Cambridge Black

Please read Cambridge Blue first, and follow the series - The Siren, The Calling, The Silence, The Backs, The promise, and then Cambridge Black, to get the full background of Goodhew's personality and personal goals to reach his finale from Alison Bruce in Cambridge Black. 

  A cold case waits to be solved . . .   and   a killer waits   in the wings  .   Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name.  But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past. DC Gary Goodhew is haunted by the day his grandfather was murdered and is still searching for answers, determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death and find his killer.  But, right now, someone is about to die. Someone who has secrets and who once kept quiet but is now living on borrowed time. Someone who will be murdered because disturbing the past has woken a killer.

A cold case waits to be solved . . . and a killer waits in the wings.

Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name.

But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past. DC Gary Goodhew is haunted by the day his grandfather was murdered and is still searching for answers, determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death and find his killer.

But, right now, someone is about to die. Someone who has secrets and who once kept quiet but is now living on borrowed time. Someone who will be murdered because disturbing the past has woken a killer.

It was with trepidation that I picked up this novel, knowing we were heading for the conclusion of this series. 

Alison has a great way of tying in plots with the local areas, cafes, places of interest and more so in Cambridge Black, when a well known café that is mentioned is now closed. 

Nostalgia played a bit part in the storylines and trying to unravel the past crimes with the modern day and how they weaved together. 

We are slowly led through the minds of various characters and how they are challenged by the past, their decisions and actions, and how it is reflecting on the present day. 

The links that hold them together are as strong as they are fragile for others. 

I wasn't sure how the final book was going to go, and I did find i had to concentrate on how the characters played their part, it is a story of finding out the truth and unravelling the past to come to a conclusion for the future. 

It was lovey to have found out a bit more about Gary's Grandmother, and it was one of my favourite parts of this book. 


I found it was a satisfactory ending to the series, but not one of my favourites, possibly because I enjoy a darker, gorier read. Maybe because whatever way the story went I knew it was the ending so it wouldn't be enjoyed as it should. 


I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Cambridge through fact and fiction and Alison's eye for detail and turning a beautifully diverse City in to a hot bed of crime! Where you can be in a gorgeous open green setting and within minutes lured down a dark alley in to an eerie, claustrophobic street, then back in to the fresh air - if you are lucky. 

If you enjoy police procedures, a bit of a bad boy in Gary with him not always following the lines to get his answers, but like true grit crime then this series is for you and I highly recommend it.