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Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help. While working on a biography of the late poet Lydia Brooke, she has uncovered information that has her convinced Lydia's suicide five years ago was really murder. As Duncan begins his investigation, another murder occurs closer to home. Now he finds himself frantically searching for clues in Lydia's complicated past to find the killer before he strikes again. Award-winning author Deborah Crombie has crafted a beautifully written, multilayered mystery that leaves you gasping with surprise. Jenny Sterlin's narration deftly creates an air of suspense while capturing every nuance of the language.
©1997 Deborah Crombie; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Rollin
  • Cholula, Mexico
  • 08-13-11

A subtle british procedural

Deborah Crombie weaves a complex and subtle tale, with many characters, some of which I lost track of at times but later recovered. A multiple murder occurring over several years unfolds against the backdrop of Cambridge and the wonderful poetry of Rupert Brooke. My only complaint would be the characterization of a 12 year child as an adult. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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calling all English majors

if you studied English and loved poetry, you're in luck with this book. The story centers around a poet and there are frequent quotations from the poems of Rupert Brook. I almost gave up on it during the first couple of chapters, because English was decidedly NOT my favorite class in school, and I abhor artsy poetry in particular. I stuck it out only because once I find an author I like, I always read his or her books in sequence.
I'm glad i didn't give up on this. The plot became more interesting as the story wore on. Around the middle of the book there is another death, and suddenly it became a page-turner. In addition, it contains essential background info concerning Kincaid's personal life, which I would have missed if I had given up and skipped to the next book in the series.
The author has mastered the disdainful upper-class drawl of the cultured English snob.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A story to satisfy

Listen to the sample, the narrator is fine - More than fine. She is good. The problem is she is new. You may start out a series and get attached to a narrator's voice and you feel let down when he/she is replaced. I felt that about the Bernie Gunther series because I adore John Lee's voice. This is a good book, kept me guessing and I enjoyed Ms. Sterlin's reading. It is harder, I feel, for a woman to do men's voices, but they can and do. Enjoy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • D. West
  • GA United States
  • 05-09-14

Great story ruined by the narration

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I always enjoy the books in this series, but I had to stop listening to this one and read it instead. The background narration was fine, as was Gemma's dialogue, but when reading dialogue for the other characters she gave them all the same exaggerated accent that reminded me of Katharine Hepburn at her comic best. It was almost impossible to follow a conversation with everybody sounding pretty much the same. Ms Sterlin's voice is not unpleasant, I just think she was the wrong choice for this book. With so many characters, the book needed a narrator who could give them distinctive voices.

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  • Edgar
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 09-16-12

The best so far

I'm listening to the Kincaid-James series in chronological order. This is the fifth of fourteen so far published, and, like each of its predecessors, it just gets better from book to book. At first I thought this one was rather slow, but it becomes riveting as the novel proceeds. I recommend it very highly, and if you have the time and money, I'd also recommend that your begin by listening to the books in order if you haven't done so already.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Overall an Excellent Piece of Detective Fiction

Would you listen to Dreaming of the Bones again? Why?

I would listen again but prefer a different narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Lots of twists and turn. This is a dark and very well written British crime story.

What aspect of Jenny Sterlin’s performance would you have changed?

All the male characters sound incredibly pompous and arrogant. I had a hard time LIKING Duncan Kincaid because of the style of his voice. :-(

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but it did make me think.

Any additional comments?

Deborah Crombie is a fine writer. She ranks up there with Martha Grimes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • KMB
  • Alabama
  • 02-25-15

Poetry is not for me

I have really enjoyed this series until this one. There is a lot of poetry by Rupert Brooke and I know I should have enjoyed it but I found it a mostly boring story. I love the characters & will continue on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bit of a Departure from the Rest of the Series

Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

A bit of a departure from the earlier books in the series. It does not start with a murder or even a crime – but a phone call. Duncan’s ex-wife, Vic, calls him asking for help with a biography she is writing. The woman who walked out on him without a word, now needs his help. She believes the subject of her biography may have been murdered instead of committing suicide as originally ruled. Gemma is at first jealous and upset by Duncan meeting with and helping Vic.

It turns out that secrets galore surround not only the subject of the biography, but Vic herself. The end results might have lasting consequences for Duncan and Gemma.

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Great story, Solid and Compelling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. Great story, well developed characters, I have read some of her works. This is the best read so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreaming of the Bones?

I was in university at the same time as many of these characters. The author aptly described the behavioral environment and how we struggled to live within it.

Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

solid presentation as always

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Kit's pain is palpable.

Any additional comments?

The book stood significantly about many books that I have recently read. See for yourself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A blend of poetry and detective fiction

Wonderful imagery and good character development. It must have been fun to write the poems and letters that provide the clues to the solution of the crime(s). A new take on the idea of looking for hidden meanings in poetry!

At first I was really disturbed by the narration. Then I read the reviews and found others have commented on the exasperatingly slow pace. I tried putting the speed of play up to 1.25x -- one of the benefits of using Audible's phone apps. (I haven't figured out how to do this on my computer yet.) At the new speed the narration was delightful. Jenny Sterlin came across as a sensitive and accomplished performer. Could there have been a technical problem with the original recording? In any case, I will continue to listen to this series, no matter who is the narrator!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole
  • 08-12-12

Good book, spoiled by narrator

Book is well written, characters well drawn, spoiled by narrator who sounds like Mariella frostrup on tranquillisers, and who frequently misplaces emphases. At least her slow speed .leaves the listener time to work out the meaning before she moves onto the next sentence. Will avoid this narrator in future.

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  • Sandra
  • 02-03-12

Great book - awful reader

This was another excellent early story in this series. However the reader was awful. Slightly nasal and rather strangled vowels. Gemma sounded like Jamma. It has put me off any more by this reader.

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  • Clare C
  • 07-06-15

A whodunnit with an academic twist

Thoroughly enjoyable.
A likeable detective with an interesting link to the past.
I'd like to find out more about the characters and will definitely read this author again.