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Garden of Lamentations (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #17)
     

Garden of Lamentations (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #17)

by Deborah Crombie
 

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Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the

Overview

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/12/2016
Det. Supt. Duncan Kincaid is still smarting from an unexplained reassignment and demotion, in bestseller Crombie’s absorbing 17th novel featuring Kincaid and his wife, Det. Insp. Gemma James (after 2014’s To Dwell in Darkness). He’s also troubled by loose ends after a grenade attack and devastating fire at London’s St. Pancras station and the cryptic utterances of his former boss, Chief Supt. Denis Childs. When Childs is attacked and sinks into a coma, Kincaid glimpses larger forces at work, sets out to unravel the mystery of Childs’s past and the trail of police colleagues who ostensibly died by suicide, and fears for the safety of his family and his investigative teams of past and present. Meanwhile, Gemma looks into the case of a nanny murdered in a Notting Hill garden, which affects the lives of one of Gemma’s friends and a ballet classmate of Gemma’s son. Through several points of view, this multifaceted novel provides a sobering cautionary tale about the exploitation of idealism and the abuse of power. Seven-city author tour. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Library Journal
09/15/2016
Returning after a two-year hiatus, Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid wrestle with dual close-to-home cases. Gemma investigates the murder of a nanny they know, while Duncan puzzles over events suggesting that members of the force are being targeted by one of their own. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-07
A married couple of London detectives investigates parallel cases of murder and corruption. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and DI Gemma James (To Dwell in Darkness, 2014, etc.) have three children, two cats, one dog, and not enough time for each other. While taking the kids to their usual activities, Gemma learns from a friend that a young nanny has been found dead in a locked private garden accessible only from the surrounding houses. Once she's assigned to the case, Gemma can't find a motive for anyone to kill this beautiful, blameless girl. Meanwhile, Kincaid, still haunted by a colleague's recent suicide, receives a cryptic message to meet at a pub, where he finds his missing former boss and mentor, Denis Childs. Childs warns Kincaid off asking too many questions, but when Childs is brutally attacked and left for dead on his walk home from the pub, Kincaid feels compelled to investigate. To keep Gemma safe, Kincaid hides his growing suspicions from her, creating an emotional divide between them. But when another cop turns up dead, Kincaid realizes that he must work with his trusted friends on the force—including Gemma—to root out the coverups and corruption. Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive.
Booklist (starred review)
Praise for Deborah Crombie: “The strength of this series is in its characterizations, particularly those of James and Kincaid, as they balance the demanding work that they love and their family life. Another winner in a series that goes from one high point to another.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062271631
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Series:
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #17
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
28,424
Product dimensions:
0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.