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The Mathematical Bridge

(Nighthawk #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Cambridge, 1940. It is the first winter of the war and the snow is falling thick and fast. A college porter, crossing the ancient Mathematical Bridge on his nightly rounds, is startled to hear a child's cries for help coming from the icy river below. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke is summoned by police whistle and commandeers a punt in a desperate attempt to save the chil ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Allison & Busby
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May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am at a loss to understand why Jim Kelly is not more widely known in the crime and thriller reading community, his writing is beautiful, with what I refer to as an almost zen like quality, with rich descriptions and extraordinarily atmospheric. This is the sequel to his new historical mystery Nighthawk series set in WW2, in Cambridge, the university city an integral central character in the books, and the Fens. It follows on from The Great Darkness, and its the first winter of the war, and DI ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Nighthawk series and once again author Jim Kelly shines a light on a lesser known part of Britain's history in the 2nd World War.
This time, the focus is on the S-Plan or Sabotage Campaign carried out by members of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) on mainland Britain from 1939 to 1940.
The story opens with the drowning of a 5 year old boy, tied in a sack and dumped in the freezing waters of the River Cam which flows through the centre of Cambridge. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke
David Prestidge
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Detective Inspector Eden Brooke trudged into Market Hill, the city’s great square, as snowflakes fell, thick and slow, each one a mathematical gem, seesawing down through the dead of night. Every sound was muffled, a clock striking the hour out of time, the rhythmic bark of a riverside dog, the distant rumble of a munitions train to the east, heading for the coastal ports. The blackout was complete, but the snow held its own light, an interior luminescence, revealing the low clouds above. Brook
Helen Howerton
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector Eden Brooke is a wounded man from the Great War, both literally and figuratively. He is most comfortable at night, when his damaged eyesight is less painful. That doesn’t stop him from solving crimes, wearing special eyeglass lenses as he goes about the streets of Cambridge. But he is ever reminded of what he has lost, and what the world has lost from that war. And now another one has begun. It is 1940.

In The Mathematical Bridge Brooke believes there is a connection between N
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It could be just because I don't actually read much mystery but I really didn't get on with this book very well.
I read it as part of our book group, since we're in Cambridge and the book is set n Cambridge.

I found it to be so waffly, telling us all the things with 3 times the amount of words needed, rather than showing us. Again, I think this is down to the genre perhaps. There were a few times when I rolled my eyes at clichés or just really unrealistic and cheesy things that were said.

The st
Larry Fontenot
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been reading Jim Kelly books for a few years, primarily the Philip Dryden novels. This novel is the second in a new series featuring a man whose eyesight has been compromised due to injury in the First World War. Eden Brooke has returned to Cambridge and enrolled in the police forces. He has become a detective inspector. This is a finely written book and features the years right before the outbreak of WWII. Characters are strong and the crime center upon possible IRA activities. I recommend ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a fantastic read and works equally well as a follow up to the first book, in which I hope will be a series, or as a stand alone novel. The setting of a snow covered Cambridge in the winter of 1940 creates an evocative backdrop to a well plotted story with an interesting and believable blend of real and imaginary characters. Those of us who've discovered Mr. Kelly's talent are fortunate. I found this to be a hugely satisfying story with exactly the right level of historical det ...more
Jean Walton
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always, a very atmospheric novel set in Cambridge in the 1940s. The characters are well drawn and there is a definite air of menace with a child being killed and a police constable missing and then another body being found in a poor part of the town. The Detective has his own demons and inhabits a night time world along with other "nighthawks" wandering around Cambridge in the winter weather.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great and Quietly Poignant Read

A bridge of justice and injustice. Exceptional character development with suspense and history intermixed to allow the reader to decide which bridge.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable follow up to the first book in the series. The setting is described so well you can really feel the cold, grayness, and sense of anxiety of the time. The characters are appealing, and you want to know what will happen to them. The plot moves along at a good pace, and keeps you engaged.
John Sargent
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short chapters. Very good plot with fine pacing
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Kelly!!
Stephanie Smith
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cambridge in wartime. Very good. Atmospheric and well-written.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Started out well and enjoyed Cambridge setting and gentle approach. Found the plot stretched and difficult to give credibility to. Characters a little stereotyped. Pity!
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written story set in Cambridge during the lead up to World War II.
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Jim Kelly is a journalist and education correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. The Water Clock, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002.

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