The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels (Paperback)) Paperback – 25 Feb 2014
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."..Deborah Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with The Sound of Broken Glass, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact."--Miami Herald
"An intriguing, atmospheric London murder mystery set in both the past and the present."--People
..".Deborah Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with The Sound of Broken Glass, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact."--Miami Herald
Deborah Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with The Sound of Broken Glass, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact. --Miami Herald"
An intriguing, atmospheric London murder mystery set in both the past and the present. --People"
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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, she's 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-respected barrister, 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--a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.See all Product description
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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.
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?
This very well written 15th book about the adventures of the London DI's Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid is a must-read for all those who like their police procedure crime stories adorned with surprising wits and twists the author Deborah Crombie is so well known for.
But also the private life of the protagonists is always well described and makes them humans - just like You and me. And as always, I can't await the next release...
Have a good read!
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.
There's a third thread also wound about the story - that of The Crystal Palace itself. Although the name now denotes an area of South London, the history behind this plate-glass building originally erected to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 is truly fascinating. Every chapter starts out with a quote or a paragraph chronicling the history of the building. And again, Crombie is very clever with her choices. Read carefully, they mirror what is happening in the book.
The Sound of Broken Glass was a satisfying read on so many levels - one I would definitely recommend. Crombie ends the book with a cliff hanger - I will be again eagerly awaiting the next in this wonderful series. Fans of Louise Penny and Susan Hill would enjoy these characters.
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