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In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #10)

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Deborah Crombie is building a reputation for creating powerful and dramatic mysteries. Her protagonists, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, have more in common than the home and love they share, they're also both Scotland Yard detectives.

In a Dark House puts Gemma and Duncan's multilayered relationship to the test, as these two gifted investigato

Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Avon (first published October 1st 2004)
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Nov 19, 2013 Quillracer rated it liked it
This series continues to grow on me, and I liked this book best of all I’ve read so far.

Duncan is investigating the death of a woman found in a burning warehouse while Gemma looks into the disappearance of a caregiver to an invalid woman. The disappearance of a child leads to the cases overlapping. Meanwhile, Duncan and Gemma are dealing with an attempt by his ex-wife’s mother to take his son, Kit, away from him.

The story moves along slow but steady for most of its length then bursts to maximum
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
It just seems that Crombie never has a lack of subject matter. Whereas the previous novel centered around the whiskey trade, In A Dark House weaves an intricate mystery that's centered around fire and the fire brigade.

A warehouse of a prominent businessman with lots of political connections leads to Kincaid being assigned 'damage control'. When a body is found in the building however, it makes it all the more sensitive and complicated.

Winnie, Kincaid's in law since being married to his relative
Kathleen S
Aug 01, 2016 Kathleen S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I shouldn't start a book in the middle of a series, but I've had the audio of In a Dark House around for a long time and thought I should give it a try. And it was a little confusing at first because about a dozen characters and several different plot threads were thrown at me right at the beginning. Someone starts a fire in a building, a woman goes missing and separated parents are fighting over custody of their daughter. How are all these threads going to weave a whole story?

Eventually I figur
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 18, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it
Another wonderful Deborah Crombie mystery. The story takes place in London, my favorite setting for Crombie mysteries, this time in Southwark. It was in this area of London that Little Dorrit was set, with the Marshalsea prison the focus of the story. Crombie has a little girl attending the Little Dorrit School (based I’m sure on the Charles Dickens School) and Winnie Montfort, the Episcopal priest, is the temporary rector of St Peter’s church (which is based on St Andrew’s.)

The crimes in this s
Mal Warwick
Jan 02, 2011 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why read mystery stories? What is it about the experience that compels me to return, time after time, to the novels of Deborah Crombie, Elmore Leonard, Elizabeth George, Ian Rankin, Michael Connolly, and a dozen others? After all, I read about as many novels about murder and mayhem as I do both nonfiction and “serious” fiction combined. Why?

This question comes to mind with special poignancy as I sit down to review one of Deborah Crombie’s finely wrought police procedurals, In a Dark House. Immed
BOTTOM LINE: #10 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James, London; police procedural. Apparently random arson fires, several missing women, two lost children, several dead bodies, and a bit of London history, mix superbly in this slow-to-start, but ultimately satisfying entry in one of my favorite series.

Crombie mixes an amazing amount of threads and bits and pieces, that seem at the beginning to be confusing and almost unrelated, into a carefully wrought tapestry at the end. I enjoyed it all very much, as t
Dec 10, 2012 Bücherplanet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Also ich muss sagen, oder in diesem Fall schreiben, dass mich D.Crombie auch mit diesem Buch wieder vollends von ihrer Fähigkeit überzeugt hat.

Das Buch ist gesäumt von verschiedensten Handlungssträngen, die den Leser in einen Sog reinziehen und umherwirbeln.

Inspektor Kincaid sowie seine Lebensgefährtin Gemma überzeugen auch in diesem Teil wieder als Hauptprotagonisten. Und was mir persönlich besonders gut gefällt ist, dass sie abseits vom Yard und ihrem Beruf die gleichen Probleme und Sorgen hab
Apr 30, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
This series is really excellent! The plots are so varied and one becomes really attached to the main protagonists, Duncan and Gemma. This book, #10 in the series, deals with blackmail, arson, murder and a kidnapped child, all set in Southwark, Southbank and Bankside in London, and spotlighting the fire brigade. Very complex, yet easy to read, I definitely recommend it.
Dec 25, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Kincaid and James

Deborah Crombie provides a good mystery tale, great local color and the ongoing personal story of the main characters. I appreciate the internal dialogue and self questioning of the title characters.
Kristi Lamont
Jul 07, 2016 Kristi Lamont rated it really liked it
Really like how well our author weaves new people into the ongoing storylines, and then brings them back in later books. And, well, London. I really like London, too. :-)
Jul 14, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2013
I read this on my Nook on the plane ride to San Francisco, and I was about 40 pages from the end when they announced we had to turn off all electronics to prepare for landing. To which I responded, "ARRRRRRGGGHHH." Deborah Crombie put together the best mystery I've read in a really long time here, with an unidentified murder victim and numerous seemingly unrelated threads, and it was absolutely impossible to predict how anything was going to be resolved. Having to wait until this morning to fini ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
This is book 10 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. The mystery in this books contains a body found in a burnt building. The fire was arson and the reader gets glimpses into the arsonists thoughts as he sets the blaze. Duncan is investigating the arson and Gemma in a round about way is investigating a missing persons case. Are they related? Is Gemma’s missing person the body in the fire? Gemma is also searching for a missing child? As the police hunt for the identity of the victim, they al ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 10 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. The mystery in this books contains a body found in a burnt building. The fire was arson and the reader gets glimpses into the arsonists thoughts as he sets the blaze. Duncan is investigating the arson and Gemma in a round about way is investigating a missing persons case. Are they related? Is Gemma’s missing person the body in the fire? Gemma is also searching for a missing child? As the police hunt for the identity of the victim, they al ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Three subplots are twisting and turning. Love this series... Suspenseful.

In a Dark House puts Gemma and Duncan's multilayered relationship to the test, as these two gifted investigators find themselves working a brutal and complex case from differing perspectives. It starts simply Superintendent Kincaid is called in to "help" when a member of Parliament's venture into real estate goes up in smoke. At first Duncan expects that his role will be limited to keeping the politician's involvement out o
Mar 09, 2010 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I guess it's a sign of a good writer when the reader (me) is so caught up in the story she (me) is mad at one of the main characters for doing something stupid. Several mysteries going on in this one. All but one ties in together in the end. New characters I expect we'll see again in future books are introduced. Duncan Kincaid totally screws up a personal appointment - I'll leave it there rather than spoil the story for those who might want to read it. Deborah just gets better with every story.
Jul 24, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It seems ridiculous to say that the even numbered entries to this series are better than the odd, but at the moment it seems true. Every other one (and it is possible I have odd/even switched), Crombie wants to move her people out of London. I don't think it serves her well. So the last one (And Justice There is None?) was set in Scotland. This one is back in London and it is better. Then next one is out of London again and I'm worried.

anyway, I really liked this one. Good mystery and I enjoy t
Nov 09, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #10

Duncan is called out to a fire. A woman at a safehouse for women and children called it in. The firemen found a body. Duncan is helping to find out what happened. At the same time, Gemma got a call from Winnie, Duncan's cousin's wife. Winnie has a parishioner whose roommate has gone missing. Fanny says Elaine has been gone for two days. Could she be the burned body?

The police look at CCTV and find that a young woman had entered the building a few hours before
Carolyn Hill
Oct 26, 2014 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it
Another solid mystery from Deborah Crombie featuring arson, an unidentified murder victim, and a missing child. Nothing like having an abducted child to ramp up the suspense. Crombie skillfully weaves in multiple characters and plot lines along with the series detectives, Duncan Kincaid and his life partner and former sergeant Gemma, who is now in a different jurisdiction. Duncan still doesn't seem to get what it means to be a parent. Work always comes first for him, but maybe he's learning. Bei ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Peggy rated it it was amazing
This is a very good British police procedural. It is part of the Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series. Duncan is a supervisor at Scotland Yard and Gemma, his significant other, is a detective at the Metropolitan police. They live together with Gemma's toddler son and Duncan's teenaged son. In this story several seemingly unrelated events draw both Duncan and Gemma into investigations that may overlap. Gemma's keen instincts soon bring the investigations together, but it is unclear until the end h ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Lynette rated it liked it
A great mystery set in London. Reads like a good cop show. I will read Deborah Crombie again when I need a break from the other things I read. I enjoyed her characters.
Apr 27, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
I think I'm going to be sad when I'm all caught up with this series because I can't stop reading these books! I actually started the series with a book later than this one and then went back to read them all in order from the beginning so I know a little of what's coming in the future. I find this doesn't really detract much since the mysteries are all very different, but at times I want the personal side of the story to hurry along.

I particularly loved this book because at first it's so confus
Jane Wetzel
Jan 22, 2014 Jane Wetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the Superintendent Duncan Kincaid detective mysteries. This one was very interesting. Deborah Crombie used intertwining plots that braided together beautifully at the conclusion. It was so well done, that there was not that confusion which multi-plots can create. Even as she jumped from one character to another as the first person of the story, it was easy to move and become planted in that scene. From the missing mysterious roommate and three other missing people to the suspiciou ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Part of a series - I picked this one up randomly at a library sale. I thought it was a good read, police mystery. I liked this section that was a prayer by an Anglican minister as she sat with a sick and sad parishioner. "Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's ...more
Meg Thomas
Mar 07, 2016 Meg Thomas rated it really liked it
Oooh, this one totally redeemed the series in my book. Still some flaws, but overall back to the page turning excitement that I remember from the earlier books, without all the New Age woo woo or irrelevant back stories. Great plot, enough new characters to make it interesting but not confusing, several intertwining stories. My one quibble - I know they caught the bad guys (they always seem to), but I could've used a bit more explanation/resolution. No motives were really fleshed out. Still...on ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-books-read
In a Dark House was what I call a "filler" novel. It fills the time between major storyline events, building the suspense to major turning points. Significant "little things" happen that will ultimately be crucial. For example, Kit's preliminary custody hearing takes place, but we don't know the judge's decision yet. Kit makes a decision that will be extremely important. Gemma and Duncan independently realize something about their relationship and the direction it may need to take. But neither o ...more
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Kathleen Hagen
In a Dark House, by Deborah Crombie, a-minus, borrowed from the Library for the Blind, but also available through This is the tenth in the Kincaid James series.

In this book we have several things going on at once, which for a while is confusing. First, there is a fire which burns down a warehouse. When the fire is out, they find the body of a woman burned beyond recognition. They have to figure out who this is. At the same time, a woman who uses a wheelchair woke up one morning and
Jun 12, 2013 Sandie rated it really liked it
In this novel in Deborah Crombie's excellent police investigation series, Duncan Kincaid has been called to the scene of a murder. A woman's body has been found in a warehouse that burned the night before. It is unclear if the murder was the reason the fire was set, or if it was a coincidence. It also is unclear who the victim was. There are several women missing, and any of them could fit the forensic description of the victim.

The warehouse's closest neighbor was a woman's shelter for victims
Jul 25, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself frustrated with this book. There were too many different plots; who was the serial arsonist, who killed the lady, and where was the kidnapped girl. Once again the action all takes place in a distinctive area. The southern bank of the Thames in London. I like that aspect of this author's work. But I feel like I need to take a break from reading her. The personal story of Kincaid's son used to be interesting, but in this and the last couple books I just kept being distracted by how ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Ginny rated it it was amazing
The past few installments in this series have just been fantastic. Other than a couple of books that didn't totally work for me, the series has gotten better and better, both because of these wonderful characters and the intricate plots. I really know Kincaid and Gemma, and the character additions peppered throughout have been great. The crimes have been interesting and twisting and Crombie does a great job at balancing so many people and plot points; it's very impressive.
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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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