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 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?

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: 758,591
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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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The Garden of Lamentations 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid and satisfying entry in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything she Writes !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this series. The combination of two or actually three story lines reads smoothly. I hope the series continues for a long time. Would really like to see Melody and Doug get together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weaving past and present into a wonderful story
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Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Pathologists are insatiably curious. That’s why we do it, most of us. Although maybe there are some who just like really bad smells and have no people skills. Don’t say you don’t want to speak ill of the dead. The dead are dead and it won’t hurt them. Lisa Su, Gemma decided, might have been pretty if not for what seemed a perpetually angry expression. Her eyes protruded slightly, as if pushed out from the pressure within. My Review: I was stunned when I noticed I was reading an author for the first while picking up book number seventeen in a series. I had not contemplated such a vast amount of books in one series since my Nancy Drew years. While I am certain I would have had an easier time beginning the tale had I read the previous books, prior experience was not necessary as the story was more than steady on strong dancers legs and quite capable to stand-alone. The plot was complex, ingenious, and brilliantly crafted. Ms. Crombie must be wicked smart and at least a tad twisted to have such a profound facility for evil genius lurking about her headspace. I doubt her neighbors ever fully relax or dare to disturb her peace. Her writing was hypnotic, packed with peculiar and intriguing characters, and densely detailed with a treasure trove of fascinating and multi-faceted story threads knitting themselves into vivid imagery. I covet her mad skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read her previous book first
Twink More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Deborah Crombie's series that features Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The latest (#17) is Garden of Lamentations. Now both working for Scotland Yard, Gemma and Duncan have two puzzling - and disturbing - cases on their hands. Gemma is after the murderer of a young woman found in a private London garden. And Duncan believes that there's a traitor in the ranks - especially after a former mentor is attacked. This thread has been present in the last few books - and comes to a head in Garden of Lamentations. I've written in my previous reviews ..."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 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." This is what has me always eagerly awaiting the next book from Crombie. But Crombie's mysteries and investigations are just as strong as her characterizations. The clues, suspicions and what-ifs are there for the reader to discover along with the police. I enjoy not knowing the 'whodunit' until the final pages. Crombie gives us lots of choices along the way. I'm not sure what the next book will bring - there's a plot turn that has me wondering if the series will continue or is simply moving shop.... If you've not read Crombie before, I suggest starting with earlier books - this latest draws on previous events.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie Such a tangled web of mysteries! It was lovely to reconnect with Gemma and Duncan and the loyal cadre of friends and co-workers. Solutions need a team, each using his or her unique gifts to overcome obstacles, and each supporting the work and well-being of the others. Duncan does promise not to keep secrets from Gemma in future, and I suspect he will keep that promise. This is a most compelling book, making me reluctant to leave it for other pursuits, content when predicted storms cancelled an outing, happily getting up to finish reading when thunderstorms woke me up in the wee hours. Now begins the hard wait for the next one . . . or I could start over with A SHARE IN DEATH and reread all sixteen. One of my college professors said, "Any book worth reading is worth reading twice," and these are. New phrase: went pear shaped (as this site sometimes does when posting reviews -- I hope it works this time).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read everything in this series and will continue to do so! Can't wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He takes off his shirt, revealing a 12 back.