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

Emma Jameson
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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 sixty 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.

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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,

From the Author

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: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481921800
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lyonnesse Books (March 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB0WTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Alert Review April 27, 2011
By Mary
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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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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Beginning June 3, 2011
By Katelan
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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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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 7, 2011
By KarenB
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Work! 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked me 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little mystery May 8, 2011
By Suzi B.
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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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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 29, 2011
By Luchino
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Very well written but...
Jameson is a very good writer and I enjoyed the book, but like so many mystery writers today, she gives the reader almost no mystery. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by elrogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice blue
I like a good English mystery. I liked the weaving of the story and I like the main characters. The mystery seemed to get solved all of a sudden -but it was a good read.
Published 1 day ago by Gayle Nilson-Burrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Karin Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars A romp through the Brits class culture
From the stodgy Chief Inspector to the novice detectives doing their duty in the social hierarchy and courageously offending the unclassy upper crust who create murder and mayhem,... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bythebook
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed that the two main characters didn't develop a bit...
I was disappointed that the two main characters didn't develop a bit more before the ending of the book, their relationship jumped too quickly, heading toward commitment. Read more
Published 8 days ago by April Buchanan
3.0 out of 5 stars A cosy mystery series.
Good intro to a new -to me-detective series...Lord and Lady Hetheridge. A Cozy mystery.
Published 9 days ago by Nancy E.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lord meets a lady
I am not usually in favor of romance between higher and lower ranking detectives, but for some reason it did not seem out of place in this novel. Read more
Published 12 days ago by By Betsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun and good mystery!
Published 22 days ago by Anne-Lyse Thomann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 24 days ago by Gail Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Painful stereotype of older men vs. older women
Found the characters, plot and dialogue basically well done for this genre with one glaring exception - where is this author coming from by making the 60 year old hero youthful and... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Monty
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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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