Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #3)
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Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,164 ratings  ·  122 reviews
When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one damp and dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to the Chiltern Hills outside of London. A drowning in the countryside doesn't ordinarily merit Scotland Yard's attention, but the dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of Sir Gerald Asherton, a renowne...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published March 1st 1996)
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Book 3. in a series that an keeps getting better. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are back investigating the death of the son-in-law of two celebrities in the Opera World. It transpires it is most likely that the man was pushed and there are a few likely suspects. His estranged wife, Julia Swann was with her young brother, Matty, when he drowned when they were children, so it seems a little suspect that Julia's husband whom she clearly despised, is also drowned. As Duncan and Gemma were asked to...more
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The series by Deborah Crombie of Superintendent of Scotland Yard Duncan Kincaid and Sargeant Gemma James is truly great reading. If you are a buff of English history, reading her novels are as rewarding, and a lot more fun, than studying English history. In this fourth book, Duncan and Gemma are called in on a case of a man found floating in a Thames River lock. A prologue relates the case of a similar drowning of Matty, a young musical prodigy. Julia, his older sister, couldn't save him when he...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
Three and a half stars, rounded up. Until Goodreads gives us half stars, and really would it be so impossible?

I don’t know what made me think Leave the Grave Green was the first book in the Kincaid/James series. (I also thought it was a different series, which is just silly.) It isn’t the first book, but the third; but it was a fine place to start, even for someone like me who twitches a little starting in the middle of a series.

The story: the son-in-law of a famous retired opera singer and her...more
This is an early Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James crime novel, which precedes their more permanent romantic relationship. Crombie's familiarity with the English countryside and London is evident in her writing. Class status is also quite clear, from the manor houses, to the style of speech and the cuisine. It was delightful to read about tea in the Brown's Hotel, just off Picadilly, which was the model for Agatha Christie's, "At Bertram's Hotel" where the ambience seemed to retain the atmosphere of "...more
Kathleen Hagen
Leave the Grave Green, by Deborah Crombie, a. Borrowed from the Library Services for the Blind.

This book, number 3 in the Kincaid and James series, sees them becoming involved in an investigation to determine why a man’s body turned up in the Thames. As they investigate, they find that no one liked him much, except his mistress whom he was promising to marry when the divorce became final. His wife, Julia, wanted to divorce him; his in-laws had always disapproved of him; and there were a couple o...more
Susan Johnson
This is the third book of the Kincaid/James series of great mysteries. Crombie is a good writer who is coming into her own. This particular one was not as good as the others as far as I am concerned. A cad is found drowned in a Thames River Lock. Although a seemingly charming man, he has a cast of characters who would have loved to been the one to push in him. Or did he commit suicide? Duncan Kincaid is drawn to the non-grieving widow and Sgt. Jones is frustrated with that. Although, the romance...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.4* out of 5. There isn't anything in particular wrong with this book - I just didn't enjoy any of it. Although I am now familiar with Superintenden Duncan Kincaid and Seargant Gemma James, I didn't feel that they moved in a positive direction here. I didn't really care about them and much less the other, less familiar characters.

The story begins with how Julia loses her little brother, the darling of her parents, in a drowning accident. Many years later her own husband, Connor Swann, is...more
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Once again, Deborah Crombie has proven to be a clever mystery writer. This is the third book in her series of mysteries with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, and the story has twists and turns that captured my attention. Once again, there was a surprise ending. Additionally, the setting was very interesting and detailed. I am about to begin her fourth book. Yes, I am hooked on this English mystery series!
Better mystery than the last one but I have to vent about that ending! First of all, I'm still pissed about Kincaid's one night stand with Julia! And the fact that Gemma assumed something happened but continued to spend the night with him herself anyway, angered me even more. At least give him the cold shoulder for a week or two girl! But honestly, I love them together but this felt a little too soon in my book. In any case, I was glad she ended up leaving because HE has to fight for her now. I...more
Jessica Howard
The mystery itself wasn't that exciting - but love the developing relationship between Duncan and Gemma!
Clarissa Draper
Genre: Mystery
How I read it: I bought the book

What attracted me to the book: I love mysteries that are part of a series. I started this series at book three. I have also bought the next two in the series and will read those soon.

Summary (from amazon): Crombie's Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma Jones make a welcome return, after All Shall Be Well, to investigate a suspicious drowning in the countryside outside London. The seemingly placid domestic life of disting...more
Terri Lynn
Another winner in the series of mysteries about Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sargeant Gemma James.

In this book, Duncan and Gemma are drawn into the investigation of an apparent drowning death of Connor Swann, the son in law of musical giants Gerald and Caroline Asherton and estranged husband of their daughter Julia, an artist.

Julia wants a divorce and left Connor to live in the apartment they once shared while she returned to live at home with her parents at Badger...more
Matt Schiariti
I was pretty much hooked from the very first Kinkaid/James novel. I enjoyed Share a lot and I liked All Shall Be Well even more. Leave the Grave Green however, is the best one in the series yet!

The son in law of a famous conductor and his ex opera singing wife turns up dead in a river local to their home. Being of high status and having alot of pull with the authorities, the Ashertons call Scotland Yard and request that the matter be looked into. None other than Duncan Kinkaid and Gemma James pi...more
Shonna Froebel
I've been reading this series in fits and starts over the past few years, and not in any kind of order. This is one of the earlier ones that I thought I missed, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Scotland Yark Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is called in to a case in the Chiltern Hills. The body of Connor Swann, the son-in-law of two of the country's most famous opera personalities, has been found in a local river lock. Marks on his neck raise the possibility that he was strangled. Swann was a charmer, b...more

Summary –

Connor Swann, son-in-law of famous conductor Sir Gerald and renowned soprano Dame Caroline is found dead in Thames. The circumstances are ambiguous and it is not sure whether it was suicide, accident or murder. Duncan and Gemma are sent to investigate the case. Soon they realise that the perfect world of the Ashertons is not really as perfect as it looks on the surface.

Review –

Ashertons are a peculiar family. The husband and wife, Sir Gerald and Da...more
LEAVE THE GRAVE GREEN (Pol. Proc/Trad Mys-Kincade/James-England-Cont) – G
Crombie, Deborah – 3rd in series
Berkeley Prime Crime, 1996, US Paperback – ISBN: 0425153088

First Sentence: “Watch you don’t slip.” Julia pushed back the wisps of dark hair that snaked loose from her ponytail, her brow furrowed with anxious concern.

Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sargent Gemma James are sent to a small town outside London. The body of Connor Swann was found in a Thames lock. That he was the son-in-law of a...more
Anna Catharina
Eines der Besten Deborah-Crombie-Bücher! Einfach alles stimmt: die Story, die Personen, die Entwicklung, der Schreibstil. Es wäre sehr schön, wenn die Autorin zu diesen Wurzeln zurückfinden würde, statt ihre Krimis mehr und mehr zu übertrieben gesellschaftspsychologischen Studien auswachsen zu lassen oder das Privatleben der Hauptpersonen als Haupthandlung und den Kriminalfall als Randerscheinung abzuhandeln. Aber dieser Teil der Serie ist einfach nur gut.
BOTTOM LINE: #3 Insp. Duncan Kincaid/Sgt. Gemma James, Thames Valley and London; cosy police procedural. A drowned man turns out to have influential “connections”, who want someone special to look into the circumstances of his death. Mixing with an artsy crowd of opera singers and hangers-on, Duncan and Gemma are extremely likable, and the plotting is tight.

This very satisfying series is similar to George’s Lynley/Havers but without her breast-beating angst or florid bits, and is far more enjoy...more
No Mark Upon Her is the first Deborah Crombie novel that I had read. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately got this book, Leave The Grave Green. I was not disappointed for it is another well written mystery with believable characters and with plenty of twists and turns throughout. One thing that seems to be a very prevalent force in Crombie's books is a study of behavior and misbehavior. We have two parents who willing and knowingly act as if they love one child and not the other. What motivat...more
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sgt. Gemma James are put on a case that could be an accident, a suicide or murder. With his influencial in-laws Connor is found dead in a river.

Duncan finds himself attracted to the widow and Gemma has a strange attraction to a close friend of the family.

There are plenty of characters and lots of twists and turns in the story and I'll admit I didn't even think of the actual killer as the one who "dun it".

Crombie is slowly revealing more of the background of the...more
Susan Anderson
I listened to the audio version which is not the same as reading the book, is it? I mean, it's the same intellectual property but delivered in a different medium. Oh well, it's that time of night when my fingers ramble.

This is not a review, not really, just some comments.

But I loved this book the first book I've read by Deborah Crombie. Concerns the death of the son-on-law of musicians, a conductor and his lyric soprano wife. Setting wonderful. Drownings. Suspects. I was sure it was the sort-of...more
This is number 3 in this series. Having already read #15, it was kind of fun knowing some of what's ahead in the personal lives of the detectives. Very good characters, different kind of plot. Looking forward to reading #1 (placed a hold at the library), and then all the others
re-read this on my kindle while on vacation. not the very first of the series, but one of the early stories. it made me want to go straight into the next one, and of course it was at home and not on my kindle. so now that i am home, can continue where the last one left off. duncan and gemma have just gotten involved, at the very end of this book. and gemma is very worried that her career may be over. it also makes me want to go back to the first book and just reread the whole series. these are a...more
Not bad characters (though not that great in this book) and the mystery kept me guessing. It wasn't a challenging read, but not do light as to feel like it wasn't worth the effort. I was annoyed by the lack of proper police procedure (but I could TRY to blame it on being the 90s in England and maybe they have different standards there) and the entirely unprofessional conduct of the lead investigator. It was a nice mix of being a cozy but with actual police investigators (my pet peeve with cozies...more
Another solid entry by Deborah Crombie. This one has a real cliff hanger at the end, so I began "Mourn Not Your Dead" almost immediately to see if it would resolve.
Sandra Woods
All the twists and turns you expect of a Kincaid/James novel; once again I was guessing 'whodonnit' until the end!
Sandra Knapp
This was a British murder mystery, and for some reason, I think they so a really good job of keeping you guessing. A special knack they have for fooling you into thinking you have it all figured out, and you could not be farther from the truth. Love it!

Anyway, this the tale of a family that suffers with the loss of a loved one twice, and both occasions are in the nature of a drowning, but 20 years apart. For the entire book, right up to the end, I never made the connection between the first drow...more
M. Patrick
Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie is one of the best British mysteries written by a Texan author that I have read. It has the obligatory upper class and commoner suspects as well as the emotionally conflicted senior male detective and loyal, but outspoken and intelligent female partner.
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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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