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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The best!

Crombie keeps getting better and better. This book is, by far, her very best. The characters come to life. The reader can see them as vividly real. The story is intricate and comes to an unexpected end. I wished that the book would go on forever but, since that can't be, I'll look forward to Crombie's next. May it be soon!

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Another outstanding book from Deborah Crombie

And not to be slighted, another outstanding narration by Gerard Doyle. His voicing and accents are excellent for each of the characters. When he voiced the Irish chef Fergus, he gave exactly the Irish lilt---especially with "darlin'"--- as only the Irish can say it.

One aspect I like about all of Crombie's books is that Jemma, Duncan, and their children and friends are basically very nice people. Even the villains have redeeming qualities. Also, I appreciate that there isn't a lot of brutal violence.

This book is the most recent in the series. I have read them all and now await the next, hopefully sometime next year.

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Excellent

Could not stop listening. I’ve enjoyed this series and it just keeps getting better. Excellent narration by one of my favorite narrators
Gerard Doyle.

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Best yet!!!

I love all her books but, Perhaps because I am a former chef I loved this one the best. The characters jumped off the page for me on this one!
I hope there’s another coming out!
Thank you Deborah Crombie for engaging my husband and I in your storytelling!

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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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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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Good listen

I really enjoyed this book.

But I was kind of frustratedhaltingly incomplete sentences that punctuated the author’s writing style. Sentences such as “I…” or “Did you...”.

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Love this series!

What is not to love about Duncan and Gemma? I love them and their cobbled family. Add a smidgen of Cotswold quaintness and you've got a winner in all respects.

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Another excellent Crombie

This is one of my favorite authors and series. As usual, Crombie creates well drawn characters, an intriguing plot, and sets her story in a place I'd love to visit.

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awesome book

loved the book and loved listening to it. the reader is awesome too. thank you