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So will ich schweigen (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #11)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  3,501 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Ein neuer Fall für Superintendent Duncan Kincaid und Inspector Gemma James. Weihnachten naht, und Superintendent Duncan Kincaid fährt mit seiner Lebensgefährtin Gemma James zu seiner Familie nach Cheshire. Das Idyll im mittelalterlichen Städtchen Nantwich wird jedoch bald getrübt, als Kincaids Schwester Juliet in einer alten Scheune eine mumifizierte Babyleiche findet. Zur ...more
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Published 2007
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crombie is just getting better and better. With a minor exception or two, I've found every Kinkaid and James novel to be utterly captivating and engaging and Water Like a Stone doesn't disappoint.

Duncan, Gemma and their family go back to Duncan's birthplace where his family still lives to celebrate Christmas. It's particularly unnerving for Gemma because she'd never met most of Kinkaid's family. She meets Duncan's mother and father as well as his somewhat estranged sister, her stand offish husba
L.A. Starks
Mar 04, 2014 L.A. Starks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the juggling of characters and subplots can be dizzying, Crombie tells a wonderful story with aplomb, research, and true feeling for both her characters and the setting. Her expertise takes this, like her other books, well past the simple "cozy" genre. My only quibble is that the villain was telegraphed so early in the book. Water Like a Stone is well worth reading.
May 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has all the ingredients I love in a mystery novel: good plot, great characters, no horror, not too dark and gritty but not too cosy either: Deborah Crombie gets just the right balance so one is never bored, nor climbing up the curtains with excrutiating suspense!

If I only give it 4 and a half stars, it is simply because it takes some time for the story to really get going, but it is wonderful when it does. Well written and totally recommendable!
Dec 12, 2011 Tattushenoi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction addicts.
Scotland Yard officer, Duncan Kincaid takes his colleague and partner Gemma and her son Toby along with his son Kit to his parents in a country town. All of them have problems which Kincaid hopes this trip will solve. Gemma is nervous about her relationship with Kincaid and after the death of their child is doubtful, how his parents will take her in. Kit has nightmares about his mother dying but does not inform anyone. There are worries at the other side too. Kincaids sister Juliet is in a strai ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that the past couple books in this series have been good, but not quite up to par with the earlier books. Water Like a Stone changes that trend. Ms. Crombie is back with an excellent story line, likable characters, real villains, and an excellent narrator. All in all, an excellent book. Highly recommend. <><
Mary Ronan Drew
Aug 09, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 11th Deborah Crombie mystery featuring Gemma Jones and Duncan Kincaid takes place on the canals and canal boats of Cheshire. One of the things I like about Crombie’s books is that they introduce me to different parts of London and of England and they explore subjects like distilling, firefighting, or in this case canal boating.

Gemma and Duncan have taken a long weekend to visit his parents in the country where he grew up. Things grow tense as they realize his sister is in a deteriorating ma
Susan Wallace
Apr 05, 2016 Susan Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed, Michael Deehy read, sorry I can't seem to get these in order.
Dec 31, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, tense murder thriller, in which Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid tear themselves away from their police work in London to spend Christmas with Duncan's parents in Cheshire. Though both need a holiday desperately, as well as spending some quality time with offspring Kit and Toby (the latter traumatized by the death of his mother, desertion by his step-father and being uprooted from Grantchester to a new life and home in London, they find themselves up to their necks in a murder enquiry when ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, loooove this series. Mystery, suspense, characters.... everything you could want....

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
Well first off, I loved the Narrowboats Oh my goodness, something so romantic and cozy and appealing about those boats. I'm not even a boat person and the canals are probably filthy as most canals are, but even so I was enchanted. I've googled Narrowboat vacations, LOL. Kidding myself no doubt.
OK, about the book I am happy to be back in an English detective novel with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma It is so well-written and orderly, always interesting. Very organized yet not giving the plot away. The
Carolyn Hill
Feb 05, 2015 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I think this may be my favorite in the series so far. As usual, Crombie does a fantastic job with the setting and an historical feature she's highlighting - here it's county Chester and its canals and the traditional narrow boats. It is the home turf of Duncan Kincaid who is visiting family over the Christmas holidays along with Gemma and the two boys, his and hers. We meet his sister Juliet who is having troubles with her marriage and with her fourteen-year-old daughter, Lally. Dunca ...more
Vickie Buenger
Aug 07, 2012 Vickie Buenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not since I read Elizabeth George's This Body of Death, have a learned so much about a subject that I didn't even know existed until I began the book. In the case of George, it was the ponies of The New Forest. In Deborah Crombie's Water Like a Stone, I discovered the fascinating details of the narrow boats of the canals in England. This was a satisfying read. I started it as a gym read, but took it on vacation and couldn't leave it in the gym bag.
Oct 20, 2014 Kyrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This one had been worrying all the way through it, especially for all the children involved.

Kit has a lot of things to work through and I think maybe Lally will work through her own demons with him.

It was very interesting to see Kincaid's family. And I really want Kincaid and Gemma to quit being so cautious with each other and afraid to go one step further.

Terri White
Mar 26, 2014 Terri White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satisfying, mystery
I love this series, except I didn't realize it was a series (I read a couple before I realized this). I went back a few months ago and re-started at book one, and it has been a wonderful experience. The books don't have to be read in order, but it is much more satisfying because there are recurring peripheral characters which appear in several of the books. I suppose that this is considered a suspense/mystery/detective type series, but it is so much more than that. The most satisfying part is th ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Deborah Crombie has managed to create a series that effectively marries English travelogue, mystery and family drama. In this book, Crombie combines an interesting description of the narrowboat culture with mysteries involving several deaths. In addition, there is plenty of drama as Kincaid's sister and niece must make difficult choices in dangerous situations.
It's been a long while, too long really, since I've read or listened to a book from this series. I love reading about Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Something about an English mystery that has textured atmosphere to add to the suspense. Agatha Christie got me hooked and the legacy of English, Irish, Scots, Welsh set mysteries have kept me captured.
Each character has a point of view to move the story along, it's not just about the main character/s voice.
Deborah Crombie is fantastic and I will r
Aug 06, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think this is book 11 in the series. And in keeping with the pattern I observed earlier, this one is out of London. (For at least the last five/six books, the even numbered ones are set in London, the odd numbered ones away from London. I wonder if someone told her she need to vary the setting). anyway, I prefer the in London ones, but this is the best of the not-in-London ones that I've read. I suspect this is because all of the main characters are together outside London. (In the other out-o ...more
This is nearly a 5-star book. Some rather shocking things happen for Kit and Duncan's sister Juliet, but with support from Duncan, Gemma, and Duncan's parents, some excellent decisions are made and old ghosts are laid.
Who doesn't like a good British mystery?

I pretty much saw where this one was going, but the writing was good and I liked the characters. I'll be back, Crombie.
Kristi Lamont
Well, that was a somewhat frustrating experience: I got a little bit into this book and realized that I'd read it before, but couldn't remember a lot of the details and only recalled the resolution to one of the storylines. So I had to read it in full again, but kept saying, "Oh, of course!" The odd thing is that I'd never read any of the books in the series leading up to this one. I guess I read this one back in the day before I begin adhering more strictly to the practice of reading a series i ...more
Debby Allen
Mar 14, 2015 Debby Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all the parts for a train wreck. blended family trip to the parents', sister's marriage in trouble with the requisite surly teenager, and it's oh-so-fraught christmastime. plenty of bad decisions and angry silences.

but I found myself condemning the bad choices without disliking the chooser. and it resolves, not all nice and polite and with equal potential to go either way, but it's cautiously maybe going to be okay.

yet another example of how lies, no matter how well intentioned (and those not w
Jul 11, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series a lot and appreciate the way each book broadens my understanding of the central characters. Although I had guessed the identity of the killer pretty early in the scheme of things, the plot took such twists & turns that I was repeatedly rethinking my solution to the mystery. I hate it when writers withhold key pieces of information to keep the reader in the dark...feels like it's not fair play. But when the information is there, and the reader is still kept guessing until t ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Crombie definitely improved as she wrote this series. This book is as good as the ones just before. you have to pay attention to all the different story lines at the beginning so that you know everyone as their stories converge. It is worth the effort. I like stories that go between different characters experiences.

I like these mysteries because they are not overly intense, but not fluff. They are just a bit gritty without being too gory or violent and she doesn't bother with gratuitous sexual
Mar 20, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of the long series about Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his lover, Metropolitan police detective Gemma James. Duncan and Gemma live together with her toddler son from a previous marriage and Duncan's teenage son. In this book they go on Christmas holiday to Duncan's parent's home. Duncan's son meets his secretive and troubled cousin Lally and soon finds himself caught up in her drama. Duncan's sister is a builder who finds the mummified remains of a baby in a dairy ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good tale

Water Like Stone is another good Kincaid and James mystery. As in earlier novels, the author carries forward the relationship between Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James and the developing relationship with Kincaid's son, Kit. We are introduced to mare of the family and given local color, an interesting look at the canals and narrowboats of England. As with earlier novels, what appear initially to be several mysteries are tied together in the end. Can't wait for the next took.
Oh the nazis, how would you feel one day if all of a sudden you just get caught by your enemy and is used as a tool for their benefits. Well this is exactly what happens to Robert his brother and 2 of his friends after they sneak out of town to watch a american film. They are suddenly surrounded by German Nazi who would take them in at a labor camp where they would be force to work for them. Especially when these kids are so young they have to suffer so much because of all the racism.

This book
Jan 14, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
I returned to another mystery series. This time it’s a contemporary police procedural set in England and featuring Scotland Yard Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and his live-in lover and former Sergeant, now promoted to Detective Inspector, Gemma James. I don’t read a lot of contemporary mysteries but Crombie’s books have a rich blending of character, plot and place and are usually very nicely plotted mysteries. Water Like A Stone has a great setting in the canal towns of the Cheshire countryside. ...more
This is the very first book I bought by Deborah Crombie and I bought it years ago when it first came out in paperback. I never could get into it and it never could keep my interest to even get a third of the way through and as a result I never did read any other books by this author. Then a few months ago I bought and read "No Mark Upon Her", book number 14. I could not put that book down and became quite attached to the characters of Kincaid and James. I have since gone back read almost all the ...more
May 29, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In Water like a Stone, it's Christmas time and Detective Inspector Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James head to Duncan's parents' place for the festivities. Gemma is nervous, it's the first meet and greet with Duncan's family. Before they've even unpacked, Duncan's sister calls to say she's found the body of a baby in a barn she is restoring. It's a busman's holiday as the pair find themselves caught up in this investigation and before long another body is found.

This was a tightly woven myste
Mar 16, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Water Like A Stone
Deborah Crombie
Avon Books, 2007, 381 pps.
ISBN No. 978-0-06-052528-6

A Christmas vacation turns into a mystery involving several families. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sgt. Gemma Jones work together at Scotland Yard. They also live together. This year they are spending Christmas with Duncan’s family in the country. Duncan’s thirteen year-old son Kit and Gemma’s five year-old son Toby along with their dogs, Geordie and Tess travel to Duncan’s parents home. Although
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Deborah Crombie is the author of 15 novels featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James. The 16th Kincaid/James novel, To Dwell in Darkness, will be released by William Morrow in September, 2014.

Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.
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