Deborah Crombie’s series featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James is definitely one of our favorites and last year we reviewed No Mark upon Her from her (See here for the review). In the new book, The Sound of Broken Glass, the protagonists deal with a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present.
A Brief Summary:
In the past . . .
On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once 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 now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care 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 begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.
Another excellent piece of work from Deborah Crombie…
If you are looking for a great police procedural series, this is probably a great pick for you. The book, in our point of view, should not be the first one reads in this series, as the characters have been through a lot and it is always good to see how they have evolved from book to book and through cases.
The pace is brisk and the shifts between the backstory, the investigation, and secondary characters were smooth and keep the story moving pretty interestingly. Fans will definitely find this new James/Kincaid ensemble fascinating.
Our Rating: 4.0
Like The Books By Deborah Crombie?
Kincaid/James have appeared in 15 books so far with each of them keeping the reader more engaged than the previous ones. Here are some suggestions. For going to the Amazon page for each book, click on the images.