- Title(s): Ice Blue, Blue Murder, Something Blue
- Author: Emma Jameson
- Series: Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mysteries
- Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
- Publisher: Lyonnesse Books, March 2011
- Source: Purchased ($3.99 for Kindle)
- Length: 170-200 pages
- Trope(s): Age Gap, Smartass Heroine, Repressed Hero, Cops, Misogyny & Racism, Murder & Mayhem
- Quick blurb: Veteran (and titled) Scotland Yard inspector’s world is turned upside down when he brings a foul-mouthed young female onto his team.
- Quick review: Hooked by the brilliant characterization, stayed for the bloody stuff.
- Grade: A- (for the series so far)
The first book in this series popped somewhere in my Amazon recommendations soon after it was published, and I LOVED it without even realizing I’d read the author before. Emma Jameson is a pseudonym of Stephanie Abbott, aka edgy m/m author S.A. Reid (Protection, Something Different). I’m always blown away by writers who can successfully switch genre and voice, and Abbott/Jameson/Reid appears to be phenomenally good at it.
The author labels the Lord and Lady Hetheridge books as “cozy” mysteries, but with the metro London setting and the prickly, smartass professional detective heroine, these books don’t have that Miss Marple/Jessica Fletcher vibe I associate with cozies. There’s just enough blood-and-guts gore and police procedural stuff to sustain the “cynical urban cops” atmosphere, with a few suspenseful gun-in-the-face moments and a charming serial killer to keep everyone from getting too jaded. Book two, Blue Murder, has a particularly good twisty bit at the end.
For me, however, this series is all about the characters.