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.