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Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels Book 3) by [Crombie, Deborah]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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A Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery.

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When a body is found floating in the Thames river lock one damp and dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to the Chiltern Hills outside London. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of London’s most renowned opera personalities. And prints on his neck suggest that Swann was strangled. 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. And when Duncan finds himself dangerously drawn to a suspect, he and Gemma must sort out their complicated feelings for one another…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330348833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330348836
  • ASIN: B004PYDBUI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As mentioned earlier, I am backtracking and going over the Duncan-James series beginning from the first one. It has been an interesting journey and gives a lot of insight into how each book sounds more confident and complex as the series moves ahead.

I started with the latter ones and once I got hooked them all, I decided to get my hands on the earlier ones. As a wannabe writer studying the craft, the series allows the novice the opportunity to understand how the series is slowly developed with each whodunnit.

In this third novel, Duncan and Gemma are getting closer as they tackle yet another death and find themselves entangled in the process.

Gist:

The son in law of an opera singer and the husband of a well known painter is found dead in mysterious circumstances in a loch. Being a family with connections, the family call in Scotland Yard to get to the root of it all.

Enter Duncan and Gemma who find themselves getting into the opera community and find all sorts of secrets coming to fore.

What works:
The characters are good. I particularly liked the way, Crombie was showing more confidence by linking the death to a past incident that has an irrevocable effect on the family.
The past incident and the present murder tie in well.
The narrative flows very well and the development of Gemma and Duncan's relationship is also progressing simulteneous to the plot.
The third books marks a difference from the ones before, as Crombie seems more surefooted about her characters and lays out some complex scenes.
What doesn't:
I realise I need a break from Duncan and Kincaid. Reading so many of their mysteries is grating a bit.
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Well written and plotted standard police procedural fare,just about credible although the hero's irresistibility can't be due to his choice of cars, an MG Midget lacking the gravitas of Morse's Jag. I was keen to read 'Dreaming of the Bones' but had to settle for a rather dog-eared used copy as it appears to be out of print.Up with Cleeve/Hurley et al, and plenty more in the series. Whether it bears any resemblance to modern policing is another matter...
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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2013
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I am very attracted to Kincaid and Gemma James yet there seems to be little of substance holding them together. For anyone who finds blood and gore abhorrent this will be a gentle crime fiction read. Simple plot, nothing offensive, Deborah Crombie just gets on and moves her police procedural to its predictable end. The writing is worthy but insufficiently stimulating to cause me to purchase a further read about these two gentle characters.
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Easy read. The usual excellent characterisation from this author. Plot that draws the reader in. Couldn't put it down till had finished and then was sad not to be able to read any more about the characters!!
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LEAVE THE GRAVE GREEN (Pol. Proc/Trad Mys-Kincade/James-England-Cont) - G
Crombie, Deborah - 3rd in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 1996, US Paperback - ISBN: 0425153088

First Sentence: "Watch you don't slip." Julia pushed back the wisps of dark hair that snaked loose from her ponytail, her brow furrowed with anxious concern.

Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sargent Gemma James are sent to a small town outside London. The body of Connor Swann was found in a Thames lock. That he was the son-in-law of a famous conductor and opera singer is the reason for their involvement.

Emotions complicate the case as Kincaid is attracted to a prime suspect while dealing with the feelings between him and Gemma.

For me, there were two primary elements to this story. There is the mystery, which I enjoyed. It was interesting to see them uncover the death as a mystery and work through the various suspect. I did not see the twist coming, and I liked that.

I enjoyed the characters. They were, for the most part, well developed and the interaction was intriguing. However, some of the relationships, toward the end of the book, didn't work well for me.

One of the best parts I found of the book was an interesting observation made about the Golden Age of the crime novel as being that period's stand against the chaos of the time where the conflicts, in the stories, were intimate and justice prevailed. (Page 211).

While this is certainly not one of the best traditional police procedurals I've read, I still enjoyed it and will be interested in seeing how the series develops.
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This is the first Deborah Crombie book I have read, and whilst I won't be rushing out to buy another, I'm not going to dismiss it as unreadable. The story is very simple, so it may suit readers who don't like to have to deal with too many characters, complications and twists in the plot. I would say that it is fairly predictable, and anyone looking for an edge-of-the -seat murder mystery will be disappointed. The main characters, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones are fairly likeable, but quite nondescript. On the whole, a very undemanding read.
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This lady can tell a good story cannot remember when I last could not lay a book down, well done Deborah Crombie
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