Fifth entry in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Scotland Yard mystery series. When Duncan receives a call from his ex-wife Victoria, whom he hasn't seen in over ten years, he wonders what's up. Vic is a Cambridge University professor and is also writing a biography of a semi-famous Cambridge poet, Lydia, who committed suicide five years previously. After examining Lydia's papers, Vic begins to wonder if her death was indeed a suicide and has decided to contact Duncan to get his opinion and to see if he can gain access to the police reports from the time of her death. When Vic herself ends up dead a short time later, Duncan's uneasy feeling about the earlier case are solidified and he vows to stop at nothing to find Vic's killer, too--and Gemma steps in to assist. I can't believe how much I've come to enjoy this series. Very rarely do I finish a book in a series and want to move immediately to the next one to see what happens next, but I do feel that way with this one. I generally hold myself back though--heaven forbid I make it through them all too quickly and then have to WAIT for the next book to be written! LOL
Another installment in a very fine series of British murder mysteries. The two main characters acquire more and more depth and complexity in every book.
I stumbled across this book at a charity book sale and am glad I did. I was unfamiliar with the series but based on this book I want to read more.
I found the characters believable and complex and the writing clear and compelling. This particular book has some tenuous connections to the poet Rupert Brooke and I greatly enjoyed the excerpts from his poems that opened each chapter.
While the relationship between Kincaid and Gemma is progressing, you don't need to have read the prior 4 books to enjoy this one.
I didn't give it a 5 as the it took a little time to see how the plot and new characters were to be involved in the story.
I was so happy to locate this book. It was the only one of the series I hadn't read. I read the last book first and had a hard time getting my hands on the others. I have recommended these books to others in my book group. It is so much fun to find an new author.
Wonderful book! I have almost finished reading all of Crombie's books to date. Loved them all.