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Blueblood (Marty Singer Mystery #2) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Iden
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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A Reason to Live, Marty Singer mystery #1, is free! Find it at

Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.

They were all cops.

In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the case from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more Blueblood.

The Marty Singer detective series: 
A Reason to Live (Marty Singer #1) 
Blueblood (Marty Singer #2) 
One Right Thing (Marty Singer #3) 
The Spike (Marty Singer #4)
The Wicked Flee (Marty Singer #5)

Editorial Reviews


"Another great Marty Singer novel...this one twists through the alphabet soup of agencies charged with criminal investigation and ends with an unexpected turn."
Gypsy, 5 star review
"I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys crime fiction."
Michele H., 5 star review
"...I'm a hero junkie. I'm always searching for a new, likable, reflective, strong hero who doesn't take himself too seriously, and that is Marty Singer in Blueblood."
chellie, 5 star review

From the Author

Should I read the Marty Singer books in order?
Many readers have asked this question and I would depends. 
I write each Singer mystery as a standalone story--there's no element of the plot, for instance, that will spread across more than one book. But Marty is a likeable and believable character with ongoing issues in his life that naturally extend beyond the pages of the individual novels. 
If you like to get to know your characters and grow as they do, then start with A Reason to Live and go in order. If you want a quick mystery fix, pick up any of the Singer mysteries and run with it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CAV2RO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime fiction at its best ~ Actual rating 4.5 stars December 11, 2012
Rating: 4.5 stars *Print copy won in Author giveaway*

Marty Singer is at it again in this sequel to A Reason to Live. Retired
homicide detective Marty helps investigate a string of murders, however
this time the victims are cops. The murders occur in DC and Maryland and
are not seemingly connected until he begins digging into the facts. The
more he discovers though, the more he worries the killings will continue.

I enjoyed the pace of Blueblood and again felt like Marty was an old
friend. He is equal parts sarcastic and completely likeable. The story is
centered around gang activity in the DC area which I knew nothing about
other than what I have heard in the news, so this was interesting and
truthfully, a bit scary. The plot line keeps you guessing until the very
ends as to who is the killer(s). I highly recommend this series to anyone
who enjoys crime fiction.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review January 15, 2013
I beta-read and reviewed the first Marty Singer book, A Reason to Live. I thought it was excellent. I went through a phase of reading all the Michael Connelly books I could get my hands on. I also adore Jonathan Kellerman. My point being I love a well-written, gritty, crime novel. Iden does not disappoint. I honestly would put him up there with those 2 authors, and better than some others. Any publisher that didn't sign this guy should be regretting it now. The Marty Singer novels are superb.

Marty Singer, if you remember from the 1st novel, is a retired homicide detective fighting cancer. It means, our hero is unique. He has the knowledge and the experience as a 1st rate detective, but his illness leaves him easily tired and weakened overall. It means that, not only are you on the edge of your seat wondering who-done-it, but you are wondering if Marty is going to be able to complete the case with or without assistance. Not to mention wondering how his cancer is doing.

And I'm not lying when I say I was on the edge in this one. At one point I thought I was to the wrapping up stage. And this tends to be where I get bored. And I started relaxing and just wanted to see what Marty still had to do and if there'd be more news from his Doctor, when something so shocking took place I literally jumped.

It's the 2nd novel in the Marty Singer series, and fully worth the read. And BTW folks, that's not all he's done. He has several short story collections and other books that I found free at Amazon. Probably not free anymore, but reasonably priced since he's a self-published author. A diamond in the ruff, for sure!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nicely Written February 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story was very involved, the characters well-written, and the book enjoyable. The only thing that kept me from giving this story five stars is that it seemed sort of dry. It seems as though the author should read some Alex Delaware or Harry Bosch novels. Both of those protagonists are juicy, with great supporting casts. While this book is of the same genre, the storytelling is not quite the same caliber. Nonetheless, it was a well-written, entertaining read. I look forward to reading more Iden stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Marty. October 16, 2013
By Steamer
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Great series and good reads, I finally, I thinks got through all of these and enjoyed them from beginning to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Character development, really liked it! October 13, 2013
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I enjoyed this kindle book quite a bit, I read the whole thing, and actually looked forward to reading each night!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good detective writing October 11, 2013
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I enjoy keeping up with Marty Singer. This is just good detective writing. Not many frills added which is fine with me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read July 21, 2013
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Blueblood was intelligently written, with believeable characters and a good story line. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I highly recommend this author's books to readers of crime fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found a New Hero March 18, 2014
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I admit I'm a hero junkie. I'm always searching for a new, likable, reflective, strong hero who doesn't take himself too seriously, and that is Marty Singer in Blueblood. I can't wait to read another Singer mystery. The plot was engaging and fast moving, which I appreciated. I also loved Singer's relationship with his unofficially adopted daughter Amanda. She is nice, upbeat, caring, and somewhat innocent and a wonderful contrast to Marty, who has seen so much ugliness that he could easily give in to negativity and moroseness. Amanda keeps him sane. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with likable characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed the entire series.
This book is part of a series that I started with Book 1 & enjoyed it enough to acquire the remaining books to complete the read.
Published 1 day ago by Dar T
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts reguar, picks up speed, and then hang on.
I thought the first Marty Singer book was good but this one is even better. It will hold you attention from beginning to end. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mac Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueblood
For being retired, Marty Singer is sure staying busy. With his Marty Singer character, Matthew Iden has a detective that will appeal to police procedural fans but is more complex... Read more
Published 7 days ago by BigAl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting lots of acrion
Published 10 days ago by J. Thalma
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Blood a great read.
Excellent true betrayal of the extreme violence and loyalties in gangs especially with Latinos gangs. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Christine Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Blueblood
A great story, easy to follow. Sometime a little too wordy and detailed when describing unimportant items, but I prefer the basic facts and fill in the little things on my own.
Published 16 days ago by POPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Blueblood
What a great second novel in the Mart singer series! I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced action story. The surprise at the end really my boat. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ann Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Hard to put down. Kept you waiting for the next shoe to drop. Loved it and I'm pretty sure you will too.
Published 19 days ago by Ellyn L. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another great story in the life of retired cop, Marty Singer by Matthew Iden. This is a series I highly recommend.
Published 19 days ago by D. Jacobsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Blueblood Review
I love Marty Singer. He is every-day and down to earth. Believable in my opinion. These books aren't filled with bad language, just good mystery. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Carol Conner
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More About the Author

Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

An eclectic resume--he's held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program--has given him inspiration for short stories and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven't hurt in the creative juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English Literature wasn't necessary, but it helped define what he didn't want to do with his life and let him read a great deal of good books.

Please visit him on the web at, Tweet @CrimeRighter, or find him on Facebook,

Matthew lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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