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Leave the Grave Green | [Deborah Crombie]

Leave the Grave Green

When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled.
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When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled. As Duncan and Gemma explore the quiet woods above the Thames and the flamboyant world of London opera in search of answers, they discover a tangled web of family secrets and hidden emotions. And when Duncan finds himself dangerously drawn to a suspect, he and Gemma must sort out their complicated feelings for each other.

©1995 Deborah Darden Crombie; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-26-13
    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Character-Driven Mystery"
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    The pleasure of this mystery is in watching the author develop her characters layer by layer, with the clues coming from Kincaid's and James' successive discoveries about the personalities in play. Readers who like smart British mysteries with a minimum of gore will enjoy this extremely well narrated story---not as spectacular or byzantine as P. D. James, but within that tradition.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 05-25-12
    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2004

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    "This will NOT be my last Crombie!"

    Confused by other reviewers' remarks and curious as to why some could not get into the characters of this novel. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, got more into the characters in this one than in book #2, which I also enjoyed. Looking forward to starting book #4 next week.

    Will be interesting when I get to the audios that change narrators to the Gemma James character as the primary. Normally pass up women narrators (not because they are not good - some are the best) because I don't hear a high voice as well as a low one and tend to miss words.

    I'd recommend this series of non-violent murder mysteries to all that like that genre. And, thanks to Audible for adding the "Series" feature, makes it easy to go through them.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 04-22-09
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 04-22-09 Member Since 2007

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    "My last Crombie for awhile"

    I usually enjoy this series by Crombie. This particular book is early in the series, and I was not previously familiar with the background of the relationship of the two continuing characters. Unfortunately, I was not charmed, and in fact was a bit bored both by the two of them and by the plot. The narrator is fine; the underlying book is rather boring, in my view.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Geib 08-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Leave the Grave Green"

    I could not into the characters, the story was just OK. I which there was something more to this book all the way to the end. The reader did a find job with a weak book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 11-11-11
    Sharon 11-11-11
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    "Good!"

    I read the reviews and so gave this one a skip until I read another one of Ms Crombie's books, and thought it was great, so back I came to this one (and all the rest as well). In this case, it was just too bad that the other readers weren't impressed, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you like your mysteries less gruesome and more cerebral, you'll probably enjoy it too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 11-02-14
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 11-02-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Boring. I forgot there was a murder at times."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was far too much time spend on the characters of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I liked both, but sometimes wanted them to spend more time solving the crime and less on their individual lives.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Crombie’s story?

    The secondary characters were completely unlikeable and I really had a difficult time seeing why Kincaid acted as he did.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    I don't remember anything about the narrator.


    Do you think Leave the Grave Green needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is part of a series, it has several follow ups.


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    Linda 10-17-14
    Linda 10-17-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Satisfying!"

    So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.

    For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.

    The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.

    Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 05-13-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring and dumb."

    This book was too bad to finish, so I didn't. It moved too slow.and couldn't hold my interest.

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