Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long--the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings--for the victim, as well as for each other--to solve the most troubling case either has faced.
©1996 Deborah Crombie (P)2010 BBC Audio
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
I enjoy this book and this series because for me it balances the best of the old fashioned mysteries (Christie, Allingham, Sayers) with the more realistic and psychological aspects of recent mysteries. The characters have depth and the stories look at difficult issues, and in the end I feel good and hopeful about the world. I think this is a conscious choice of the author. She has characters discuss old mysteries in several books and she talks about how mysteries can renew our faith in justice and the potential power and influence of individuals. For me, these books do that.
I love both Duncan and Gemma. I like the way their relationship is developing. For me there is a nice balance. We see their struggles and faults and mistakes, and we also see them learn from them. I for one feel hopeful.
I forget I am listening to a narrator. I am just in the story.
None that I can describe without risking "spoiling" it for others, but I will say, I felt much empathy for several characters throughout.
Really good solid mystery series. I have yet to guess an ending . Each story is a good mystery and I am enjoying getting to know Duncan and Gemma as the series progresses.
I simply love the story. I can't wait until I get to the next chapter . I enjoy all of the characters and I like the story line also .
i enjoyed the story line
I love each character and he always keeps my attention...
just read it....
The ending of the book was much better than I expected it to be. I don't want to spoil anything for the readers, so that is all I'll say.
Not necessarily on the edge of my seat, but very curious. I was drawn into the story and wanted to know "what happens next?" I was not disappointed!
No, but I was happy to know that this cozy mystery would be waiting for me when I had time to listen.
I look forward to reading (listening) to more books by both the author and narrator. Thank you for an enjoyable time!
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I like this book becasue it exposed me to the English culture very simply & effectively. The story was very interesting & kept my attention too. I like books like this that read out like a Sherlock Holmes mystery, always connecting the dots. Being a part of the detectives search was also educational. If I were a reader who likes a good mystery novel I would say the audible book is the best choice, because you get that charming English accent as a bonus.
This book rates solidly in the upper middle. It was interesting enough to keep me engaged and wanting to know what happened next.
Not really. The plot was a little bit slow compared with some thrillers I have read. BUT, that is not a bad thing. I liked the pacing of the story and I liked how the author took time to develop the characters a little bit more than is done in many books these days.
I'm not sure.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
A good listen, predictable to the point of deja vu, better than average narration. On the whole, worth the price of admission.
The book is entertaining light-reading, It's a standard English murder-mystery. I liked other books in this series better. This one's ending was too melodramatic for me. The reader's performance was very good!
Not only a good investigative mystery, but the characters are compelling.
I have also learned more about WWI, and the trials people dealt with for years afterwards. Quite amazing.
I have listened to eight of the Jemma James/Duncan Kincaid books and I've loved every one of them!
The characters are well defined and interesting. The locations are described in a way that I am able to picture them in my mind. The mysteries are complex. These are books that I could listen to in one sitting. However, I try not to do that because I don't want them to end.
There is a personal relationship between Duncan and Jemma, but these are not romance stories disguised as mysteries. Their relationship is imperfect (as is often the case in real life). However, they deal with their problems in a mature and loving way,
I love Michael Deehy's narration. As I listen it is always clear to me who is speaking and what is going on and I almost forget there is a "narrator". To me that is excellent narration.
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