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  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; Reprint edition (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061990647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061990649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pub Date: 2014-02-25 Pages: 384 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins In the past .home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition. a solitary 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 loneliness. the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.In the present.. .On a cold January morning in London . Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job while her husband. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. is at home caring for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London. shes assisted by her trusted colleague . newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot Their first case:. a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace The victim:.. a well-...

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pigwin on 10 Mar. 2014
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This is the fifteenth outing for married police detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James and while Duncan has taken leave to look after their foster daughter Charlotte, Gemma and Detective Sergeant Melanie Talbot investigate the rather sordid murder of a barrister. Initially, the killing looks like a blind date or a pickup which went seriously wrong. However, when a second barrister is killed in similar circumstances, the whole affair takes on a more sinister complexion.

Deborah Crombie weaves a murder from the past with the present-day killings in a skillful manner and as always the unfolding domestic lives of Kincaid and James form a perfect backdrop to the tale. The action is set in the Crystal Palace area of London and as is the norm with Ms. Crombie she provides an interesting perspective by furnishing some historical titbits on the area and on the Crystal Palace itself which was built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Deborah Crombie is an american author whose Kincaid and James' novels are set in England and while she has the odd lapse, I feel she manages to be more convincing than many other writers attempting the same feat. I must confess that I have a particular penchant for this series and The Sound of Broken Glass is a well-crafted novel which should hold the reader's interest to the last page; it is peopled with interesting and quite well-drawn characters and, all-in-all the novel has all the elements for an enthralling read.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2013
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I only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie last year when I read No Mark Upon Her. I have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in her Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series. The Sound of Broken Glass (#15) releases today.

Kincaid and James are husband and wife and both work for Scotland Yard. Duncan is staying at home right now with their three year old daughter and Gemma is heading up her first big murder case.

Who has been killed? A prominent lawyer - found in a rundown hotel in Crystal Palace, naked and tied up. Is it a sex game gone wrong? Or a sadistic killer? But then a second lawyer is found killed the same way - and there's evidence to link the two cases. As Gemma digs deeps deeper, she finds unexpected connections to her life. In flashback chapters, we also slowly learn of a young man's past and his upbringing in the Crystal Palace neighbourhood. What connection does he have to the present day?

Crombie is a master of plotting. There was no dearth of suspects and I was kept guessing until the end. The investigation is solid police work and I enjoyed solving the crime along with Gemma and her team. But woven through this main storyline is a running secondary storyline - that of Duncan and Gemma's personal life. And it is this 'personal' touch that has cemented Crombie on my must read list. Although others may complain that domestic details of characters may detract from a good mystery, I find quite the opposite. I feel they gave the story much more depth and make the characters 'real' and all the more believable. This same attention to detail is given to the secondary players as well. The result is a well rounded cast, all with their own tale to tell. I've become invested in each of their lives and want to see where Crombie takes everyone from here.
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I enjoyed reading. I had to put it down in order to do other things but could not wait to get back to find out what next.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Old Dentonian on 2 Jun. 2013
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Excellent storyline however unlike the previous books for some reason the author has decided that all and I mean all the main police officer characters have to be female. Not a real representation of the Metropolitan Police. Another niggle is I purchased this book from Amazon UK but it is written in American English not UK English.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bevian on 18 Aug. 2013
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I have enjoyed all the earlier books about Kincaid and James, but I found this a great disappointment. There seemed to be far too many characters who never came to life (on the page) and I lost interest half way through. I hope the next in the series is an improvement.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on 24 Feb. 2013
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... it is like coming home into their flat in Notting Hill.
Only this time the roles are reversed - Duncan is on paternity leave to look after three-year-old Charlotte, their problem foster child, and Gemma is out to hunt the bad guys and girls that murder merrily around...

Everything is centered about the Crystal Palace - not its former place where it was created for The Great Exhibition in 1851, but the area of South London between Dulrich, Croydon and Brixton, where it was moved to the Crystal Palace Park in 1854. And where it was destroyed by an enormous fire on 30th November 1936...

Andy is a very gifted guitar player but confined to a drunkard mother. His only friends are his guitar and the neighbour, a young widow named Nadine. It was in the summer 15 years ago, when Nadine hands over a very precious gift to Andy, only to be betrayed by him in the worst way possible. So she left without any good-bye or explanation, never to be seen again.

In the present, after a gig Andy and his band do at a pub in the Crystal Palace Park area, a not very popular lawyer is found murdered in a run-down hotel, where he seemed to be a regular. At the pub he had some bad words with Andy...
Two days later, another but much younger lawyer is found dead in his flat - same method of killing.
Gemma and her colleagues at the CID are on those cases. And they will find out very soon, that Andy is in some way connected with the murdered and also with a lot of the suspects.
And when Gemma - with a little help of Duncan too - connects all the dots, a pattern appears and a manhunt is started. But will she and her helpers be able to prevent other innocent victims or is it maybe too late?
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