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

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,406 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Avon (first published March 1st 1996)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma Jones are back in Leave the Grave Green, the 3rd book Deborah Crombie's Series.

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
Rosa, really

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?"
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
(You should read this after reading what I said about book #1, or else look at the rating and don't bother. I plan to indulge myself by venting some spleen, but nobody has to waste their time reading the rant.)

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
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ebook
The best part of this book is all the food!
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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This British detective series must be starting to grow on me because I really liked this one. This is third in the CID Superintendant Duncan Kincaid. He and his assistant have to figure out what happened to a man found floating in the Thames. Many convoluted twists in this one.
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma James are called to investigate a suspicious drowning in the countryside outside London. Connor Swann, son-in-law of conductor Sir Gerald Asherton and his wife, soprano, Dame Caroline Stowe, has been found floating in the Thames battered and bruised, under suspicious circumstances. Julia, the Ashertons' daughter, had recently left Connor, who was a drinker, a gambler and fond of other woman. Because of the Ashertons' high profile ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Pauline Barlow
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crombie knows how to develop her characters. Even the drowning victim Connor Swain who had many flaws was portrayed as an Irish charmer and drinker and a lover of women and horses. Connor married Julie, the daughter of renowned Sir Gerald, a distinguished conductor and Dame Caroline Stowe Asherton, renowned soprano. Connor's death seemed to affect them more than it did their daughter. I soon wondered how this present day event was connected to the drowning death of Matthew, Julie's brother, twen ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 4-star
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
Lynn Spencer
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars Not a bad read, but not my favorite in the Kincaid/James series either. This tale, centered on the investigation of a possible murder/possible accidental death of the son-in-law of a prominent musical family, definitely held my attention. With hints of family secrets, ties to past tragedy, the victim's mysteriously screwed up marriage, etc.., there are plenty of tantalizing hints thrown out to the reader. However, the ultimate resolution just felt abrupt and improbable to me. And since ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Leave the Grave Green is the 3rd book in the Kincaid/James series. It is a British police procedural. Connor Swann is found floating in the Thames River lock. He is the son-in-law of Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton. They have ask Scotland Yard to come in to determine if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. The Ashertons are celebrities. Sir Gerald is a operatic conductor and his wife is a famous operatic singer. They suffered a tragedy when they lost a young son many years ago in a drow ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Susan Johnson
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
She's not as madly in love with her hero as Elizabeth George is with Viscount Lynley or Dorothy Sayers was with Lord Peter Wimsey, and Kincaid is definitely middle-class rather than aristocratic. Nonetheless Crombie's English mysteries owe a lot to those earlier series, not least in the relationship between Kincaid and Gemma. These mysteries have an oddly archaic feel for that reason: it does sometimes make me wonder where on earth these US "British mystery" writers stay when they visit the UK - ...more
Number 3 in the the Detective Inspector Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones series. Connor Swain is purported to be liked by everyone, but when he winds up dead, floating in the Thames River, that facade begins to crack. Duncan and Gemma bring their usual charm and dedication to solving this crime, and as always the surrounding characters add interest. Something still bothers me about Kincaid’s propensity to become enamored with a female in every case, but I guess I better get used to it...
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Solid installment of this series. Writing was good. Love the progress in the two MCs relationship. Mystery kept me guessing. Highly recommend this series.
Jessica Howard
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-british, 2012
The mystery itself wasn't that exciting - but love the developing relationship between Duncan and Gemma!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
These Deborah Crombie modern detective novels seem to be getting better and better. Quite addictive!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A body turns up in a lock near London, and it turns out to be Connor Swan, who may or may not have been killed before going into the water. Superintendant Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma Jones of Scotland Yard are called in because Connor's father-in-law is Gerald Asherton, a world-famous opera conductor, and his mother-in-law, Dame Caroline, is a once world-famous opera singer. Never mind that he has been separated from their artistic daughter, Julia, for months, and that Julia has moved back ho ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book more as I read it, than I did after finishing and thinking about it. These days, they would have pulled phone records and had it figured out in about a day. and I can't imagine that phone records weren't available when this was written, so that was kind of an literary cheat that they're hoping readers don't think about. Also I really did not enjoy Kincaid and his actions this book. The ending was bittersweet - wondering if they'll waste too much time in the next book on the wil ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
Julia Swann's husband, Connor, has been found dead, but she is not in mourning. They were separated, she is back at home with her (titled) parents, who are important in the world of opera, and Julia has gotten on with her painting. Duncan Kincaid has been called in because of their rank, but it's hard to pinpoint the cause of death, and no one other than Julia has a bad word to say about Connor. Duncan finds himself inappropriately attracted to Julia even as his relationship with Gemma deepens, ...more
Debora S. King
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book in the Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series

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.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This entry in the series was a tiny bit of a letdown. The mystery plot was still good, but I'm disappointed in the dropping of the omnipresent voice in favor of only Duncan's and Gemma's thoughts. Also, REALLY, DUNCAN??? Gross. Still a suspenseful mystery, so I'll keep reading the series for now. I just hope it doesn't go completely downhill like the Gamache series by Louise Penny.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A mysterious drowning - accidental or purposeful - and a family with a beautiful daughter and complicated relationships is the basis of the third Kincaid & James mystery novel. The characters makes some questionable choices in this instalment, but there are still the same twist, turns, and beautiful scenery which keep me coming back.
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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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