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  • Vanessa Young
  • 07-03-17

Kept me guessing.

This is quite a deceptive book. The blurb reads like a cosy mystery/romance but it is quite different. It is a well structured mystery; just when you think you know who did it, there is another twist. There is plenty of detail about the character's lives outside of Scotland Yard and a lovely fiesty heroine. I particularly liked the little touches of humor in the story. The reading lets it down a bit, the male character sounds depressed, rather than refined and the heroine's cockney accent is overdone. It is not enough to put me off, though; I will be buying the next book in the series.