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Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels Book 3) Kindle Edition
|Length: 340 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 3 of 16 in Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels (16 Book Series)
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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.
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.
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.
I realise I need a break from Duncan and Kincaid. Reading so many of their mysteries is grating a bit.Read more ›
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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Uninspiring writing,childish plot.couldn't be bothered to finish it,awful!Published 7 months ago by Sylvia M Kennedy
I haven't read this book as yet, but have had some good reports about it from friends, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.Published on 22 Mar. 2014 by C. Keys
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