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Blue Murder (Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Emma Jameson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two Dead Men

In London’s fashionable Chelsea, a Halloween bash goes terribly wrong. Emmeline Wardle, daughter of a frozen foods baron, throws a party which results in the demise of two university schoolmates. Handsome golden boy Trevor Parsons is dead. So is pasty computer nerd Clive French. Both died on the Wardle estate within minutes of one another, and both died the same way – an axe to the skull. Given the social connections of all involved, New Scotland Yard sends a real baron to investigate: Chief Superintendent Anthony Hetheridge, also known as Lord Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave.

Two Prime Suspects

This time around, Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield and her partner, Detective Sergeant Deepal “Paul” Bhar, have their work cut out. Bhar must contend with Emmeline Wardle, a spoiled blonde with a penchant for the finer things, including a certain illegal white powder. Kate must decide if Kyla Sloane, model-pretty and delicate, is being truthful about the events of that fateful night. And if Kyla’s connection to a former lover of Bhar’s means nothing – or everything.

Lord & Lady Hetheridge, Book Two

Return to the world of Ice Blue in Blue Murder, the second of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge series. In addition to solving the double murder in Chelsea, Anthony Hetheridge plans on proposing marriage to Kate for the second time. He has the ring. Now all he needs is the proper moment…


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From the Author

The Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series:
Book #1, ICE BLUE
Book #2, BLUE MURDER
Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE

About the Author

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, and Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, are available now. She is at work on Book #4, BLACK & BLUE, and also MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, the first of a new series starring amateur sleuth Dr. Benjamin Bones.

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  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481921835
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lyonnesse Books (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EKZJ90
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for the talented Ms. Jameson. June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The character development continues as we learn more about Tony, Kate, and "Paul". We meet Paul's mother and view how their interactions round out his character and explains many of his actions. We also meet Maura, Kate's older sister and Henry's mother. Hearing Maura, we can see clearly where Kate's feeling of social inadequacy comes from. Richie and Henry are both in the background here rather the spotlight.

The murders at the Halloween party and the massive drug use by the wealthy elite students is a knotty problem with red herring abounding. The clues are there and the denouncement is understandable and satisfying. Again the characters reveal themselves in their actions and interactions rather than the author telling the reader.

Tony and Kate's romance moves ahead despite Kate's emotional baggage.

I am eagerly waiting number 3 - January is a long way away!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Ice Blue June 26, 2012
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Ice Blue was a really good read. It suceeded on two levels- super murder mystery and wonderful character development. Blue Murder is even better. The murder mystery is very tightly plotted- the secondary personalities are beautifully drawn. The dynamics of Tony and Kate's relationship become so intense I thought my KINDLE would burst into flames! Read this book if you enjoy a well written, light and very satisfying mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather contrived "cozy"... July 11, 2013
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Although basically enjoying Ms Jameson's latest installment in her Lord Hetheridge series, there are several reasons I can't give it more than 3 stars:
1. The entire premise is a tad too contrived and almost a nonstarter -- the beguilingly beautiful diamond-in-the-rough female detective with a troubled personal life, the handsome self-effacing aristocratic inspector who turns his back on the easy life in favor of public service (and predictably falls for the aforementioned rough edged detective!) are almost too much to take... But since they're basically likeable characters I keep reading.
2. There are some stark lapses in the flow of the story. For example, Lord Hetheridge's comment about women dying in childbirth is in extremely poor taste and does nothing to move the scene forward.
3. Why is every successful or wealthy person -- other than Lord Hetheridge, of course -- portrayed as corrupt, prejudiced, clueless, or completely self-absorbed? I grow weary of such stereotyping and truly would applaud an author who has the courage to step away from the dictates of political correctness and present a balanced depiction of the flaws that exist among all people no matter their race, economic status, or political affiliation!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First time reading this author January 16, 2013
By medicbc
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Found this book almost like a vamped up harlequin romance novel, guess I am still comparing it to the Louise Penny novels I had just finished reading which I felt were much superior in the writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right on Some Edges December 22, 2013
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This is, please note, second in a series of (so far) three. The correct reading order is ICE BLUE, BLUE MURDER and SOMETHING BLUE. If you read them out of order, you will lose some of the suspense and be able to eliminate certain suspects from the mysteries.

That said, the entire series is on the borderland where police procedurals, fair play mysteries and romances. It does a decent but not spectacular job on all three. which is why the four-star rating, and why I have all three both on my kindle and in paper. The main continuing characters are Anthony Hetheridge,9th Baron Wellgrave, an aging (60) chief Superintendent at New Scotland Yard, and his investigators, the younger, beautiful but VERY common Kate Wakefield and Deepal ("Paul) Bhar, a good detective with a badly-blotted copybook. This time out, they're dealing with axe murders at a Halloween party populated by children of the rich and influential. Apart from an abundance of opportunity and a shortage of motive, the team the team has to deal with their ongoing nemesis, Sir Duncan Godington. They know he's guilty of A murder. But is he guilty of THIS one?

I thought the solution was a bit of a stretch but not completely out of bounds, and I'm coming to love the team. It's a good series, and I think it's getting better. Buy this one, buy the ones on either side, and remember what Bhar has written in his notebook: "DO NOT SCARE THE WHITE PEOPLE."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Murder January 5, 2013
By Rhubarb
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As so often happens with the second in a series, Blue Murder was not as good as Ice Blue. Even so, it was an enjoyable book, though it dragged in the middle with endless "what if" scenarios as the main characters mulled over how the murders could have happened, and by whom.

Secondary characters are a bit bland also, not so well delineated one from the other, as in the first book. Still, though, well done. I suppose there will be those timid pure-as-the-driven-snow souls who will shrink away from rough language, as if the real world couldn't possibly be so crude. Think again.

I did, however, find the cant, the slang, annoying when I had to look it up to find out what it meant.

Recommended, though not as strongly as the first. Looking forward to the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the promise of the first book September 28, 2012
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Emma Jameson is pricing her novels like a real novelist now, and she's entitled. The characterizations are deft, the plot hums along, and the romance element works. The main thing, though, is that the books are such enjoyable reads. I've seen comparisons to the Inspector Lynley novels by Elizabeth George. It was that comparison that caused me to seek out the Lynley novels and read a few. The Lynley books are compelling psychological thrillers, but the tensions of the action grind the characters down through the course of the stories --- and grind me down a little, too, so that I approach a new Elizabeth George novel with a bit of trepidation. Jameson's books are less deep on the psychological front, but they are also more pleasant. I look forward to the next one with nothing but a keen anticipation of spending more time with characters I like who are continually involved in interesting situations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the characters. Keep them coming.
Published 3 days ago by KG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 17 days ago by Chris McCarty
2.0 out of 5 stars Like eating Jelly Beans
You know that you shouldn't but you do it anyway. So many errors in this book,where is the bloody editor?
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series I've read them all and waiting for the next
Published 19 days ago by nerrn
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
boring
Published 1 month ago by carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
a good, fun quick read. Colorful characters with a feel of reality and life's little annoyances, family, relationships, and all the rest.
Published 1 month ago by OmniChu
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in the mood for some light entertaining read ...
I was in the mood for some light entertaining read with some meat to it. This book hit it right on the head for me.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Cooksey
3.0 out of 5 stars British Murder
What fun to read! I really like this book. It isn't a literary masterpiece so I couldn't give it 5 stars, but there is at least that many stars for entertainment value.
Published 2 months ago by Golf Granny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read..
Published 2 months ago by lois weiner
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an ok read, enough to keep me ...
It was an ok read, enough to keep me going in the book. Not a page turner but as in mysteries, one wishes to read tip the conclusion.
Published 2 months ago by katej
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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, and Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, are available now. She is at work on Book #4, BLACK & BLUE, and also MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER, the first of a new series starring amateur sleuth Dr. Benjamin Bones.


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