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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Deborah Crombie pens suspenseful English mysteries that have drawn favorable comparisons to the best of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell. Her novel Dreaming of the Bones made the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America’s list of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the 20th Century.

This time, Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James delve into a mystery brewing since World War II.

©2008 Deborah Crombie (P)2008 Recorded Books

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  • BHL
  • NY, United States
  • 07-27-14

Maybe Best in the Series

I have read each of the books in sequence in this series and am very fond of the main characters, Gemma Jones and Duncan Kinkaid. The highly competent detectives' personal lives provide the subplots that enhance the storyline. These are "real" and "normal" people. Each of them and those around them seem to grow and change in each work as their professional and personal relationships and associated dilemmas ring very true. This one is one of the most satisfying reads in the series with a compact plot and believable resolutions. Crombie's emphasis on character and human nature provoke deserved favorable comparisons with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. I didn't give this five stars because I was confused about the timing of the plot. Erika, Gemma's good friend, was a key character here. If this book was set in real-time (published in 2008), she was a very active senior who was well into her 90s. Jenny Sterlin gives Gemma a wonderful, sensitive voice but it is sometimes hard to differentiate between her male voices, particularly Duncan Kinkaid and his associates. Minor quibbles .... as this truly is one of those series that I hope keeps on going and going...

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  • Keenan
  • Anchorage Alaska
  • 08-07-14

My favorite Deborah Crombie book so far!

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Memories Lie to be better than the print version?

The narrator brings so much life into the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Memories Lie?

The climax, when Jemma realized who did it.

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

Because of her rang, she is able to create different voices which helped me picture the different characters. And I suspect she knows how to pronounce words, since she's English, that I don't, because I'm American.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Evil casts a long shadow.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to read or listen (or both) all of Deborah Crombie's books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I love Crombie's series.

Duncan Kinkaid and Gemma James are terrific characters whose personal story serves as a wonderful backdrop and unifying factor to the various mysteries in the series. I have enjoyed every one of them.

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Excellent Story Telling

I discovered this series about two years ago and have been listening to the audio books in order. I've loved every one of them!

The relationship between Jemma and Duncan began in the first book. It has steadily grown and matured though out the series. It has not been a "fairy tale" romance. Theirs is a relationship between two mature adults with complicated lives. There have been bumps in the road, but the two of them have worked through the difficulties.

They are both police officers, very good ones it seems to me. The cases in each book are interesting and varied, the plots complex with conclusions that so far have surprised me.

The author populates each story with interesting characters and interesting locations. For me there is a very strong sense of place in each book.

When I've listened to all the books in the series, I plan to listen to them all a second time.

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Love the series, tolerate the reader

As in previous books in this series, I wish Jenny Sterlin wouldn't make Duncan sound poncy. I see others feel the same way. Otherwise I liked the reading.

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Another Crombie loved

Duncan and Gemma were at it again! I love these stories. This one did not disappoint.

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  • Annie
  • Placerville, California
  • 12-17-16

One of the best

I have enjoyed getting to know Duncan and Gemma in earlier books, but so far I like this one best.

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 12-04-15

Not bad, but not my favorite

It felt like a bit too much about personal lives in this crime drama... I like to get to know the characters, but i guess this went over my limit and thus was boring at times for me. I probably wont read the series.

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Subject of Art stolen by Nazis not foe me

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Subject and plot not interesting to me. Perhaps I need to stick with more modern scenarios that I can relate to. Loved Crombie's "No Mark Upon Her". That was also set in London. Characters were rowers (so am I) that I can relate to.

What was most disappointing about Deborah Crombie’s story?

Slow paced. NONE of the characters were appealing or interesting. Didn't make any sense since there was hardly any character development of Dom's Mum. There were hints of her narcisstics personality but there needs to be more explanation to the reader the depth of this woman's mental disturbance to have done what she did. None of the characters were particularly likable. Hard for reader to have empathy for a whole list of people who got popped off because of a old brooch.

What didn’t you like about Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

Narrator performance is not the problem.

Did Where Memories Lie inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I can see this period in history and subject matter being interesting to those who lived in Europe, survived the WW2 and all the atrocities and have more understanding and empathy of the scenarios. Nonetheless, the characters and the plot could have intrigued me no matter the time period if they were well done.