Dreaming Of The Bones (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #5)
This is the 5th in the Scotland Yard Inspector Kincade, and Sergeant Gemma James series. This book begins with Duncan getting an unexpected call from his ex-wife, Victoria, (Vic) who he hasn’t seen since their divorce 12 years ago. Vic left Duncan for another man, a professor in her own department, and she married him. Now these many years later, he has left her to move to France with a graduate stu...more
Things are going as normal for Duncan and Gemma..they're both comfortable with their relationship, doing their normal workday routines as coppers in Scotland Yard when Duncan gets a call fro...more
Vic also happens to be Duncan's ex wife who walked out on him 12 years ago without a word. She calls him out of the blue to ask his help in looking int...more
Deborah Crombie is the best of the contemporary writers of the police procedural. Her plots are complex without being convoluted, her writing style is clean and occasionally lyrical, and her characters are realistic and face their problems in a realistic way.
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[On Lydia's letters and Vic's inklings of suicide]
I didn't like Lydia much and I really wanted to see her mother's side of all those letters! The letters all came from a period early on in Lydia's life and not the time close to her death. Vic's convictions seemed to be the biggest sign that Lydia was really murdered but I had mixed feelings about those.
It seemed reasonable that if s...more
The only thing that is a problem is the relationship between Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. As colleagues, their relationship would have presented a problem and also the way they operated on vacation and in another jurisdiction. However, this is fiction and...more
Twelve years ago, Duncan Kincaid’s wife walked away from their marriage. Receiving a call, asking for his help was not something he expected. Victoria Kincaid McClellan, mother of Kit, and abandoned by her current husband, has a position with the English Faculty and is writing a biography on 20th Century poet Lydia Ashby who had, supposedly, die...more
Dreaming of the Bones continues the story of two Scotland Yard detectives as they work unofficially to solve a case with close ties to Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. I haven't read any of the previous novels in this series, so I'm not sure if I'm missing a lot of d...more
I like Gemma James a lot more than I like Duncan Kincaid and I found myself wishing she would dump him as a lover during this book and just be work partners the way they had been with no romance.
As this book begins, Gemma has become more comfortable with Duncan being both her boss at Scotland Yard and her...more
At the beginning of each chapter, a fragment of a poem by Rupert Brook is inserted, plausibly to give a perpetuating reminder of the poet’s influence upon the primary victim, Lydia Brooke. Lydia’s tragic obsession with Brooke’s lifest...more
The story unfolds in Cambridge. Ms. Crombie hits just the right balance to bring classic academic stereotypes to life. Are scholars at odds over if and how a biography should be written also personal enemies for other reasons? Will Du...more
You know, I really love Deborah Crombie's writing and DREAMING OF THE BONES...more
This book adds another layer as it involves Kincaid's ex-wife, whose academic delving into the life of a famous female poet sets off a series of murders and uncovers another series of murders in the past. I enjoyed that much of the book is about Kincaid's relati...more
dreaming of the bones is well-written, compelling. she builds characters you care about and want to get to know better. you read the first in the series and know you will read all the others. she is not formulaic. and there are many layers to the stories. they are complicated but not so complicated that you have troub...more
Duncan's wife is writing a biography of the poet - at least...more