The settings are well described and I could easily picture them in my mind. Now, the two officers must discover the truth from a multitude of lies. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons' young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia -- Connor Swann's wife. At first it seems that Julia had a good reason to leave Connor Swann — he was a bit too fond of the ladies and the horses for his own good. It is a British police procedural. The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series.
I muscled through this because I was still curious as to whodunit, and because it's a short novel. Looking forward to reading the next book. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. New lies cover older lies, as Kincaid finds himself dangerously drawn to Julia Swann, and Gemma must confront her own troubling feelings for Kincaid. We have two parents who willing and knowingly act as if they love one child and not the other. Will be reading more of these.
I so enjoy seeing Kincaid and Gemma follow the clues to solving the mystery. But there are several reasons I could not rate this higher. Our librarian does say that if the books aren't checked out regularly, they donate them for sale. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. Until Goodreads gives us half stars, and really would it be so impossible? She has since been nominated for the Agatha, Macavity and Edgar Awards and is published across the world. Which is in a way indicative of the pacing and level of intensity of the murder mystery aspect of the book.
I've read the other five books out of sequence. Author Bio: Deborah Crombie Deborah Crombie is a Macavity Award winner and a finalist for the Edgar Award and the Agatha Award, as well as a New York Times bestselling author. He's a Superintendent, she's a Sergeant. In this book, Duncan and Gemma are drawn into the investigation of an apparent drowning death of Connor Swann, the son in law of musical giants Gerald and Caroline Asherton and estranged husband of their daughter Julia, an artist. She had moved back with her parents, and he was living in the house she had bought, and yet he was in the habit of visiting with her parents every week. Once again, there was a surprise ending.
Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. Or did he commit suicide? But sometimes I wonder if I just like it for the narrator's British accent. Class status is also quite clear, from the manor houses, to the style of speech and the cuisine. It's a different sort of partnership, at least among mysteries I'm familiar with: Kincaid is, while not peerage, upper class, while James is … not; she is in the throes of divorce and has a small son, while he is divorced long since. Their relationship changes in this novel, and that was at the same time the most interesting part of the story and also the most disturbing, given Kincaid's proclivities. And since this is also the book where Duncan spends way too much time thinking with the head that isn't located above his shoulders, I found myself rolling my eyes a bit.
The plot is good and there are many suspects to investigate, but it was easy to narrow it down by the end to the one who was likely the killer. She's not as madly in love with her hero as Elizabeth George is with Viscount Lynley or Dorothy Sayers was with Lord Peter Wimsey, and Kincaid is definitely middle-class rather than aristocratic. The working relationship between Duncain and Gemma has always been very good, but in this fourth book, they consummate their relationship. Julia has exactly 0 appeal or personality. As Duncan and Gemma explore the quiet woods above the Thames and the flamboyant world of London opera in search of answers, they discover a tangled web of family secrets and hidden emotions. To view it, I liked it, but it didn't hold my attention as well as the others. Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats.
Some identifying marks on the inside cover, but this is minimal. I had an inkling earlier, but not til the end was it revealed. I read the reviews and so gave this one a skip until I read another one of Ms Crombie's books, and thought it was great, so back I came to this one and all the rest as well. Sure there was enough sexual tension to make you think you were back in high school, but really everyone knows you can't have them actually sleep together. Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. First book by this author that I have experienced, I had the audio book, it was ok.
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are back investigating the death of the son-in-law of two celebrities in the Opera World. They have ask Scotland Yard to come in to determine if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. I'm not going to be very careful about spoilers, although I won't give away the actual whodunnit, because, honestly? However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled. He is the son-in-law of Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton. Which is really a shame, because for the first 30 pages or so this had some very interesting characters and history introduced, but shortly after that, a dull investigation puttered along for about 40 pages before things got interesting again.