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There is surely nothing more peaceful than the Yorkshire Moors in autumn, or so Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid supposes when he takes on the unlikely role of time-share holder at stately Followdale House in northern England. Newly promoted, weary from overwork, Kincaid opts for a holiday "incognito," relaxing with just a few good books. Some of his fellow gues...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Avon (first published 1993)
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Terri Lynn
Oh dear. A Goodreads friend recommended this author to me when I felt sad that I had read all of Edward Marston's series about the Railway Detective so I decided to try out the first book in Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series and I love it! You know what this means. Book after delightful book to read and catch up on in this series.

Deborah Crombie is an American who writes about a detective superintendent from Scotland Yard named Duncan Kincaid who took his vacation by takin...more
Judy
I'm a great believer in reading books that are published in a series in order. In fact, I recommend that approach over and over in my reviews. Apparently, I'm not always taking my own advice. I just bought Deborah Crombie's new book for my Kindle and, on a whim, I went to her website. Was I surprised to find out that I had pretty much started in the middle of her Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James series. The horror. So I'm starting at the beginning and filling in the back st...more
Booknblues
Deborah Crombie's first book A Share in Death in her series about Scotland Yard detective Duncan Kincaid and his Sergeant Gemma James shows great promise for the series. Duncan is taking advantage of a vacation at a timeshare in Yorkshire which his cousin has offered him. He looks forward to the week away from his professional responsibilities. Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that it will not be as relaxing as planned when Duncan discovers a body in the jacuzzi. Duncan realizes that he w...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 4* out of 5. Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is going on a holiday in a timeshare house. It doesn't take very long before one of the people running the place is found dead. All of the sudden he is drawn into a murder investigation, holiday or not. This was very much a sort of Agatha Christie closed room murder mystery - one of the guests must have done it, but who? And why? Thoroughly enjoyable and I will certainly be reading more by Deborah Crombie.
Deb
I've discovered a new author and I'm glad I did. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie is the first in a series of mysteries featuring Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma Jones. Kincaid is taking some much-needed vacation time at a Yorkshire time-share. His vacation is quickly interrupted by the discovery of a body in the swimming pool, and further complicated by a second murder. Crombie portrays Kincaid as an astute, intelligent observer, but also as very cool and...more
Jaclyn
Deborah Crombie is an author I've heard about and recommended often, but I have to admit that I'd never picked up one of her books. It was time.

A Share in Death marks the beginning of Crombie's popular series featuring Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant, Gemma James. Book one opens with Kincaid taking a much needed vacation, unfortunately this turns into a working holiday when someone is murdered and Kincaid finds himself up against the local coppers in his search to fi...more
Nan
I read this, the first of Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones mysteries because the author is recommended by Louise Penny. I enjoyed this book - a quick mystery read - and can see where character development in subsequent books will be interesting. This book takes place in a country guest house/timeshare in Yorkshire. I found it a little too crammed with characters and had trouble at times keeping some of those characters straight. If the book could have been a little longer, with more...more
Fanficfan44
This took me quite a while to get round to reading. I checked it out of the library a couple times and never got around to it before having to return it, until this time. I am glad that I did read it this time. This was a Agatha Christie-like English country house murder mystery. Our sleuth, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, accepts a holiday time share to an estate in the Yorkshire countryside, wakes up to use the pool early and finds a body. He is not accepting the local police’s assumption of su...more
Mal Warwick
An Early Effort from a Master of Detective Diction

As a fan of Deborah Crombie’s intricately woven mysteries featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones, I seized on A Share in Death as an opportunity to read the backstory in this first in the series, much earlier in their careers than in the more recent novels. I was disappointed.

A Share in Death, set in an isolated timeshare hotel in Yorkshire, reads as little different from the old-school parlor tales of Agatha Christie a...more
Vicki
I have read and enjoyed several of her books featuring Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Gemma James of Scotland Yard, but this one caught my eye when B&N offered it to Nook users, mentioning that it was the first of the series. If I had just picked it up randomly, I would not have assumed it was the introduction to the characters but a comfortable continuation of a story in progress.

In this case, Kincaid has been gifted with a time-share at a resort in northern England by a cous...more
Ronna
Many friends have convinced me that I needed to start reading the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mysteries. Great suggestion! Just finished book one, and am surprised how wonderfully well written this English cozy was done for a first time author. Definitely fits that fun place that Agatha Christie developed for me. Glad there are so many more out there to be read.

Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is vacation at a friend's timeshare---or at least, that was his plan before a dead body...more
Kathleen Hagen
A Share in Death, by Deborah Crombie, A. borrowed from NLS Library for the Blind, read by Malcolm Graham.

This is number 1 in the Duncan Kincaid series and definitely gets it off to a good start which won several awards for Crombie at the time it was published. Duncan has just been promoted to superintendent at Scotland Yard. He has a lot of vacation coming to him, and his brother convinces him to take over a time share to a resort that they won’t be able to use. He goes to the resort incognito,...more
Carolyn Hill
I'm not an avid reader of detective whodunnits, but sometimes I come across a series that intrigues me, especially if it's set in England. I find the Elizabeth George and Kate Atkinson ones a bit too dark and grim for my devotion, and some of the cozies are too fluffy and sweet even for me. I recently came across a reference to Deborah Crombie's newest book in her series featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James and thought it sounded like something I might enjoy. I don't like entering a series i...more
Jane Weir
Absolutely brilliant. I've been on quite the reading kick lately, and my mom suggested this series after I told her, "I want to love the characters. Laugh, love and lose with them. I want to finish the book and wish the characters were real people I could be friends with." - and my mother did not disappoint (but, do they ever?) Deborah Crombie is a genius at characterization, not to mention marvelous at weaving a plot and painting the picture of a setting in such a way that you will truly feel y...more
Jennifer
This is the first book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series by Deborah Crombie. I decided to start at the beginning of the series after reading No Mark Upon Her, which I really enjoyed. This one was good, especially for a first novel and although I wasn't completely shocked, I was surprised by the final ending. Recommended if you enjoy English mysteries or police procedurals with interesting characters and settings. I'm looking forward to reading everything else in the series and seeing...more
Patricia
This is an exceptional English mystery! The setting is intriguing and the plot is intricate with many twists and turns. Twice I was TOTALLY surprised at relationships that were revealed amongst the characters. I was COMPLETELY caught off-guard! I understand that this is the first book in a series of mysteries written by Deborah Crombie, and I look forward to reading more and more of her books.
James
I came across this book in my library and based on the blurb on the cover decided to give it a try.

It's the first story in the Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma Jones series, although we don't really learn much about either of them in this story, but reading reviews of later books in the series this changes.

Superintendent Kincaid is on holiday in a Yorkshire hotel when he discovers the murdered body of one of the hotel staff... and a couple of days later one of the other guests is...more
Roger
SUMMARY: Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid finally gets to take a holiday. He cousin has a time share in the English countryside that he will not be able to use and gives the week to Duncan. And wouldn't you know it, that happens to be the same week that not one, but two people are killed at the property.

RATING: 3.75 out of 5 rounded up to 4.

COMMENTS: This is the second mystery I've read in the last two weeks. The other was also set in England and written by P.D. James. I liked this bo...more
Donna
Good start to a series. We get to know a little about the characters and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them. It had a bit of that Lynley/Havers vibe from the Elizabeth George books but not as gritty. I love finding a series that has more than a dozen books waiting to be read.
Kyrie
I really like her writing style and descriptions. I did have some trouble keeping the characters straight at first - too many potential suspects - and she kept me guessing until the end.

I want to read more of this series.
Becky
Great for car listen. I like the main character-- detective Duncan Kincaid and his sgt, Jenna James. Mystery was along the order of an agatha Christie -- all the breadcrumbs were there and it's only at the final hour that our bold and caring detective superintendent connects all the dots. There's no final "gather all the suspects" as in a Poirot story, but rather it gets sorted as Duncan careens down a country lane in his "midget" only to encounter an independent and slow-moving flock of sheep w...more
CLM
Mar 27, 2013 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to CLM by: Kate S and Carrie F
Enjoyed this first in a mystery series with an English setting - here is my review http://perfectretort.blogspot.com/201...
Trina Helfrich
I am so excited to have stumbled upon this series. I loved the first one and I can't wait to dig into the next 13 books!
Gary Van Cott
3.5 Stars. The writing is very clear and is only from the point of view of the two main characters (although there isn't much of Gemma in this book). This is the style of writing I prefer. On the negative side the book resembles an English country house mystery and is on the short side.

I have decided to reread this series which I read about two years ago. It is one of the best long series of mysteries I have encountered. There is probably more development in the relationship between the two mai...more
Lynn
I've read a couple of the later books in Deborah Crombie's Kincaid and James series. A Goodreads member suggested I start at the beginning and so A Share in Death made it on my to be read list. This was a nice introduction to the series. There isn't much character development in the story but the old fashioned Miss Marple type mystery was a treat.

Superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes advantage of his cousin's time share week in Yorkshire. One of the staff members is murdered, putting all the gues...more
Susan
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie is the first book of the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James mystery series set in modern-day England. Duncan Kincaid is a Scotland Yard Superintendent, Gemma James his Sergeant; a partnership that reminds me of Elizabeth George’s Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Duncan Kincaid is single, apparently well off, and attractive. Gemma James is a plucky single mom living on an adequate but by no means comfortable income. Gemma is a talented interviewer, knows...more
MwN2
“I realized that if I didn’t wake the next morning, no one would miss me”

There are times when I search for a murder mystery, where the crime will take place in a small village; the suspect pool will be restricted to a certain number of people. The detection would be done by an amateur sleuth, with the local police made to look like bumbling fools. And, the plot shouldn’t be too filmsy, although far from being gory or violent, it must be strong with a nice dose of twist. In short something in the...more
Bonnie
Okay, now that I have read at least ten of the ones that follow, I have read the first Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James mystery. It was difficult finding it at the library, but sets the stage for everything that followed. In this introduction to the series, Duncan takes his cousin's time share week in the Yorkshire Moors when the cousin's wife is about to deliver. He arrives in his Midget at the picture-book village and sets about meeting the other guests at a reception. Du...more
John Lee
I cant remember how/why this one got on my 'to read' shelf but it seemed my kind of book. An English Country House type murder- just right.
I found it quite easy to get the characters fixed in my mind after the clever introduction that the Asst Manager made on the first evening and I had no problem in imagining the surroundings in which the action took place.

My copy of the book shows that the author lives in Texas and I wonder if her thoughts about the behaviour of the English policemen have been...more
Caroline
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is all geared up to spend a week at a beautiful timeshare for a much needed holiday. With only a day into his holiday, the assistant manager of the timeshare is found floating in the jacuzzi, a plugged in electric heater found in the water with his body. Suicide seems too easy a verdict for his death, and Kincaid is certain the man was murdered. But he's on holiday and will need to surreptitiously poke around, if only because the local Inspector Nash clearly dislike...more
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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.
More about Deborah Crombie...
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