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....
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Not exciting at all.
I like it when the voices are different to where you can recognize each person.
Easy listen, enjoyable.
No but it was a decent story.
Very good. Will look for Michael Deehy again.
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.
The preview made it look interesting but it never gets off the ground. It just drags on and on. A major disappointment. Don't waste your time and money.
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
I really enjoy this series so it was fun to go back and read this first of the stories (at least I think it is the first) after having seen the soap opera part of the story play out. Not a complicated story, but with some good characters and plot twists. Generally good background for what is to follow.
Interesting, puzzling, engaging.
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.
Easy to listen to; not obtrusive or distracting.
I think the climax, although a bit predictable, was still moving.
Great British mystery for fans of cozy and not too gory mysteries. Well written.
My family and I planned to listen to this book on a 12 hour drive this winter. We listened to about an hour of it and all of us agreed it was time to stop. The story went absolutely nowhere, the characters were flat and unappealing and the narrator was only average. I picked this book up on a buy one get one offer...I guess you really do get what you pay for!
I was underwhelmed. The ending comes out of nowhere, and I felt it made a lot of aspects of the story unnecessary.
A great voice... I wish everything in my life could be narrated by a British man.
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.
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.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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.
I liked the main character and found it easy to "get to know" him.
As with any good mystery the author has you wondering early on who is/was the "bad guy(s)/girl(s).
All of the characters were well-performed an none seem to overshadow any others.
The end of the story where it all seems to "come together" is worth the wait and the read.
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