Ice Blue

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ICE BLUE, a cozy mystery by Emma Jameson, is the first in the Lord and Lady Hetheridge series. Anthony Hetheridge, Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, is that rarest of bluebloods -- a Peer who's risen far in his field on merit alone. Hetheridge believes his life is in perfect order. Then he meets Detective Kate Wakefield -- beautiful, willful, and half his age... More

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Published: March 03, 2011
Words: 60,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458119407
About Emma Jameson

Emma Jameson is the author of the Lord & Lady Hetheridge cozy mystery series. Book #1, ICE BLUE, and book #2, BLUE MURDER, are available now. Book #3, SOMETHING BLUE, will arrive in Spring 2013.

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Reviews

Review by: Madeleine Neidoff on Oct. 11, 2012 : star
I admit, everyone but me in my mystery book club loved this book. I found it immature and silly writing. So many gaps in police work it is hard to give this fiction the leap of faith needed to get involved. For instance, from the get-go the two family members who were present when the police arrive, were interviewed together, and although the chief investigator had been engaged to the murdered man's wife, he stays on the case. Come on. The heroine is also a confused character. She is initially presented as a pretty but tough and liberated woman fighting gender discrimination, but then she dresses up in a peekaboo lace suit to impress her boss. The author's female characters, one a harsh faded beauty, another a stern, prissy old maid, both unkind stereotypes. And there is nothing else to reward us for reading the book, nothing new, nothing exotic or unusual. Just a bunch of stock characters doing the motions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katherine Bates on June 02, 2012 : star star star star star
I like the characters & the way the story moves along. Hope she writes some more along this story line. Thank you for writing about an intelligent older person in the main role.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan on April 07, 2012 : star star star star star
ICE Blue is the first book of the Lord and Lady Hetheridge mystery series by Emma Jameson, set in modern-day London. I received an electronic copy from the author via Smashwords.

Anthony Hetheridge, 9th Baron of Wellegrave, is a Chief Superintendent at Scotland Yard. His rank in society gives him access to investigate crimes within the aristocracy. Hetheridge has lived a solitary life. His upcoming 60th birthday weighs on his mind.

Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield from the East End is a young talented detective unafraid to stand up to her superiors. Her complicated personal life includes care-giver responsibility for relatives Ritchie and Henry.

After Hetheridge witnesses a scene between Kate and her superior officer, he defends her rights against the old-boy network. Hetheridge decides to add Kate to his team to investigate a high-society murder.

Over the course of the investigation Hetheridge, Kate and Detective Sergeant Deepal "Paul" Bhar develop mutual respect, trust in each others' skill, and share wry humor.

The plot includes another murder, a variety of suspects, a foreshadowed secret from the past, and a dangerous confrontation with the murderer.

Hetheridge and Kate are attracted to one another by looks, intelligence and integrity. Charmed by the characters, I raced through the story, frequently laughing out loud at witty banter. The story ends abruptly with clear promise of a follow-up.

I recommend this new series for its intelligent and complex main characters. I look forward to reading the next book, and hope there will be many more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gary Alan Ruse on July 05, 2011 : star star star star star
The author has done an excellent job with this charming mystery, which is a deft blend of traditional English cozy and modern police procedural. The narrative vividly brings the scenes alive in the reader's imagination, and the main characters ring true, just gritty enough to be real but likeable enough to make you want to spend time with them. The quirky romance between Kate and Tony makes it all perfect. I'm looking forward to further adventures with these two, and would love to see them on the screen as well.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Richard Adin on May 13, 2011 : star star star star star
Few authors are deserving of a 5-star review as few books are so well-crafted that they capture my interest and keep it. This is especially true in fiction genres outside of fantasy, which seems to be my preferred genre for the past few years. But Emma Jameson's debut is worth celebrating. Ice Blue is well-written with well-developed and interesting characters. Kate Wakefield reminds me of myself, especially the inability to keep the foot out of the mouth. Like her, I had difficulty working in a structured environment when I considered my superiors fools.

I am looking forward to future installments in this series. Like Vicki Tyley, another mystery writer, and Shayne Parkinson, a historical fiction writer, both of whom are available here on Smashwords, Emma Jameson has joined my must-buy list of indie authors.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marion Sipe on April 27, 2011 : star star star star
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.

Ms. Jameson engineered a few surprises that I never saw coming, and I enjoyed the twists that situations took. While I wasn't entirely surprised by the killer, I liked the way the situation was handled. It was different, provided interesting new bits of characterization and story for later in the series, and showed that Ms. Jameson does not need her heroes to be perfect, cardboard cutouts. She continued to make them feel like people, all the way through.

A Good Book Alert Review by Marion Sipe
http://goodbookalert.blogspot.com/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: tony cole on April 23, 2011 : star star star star star
I read this ebook with enormous pleasure, chiefly owing to the very vivid characterization of all the personages in the book. They all came alive in a rather wonderful way, even minor characters obviously had an existence outside the book - if you see what I mean.
To be honest, I became more interested in the people than in the crime itself, which I intend as praise of this book.
As a result, I am looking forward very much to the next book by this author, which I intend to read as soon as it is published.
I have written a much longer review of this book on my ereader/ebook blog if you are interested.
www.ebookanoid.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on April 18, 2011 : star star star star star
Ice Blue was an excellent book that has plenty of suspense.I enjoyed every part of it and I was very surprised when the murderer was finally revealed.Emma Jameson did an excellent job writing this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: The Book Worm on April 09, 2011 : (no rating)
Ice Blue by Emma Jameson was a fabulous book, one that I am incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to read!



The characters and storyline in Ice Blue are very well developed without making you feel like you’re bogged down in irrelevant details. Ms. Jameson did a great job of introducing you to the players in the book and keeping the story moving. Not once did I feel compelled to ‘skim’ a portion or get bored with the book. It is chock full of the British humor that I adore with a thorough dousing of witty, often hilarious, dialogue that anyone can appreciate.

Lord Anthony Hetheridge and Kate Wakefield are your ideal protagonist team, with Deepal “Paul” Bhar adding to the enjoyment. These three had me fully entertained and enthralled during the entire story! Hetheridge comes across as perhaps a bit standoffish and even cold, which could be expected from someone of his background. You end up realizing that he most certainly isn’t what he seems! Kate…Oh Kate! She is a fiesty gal that says what is on her mind and ‘shoots from the hip’ so to speak. From their professional lives to the descriptions of their personal lives, I just didn’t want any of them to be out of the scene. I am anxiously awaiting other installments in this series!

All of the characters, including the snotty ones that are too numerous to list, were described so clearly and accurately that I found myself able to easily associate them with someone that I’ve met before. With the exception of one, of course, none of the antagonists were evil or sickening. Quite simply, they are miserable people that lack in love but have plenty of troubles with finances and knowing whom to trust.

Ice Blue by Emma Jameson is a fast-paced mystery that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone hoping for a great read. It is appropriate for many audiences as it is ‘clean’; sans vulgar language and/or adult scenes.

~The Book Worm
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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenx Byron on March 25, 2011 : star star star star star
Before reading Ice Blue, I had no idea what a "cozy" mystery was. I read eclectically, many types of mysteries, and probably couldn't define each type precisely. If you are a fan of ANY sort of mysteries, you should enjoy Ice Blue. Its rich characterizations are what make it excellent. Ms. Jameson simply knows people, and brings them to life effortlessly! Simply a smashing read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Ellen Wofford on March 24, 2011 : star star star star
If you like cozy mysteries, this is one to add to your list. It's like Agatha Christie has acquired 21st Century sensibilities and a bit of a harder edge. My personal favorite character is Bhar. WHAT A DELIGHT. Kate and Tony ain't too bad either! Just sit back and enjoy!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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