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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780333838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780333830
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alison describes becoming an author and the birth of the Goodhew series :

'Over the years I've worked in all kinds of jobs, from admin to electro-plating and from DJ-ing to IT management. I didn't always plan to become a full time novelist but I can't remember a time in my adult life when I wasn't carrying a notebook and pen and jotting down my latest ideas.

When I'm writing I work on a story idea until I can visualise it clearly and replay it in my head until it feels more like a watching a movie than something I've created.

I've made up stories this way since childhood, in fact it was such a great way to combat boredom that it is still my favourite way to kill time in a queue!

Eventually my love for thrillers and murder mysteries dovetailed with my early plotlines and I realised that I was rarely coming up with a story premise that didn't involve crime and usually a body or two.

One day I hit on an idea that grabbed me so strongly that I decided to tackle a full length novel. It was whilst working on this first book that I realised I needed a police character and DC Gary Goodhew was born. Initially his role was relatively minor but from the very start I knew I wanted to him to be the kind of detective that I'd been wishing I could find in other people's books.

Goodhew had wanted to join the police since just before his 12th birthday and has achieved the rank of DC at the young age of twenty-five. This kind of quiet determination is typical of Goodhew and it is this, alongside his ability to empathise with people, which produces results.
As my interest in him grew so did his role in the story. By the time I reached the end of the book he was the one character that I couldn't bear to leave behind.

I moved to the Cambridge area in 1998 and decided to make it the backdrop for the books because of its unique mix of characteristics. It is a relatively small city but has a worldwide reputation for education and science. On its doorstep lie tiny and relatively primitive rural hamlets yet it has an airport and fast rail links into London. It is traditionally English but multi-ethnic, vastly wealthy in places but under privileged in others. Goodhew grew up here and the city is one of his great loves, researching through his eyes gave me a wonderful insight into the landmarks the tourists never visit.'

Alison Bruce has also written two non-fiction books, Cambridgeshire Murders and The Billington, Victorian Executioner, both published by the History Press.

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Alison Bruce has already demonstarted her credentials in the field of crime with two striking non-fiction titles, Cambridgeshire Murders and Billington, Victorian Executioner. Her research has paid off, although this is a very modern piece of work with both a strong police protagonist and a dangerous, disturbing criminal. (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third novel in the DC Goodhew series, following on from Cambridge Blue and The Siren, from the rising star Alison Bruce.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Janet, Book Addict on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read all three of Alison Bruce's books and whilst I enjoyed the first two, this is undoubtedly the best so far. The author confesses that this was the idea that she had first but wrote the previous two to introduce the characters and develop them. I think she did the right thing and hopefully the series will keep on improving. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the next one.

The main character is an interesting character, not at all like most policemen in novels. He tends to go off on his own theories and he has a history of delivering the goods but as he is so inexperienced his boss keeps him on a leash which he relaxes or tightens as he feels appropriate. This keeps this interaction interesting and unpredictable and I look forward to seeing how it develops in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
The Calling is the third in the DC Goodhew series, and was published earlier this year by Constable & Robinson. Although The Calling could be read as a stand-alone story, I would certainly recommend that the first two of the series; Cambridge Blue and The Siren are read first. The first two books give the reader a little insight into the enigmatic lead character DC Gary Goodhew.

I have been really impressed by this series so far. Alison Bruce has created a lead detective who is something of a mystery, to the reader and to his colleagues at the station. Goodhew is a bit of a maverick, with a determination that often rubs people up the wrong way, I also sense a little bit of vulnerability about him, a teensy lack of self-confidence that peeps through when he gets something right and is rewarded by praise from his superiors.

The plot line of The Calling is complex, fast-paced and introduces a host of characters. There is an air of menace and a touch of madness running throughout the book in the form of the lead female character Marlowe. The reader is never quite sure whether she can be trusted to tell the truth, and whether her determination to name her ex-boyfriend as a murderer is based on fact, or is a result of her anger and jealousy. Alison Bruce does not hold back in her writing, there are scenes that are quite explicitly sexual, and others that are impossibly cruel, but this only adds to the tension and build up to the very fine, and unexpected ending.

Goodhew's colleagues; WPC Sue Gully and DC Kincade both feature heavily in the story, and both characters have been developed well, with lots of scope for more stories involving these two in the future.

Alison Bruce has proved that she is up there with the finest of crime authors and has created a series and a lead character that is going from strength to strength.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mackenzie on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved Cambridge Blue but wasn't so keen on the Siren and therefore was slightly unsure what to expect from The Calling but I wasn't disappointed. DC Gary Goodhew is called in to investigate the disappearance of Kaye Whiting, a young woman who didn't turn up to a family gathering and hasn't been seen since. A young woman makes an anonymous call stating that Kaye isn't the first and won't be the last victim. There is very little for Gary and the team to go on other than this one lead so he starts looking at other disappearances and soon a scary pattern emerges. Some of his colleagues are jealous of Goodhew's favour with their boss DI Marks but I did feel that this was only very low level and almost as if Bruce wasn't sure how big an issue to make out of it. I can only surmise that maybe this is going to continue through into other books in the series
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham Lewis on 9 Jan. 2012
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A good detective novel with a wide range of characters and some clever twists. It would have been better if the author had spent time pursuing some of the interesting sub-plots and minor characters rather than devising ever more detailed descriptions of the bedroom activities of the various couples, which added little to the otherwise gripping storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Gray on 11 Sept. 2012
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A young woman goes missing and DC Goodhew's work opponent DC Kincaide, desperate for the boss's approval, arrests the uncle. The case is wound down for trial and Goodhew is sent off on holiday by his boss. Goodhew goes off to Hawaii and has a swim and a revelation about the case. He then hotfoots it back to the UK tells his boss what is really going on. There are anonymous phone calls to the station which name a guy as responsible for the missing girl. There are many girls pirouetting around trying to please this guy and get him to love them, but he is a serial dumper. There's no doubt there is a serial killer at work but is it him? The characters are great. The plot is great. It all rings true but for that very long trip to Hawaii that is quite brief in the story and gives the impetus for the rest of the story. If you can go with that, you'll love this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StephW on 14 Feb. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Downloaded this book on a whim, think it was free.
However, when I started I was drawn in by the characters & storyline. The first few chapters were just character/plot building, then it really picked up pace but the ending was a little...sudden & predictable.
Just learnt that this is part of a series, so I may just have to see what the others are like...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 12 Sept. 2012
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The best so far of the Alison Bruce novels set around DC Goodhew in Cambridge. More realistic role for Gary as a DC (ie not constantly doing his own thing) and not so many references to Cambridge as the first two books, which were fine for me as I live in the City but maybe not for those who don't. Can't wait for No 4 if this improvement is anything to go by.
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