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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....

©1993 Deborah Darden Crombie. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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  • jackie
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 04-08-13

Only fair.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. I'd save my money for something more interesting.

Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Crombie? Why or why not?

I don't think so.

Did Michael Deehy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, I suppose so.

Was A Share in Death worth the listening time?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Sorry I got it. Couldn't even really finish it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable enough

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was underwhelmed. The ending comes out of nowhere, and I felt it made a lot of aspects of the story unnecessary.

What does Michael Deehy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A great voice... I wish everything in my life could be narrated by a British man.

Was A Share in Death worth the listening time?

I would say it is if you are like me. I can listen to books while at work, so it was nice to get me through my day, but I wouldn't have taken time out of my day to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't a bad book in any sense, it just wasn't all that exciting. And there wasn't enough character development to really get you to care about them.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful English murder Mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of A Share in Death to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version so yes the audio version is better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Share in Death?

I always love it when it all pulls together in the end and you see all the clues so clearly. You think something isn't right from time to time but you don't always get it and I like when it all comes together.

What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

I liked the way it was read The voice changed for different characters and the English accent was perfect. Easily understood and clear but the accent is a nice one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but wasn't able to.

Any additional comments?

This is a nice listen with good characters, believable, and a methodical solve leading you to the somewhat exciting end.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • JR
  • 04-03-17

Pleasantly surprised.

What did you love best about A Share in Death?

The characters were interesting. I wanted to know more about them. I kept trying to figure out who the antagonist was.

What did you like best about this story?

Like life, many lives converged in a great setting. Crombie was very good in helping me visualize surroundings.

What does Michael Deehy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Deehy is a new narrator for me. His vocal changes worked for me in identifying the different characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the 15-yr old girl opened up to the Inspector. His handling of her showed a lot of research on the author's part.

Any additional comments?

I'll look for another of Crombie's books.

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A well written Cozie

I had not realized this was a cozie style mystery and am generally not a fan of such. Having said that, for a cozie it was surprisingly well written and engaging. I believe fans of cozies will enjoy this one.

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Book Review

Not all that bad. The reading of the book was very enjoyable. The story was okay

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First Book; I'm Hooked

What did you love best about A Share in Death?

This is my first Crombie book, and let there be no doubt, I want more.The voice and performance of the narrator have me seeing Duncan clearly in, "my mind,s eye." I admire the cool, calm, often restrained person this character presents. His intellegence is a magnet for me.Deborah Crombie's writing style suits me very well. The language is adult and doesn't leave you wondering about her meaning. The writing and story flows.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not exactly, but it kept me guessing and getting it wrong often. There were truly some surprises.

Which scene was your favorite?

Duncan putting the local detective in his place after listening to snide, disrespectful comments from the moment they met. I enjoyed the attraction and apparent respect the main character and the doctor had for one another, and could picture him sitting in the kitchen as she cooked.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

More than one. I was touched by the way Duncan interacted with the children, and the teenager. The main character explaining that each of us are significant and made so by our dreams, actions, and accomplishments.

Any additional comments?

I plan on listening to the series and am fearful that having a different reader will cause me not to enjoy the books if Mr Deehy is not narrating. If there is one thing I would ask of the author, it would be: to give us a bit more humor.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Melody
  • Tahlequah, OK, United States
  • 03-11-13

Share in Death

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The characters might have been developed more. I found the story nearly boring for a mystery.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the idea of a mystery for the Detective on holiday. His partner was least interesting because she was minimally involved in this story.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorite

Did A Share in Death inspire you to do anything?

Yes, not to buy the next book.

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Happy to Discover a New Mystery Series!

This book starts in a familiar style. The author sets up the locale and characters of the story. Once that is done, the story moves right along. I could have listened to it in one sitting.

There are some familiar plot lines in this book. The main character, Duncan Kincaid, is a Scotland Yard Chief Inspector who takes a vacation away from London. A murder occurs. Kincaid believes the local police officer assigned to the case is on the wrong track. Kincaid gets involved. And that's the end of his vacation. It's not a new scenario. Even so, I found myself quickly caught up in the story. There were enough quirky characters and plot twists to hold my interest.

I liked the main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

If you like English "police procedurals" with more emphasis on story and characters than on sex and violence, I believe there's a good chance you'll enjoy this book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Listening is Difficult

Would you try another book from Deborah Crombie and/or Michael Deehy?

The story of A Share in Death is interesting and well told. But, the narrator, Michael Deehy's reading style is unnerving. Inflections (accents) seemed to be misplaced often (most often, it seems) on the first syllable. This creates a staccato effect. I had difficulty finishing the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Crombie? Why or why not?

Yes, unless Michael Deehy is the narrator.

What didn’t you like about Michael Deehy’s performance?

See above

3 of 7 people found this review helpful