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Garden of Lamentations

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #17)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,849 ratings  ·  645 reviews
Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress lo
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by William Morrow
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Katherine I don't agree with y'all! I think it is the best yet, I had to put it down at times, to process all the events and implications at that point in the s…moreI don't agree with y'all! I think it is the best yet, I had to put it down at times, to process all the events and implications at that point in the story. I haven't read one of Ms. Crombie's books in a single sitting in a long time. They are too rich in content for me to rip through them, as I do with some other writers. However, no reader ever has the exact same experience as another. Mine is no better or worse than any of yours. It's just another point of view for a potential reader.(less)
Diana I have read all the books in order and I feel that it is best to do so. There are overlapping characters and plot lines.

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Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie is a 2017 William Morrow publication.

Another strong, gripping installment in the Kincaid and James series!

This seventeenth installment is very involved and busy. Gemma is asked to help solve the murder of a young nanny found in the exclusive London Park. In the course of their investigation, they uncover even more deaths in the area, one of them, a child.

Meanwhile, Duncan is drawn ever deeper into the cases he thinks are related, which involve members
Diane S ☔
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor
Like a visit to catch up with old friends, that is how I feel about the Kincaid and James series. Both detectives, married to each other, children, pets working out of different stations and not enough time in a day. Been there, done that but my commitments don't include solving a murder or dealing with corruption in the Met. Gemma becomes embroiled in Tue suspicious death of a young nanny, found in a communal though locked garden. Kincaid, takes off from the last book. Now transferred but still ...more
Maureen Carden
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love being in Duncan Gemma World. I've been along for the ride almost since the beginning. It's always sweet to see how the children have grown, what new pets they have acquired, and what their loyal friends have been up to.
This outing has been a bit different. Rare times with the children, and except for Mackenzie, almost no reference to their friends. This time two mysteries claim center stage and keep it. Gemma is investigating the murder of a young nanny found in one of London's private g
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it

In this 17th book in the 'Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James' series, the police detectives tackle separate cases. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is a plus.


Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married and raising their blended family - three children, two kittens, and a dog - in a house in the suburbs. The detectives no longer work in the same police department and become involved in separate cases.

Gemma investigates
Leslie Ray
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first I've read of this series and didn't realize that this was #17 until I looked closer. Probably reading some of the earlier books in the series would help with some back history and some of the dynamics, but aren't really needed.
There are 2 mysteries going subsequently: one is Gemma's investigation of a murdered governess in a community garden and the second is Duncan's investigation of the attempted murder of his former boss and the continuation of his personal investigation int
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, edelweiss, arc
Garden of Lamentations is the seventeenth book in Crombie's long-standing series. Fans of the series wont want to miss the latest books; however, as a fan, I will admit to feeling less excited about this addition to the series.

What I did like about Lamentations is that it brings readers back to characters that are familiar and propels the series forward with Duncan's investigation into potential corruption in the Scotland Yard. The previous book did touch upon this, but in Lamentations this is
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it

A rancid melding of chick lit and police procedural, with endless children and cups of tea.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Other than Louise Penny, Deborah Crombie is my favorite mystery writer. Her Gemma and Duncan Kincaid series continues to develop he personalities of the main characters as well as the supporting characters, including Doug, Melody, Hazel and more. Gemma gets involved in solving a murder, while Duncan appears preoccupied and secretive. His situation involves the danger involved with outing dirty cops involved in a series of murders. Great read!
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Pathologists are insatiably curious. That’s why we do it, most of us. Although maybe there are some who just like really bad smells and have no people skills.

Don’t say you don’t want to speak ill of the dead. The dead are dead and it won’t hurt them.

Lisa Su, Gemma decided, might have been pretty if not for what seemed a perpetually angry expression. Her eyes protruded slightly, as if pushed out from the pressure within.

My Review:

I was stunned when I noticed I was reading an auth
Kyla Zerbes
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the best of these novels. Both detectives have separate cases going on and barely speak to one another throughout the whole novel, despite living in the same house. All I can say is that this really exemplifies what working women go through vs working men. Gemma is saddled with 90% of the child minding and chores while also having a FT job. That Duncan was trying to protect the family doesn't really make a great excuse and I found it hard to believe that the conspiracy was so all consuming t ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I enjoyed this but I am really, really glad that (please, pretty please) we are done with Duncan and the corruption in the Met. If I remember correctly that story arc goes back two books and threatened to ruin this series for me. It just wasn't believable and took away from the real enjoyment here which is Duncan, Gemma, their kids, their families, Melody and Doug and a little mystery thrown in for good measure. I have my fingers crossed that Ms. Crombie will remember that for book #18. ...more
I am a huge Deborah Crombie fan and was thrilled to receive this paperback in a goodreads giveaway just as I was about to purchase it! Duncan Kinkaid and Gemma James’ 17th book in this series is a continuation of the disturbing police corruption and murder story laid out in To Dwell in Darkness. We jave the solution to so many of the puzzling actions and deaths in the prior book and, perhaps, the root of all that evil. As always, the atmospere is rendered in a way that takes me there- this time ...more
Mojo Shivers
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
By far this was the most serialized installment in the series. Concluding the Special Branch mystery that has been featured in the background of the last several books, this provided the much-needed answers as to who was corrupt at the Met, what the corruption entailed, and who the nefarious mastermind was. Also, I have to say the tying of all the loose threads concerning this storyline was handled deftly. I very much felt the conclusion made sense and all parties involved played relevant roles ...more
Una Tiers
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This goes to my could not finish. The start was a little confusing, then the pace picked up, but then it fell flat again. Not for me but others may enjoy.
Only partly read one time.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of moving parts in this novel and I was at a slight disadvantage as I hadn't read Kincaid and James #16. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are police detectives in London. They have three children ranging in age from toddler to teen. They live in Notting Hill (somehow I missed how they came to live in this very upscale neighborhood on police salaries) which puts them in touch with the more privileged segment of England. A neighbor's nanny is found dead in one of the neighborhood's ...more
Cindy Rollins
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is one of my favorite modern series of books. I love the characters, the storylines, and the way Deborah Crombie sprinkles London
road names and places throughout. I like to pause and look at a map while reading and there is usually a delightful one in the front of the book. Now that I have been to many of the streets of London mentioned I am even more delighted. This was a wonderful trip with old friends back to London.
I started this series with Garden of Lamentations, which is the 17th installment. I was so nervous to do this, since I usually only start with the first book in the series, but I am really enjoying British mysteries and crime stories these days, so I figured why not? Ultimately I’m glad that I took this leap; I liked this one enough that I want to go back and start from the beginning.

Gemma and Kincaid obviously have an extensive history since this series is named after the both of them: the Dunc
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if there weren't so many racist undertones running throughout the book. Which is ironic since a main flashback was from a true incident that occurred in 1993, where a young black man was murdered during a racially motivated attack.

What Crombie does extremely well is depicting Duncan and Gemma's relationship and how it evolved. These two, in the past, have worked well together, both personally and professionally. And, Crombie shows, that even the strongest
Mal Warwick
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me see if I’ve got this straight. There are lots of cops in Deborah Crombie’s latest detective novel, Garden of Lamentations. Six of them, for starters. Co-protagonists Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married. They’ve been reassigned from New Scotland Yard to separate precincts elsewhere in London. The pair have an adopted teenage boy, a 3-year-old foster daughter, and an even younger boy of their own. In addition to Kincaid and James, there ar ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook and it was a truly fabulous experience, well paced and exquisitely narrated, as usual, by Gerard Doyle. For me, the best thing about a really good book, in print or audio format, is when you can actually picture the scenes unfold in your mind's eye. And this happens to me a lot when I'm reading or re-reading this series.

For anyone who hasn't followed Gemma James, Duncan Kincaid and their family and friends from the start, be warned: this is not really a standalone no
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tough review to write. I used to love this series and Duncan (Kincaid) and Gemma were some of my favorite fictional characters. Ever since they got more and more kids added to their plate... the stories have suffered.

This latest story shows the rift between Kincaid and Gemma growing larger due to their home life and workloads but luckily in the end things work out ok for them. What were we expecting? Crombie would never split these two up.

In my opinion the story would have been better without
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Garden of Lamentations is the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. That's quite an accomplishment. The two are married police officers posted to different stations. There is a continuation of a story line from the previous outing which involves Duncan becoming increasingly suspicious of police corruption. Gemma is investigating the murder of a nanny in a posh part of London. I enjoyed this book although the police corruption angle is not my favourite plot thread. This is a solid p ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Garden Of Lamentations
Deborah Crombie

This book is in a series that I have read and loved for years. It involves Kincaid and Gemma and all of their children and animals! It's a mixed family that only grows closer and closer the longer they are together. Gemma has her own forensic issues to solve...a murder of a young nanny...while Kincaid is working on finding rotten apples in the department. The book is intense and really good. Readers who love this kind of book should love this one!

They are
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It may look like it took me forever to read this book, but it is only because I added almost a month ago and then read it or rather listened to it in two days when I actually started listening. I might consider reading the whole series again, as I have enjoyed those books so much. First I rated it four stars and for the sheer pleasure this book gave me, I added the fifth star.
I just wish it didn't take Ms Crombie such a long time to write her next novel. I do hope this wasn't the last one in th
Cynthia Sillitoe
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so frustrated with this one, that I went back and reread from Necessary as Blood, and that helped because I could remember all the connections. I thought the main mystery was excellent and the weakness in this book was that Duncan and Gemma are on such separate paths. Also, I worry that Deborah Crombie will do an Elizabeth George and retire main characters to focus on new ones like Melody, Doug, and Jasmine Sidana. I like all three, but I read this series for Duncan and Gemma.
Michele Bond
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Crombie never disappoints! Great to see her carry story lines over more than one book.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gemma at the request of the investigating officer works outside her own beat on a case in which a nanny is found murdered in a garden. She became involved because her good friend was a friend of the woman employing the nanny. This leaves Melody in charge at their precinct. When Chief Supt. Dennis Childs is critically injured following a meeting with Duncan in which he told Duncan the reason he transferred him before going to Singapore for medical treatment was to keep him safe, Duncan begins to ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
this one is worth 4 stars given the excellent two enquiries that were made = the one for gemma james about a young woman's murder (I decided on the culprit from the start and i was right) - the other is a follow-up on the previous book, about some shady people at the Met and the obvious danger Kincaid and his family and friends might be in, but duncan kincaid is not a man turning is back on danger - something was definitely rotten in the Met, and kincaid wanted to go to the bottom of this ...more
Carol Jean
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written, as usual, and very plotty. It's me, I know (boy am I cranky this morning!), but I barely remember how a book BEGAN by the time I reach the end, so one that depends on my remembering incidents and characters from a previous installment in the series is doomed from the start. Still, an enjoyable and engaging story. ...more
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Deborah Crombie is the author of 17 novels featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James. The 18th Kincaid/James novel, A BITTER FEAST, will be released by William Morrow in October, 2019.

Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.

Other books in the series

Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #1)
  • All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #2)
  • Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #3)
  • Mourn Not Your Dead (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #4)
  • Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #5)
  • Kissed a Sad Goodbye (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #6)
  • A Finer End (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #7)
  • And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #8)
  • Now May You Weep (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #9)
  • In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #10)

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