Water like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #11)

Water like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #11)

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by Deborah Crombie
     
 

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When Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes Gemma, Kit, and Toby for a holiday visit to his family in Cheshire, Gemma is soon entranced with Nantwich's pretty buildings and the historic winding canal, and young Kit is instantly smitten with his cousin Lally.

But their visit is marred by family tensions exacerbated by the unraveling of Duncan's

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When Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes Gemma, Kit, and Toby for a holiday visit to his family in Cheshire, Gemma is soon entranced with Nantwich's pretty buildings and the historic winding canal, and young Kit is instantly smitten with his cousin Lally.

But their visit is marred by family tensions exacerbated by the unraveling of Duncan's sister Juliet's marriage. And tensions are brought to the breaking point on Christmas Eve with Juliet's discovery of a mummified infant's body interred in the wall of an old dairy barn—a tragedy hauntingly echoed by the recent drowning of Peter Llewellyn, a schoolmate of Lally's.

Meanwhile, on her narrowboat, former social worker Annie Lebow is living a life of self-imposed isolation and preparing for a lonely Christmas, made more troubling by her meeting earlier in the day with the Wains, a traditional boating family whose case precipitated Annie's leaving her job.

As the police make their inquiries into the infant's death, Kincaid discovers that life in the lovely market town of his childhood is far from idyllic and that the dreaming reaches of the Shropshire Union Canal hold dark and deadly secrets . . . secrets that may threaten everything and everyone he holds most dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061828119
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #11
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
64,009
File size:
1 MB

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.

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Water like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #11) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again, Crombie has given readers another great mystery with inviting charaters and interesting personal issues. She has beautfully merged the main characters personal lives with the events of their professional work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This installment takes place around the waters surrounding Duncan's family's home. This book was so well written, mysteries that linked the past and the present, and local law working with Duncan and Gemma. Loved this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
will consider that not every book can be a winner. This may be one of the off days. Formatic. Perhaps blurb said too much as did several too long reviews off putting so archived and will try tofinish at a later date page counter
harstan More than 1 year ago
Police officers Duncan Kincaid, his live-in lover Gemma James, her five year old son, Toby, his thirteen year old son Kit and their two dogs are spending the Christmas holidays with his parents. Their vacation gets off to a bad start when Duncan¿s sister Juliet, a builder, finds the remains of an infant in a walled-up part of the building that she is remodeling. Kit is trying to befriend Juliet¿s daughter Lilly who is still mourning the drowning death of her friend Peter. --- Juliet¿s husband Casper has turned against his wife thanks to the machinations of his business partner Piers because she knows he is embezzling funds in their investment business. A social worker trying to help a former client who is mortally ill is murdered and Duncan finds himself helping the local authorities on that case. What nobody realizes is the drowned teen, the social worker and the infant are connected and finding the killer of one of the victims will lead to the murderer(s) of the other two. --- Deborah Crombie is one of this reviewer¿s favorite authors of police procedurals using an England style tone although the author is American. There is lots of action but this is a character driven mystery as readers get a personal glimpse into the lives of all the characters especially Duncan and Gemma. He cannot help but get involved in a case in which his friend heads the investigation and leads to a loved one almost getting killed. --- Harriet Klausner
BejayS More than 1 year ago
Good read. Interesting plot and well rounded characters. Kincaid and James are a delightful team. Crombie leaves you wanting to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Deborah Crombie's books. I have several of them. And none disappoint.
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As always in this author's books, the setting and the characters assume an extra dimension. Interesting plot too.
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gAytheist More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. This is, in part, because I read it out of order. Perhaps if I had read all the books that came before this one I'd have liked this one better. I enjoyed the story and in particular some of the characters were very interesting, like the ex-social working who lived on a house boat. Indeed, the whole story was suffused with interesting information about the canal boats that ply the inland waters of Great Britain. The real problem with this book is that it becomes very obvious, very quickly, who the murder is. There's only one character that even remotely fits, and that character is basically a psychopath. So there's just not much mystery here. A good story about superintendant Kincaid and his lover/partner Gemma and their personal problems dealing with family and children. If you have enjoyed the previous volumes in the series you'll probably enjoy this one, but don't expect to be surprised by whodunit.