A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs....
When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral...
Everyone knows the dead woman under the lighthouse, but no one knows why she died. What brought the folk-rock star back to Exham on Sea? Who wanted her dead? Find out....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble....
When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old....
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals....
Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War....
After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and finds that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed....
A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes - and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill.
The main focus of Gemma's investigation is Karl Arrowood, who had the most powerful motive for killing his unfaithful wife. But this case sets off warning bells for Duncan: It's far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way.
Loved this good story, which unfolds layer by layer. The writing is literate---not Dorothy Sayers good or John Le Carre good, just plain solid, entertaining, interesting good. If you've listened to all the super-star literate mysteries then try the Deborah Crombie series that features a sympathetic, smart, not-too-hard-boiled, but just tough enough woman detective. Narration is excellent.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Love the way Deborah Crombie braids the past and present together throughout the book. It took great skill to write a novelette within a novel that takes you through some fifty years of storyline so well. All believable and interesting. Many surprises in this one and a bitter sweet ending.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was not Deborah Crombie's first in the series, but I liked hearing the male reader, as opposed the the females, who have read most of her works.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have read in print all the Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid books over the years, and I'm going back now and listening to them. And I think this was one of the best in the series.
It starts with the murder of antiques dealer in fashionable Notting Hill, but Doug connects it to a similar murder that occurred previously to another antiques dealer elsewhere. As they are investigating these murders, another, slightly mysterious story, is also taking place, weaving in and out of the main one, about a family from Trinidad. Crombie handles the two plot lines very smoothly.
This is also a turning point for the characters in the series, as pregnant Gemma with her son Toby move in with Duncan and his newly-reunited son Kit, as they have decided to be a family. This proves to be a very moving part of the whole story.
I've always liked this series, though later books seem to have more filler and less mystery. I think this one still has a perfect combination of mystery and character development. Recommend!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Although I really like this series, I felt like I needed a detailed program to keep track of all the characters. The time jumps were equally befuddling, and perhaps were easier to follow in written form. by the time I finished I was still confused about one of the main characters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.
The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.
I look forward to listening to more books in this series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
4.5 years ago, I listened to #2, All Shall Be Well. I rather liked it, but my comments there are equally applicable to this book. &quot;While I enjoyed the book, I found it slow and tedious at times. Further, the conclusion, while pulling together various characters and unresolved questions, also draws a rabbit out of the hat.&quot; In #8, Gemma is no longer with Scotland Yard, but is a DCI. The main difference is that (1) she is pregnant with Duncan's baby and (2) they move in together. Nevertheless, Duncan finds a way to involve himself in the case, and Gemma professes to enjoy working with him again. Their relationship seems to be more one of convenience than excitement.
Michael Deehy (aka Gerard Doyle) give his usual excellent reading.
I know Crombie has her ardent fans, and that's fine, but the MC's seem kind of drab to me. I won't be rushing out to grab another in the series.
I'm a big fan of this series but this was a disappointment. There were too many characters and two of the many were even known by two names! Usually when I encounter this, I make a note in a tablet with a list so I can keep them straight, but didn't realize the problem soon enough. Subplot about Carl's sons from an earlier marriage was only there for red herrings and just muddied the waters.
Another problem was that the story went back and forth between present and past without a warning.
Lastly, I am always unhappy when there are too many coincidences. For example: Adam has affair with Dawn, not knowing his biological father is Dawn's husband Carl.
I have to admit that I enjoyed the forward movement of the Gemma/Duncan relationship although references were made throughout to past events without explanation. What happened to Kit's mother, etc. Fortunately I had read the book that came before in the series so I knew what happened to Kit's mother already.
I didn't have trouble finishing the book, but it just was a bit aggravating.
This series is beautifully written with elegant prose. I'm so glad that Michael Deehy has returned as the narrator. He did a great job at the beginning of the series, and I was disappointed with the change midway. He performs the characters nicely, and makes clear who is speaking at any given time--something that hasn't been true with the interim reader.