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

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

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

Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James, take their sons to picturesque Cheshire for their first family Christmas with Duncan's parents—a holiday both dreaded and anticipated. But not even the charming town of Nantwich and the dreaming canals can mask the tensions in Duncan's family, which are tragically heightened by the discovery of an infant's body hidden in the wall of an old dairy.

As Duncan and Gemma help the police investigate the infant's death, another murder strikes closer to home, revealing that far from being idyllic, Duncan's childhood paradise holds dark and deadly secrets . . . secrets that threaten everything and everyone Duncan and Gemma hold most dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060525286
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 246,405
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 4.16(h) x 1.08(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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Water like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #11) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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
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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.