Here I go again, trying to communicate why I liked a book.
See, I'm not a picky reader. I can tolerate a lot and half the time don't even notice what seem like egregious errors to others until they're pointed out to me. And even then, I might say "For God's sake, get a life!" To myself, of course, because I'm never, ever rude in public. Never.
This book did have one whopper of an error involving blood type, but I knew what the author was going for, rearranged some letters in my head and carried on. Hopefully she'll fix it. That's the great thing about ebooks, you can fix stuff like this and have the book back to the public in no time at all.
Anyway, I love police procedurals and I especially love British police procedurals. This one has a lot to love about it.
There's a May-December 'maybe' romance between Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave, chief superintendent for New Scotland Yard, suave and unflappable, and Detective Sargeant Kate Wakefield, determined to be equal with the males on the force, honest if brash. They both come to appreciate each other, although nothing is resolved by the end of the book, which bodes well for a sequel, I'd think. And sure enough, Blue Murder is coming out spring 2012. Yay!
The murders reminded me a bit of a Georgette Heyer mystery, only more gory. They are 'upper class' murders, with all the accompanying power maneuvers you would expect from people who routinely get their own way.
This is a book strongly driven by character. The author does not psychologically roto rooter their minds, but enough is shown to make them and their actions believeable. I liked all the main characters, with the exception of Superintendent Vic Jackson, who's a sexist pig, but I don't think I was supposed to like him. *grin*
As far as the writing is concerned, nothing tripped me up. No weirdly put together sentences, no awkward, stiff dialogue. The writing flowed, therefore the story flowed. The mystery was complicated enough to satisfy me, although I wish more had been explained about the resolution.
Nothing in the formating pulled me out of the story; it was very well done.
All in all a great deal for $2.99 and a great example of an indie done correctly by someone who can first of all write, and second of all format.
If I come across other indies I like, I'll be sure to let you know. If I did do reviews, which, as you know, I don't, I would have to give Ice Blue 4 stars.
I'm going to link to Amazon (I hope), so you can see what others have to say.
Amazon is where I live, heh. My apologies to those with other formats. :-(