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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Narrative makes the world go round.
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.
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
I bought this first book in the series as a deal for $2 and thought I would give it a try based on all the good reviews. Glad I didn't spend more than that and that the book was short. If you are not a fan of the Agatha Christie style of mysteries, with an ensemble cast of characters and one smart detective and his plucky side kick solving murders, I'd give this a pass. The story was told at a distance--with everyone kept at more than arms length. Characters are hard to keep track of as they are so sketchy there isn't enough information to hold on to. Then just when nothing makes any sense the detective "solves" the case sweeping away all the red herrings. What a total bore.
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.
I just did not enjoy this. It felt dated and I found it to be quite boring and difficult to get through.
I just didn't care about the characters. I didn't find them interesting or compelling.
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.
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.
Yes, it was an interesting story, not so predictable, likable characters, and not twisted gory nightmare material.
I think this is my first book with this narrator, very pleasant voice.
I admit i was really looking forward to getting the in the car and seeing how my friends at the time share were doing!
Definitely worth a try, and for me, I'll get more books in this series.
This book was enjoyable in a low-key, slow paced kind of way. The whole time I listened I kept thinking it would make a good BBC series. It was short enough to fit into an hour (maybe hour and a half show) and it reminded me of other British mystery series I have seen on TV. Not that that means it wasn't a good book; it was. It just wasn't very quickly paced. Not exactly a page-turner, at least not for me, but I still found myself enjoying my time listening to it. And I was actually surprised by the turn of events at the end, so kudos to Crombie for that. It's nicely narrated (though not stellar) and Kincaid and James have potential so I may try more in the series at some point.. We'll have to see.
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