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The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #15)

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ebook, 384 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by William Morrow
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
When I got the email from Goodreads that I had won "The Sound of Broken Glass: A Novel" from its First Reads program, my first thought was, "why the heck did I sign up for this book?"

I usually choose the books I enter for pretty carefully -- I don't just click and enter for whatever's available but select books that I really want to read. So it was with relief and excitement that I found out that this book was the latest from Deborah Crombie.

I've read all of Deborah Crombie's books, and even tho
Mary Ronan Drew
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Deborah Crombie has written a terrific mystery, one even better than the last. I've been saying since I started reading her Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid stories 14 books ago, she can't possibly keep this up. Instead she's getting better.

The plot of The Sound of Breaking Glass is particularly clever. It begins with a band performing in a noisy pub that they don't normally play. They are there because their manager, Tam, wants a producer to see the lead guitarist, Andy, perform. Because t
Mal Warwick
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If you’ve ever contemplated writing a thriller, or even just a run-of-the-mill crime novel, you may have stopped in your tracks when you came to the point of coming up with a plot. It ain’t easy (at least for those of us who aren’t named James Patterson). Readers tend to demand stories that keep them puzzled right up to the end, surprise or shock them in the closing pages, and then leave them with a satisfied feeling that everything makes sense afte
Patrice Hoffman
*Won Through a Goodreads Giveaway*

I have always heard good things about Deborah Crombie and her books. I was super excited after receiving news that I'd nabbed her latest. The only problem with nabbing it was the fact that it's the latest book in a well-established series. The series is known as her Kincaid/Gemma series and it is book number fifteen. I usually hate starting books any where except the beginning but I seriously wanted to start the book and not empty my bank account by buying fourt
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers everywhere
How hard it has been to wait an entire year for Deborah Crombie to produce yet another novel! How I've longed to know how Detective Inspector Gemma James has been getting along and how her husband, Duncan Kincaid, has been doing in his transition from CID detective superintendent to stay-at-home dad! How I've missed them!

In The Sound of Broken Glass, the 15th novel in the Kincaid-James series, Gemma and her sergeant, Melody Talbot, investigate the murder of Vincent Arnot, a well-respected barris
Matt Schiariti
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Andy Monohan was 13, he became fast friends with his new neighbor, and older woman named Nadine. She was attentive, beautiful and encouraging; everything his mother wasn't. The two would sit out on their respective porches, seeking solace from the sweltering August heat, Andy playing his guitar, Nadine enjoying the sounds of the fledgling musician, letting him know that he had talent and one day he could make something of himself if he would stick with it. She was the kindest person he'd ev ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only 'discovered' Deborah Crombie last year when I read No Mark Upon Her. I have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in her Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series. The Sound of Broken Glass (#15) releases today.

Kincaid and James are husband and wife and both work for Scotland Yard. Duncan is staying at home right now with their three year old daughter and Gemma is heading up her first big murder case.

Who has been killed? A prominent lawyer - found in a rundown hotel in Crystal Palace, naked and t
Sometimes when I'm reading a mystery novel, the coincidences start piling up and throw me right out of the world the author is trying to create. In this book, however, I could tell that all the separate threads of the story would eventually come together and all I wanted was to know how. The only thing that stopped me reading it in one night was I couldn't keep my eyes focused any longer.

The only thing I didn't like was the very last page. Because -- holy cliffhanger! -- it's going to be another
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sounds Of Broken Glass
Deborah Crombie

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Gemma and Duncan are still sorting out their lives with their two sons and the addition of three year old Charlotte to their family. Duncan remains at home while Gemma remains the crime fighter. Duncan is happy but frustrated.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I have high hopes and strong opinions about this book because I love this series so much. I have read every one of them in the order they were written and in the o
Pat C.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read "No Mark Upon Her" and "The Sound of Broken Glass" consecutively and enjoyed both books and yet I can't say I LOVED either of them.
I like the author's ability to portray original and engaging characters. Except for her "villains" the people who populate her books are realistic yet likable and I find myself hoping for a positive outcome for them which is pretty much how I feel about the "characters" in my own life.
I also appreciate that she doesn't let you get attached to some charact
Deborah Crombie is one of those writers who reliably comes through with an engrossing, fast moving mystery, especially if Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are the detectives on the case. The Sound of Broken Glass is no exception. Newly married, Duncan and Gemma are working out child care arrangements for their blended family, and Duncan's being house husband for a while. Gemma lands the case of a London barrister who was murdered in a seedy hotel. A few days later, another death occurs, seemingly ...more
Oh, she's done it again! Another brilliant mystery novel in the Kincaid/James series that I adore. Her main characters are so well developed, I feel I know them. I loved the plot of "The Sound of Broken Glass", and felt frustrated when I had to put the book down. "Too many coincidences", you say? I say "so what?!" The historical references to Crystal Palace are all very interesting, and we meet up again with characters from earlier books, lovable guitarist Andy Monahan and the rather odd DI Maur ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Crombie's books are wonderful rich in atmosphere and character, and The Sound of Broken Glass is no exception. This one is Detective Gemma James's story, braiding the strands of a story from the past about a lonely teenage boy and his lovely neighbor together with a present-day story of the investigation into the murder of a lawyer, found in a seedy hotel in London's Crystal Palace neighborhood. Great sense of place, and of course anyone who follows Gemma and Duncan will want to see how ...more
Sam Sattler
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a longtime fan of Elizabeth George, and I have often wished that she would produce more than one new novel per year. So, finally discovering Deborah Crombie’s Scotland Yard detective series (The Sound of Broken Glass being the fifteenth book in the series) last year was one of the highlights of my reading year.

The novels of George and Crombie have much in common. Each series is anchored by a group of Scotland Yard detectives who, over the course of the series, change and mature as they exp
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not my favorite of the Crombie books, but it was still enjoyable. My main problems with the book were: a too convenient plot, and too much focus on pairing up characters.

The plot fit together, but it was so carefully constructed you just felt the effort that went into and it all came together too perfectly. I would have preferred maybe a more realistic story with some rough around the edges.

My other complaint is that the secondary characters were all fixed up so conveniently which felt
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story that moved along well. The background of the Crystal Palace added to the story. London in winter doesn't sound like fun, weather-wise. Duncan and Gemma's relationship continues to develop as their family grows, and that is a interesting subplot. All in all a very satisfying read, especially for fans of the series.
Jessica Howard
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-british, 2012
(Sigh) How I love Duncan and Gemma. Another great mystery - with a lot more Melody and Doug (Duncan and Gemma's respective Sergeants) and an interesting Crystal Palace setting. A teensy bit cliffhangery... going to be hard to wait for the next one!
Lucy Burdette
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Crombie is a master--manages to weave wonderful characters, an appealing setting, and a good mystery together into one polished package. This was an excellent addition to her series.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her best! I love the focus on Melody in this installment.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, z2013-reads
With Duncan at home on family leave doing the domestic heavy lifting with their blended family, Gemma is the one who is front and center investigating this newest case.

She and Melody are called to the Crystal Palace area of London where a well respected, even somewhat stuffy barrister is found tied up in what appears to be S&M gone wrong in a seedy motel. The only lead they have is that he had words with a guitarist in a pub the previous night.

A second murder of another barrister in the sam
Terri Lynn
Deborah Crombie was in fine form with this addition to the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. The storyline was interesting and well developed and I was glad to see old friends among the characters.

Duncan has been staying home with his and Gemma's 3 year old foster child Charlotte (who they hope to add permanently to the family along with Duncan's 14 year old son Kit and Gemma's 6 year old son Toby since both of Charlotte's parents are dead)since she had responded badly to going to preschool an
Carolyn Hill
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent mystery in the series. I really enjoy the feeling of settling in with familiar characters when I pick up a new selection in a series I've been reading for a number of years. It's much easier to jump into the story without trying to figure out who's who and the intertwined relationships among the many characters, rather like the comfort of a popular TV series where nuances are often lost on the uninitiated viewer. There are always new characters introduced, of course, but often ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

*This is an ARC I won via a goodreads giveaway* 5 Stars!
Detective Inspector Gemma James and her partner Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot are investigating the murder of a barrister whose body was found in a very compromising position. No matter if his death was accidental or more sinister they must find out who he spent the evening with. Their investigation will lead them into lies and a circle of secrets kept for years that are still being protected. It’s inevitable to become personally involv
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What originally drew me to The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Cromble are the Great Exposition and the history of the Crystal Palace. The author put quotes about the building of it, the extravagance of it and its horrible destruction by fire. I enjoyed those quotes and would like to read a book on that subject alone in the future.

A few of the characters lived in that area in London and I thought that they were a little one-dimensional. The story starts with a poor neglected boy who is left in
Shirley Schwartz
Ah Kincaid and James, where have you been? I am a long-time fan of this wonderful series, and it always just seems too long between books. This is the 15th book in this series, and I think it is probably the best so far. In this book Duncan is still on parental leave, looking after he and Gemma's extended family. The case centers around Gemma in her new position as DI. The book is a present and past type of book, but the two are woven so cloesely together, that even though there is fifteen years ...more
Cheryl A
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It never ceases to amaze me that some authors are able to keep a long running series fresh and captivating. Author Crombie has such a series, bringing modern London, modern policing and modern families together to create a perennial favorite.

In this installment, Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is taking his turn as stay at home parent, caring for foster child Charlotte, while his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James is assigned to the South London murder investigative team
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Deborah Crombie always submerges me in the world of British crime with its gentle backstories. If that seems contradictory, well, it is. Crombie offers up intricately plotted mysteries that are bracketed by the intimate love story of her two main characters - Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid - both detectives in London who have, through the series, fallen in love and married. Now they are settled in Notting Hill with three kids and two dogs, but life isn't serene when there are murders to consider ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been an avid fan of Crombie's books from the first to this latest, and I'm sorry to report that I've been very disappointed with this one. Actually her books have been going downhill for quite a while now. She's developed what is probably an easy narrative device to propel the plot -- narrative flashbacks which are supposed to tantalize us and keep us wanting more information about a character. But the information in these flashbacks could be given to us in the form of good old-fashioned in ...more
In the last novel so far of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, Deborah Crombie continues to develop the relationship and growing family of Duncan and Gemma, with Gemma newly promoted to lead a murder squad in southern London and Duncan in the midst of childcare leave from his job as as Superintendent at Scotland Yard. As usual, Duncan and Gemma both manage to become involved in the same murder investigation. This time the victim is a barrister found hogtied in a seedy hotel in the Crystal Pa ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
SETTING: South London, UK
SERIES: #15 of 15
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Acting Detective Inspector Gemma James is leading a investigation which ultimately involves the murder of two lawyers. She's working in a different precinct in South London, but has a favorite colleague, Detec. Sgt. Melody Talbot, working with her. As always, Crombie writes well, but I had many issues with the book. The first is that Talbot, a rock steady character, has jeopardized the investigation by becoming
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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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