Not your usual victim. This one is a very high ranking police officer who is bludgeoned to death in his own kitchen. Crombie always manages to make her characters and the relationship between her detectives, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, seem real.
A very satisfying series of modern British who-dunnits. Well written and the two main characters are appealing. Lighter fare than P.D. James or Elizabeth George, but quite satisfying nevertheless.
Excellent book with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James from Scotland Yard. Personal feelings for each other & a web of lies from the people being investigated keep them anxious. Lots of good reading here and a good feeling at the end of the book plus the mystery is solved.
What a major disappointment. I know that this series has a huge following and that fans really love it, but I could not finish it. Soooooooo boring. It's like watching paint dry and felt like it was a reading assignment for a class that I hated. I've had problems with other cozy mysteries that I've tried to read before and have realized that it's a genre that I don't enjoy. Fans of Deborah Crombie and other cozy series will love this. I, on the other hand, will never read another one of her books.
I am really liking this series; great mysteries that are not filled with frivolous material. Really like the relationship Duncan and Gemma have; this book was my favorite so far. I wish it hadn't taken me this long to find this series but I sure am glad I did.
Excellent series. The characters continue to develop further in each book.
Another great book by Crombie. In this one, Superintendent kincaid is called in to investigate the murder of a powerful policeman who's history of arrogance and cruelty was legendary. Good read.
From back of book:
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long -- the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings -- for the victim, as well as for each other -- to solve the most troubling case either has faced...
This is the fourth in Deborah Crombie's great series of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books. They should be read in order. This follows Share in Death, All Shall Be Well and Leave the Grave Green. The puzzles in these mysteries are great -- logical and psychological. A great treat to read in front of the fire one of these rainy nights.
Deborah Crombie is one of my favorites and in Mourn Not Your Dead she does not disappoint. She draws her characters well and is a wonderful storyteller.
#4 in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Scotland Yard police procedural series. A commander in the police force who lives in a remote village is found with his head bashed in in his kitchen. Was the motive personal, professional, or purely a random act of violence brought about as part of an attempted burglary? Duncan and Gemma, both feeling decidedly awkward after their tumble in the sack at the end of the last book, set out to find the answers, and find much more than they'd bargained for. I really enjoy this series and marvel that I just discovered it last year. I did guess accurately at 'whodunit' very early in the game and even got the 'whydunit' right, but of course had no proof til closer to the end. But it really didn't spoil the book for me at all and I don't think the next in series will be on my TBR stacks for too long! Seems to get better with each book in the series.
Fourth in the series. A high-ranking police officer has been murdered in his own house. Scotland Yard's Deputy Inspector Kincaid is called to take on the case, and he calls up his assistant Gemma James. There's a lot of tension between them after the hookup in the last book - James is reconsidering due to the potential impact on her career while Kincaid wants a real relationship. The murdered man and his wife also seem to have had some issues, although it takes a while for the pair to ferret them out. I guessed the killer instantly. I am never sure these days if that's because I have read the book before - although I didn't remember it at all - or just because I've read a lot of mysteries. Okay for someone new to start here.
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long - the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings - for the victim, as well as for each other - to solve the most troubling case either has faced.... (from back cover)
This series about Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid are some of my favorites. You can't go wrong with any of them.
One of the early books in this terrific series.
The brutal murder of a much-despised police commander challenges Scotland Yard investigators Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James's relationship. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long - the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles.
I started this series in 2012 and I am glad to be back reading book #4 in this engaging police procedural series. I found this book to be well-plotted with well-drawn characters and fast-paced dialogue. I enjoyed the town of Holmbury St. Mary and the atmosphere of the setting. Gemma James, sergeant, is having a secret relationship with her detective, Duncan Kincaid. In fact, the book seems to be about relationships; mother/daughter, husband/wife, lovers or police professionals. I looking forward to the next book as this series keeps getting better and better. I would highly recommend this series to those who like Scotland Yard mystery novels.