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Ice Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"What made this ebook such pleasurable reading was not the murder or even the Police procedure, but the rather wonderful cast of characters that the author, Emma Jameson, has created to populate her world.  In the space of about 184 pages, Emma has managed to give us a whole collection of individuals, each very nicely rounded out and real.   Even very minor players - such as the tall PC who finds the pistol seems to be alive and obviously has a life outside the book." -- Tony Cole, eBookanoid.com

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The author would like to thank all those readers who took time out to send valuable comments and feedback about Ice Blue. By popular demand, this second edition contains far less profanity. Thanks again to all who read, reviewed, and sent messages about the book. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lyonnesse Books (March 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB0WTY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emma Jameson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, Book #2, BLUE MURDER, Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, and Book #4, BLACK & BLUE, are available now.

She is currently at work on DIVORCE CAN BE DEADLY, the second of her new series starring amateur sleuth Dr. Benjamin Bones. Set in Cornwall during the Second World War, the first book of that series is called MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER.

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 27, 2011
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I was immediately intrigued by Anthony Hetheridge, although the opening is a bit distant and takes a while to settling into Hetheridge's present POV. The character voice pulled me into the story as I learned a few important facts about the man. Once the story settled into his POV it moved smoothly, there were a lot of wonderful little character details.

And then I met Kate. The interaction between these two characters--all the characters, really--would have kept me reading just about anything. They're funny, flawed, realistically drawn and very well written. The budding romance between Kate and Tony was absolutely adorable, and the real person feel of the characters made me cheer and fear for them. The dialogue was wonderful and had me laughing out loud more than once. I always think that the sign of good dialogue when I just have to tell someone else about it, and my fiancé heard quite a bit while I was reading.

There were some issues with the story, of course. I thought there could have been more separation and character development between scenes like the taking of people's statements, for instance. These recountings sometimes occurred in large blocks of dialogue and I think it could have been broken down and livened up a little. Toward the end, the story slowed down for me. I felt the mystery elements--although well researched--needed some fine tuning. They could have been more energetic, and at times they felt more like background than plot.

Kate also seemed more like the main character than I'd expected, since the summary is all about Tony, and I would have liked to get more into Tony's head. I didn't understand him as well as I understood Kate, but since this is the first book in a series, I expect to get to know him better as the story progresses.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Katelan on June 3, 2011
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Ms. Jameson sometimes mis-names the Scotland Yard ranks above Chief Superintendent, variously describing Tony Hetheridge's immediate superior as a Superintendent and Commander. I leave you to figure out which is correct, if either. Her main characters are fairly fully fleshed, but she rushes their growing relationships a bit. Some of the supporting characters such as Lady Margaret and DS Paul Bahr are very interestingly ideosyncratic.

This sounds like a bad review, but it's not. There is enough here to merit the investment in time. I think the author has an engaging couple here and I look forward to meeting them again. All-in-all this is a promising first outing and enjoyable read.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By KarenB on June 7, 2011
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I just finished Ice Blue and I am extremely annoyed! Annoyed that there are no other books in this series yet. This is an excellent read, with interesting characters, a plot that moved right along and some very funny exchanges. I hope that Emma Jameson (whoever she is) writes quickly because I want to see how these characters develop.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Arclight on May 22, 2011
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Enjoyed this book. The character introduction was smooth. The plot moved along and did not stall. The story line was believeable. Hope to see more adventures of this duo. PS: Thanks for NOT having any ridiculous werewolves, vampires or fiendish killers. Keep it believeable, moving and simple.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2011
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The fact that one of the main characters in this book is an older man and is still portrayed as attractive, intelligent and capable of change is great. Hetheridge is a well-drawn character doing out of character things and his confusion with himself is well written without being melodramatic. Kate is a tough cookie with her own problems and issues and again, these are clearly crafted without being overdone. The story is sound, not anything dramatically out-of-the-box but it kept me reading. I loved the challenges of police vs money and power and having dealt with that attitude often, both smiled and winced while I read it.
I enjoyed the book, it's light but well written, well paced and has good characters (I forgot to mention Bhar who's a card - the humour is again handled well without being too heavy handed) and I'm certainly waiting for the next one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carny Asada on June 21, 2011
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Ice Blue is a competent and fast paced police procedural that is somewhat derivative of the Inspector Lynley mysteries, although without their brutal psychological realism. It will definitely entertain.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Luchino on August 29, 2011
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I just finished reading this. The comparisons to the Inspector Lynley series are off-target. This is very watered down Lynley. An aristocratic member of Scotland Yard paired professionally with a female partner who is from the working class is evident, but the characters don't speak or think with the psychologial realism of Elisabeth George's characters. As some other reviewers have noted, the narrator and several of the characters do have potty mouths, which may be offputting to some readers. The cast is believable. The attention to locale and descriptions adequate, but there is very little atmospheric magic to this book. One of the reviewers said: this is a modern Lord Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane. Not by a long shot, although who knows, maybe that is what the author had in mind. All in all, this was a disappointment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Suzi B. on May 8, 2011
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I liked the characters in this book. The heroine did have a foul mouth, but this went along with her character. She was brought up rough and tough with a prostitute mother in a bad part of town. She had an edge to her and was not one of those standard milquetoast romance-mystery heroines. Tony Hetheridge was the quintessential stiff-upper lip Englishman of an older generation and I really liked him. The mystery part of the novel was no nail-biter, but believable. I look forward to the next installment. I am assuming that since there was no Lady Hetheridge that Kate Wakefield will eventually assume that role.
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