biography

Alison Bruce is the author of nine crime novels and two non-fiction titles. Her first novel, Cambridge Blue (2008), was described by Publishers Weekly as an ‘assured debut’ and introduced both detective, DC Gary Goodhew, and her trademark Cambridge setting. She went on to write six further novels in the DC Goodhew series before writing the psychological thriller I Did It for Us (2018) and her 2020 publication, The Moment Before Impact.

The other books in the DC Goodhew series are The Siren (2010), The Calling (2011), The Silence (2012), The Backs (2013), The Promise (2016) and Cambridge Black (2017). Other works include, two true crime books and a selection of short stories. Her work has attracted both critical acclaim and a loyal readership. In 2013 and 2016 Alison was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award.

Alison was awarded a first in BSc (Hons) in Crime and Investigation at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, which included subject areas such as: crime scene investigation, policing practice, major investigations, mass fatality incidents, fire investigation, forensic pathology and forensic archeology. Alison is currently working on the UK’s largest policing professionalism contract which will, in July 2021, begin to deliver a policing degree to 7 police forces including Cambridgeshire.

Alison’s motivation for study was to introduce great accuracy and up-to-date techniques into her writing. She never underestimates her readers and aims to challenge them with expertly crafted plots, vivid characters and the kind of realism which will put them in the mindset of those facing the latest developments in crime and using the latest technology to fight it.

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