The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #15)

The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #15)

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by Deborah Crombie
     
 

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Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are on the case in Deborah Crombie’s The Sound of Broken Glass, a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present.

When Detective Inspector James joins forces with Detective Inspector Melody Talbot to solve the murder of an esteemed barrister, their

Overview

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are on the case in Deborah Crombie’s The Sound of Broken Glass, a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present.

When Detective Inspector James joins forces with Detective Inspector Melody Talbot to solve the murder of an esteemed barrister, their investigation leads them to realize that nothing is what it seems—with the crime they’re investigating and their own lives.

With an abundance of twists and turns and intertwining subplots, The Sound of Broken Glass by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie is an elaborate and engaging page-turner.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Crombie puts together past and present in her solid, finely controlled 15th novel featuring married police detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid (after 2012’s No Mark upon Her). While Duncan looks after their three-year-old foster daughter at home, Gemma and Det. Sgt. Melody Talbot investigate the murder of barrister Vincent Arnott, found in a seedy hotel in London’s Crystal Palace area, naked, tied with a belt, and strangled. When the body of a second barrister, killed in exactly the same way, turns up, physical evidence proves the same person murdered both men. Gemma and Melody painstakingly and methodically unravel the clues, finding connections that began 15 years earlier in the Crystal Palace area. Flashbacks show how the meeting of a lonely 13-year-old boy and a recently widowed teacher had grave consequences. The unfolding domestic relationship between Gemma and Duncan softens and humanizes them. The city of London, foggy, blustery, and historic, provides a seductive background. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Friendships go seriously awry. When DS Melody Talbot spends the night with guitarist Andy Monahan, a witness and possibly even a suspect in a murder case, she can't decide which is worse: having to confess her indiscretion to her boss, Acting DCI Gemma James, or to her good mate Doug Cullen, a copper laid up with a bad leg. Andy had argued with barrister Vincent Arnott, the victim, between sets at a pub in the Crystal Palace area. Could the musician have followed Arnott to the sleazy Belvedere Hotel, plied him with drugs, stripped him naked, trussed him up, then strangled him with a scarf that left threads embedded in his neck? With an assist from her husband, Duncan Kincaid, now on leave from his Scotland Yard purview to take care of little orphan Charlotte, whom they hope to adopt, Gemma interviews Andy's manager, a record producer hoping to pair Andy with new sensation Poppy, band members and kin. When another barrister, Shaun Francis, is murdered in identical fashion, the only link between the two dead men seems to be Andy. It is not until Duncan listens to a tale of a 13-year-old's betrayal that tawdry gossip and legal shenanigans come to light, implicating a widowed French teacher and a much-bullied boy nursing grievances that cry out for revenge. Another solid outing for the reliable Crombie (No Mark Upon Her, 2012, etc.), who turns a judicious eye on secrets that can overwhelm what they're meant to protect despite the best intentions.
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.”
People
“An intriguing, atmospheric London murder mystery set in both the past and the present.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990632
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Series:
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series, #15
Pages:
359
Sales rank:
789,330
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

A native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland, Deborah Crombie is a three-time Macavity Award winner, an Edgar Award nominee, and a New York Times Notable author. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the recent Necessary as Blood and Dreaming of the Bones, which was selected as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

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The Sound of Broken Glass: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie last year when I read No Mark Upon Her. (my review - I loved it) I have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in her Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series. The Sound of Broken Glass (#15) releases today. 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.
Kate72 More than 1 year ago
Well-written and an engaging story. Some twists and turns but not too many so as to confuse the reader. Really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Crombie's best effort. I enjoy the many characters who have been added to Gemma and Duncan's world as this series has developed, but the storylines among them have begun to overwhelm the detective work. This book reached a pretty sloppy and late resolution, leaving many things unexplained.  I was also disappointed that Crombie's research into London history seemed a bit shallow in this volume. Typically, Crombie provides an entertaining and informative history of a different London neighborhood and develops a lively sense of community in each book. This time, most of the background material provided at the beginning of each chapter was a dry accounting culled from web sites. Crystal Palace itself never came to life as an interesting place to imagine or visit. I look forward to each of Crombie's new books, and this was the first one to leave me plainly disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent as we have come to expect with the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters plots are always a little different
Nicki30TX More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Duncan/Gemma series and this book may be my favorite of them all. Can't wait for the book!
bootsdtr More than 1 year ago
I love every one of Ms Crombies' Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Mystery, relationships, family...she weaves the reader into the lives of these characters until you feel they are part of your own family--or wish they were. I've read every last one of them and can't wait for the next...hoping there is a next!!
robbie65 More than 1 year ago
I have read each one of this series and eagerly await the next. Sound of Broken Glass does not disappoint. Crombie is right up there with Christie. I always think I have the killer figured out and never do, as an addicted mystery reader, I always get what I need from Crombie. Can't wait til the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable relationship between the husband/wife detectives. Easy read, likeable characters along with a sympathetic concern for their well being. Good story when you just want to kick back and escape the humdrum for a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As high quality as we've come to expect
lovestotravel More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these books and enjoy Ms Crombie's style of writing and the continuing characters. This particular book took a bit of getting into before I found it interesting. The intro to all the characters and crime part of the story seemed to take awhile. I have liked some of her others a bit better. That said, i will continue to be her fan.
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One of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder in South London. Gemma's new promotion and Duncan's turn as a stay at home. I did enjoy this addition, but, not as much as some of the other 14 books that preceded this one. I love the series but this wasn't my favorite.
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Deborah Crombie in her new book, &ldquo;The Sound Of Broken Glass&rdquo; Book Fifteen in the Duncan Kincaid &amp; Gemma James  series published by William Morrow. gives us a new mystery with Duncan Kincaid &amp; Gemma James. From the back cover: 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 form 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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s team must find his companion &ndash; a search that leads 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 There is nothing like a great mystery at the end of the day to calm the soul and clear the mind of all the days trials and stress.  And Deborah Crombie has given us a great mystery.  So great , in fact, that it takes place in two time periods all connected, somehow, to Crystal Palace.  &rdquo;The Sound Of Broken Glass&rdquo; is a police procedural taking place in London.  Ms. Crombie likes to tell an engaging mystery with wonderful characters.  This is my first Deborah Crombie mystery but it will not be my last. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission&rsquo;s 16 CFR, Part 255: &ldquo;Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.&rdquo;
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
The past and the present intermingle in this mystery making for a plot line that will keep you on the edge of your seats!  The Sound of Broken Glass is #15 in Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid &amp; Gemma James series and even though I have never  read any of the other books belonging to this series for about 90% of the book I felt in the loop and would mark this as also a great  stand alone read but there was that 10% of the book that left me confused particularly about Duncan and Gemma's family situation  especially in regards to their foster daughter Charlotte. This 10% had me wishing I had read the previous books in the series.  Which leads me to let you in on a little tidbit in case you have never read any of the books from this series and that tidbit is that Duncan  and Gemma are not partners in the police sense they are husband and wife. When I first read &quot;A Duncan Kincaid &amp; Gemma James  Mystery&quot; at the bottom of the book I assumed and I was wrong but maybe they were originally partners, oh goodness as I am sitting  hear telling you what I think I am actually intriguing myself about the characters lives before book #15; looks like I will be adding quite a  few books to my Goodreads list tonight! The book had a wonderful fast paced story line and I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the only downside being that 10% of feeling  a bit confused about some of the characters relationships with one another.  I am giving this book a 4-star rating even though for awhile there I was contemplating a 3-star review because of that darn 10%; but the  weaving of details from the shadows of the past with the dangerous dealings of the present made up for that lousy 10%.
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The central geographical theme in this newest book from Deborah Crombie is the area of South London known as Crystal Palace and its environs, with each chapter preceded by some fascinating information. It certainly has historical importance, originally known for the site of The Great Exhibition, a great iron and glass building moved to Crystal Palace Park in 1854 and destroyed by fire on November 30, 1936. Its importance in the present-day tale spun so wonderfully here, however, is as a crime scene, when DI Gemma James is called to investigate the murder of a well-respected barrister found in a seedy hotel in the district, naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. At irregular intervals, there are flashback scenes in the same geographical area taking place fifteen years in the past, when a 13-year-old boy is befriended by his next-door neighbor, a young widow, providing a lifeline of sorts for the lonely youngster, whose alcoholic mother has little time for him. The connection with present-day events becomes clear much later in the book. The personal life of Gemma and her husband, DS Duncan Kincaid, and their blended family, primarily their 3-year-old foster daughter, Charlotte, is once again a major part of the plot. He is now on leave from Scotland Yard to be primary caretaker of Charlotte and the other family members, the boys, Kit and Toby, and their assorted animals: Sid the cat, the terrier Tess, and the cocker spaniel Geordie. Things become complicated when Duncan realizes he has a personal connection with one of the suspects, and a second, similar murder takes place. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel, much like the prior books in the series, which is high praise indeed. The plotting is complex and suspense-filled, the characters wonderfully well-drawn, and the book is recommended.
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