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A Share in Death | [Deborah Crombie]

A Share in Death

A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....
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A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves locked in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon looking for fresh blood....

©1993 Deborah Darden Crombie. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 08-08-12
    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 08-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I love finding a new author"

    One of the reasons I love Audible so much is that other readers review books I haven't discovered before. A recent review of Deborah Crombie's latest book led me to the first in the series. Set in a country house, organized as a time share, this could have been a re-telling of the old "parlour" whodunit. Happily, the story was fresh and the characters were well-drawn. I enjoyed "meeting" Duncan Kinkaid and look forward to learning more about him. What little was glimpsed of Gemma James made me want to know more. The narrator, Michael Deehy, is excellent. In all, a very enjoyable listening experience.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-09-13
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-09-13

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "series readers, start here"

    After buying on this sale, I abandoned it as too cliched a detective tale (James/Rendell wannabe), but after starting another Crombie sale acquisition later in the series, I returned to #1 to better understand the Jenna/Duncan backstory - Glad I did! I just finished # 7 - Each gets stronger as a novel, so if you enjoy minimally violent British-set detection with threads of a developing relationship (no explicit sex), you may enjoy this.

    I loved Deehey as a narrator, loved Jenny Sterlin when the series adopted her voice (and started incorporating a historical thread in more complex plots), and am really looking forward to the upcoming (early 2013) instalment with Gerard Doyle, once I get to Book 15.

    Crombie is still not a Rendell or James, but then, I don't always want to think that much.

    66 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 08-17-13
    Ronna 08-17-13
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    "Great book for Agatha Christie cozy fans"

    Many friends have convinced me that I needed to start reading the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mysteries. Great suggestion! Just finished book one, and am surprised how wonderfully well written this English cozy was done for a first time author. Definitely fits that fun place that Agatha Christie developed for me. Glad there are so many more out there to be read.

    Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is vacation at a friend's timeshare---or at least, that was his plan before a dead body showed up in the whirlpool. Even though this happened in someone else's district, Kincaid can't help but become involved when the local constabulary seems to be more interested in snubbing Kincaid than solving a murder. Soon, Kincaid calls upon his mate, Gemma James, to do some needed investigating too.

    The cast of characters was distinctly quirky, and the clues abounded, but I was still surprised by the final results. A sign of good things to come. Definitely left me NOT wanting to go on a "time share" vacation any time soon!! Looking forward to the developing relationship between Kincaid and James also.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Constance New York, NY, United States 12-15-11
    Constance New York, NY, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Intricate, thoroughly engaging mystery"

    Duncan Kincaid goes on holiday to of all places a sort of upscale boarding house in the English countryside. The English certainly have an odd taste in holidays. Duncan, baby, what are you thinking? The Costa del Sol is only a few hours away from London by plane! Of course, there is a murder and of course Duncan steps in to solve it. This is one of my favorite Deborah Crombie stories--not sure why exactly. I like the set-up of a diverse, ill-tempered bunch of egotists all thrown together in a small hotel; I like the fact that it was a little less graphically brutal than some of Crombie's other books. The narrator is excellent.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Terrie 01-23-13
    Terrie 01-23-13
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    "Vintage Kincaid and James"
    If you could sum up A Share in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, puzzling, engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and the glimpses into the motivations and hidden parts of their lives and actions. They are not all black and white, but complex and interesting. There are still enough likable ones to keep me reading. It is fun to see the beginnings of the developing relationship between Kincaid and Jenna James.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to; not obtrusive or distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the climax, although a bit predictable, was still moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Great British mystery for fans of cozy and not too gory mysteries. Well written.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Paradise 12-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Country Livin' Lady

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    "Wonderful English murder Mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Share in Death to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version so yes the audio version is better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Share in Death?

    I always love it when it all pulls together in the end and you see all the clues so clearly. You think something isn't right from time to time but you don't always get it and I like when it all comes together.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    I liked the way it was read The voice changed for different characters and the English accent was perfect. Easily understood and clear but the accent is a nice one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but wasn't able to.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice listen with good characters, believable, and a methodical solve leading you to the somewhat exciting end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 02-28-13
    Elizabeth United States 02-28-13
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    "Enjoyable enough"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was underwhelmed. The ending comes out of nowhere, and I felt it made a lot of aspects of the story unnecessary.


    What does Michael Deehy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great voice... I wish everything in my life could be narrated by a British man.


    Was A Share in Death worth the listening time?

    I would say it is if you are like me. I can listen to books while at work, so it was nice to get me through my day, but I wouldn't have taken time out of my day to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a bad book in any sense, it just wasn't all that exciting. And there wasn't enough character development to really get you to care about them.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 02-16-13
    Linda 02-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Happy to Discover a New Mystery Series!"

    This book starts in a familiar style. The author sets up the locale and characters of the story. Once that is done, the story moves right along. I could have listened to it in one sitting.

    There are some familiar plot lines in this book. The main character, Duncan Kincaid, is a Scotland Yard Chief Inspector who takes a vacation away from London. A murder occurs. Kincaid believes the local police officer assigned to the case is on the wrong track. Kincaid gets involved. And that's the end of his vacation. It's not a new scenario. Even so, I found myself quickly caught up in the story. There were enough quirky characters and plot twists to hold my interest.

    I liked the main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

    If you like English "police procedurals" with more emphasis on story and characters than on sex and violence, I believe there's a good chance you'll enjoy this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 10-24-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 10-24-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Solid beginning to series"

    I read this years ago and have kept up with this enjoyable series. This is a solid, if not spectacular, opening. The mystery is good, and Duncan Kincaid emerges as a very attractive and sympathetic Inspector. There's not the instant feeling that this would develop into the top-notch series it has become, but it is a worthy start. The narrator is adequate, with precise enunciation, but he fails to convey any real personality in the characters.

    Deborah Crombie's Kincaid/James series is among the best. I hope the audio versions will improve with future entries.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-23-14
    John 06-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Listening is Difficult"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Crombie and/or Michael Deehy?

    The story of A Share in Death is interesting and well told. But, the narrator, Michael Deehy's reading style is unnerving. Inflections (accents) seemed to be misplaced often (most often, it seems) on the first syllable. This creates a staccato effect. I had difficulty finishing the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Crombie? Why or why not?

    Yes, unless Michael Deehy is the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Deehy’s performance?

    See above


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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