Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #3)
When Connor Swann, the dissolute son-in-law of renowned and influential Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, is found floating in a Thames River lock, the circumstances eerily recall a strangely similar tragedy. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons' young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia -- Connor Swann's wi...more
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Investigating the suspicious drowning of the son-in-law of Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, renowned figures in the music world, they discover that the family secrets of the past are linked to the murder.
The Asherton family, which includes their daughter, a famous painter, are a very strange lot. The parents seem to have favoured their son, who t ...more
The one where police Superintendant Duncan Kincaid thinks with his peen, Sergeant Gemma James is kinda silly and Rosa makes this face a lot:
Though it's a good mystery and nice to listen to. But sometimes I wonder if I just like it for the narrator's British accent. He could tell me my sweater makes me look like a dry turd and I'd just lean closer and say all breathily, "Could you repeat that, please?"
I'm not going to be very careful about spoilers, although I won't give away the actual whodunnit, because, honestly? This is not good. So. First thing is that I do NOT think this is how the Metropolitan Police Force operated, even back in 1995. Because the victim was an in-law (albeit estr ...more
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
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 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
I started somewhere around book #12 because my digital library had the later books and not the earlier books, so I have a little insight into the developing relationships between Duncan and Gemma, but still thoroughly enjoyed reading the early books. Each one stands nicely on its own. The stories are engaging and I feel like like I'm taking a vacation in England as I read them. Excellent stories and great characters.
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.