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The sound of broken glass
Deborah Crombie
Adult Fiction CROMBIE

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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Another good entry in the James/Kincaid series. Gemma and Melody are front and center investigating the murders of two lawyers. Duncan is a temporary stay at home dad and Doug is laid up with a broken ankle. Some characters from other books show up and all is very enjoyable. Although I thought the murderer was too obvious from the start, turns out I was wrong. A nice surprise.
posted May 24, 2013 at 12:35PM
bookwoman_cat said:
**** stars. This is the 15th book in the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid British police procedural series. Ms. Crombie creates extremely enjoyable characters in additional to excellent mysteries. Half the enjoyment of her series is to find out the latest developments in the lives of Gemma and Duncan. The fact that she also writes intriguing and complex mysteries is the frosting on the cake. We begin in the past, on a hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, London, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition. An isolated thirteen-year-old boy meets his next door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by their lonliness, the unlikely pair form a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. We move to the present and find that Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their emotionally fragile three-year-old foster daughter. She has been assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London,and is assisted by her colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case involves a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim, a well-respected barrister, is found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion. When another man turns up dead in the same manner, they realize they are facing a serial killer. As the bodies accumulate they find that the trails all lead to the former lonely boy who is now a successful guitarist. Is he the murderer or the victim of very old hatred. I always look forward to the next edition in this excellent series. Again, if you are not familiar with this author, I always recommend starting from the beginning to enjoy the ongoing story of Gemma and Duncan. The first book in the series is "A Share in Death" published in 1993. Highly recommend.
posted Oct 24, 2013 at 9:28PM
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