I just finished The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith last night. The Blue Place is the first in a series of detective type thrillers about Aud Torvingen, a sexy and dangerous private investigator.
Aud is a former police lieutenant, who quit because she did not like the rules and enjoyed the violent and dangerous side of the work a little too much. Yep, she’s hot and a little dangerous (“6 feet tall with eyes the colour of cement”).
Oh and I forgot to mention, she is also a dyke. What more could you ask for?
In The Blue Place, Aud is hired by Julia Lyons-Bennet to investigate the murder of a friend of hers. Of course, it turns out that this murder has a lot to do with drugs, forgery, money and other criminal activities.
Lots of dangerous stuff happens, and Aud ends up having to protect Julia from the bad guys. Julia does not seem to mind in the least.
Yep, in the midst of all the scary stuff that is going on, the two of them discover they quite like each other, and they fall madly in love. It might sound cheesy, but it really is not. I found it quite convincing, and also really enticing.
I have read a lot of lesbian pulp, including detective mysteries, and this is definitely not one of those books. The book is really well written, fast paced, which I can always appreciate, suspenseful, and convincing.
I always love me a good detective novel, however, as tough and exciting the female lead characters often are, they are usually straight. Having the sexy PI actually get the girl instead of the guy, makes for a nice change.
If you like this sort of story, you are going to like The Blue Place. Go check it out!