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A Bitter Feast

Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels, Book 18
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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"Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters are rich, emotionally textured, fully human. They are the remarkable creations of a remarkable writer." (Louise Penny)

New York Times best-selling author Deborah Crombie returns with a mesmerizing entry in her “excellent” (Miami Herald) series, in which Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder buried beneath the surface of a picturesque Cotswolds village.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub - and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s 11-year-old daughter, Grace?

Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.

©2019 Deborah Crombie (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Another well told story of Gemma & Kincaid

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to one of Deborah Crombie’s mysteries and this new story is a welcome addition to the series. A weekend away for Duncan and Gemma visiting Melanie’s wealthy family turns into a accident and then a murder. The restaurant theme involves delicious descriptions of food that makes the story even more enjoyable. It’s great to watch the characters mature. If you like the series you’ll enjoy this newest tale.

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Predictable

Lots of formulaic characters and plot. The narration was superb though. Gerrard Doyle is fantastic.

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it's a mystery!

Deborah Crombie's writing is at the top of the heap. Why is that not better known? Books 1-4 were good. Book 5 soared to a new level which has been generally maintained . The characters and storylines pull you in for a memorable journey.

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Worst book of the series

Narration disconcerting as Doyle really doesn't do children and females well. Story very weak and the situation with Mel turned unnecessarily trashy. Just a horrible effort by Crombie

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