Anthony Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave, chief superintendent for New Scotland Yard, never married - no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice - will turn 60 in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age.
When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.
Fall in love with Ice Blue, book one in the New York Times best-selling Lord & Lady Hetheridge mystery series.
©2011 Stephanie Abbott (P)2015 Stephanie Abbott
The accents were unconvincing which made me terminate before ending. Plot pretty formulaic and mundane.
"English and Exemplary"
I did not read the print version but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio with Davies and his accent. He did a great job of differentiating between characters and pacing.
When Hetheridge shows Kate his fencing room and they spar, it was so smooth that they both were just play fighting. The approach to this scene was really well written.
Matthew was able to portray each main character with a distinction that fit their role. His accents were spot on and his interpretation was perfect.
This was a fun mystery that had some surprising twists. I really want to know these characters more and bought the next book - looking forward to the character developement.
If you like Elizabeth George,you will like this series too! :) Very well done!
"funny and suspenseful!"
I enjoyed all the characters. The narrator did a fantastic job. Excited for the next book!
"An amusing and well written mystery"
This was a good mystery that kept me guessing. The interaction between the characters and the dialog was amusing and well written. I bought the first three books of the series a while ago but decided to wait for the Audible recording to be released when I heard a sample of the narrator...and I am very glad that I did. He does a very good job of all of the diverse characters.
This author is very creative about finding characters who are just a bit different and making them endearing. I have already started listening to the second book in the series.
"No more "Blue""
My favorite genre of fiction is British mysteries but this series is not one I care to follow. I just felt there were too many unbelivable situations included, especially in terms of police proceedure. Also, the relationship between the two main characters did not feel authentic to me.
I did not care for the narration when different voices were portrayed.
I got this audio book for $1.99 and it was worth every penny. A decent plot, the narrator was good, the class distinctions were set and the characters believable. But, and this is a big but, I did not buy the romance, such as it was. This is a set up for a series, introducing the players and backgrounds. As a devotee of Georgette Heyer, I like sparkle, wit and chemistry in my romances. I found little in this book. An older, titled man and a "council flat" feisty Londoner. Nope. Even the author admitted the unlikelihood. I may read or listen to the others in this series because of the plotting, but if you want romance, go elsewhere.
I have read the entire series in print form and am now listening to them on Audible. This is the first. The narrative, as before, drew me in and I enjoyed it very much. I had a more difficult time with the narrator, especially the voice characterization of Kate. That said, I highly recommend this book and the series.
I wish I had not purchased this book. I can think of books the narrator might read brilliantly, but not this one. His attempts at doing a woman's voice are cringe-worthy. The plot is dreadful. I felt I was listening to a strange copycat version of the Inspector Lynley mystery series (also an older titled detective paired with younger, scruffy sidekick). Caveat emptor. I did think this might have been a bit improved by reading it, rather than listening. Hopefully, there are others who will like it better than I did--just my listening taste.
"A fun start to this series with brand new narratio"
I loved this book. It's funny, warm, intelligent with great NEW narration and great characters and writing. It's a cozy-style police mystery, set at Scotland Yard. Our hero is a Chief of Detectives, Lord Anthony Hetheridge, and the heroine is a young female Detective Sergeant under Tony's command. There's snappy dialog, well-crafted mystery, plots and sub-plots, and the start of an endearing love story. The new narration is outstanding, some of the best I've come across on Audible. I'll be looking for more books with this narrator. If you like this type of book, this is a top-drawer example of the genre. I highly recommend it!
"Shallow, agist, sexist and, thus, a turn-off"
No. When a man of 60 is seen as dashing, in his prime and able to attract a woman half his age whereas the woman of same age is relegated to the background laying out breakfast daily and secretarial duties, it's just plain offensive. Does she take his laundry home as well?
It was engaging and clear who was speaking.
The writing is pretty good and held my interest so I still have high hopes for this author. I won't continue the series because I was turned off by the pivatol romantic choice of a young woman, 31, and a 60 year-old man. Contrast this with the 59 year old stern secretary whose role is to lay out breakfast every morning and see to her bosses office needs. It's easy to be young and sexy but takes some depth to admire an older woman's years of experience and accumulated knowledge. I think the author took the easy way out here or she's too young to know better.
I liked the story but did not like the reader's female voices. Would be better with another reader.
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