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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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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.

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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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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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great story

loved the story and the reader but words kept dropping off or couldn't be heard throughout the book

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FYI

I have enjoyed every one of these books but just a note .. sometimes the names are similar and it get confusing Gavin .. Gary is an example this happens in more than one book .. and you start to have to go back to hear it again Just to make sure you have the right person also In the book I found the German accent just to strong that at time I hadn’t a clue what was said .. 10 out of 10 for making it realistic but maybe next time just a little less authenticity and more English so we can understand what’s being said

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poor narration

I was disappointed with the narration of this book as well as the audio quality which seemed to fade out at times. Michael Deehy narrated earlier books in the series and was a much better narrator IMHO. I did enjoy the story.

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Fantastic!

This novel is one of the best in the series! Great characters! Great plot! I was intrigued throughout.

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Another Crombie loved

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