The Siren (DC Gary Goodhew Mystery #2)
Much of this is the balance of the writing. It's good quality language without ever being pretentious, and generally it travels through with a slow ...more
However, Marks admires Goodhew and is le ...more
The Siren was the second book in the D.C. Gary Goodhew series. Although I enjoyed this book I enjoyed her first book Cambridge Blue more.
Kimberley Guver and Rachel Golinksy have been best friends since school. One afternoon Kimberley catches the news on TV. A body of a man is discovered in a car in the Mediterranean. The mans name is Nick her ex-boyfriend.
Kimberley and her 2 yr old Son Riley need to leave Cambridge straight away. Rachel offers to look after Ri ...more
Why did a news item about the recovery of a car from a spanish lake cause so many waves in Cambridge. What or who could cause such fear?
The answer makes for an exciting story as rising star of the Cambridge Police - Gary Goodhew gets involved in a suspicious house fire.
This second book of the series sheds a bit more light on Goodhew's solitary life ( and work) style and something let slip in a quiet heart to heart ...more
Goodhew's primary motivation in life is solving criminal mysteries. ...more
It is a long time since I read Cambridge Blue, the first in this series but powerful enough for me to remember the complex crime that showcased Alison Bruce’s accomplished writing with a good plot backed up with a detective in a newer mould than many we meet in police procedurals. The Siren is no di ...more
In The Siren I found a Gary Goodhew who seemed a bit more comfortable in his own skin and in his role within the police force. He seemed to have gained more trust and respect from his senior officer and at least some of the team. The ever unlikeable Kincaide is also back with his snidey comments general air of slime bucket ...more
A strength of her writing is her sense of place - terroir, I think the food writers call it. It's a bit lost on me, as I don't know Cambridge, but I have looked at Google Maps!
Her characterisations are stronger than in the first book. Gary Goodhew is less of an enigma - still an odd man, but he's not hidden behind a haze. I liked how PC Sue Gully emerges throughout t ...more
The story begins with Kimberly in her kitchen finding a matchbook with the name and logo of Rita Club on it. She burns the matchbook, then turns to take care of her son Riley. On TV a news flash shows a winch l ...more
Gary Goodhew is younger and just that little bit different to the usual Detective and in this story he is still bucking the trend, taking massive chances and finding it difficult to conform. This makes him something of an enigma, both to the reader and to his superiors and colleagues.
Alison Bruce is excellent a ...more
I adored this book! It was the book I needed to read at the right time. Now, I didn't read the first book, so I was worried about being lost. I had no problem following the book and getting lost IN it! This is a book I never wanted to put down!
There isn't too much I can say about this book.... Reason being, I will give too much away! But I will try my best to tell you what I really liked about this book!
There was just enough going on in this book that is was not only easy to follow but ...more
Character-wise, this book shows the development of Sue Gully and her friendship, and the beginnings of her working relationship, with Goodhew. Some things I found a bit weird, like the business with Marks and the notorious file that Kincaide seems to tell everyone about. And Kincai ...more
So, we meet Kimberley and Rachel. They appear to have been spooked by a tv report, so much so that they decide that previously ma ...more
This is the second in the DC Gary Goodhew series, and I’m not inclined to pick up the first unless I get desperate for reading material. The story begins with the discovery of a car in the Mediterranean sea, containing the body of Nick. Kimberly and Rachel are shocked by the news, and it’s pretty obvious one of them is involved somehow. Goodhew gets involved when a house fire kills Rachel and Kimberly’s son disappears. Kimberly is desperate yet uncooperati ...more
I enjoyed the first book of this series - Cambridge Blue - immensely, and am so pleased that this one lived up to expectations. There's twists and turns aplenty, and the build-up to the ending is genuinely thrilling....I found myself stumbling over words and sentences in my eagerness to get ...more
I love the development in Gary's character. I haven't figured out exactly where Marks stands yet...? But I do enjoy his character as well. I really enjoyed the story line of this book. I love when a series can bring a second or even third or fourth book into a series and stay with the general cha ...more
Sometimes the past just won't stay buried.
DC Gary Goodhew is on a pub crawl when he smells smoke. He rushes to the scene and finds a raging house fire, too far gone to stop. The blaze leaves two corpses, but a young boy--who was also inside--is now missing.
As the investigation deepens, it becomes clear that the boy's mother, Kimberley, knows much more than she is letting on. With the clock ticking on a child's life, Goodhew begins to sift through the ruins of Kimberley's past--and uncovers an...more
I like Alison Bruce's writing style, and I like that this author appears to have the ability to build tension and some serious suspense. Unfortunately the novel is paced incredibly slowly, so there isn't much suspense or tension until near the end.
The ending is okay, but it leaves some unanswered questions.
Compared to other works in the same genre, it is quite a dry read. Filled with minutiae that doesn't further the story, or really do much. Quite a lot of minor characters introduced ...more
Ms. Bruce's first mystery novel featuring Detective Gary Goodhew, Cambridge Blue, was good, but the followup is much better. The characters are interesting, the suspense palpable and the plot ingenious. The surprising twists continue until the very end. If there is a flaw it is in Goodhew who is interesting but a bit too eccentric to be believable as a police detective. Although, he is learning to work the system, he still seems like the gifted amateur of decades past. Verdict: ...more
It continues to build with many of the characters established in "Cambridge Blue" and a new addition or two as well. Definitely read the other book first to get the maximum enjoyment.
My only criticism is that there seems to be a "slow patch" about one third into the book, where it takes more effort than ideally I'd like to maintain focus on the story, which knocks the rating down from five to four stars.
Looking forward to the next ' ...more
Cambridge born and bred, I find I'm trying to plot the locations in my mind, which increases the interest in this series.
The book is well written and you need to pay attention throughout. The last few chapters are fast-paced; it is over of those books that you want to finish, but don't want to end.....
"The author has the ability to build suspense and mystery in a way that keeps the pages turning, however, it seemed like it took a long time before things actually happened. There is a lot of minutiae in the details but I didn’t feel closer to understanding the motive or the action." - Kota
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Alison Bruce was born in Surrey, United Kingdom, and now lives in Cambridge.