To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #16) [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, and P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie delivers a powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal, and lies that will plunge married London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James into the unspeakable darkness that lies at the heart of murder.

Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, detective superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are ...

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To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #16)

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In the tradition of Elizabeth George, Louise Penny, and P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie delivers a powerful tale of intrigue, betrayal, and lies that will plunge married London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James into the unspeakable darkness that lies at the heart of murder.

Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, detective superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras International Station. By fortunate coincidence, detective sergeant Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds that every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander.

The bombing isn't the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He's still questioning the reasons behind his transfer, and when his former boss continues to avoid him, those suspicions deepen. With the help of his former sergeant, Doug Cullen, Melody Talbot, and Gemma, Kincaid begins to untangle the truth. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values—and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is.

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Shunted from Scotland Yard headquarters to Camden hasn't made things quieter for Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and his crime-fighting team. First, a veteran protestor falls victim to an explosive device that he was apparently carrying, but his colleagues are convinced that he had been armed only with a smoke bomb. Then Kincaid experiences a more personal shock when his former boss is attacked. Can this new crime, he wonders, be linked to his own hasty, unexplained transfer? A new novel by an author about whom the Washington Post writes, "Crombie has laid claim to the literary territory of moody psychological suspense owned by P.D. James and Barbara Vine."

Publishers Weekly
09/15/2014
Early in bestseller Crombie's exciting 16th Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery, a white phosphorous grenade—initially mistaken for a harmless smoke bomb—fatally hits a street protester at London's St. Pancras International railway station. Others in the station crowd suffer injury, including some of Duncan and Gemma's police colleagues. The search for the victim's identity leads to the mysterious Ryan Marsh, an ex-cop gone underground for reasons that are never made clear. As usual, Crombie thoroughly immerses the reader in the crime solving, as well as the home lives of those trying to solve the crime, including friends, children, dogs, and a litter of stray kittens. As the protest at St. Pancras was against the destruction of London's architectural heritage, the city's tube and train stations, as well as various other landmarks, figure prominently in the story. Best of all, the eerily open ending sets the stage for the next installment. Author tour. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-28
Sent down from Scotland Yard to Camden CID, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid (No Mark upon Her, 2012, etc.) must deal with a bombing that disrupts a musical event in London's storied St. Pancras station. Well, not exactly a bombing. Anti-development activist Matthew Quinn and his mates from Save London's History intend only to create a scene by tossing a smoke bomb into the St. Pancras International festivities headlined by DS Melody Talbot's guitarist boyfriend, Andy Monahan, and singer Poppy Jones. Somewhere along the line, the smoke bomb morphs into a white phosphorous grenade—"an incendiary device, not an explosive"—and that's what goes off in the station, spewing flames that seriously injure Tam Moran, Andy's manager, and kill a man too badly burned to be readily identified. The surviving members of Save London's History think the dead man must be Ryan Marsh, the mysterious fellow traveler who'd agreed to throw the smoke bomb. But further evidence dug up by Kincaid's new team, whose members inevitably have their own internal differences, suggests that Marsh is still alive and that the victim must be someone else. As Kincaid presses forward, his wife, DI Gemma James, labors to build a case against electronics shop clerk Dillon Underwood for kidnapping, raping and murdering 12-year-old Mercy Johnson. This second case, however, is less absorbing than the dilemma the Kincaid-James children are having over what to do with the cat and four newborn kittens they've found starving and freezing in a locked shed. The midgrade mystery is enriched by a wealth of detail about St. Pancras' history and architecture that would do Margaret Truman proud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062271624
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #16
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 4,352
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Deborah Crombie

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Will pass the time.

    After reading Peter May's books, this series seems mundane.

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  • Posted October 2, 2014

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    4.5/5 I only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie a bit ago, but I ins

    4.5/5 I only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie a bit ago, but I instantly knew the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series was one I would be following. The latest (#16), To Dwell in Darkness, has just released.

    Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid has recently been transferred from Scotland Yard to a London borough. When a bombing in a local train station results in a horrifying death, the case falls to Duncan and his new team. Gemma is also an Inspector with the CID and it is Melody, one of her Detective Sergeants, who is on the scene when the attack occurs. But things are not as straight forward as they might first appear. Duncan isn't sure about his new team and ends up taking Melody, Gemma and a former sergeant into his confidence as he runs his own investigation parallel to the official one. Gemma, too, is dealing with a nasty case, but it is not given as much time as Duncan's.

    Crombie's cases are intriguing. The factual evidence is there for us to start putting the clues and pieces along with the team. The interviews, the interrogations, the intuition and the characterizations - the personal aspect, is what makes the investigation really interesting.

    But, the most captivating of all, is the large group of characters that appear in each book, their lives changing and growing with every new entry. They're an eclectic bunch, but I have become fond of them all. They're so well drawn, they've become almost real, especially Duncan, Gemma and their children. I feel like I know them. Although others may complain that the domestic details of the characters detracts from a good mystery, I find it gives the story much more depth. I've become invested in their lives and want to see where Crombie takes them from here. Sitting down with the latest feels like catching up with old friends.

    I found the historical headers referring to St. Pancras at the beginning of each chapter interesting.

    The case is wrapped up by the final pages, but there are some threads left dangling that have only whet my appetite for the next book in this wonderful series.

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