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A Bitter Feast

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #18)

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Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, an
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by William Morrow
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Kaceey
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Another fabulous addition to one of my favorite long-running series.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James recently received an invitation from DS Melody Talbot to her family’s country home for a weekend getaway with the kids. So why does murder, mayhem and black clouds seem to follow them everywhere? Even on the grounds of these beautiful surroundings.

Duncan doesn’t even make it to the estate before being broadsided on a deserted cou
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Julie
A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie is a 2019 William Morrow publication.

Celebrity chefs and Murder!

Gemma and Duncan are set to visit Melody Talbot, at her parent’s posh Cotswold estate. What was meant to be a relaxing time away, quickly spirals into a tragic series of deaths after a car crash Duncan was involved with, leads to the discovery that one of the victims died of poison, and not from the accident. If that wasn’t shocking enough, the victim turns out to be the famed celebrity chef, Ferg
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Debra
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Thankfully, this book read as a stand-alone novel for me. When I was offered the book, I had no idea that this book was #18 in a series. Luckily for me, Deborah Crombie wrote and intriguing book about murders in the Cotswolds. Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James have been invited to spend the weekend with friends, the Talbot family. They are there for a quiet weekend and to attend a charity luncheon.

Arriving separately from
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Maureen Carden
I love it when Deborah Crombie takes Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, his wife, D. I. Gemma James and their family out of London into the countryside. In A Bitter Feast the family, along with Detective Sgt. Doug Cullen, are visiting Melody Talbot family’s country home, Beck House. Melody is Gemma’s friend and Detective Sergeant.
The Talbots own a powerful newspaper. Melody has spent much of her professional and way too much of her personal life hiding this posh backgroun
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Diane S ☔
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
3.5 The married Inspector duo have taken their three children on a vacation. Their destination is the familial home of fellow officer Melody whose parents are minor members of the peerage. The place is beautiful, Melody's parents lovely and welcoming, the gardens to die for, and peace and quiet is their hope. It goes wrong almost from the beginning, an accident with fatalities, which quickly turns into a crime. So much for rest!

I've read and enjoyed this series from the beginning. I love the Kin
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

For those who don’t like anything too dark out of their mystery/thrillers, Deborah Crombie’s newest mystery A Bitter Feast is sure to delight you! With a fascinating mystery but not too much darkness, this is a great October read! What appears to be a vehicular accident leads to the uncovering of a murder (or two) in the quaint setting of Cotswold village.

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DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds at the family estate o
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Maureen Carden
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it when Deborah Crombie takes Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, his wife, D. I. Gemma James and their family out of London into the countryside. In A Bitter Feast the family, along with Detective Sgt. Doug Cullen, are visiting Melody Talbot family’s country home, Beck House. Melody is Gemma’s friend and Detective Sergeant.
The Talbots own a powerful newspaper. Melody has spent much of her professional and way too much of her personal life hiding this posh background.
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Barb in Maryland
Well, Duncan, Gemma and their children think they are set for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds, but fate has other plans. Duncan is injured in a car crash and before he can recover, he and Gemma find themselves caught up in a couple of local murders..
I really enjoyed this one--I became quite fond of DI Colin Booth, the local detective in charge of the murder investigation. I liked our local chef, Viv Holland, who is somehow central to both deaths.
As always, the author did a great job with fle
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Sarah
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I find myself very disappointed in this latest installment in the series. The mystery is really not much of a mystery at all; it's entirely too easy to figure out who did it. The characters Crombie added in this book -- and, by the way, there are now so many minor characters in her books that it's getting very hard to keep track of them all! -- are very one-dimensional, not very complex. (Hmm, perhaps that's why they are so hard to remember). What's more, there were many (many!) unrealistic thin ...more
Lucy Burdette
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the 18th book in Deborah Crombie's series featuring two English detectives, she is absolutely not riding on her laurels. The characters are fully drawn, from adults to kids to dogs, the Cotswold setting magical, the mystery engaging--and oh the food! I read it twice just to be sure I didn't miss anything. ...more
Kathy
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Cotswolds is the setting for this 18th book in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series. The parents of one of Gemma's co-workers has graciously invited them for a visit where some special events are planned. Gemma and the children get there safely via train, but Duncan is involved in a serious road accident close to the house he was driving to. The two people in the car that hit his do expire on the scene. So...the book does open with a bang.

There are a lot of characters in this book, but I woul
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David R. Dowdy
The latest in Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, A Bitter Feast, is another dependable, good mystery. I’ve now read five of the books interspersed along the timeline of the eighteen-book series and this one fit in well.

There’s never a dull passage because of the incredible intertwining of the mystery she’s telling. That’s probably her best asset as a writer. She takes a new deck, shuffles it, and deals a great mystery every time.

Crombie’s next notable asset is how well she
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Priya Shrinath
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review here: https://wp.me/pajm6f-t6

Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid along with their three kids are invited to spend the weekend with Gemma’s colleague Melanie Talbot and her parents at their weekend mansion The Beck House. Situated in a quaint little Scottish village, it’s the perfect locale to spend the weekend with family! Melanie’s mother, Lady Adelaide Talbot has arranged a luncheon at her house, where the local chef Vivian Holland is said to cater for her guests including a number of f
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Cindy Rollins
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my favorite but it had its high points. Not ready to stop this series by a long shot.
Lesa
It's always a pleasure to pick up one of Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels. However, no matter what she calls the latest book, A Bitter Feast is a treat for the reader. And, that's for any reader. While most of the books in this series should be read in order, Crombie says A Bitter Feast can be read by itself. Even if you've never read one of these books, you should try this British police procedural and story of relationships. All of Crombie's beloved characters have roles in ...more
rosalita
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will be forgiven if your mouth waters uncontrollably while reading Deborah Crombie’s latest entry in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series, A Bitter Feast (HarperCollins, 2019). The action is set in the picturesque Cotswolds and centers around a pub in the village of Lower Slaughter, which boasts a world-class chef serving up the ultimate pub food. Why such a talent is toiling in obscurity after having shone at a Michelin-starred London eatery is just one of the mysteries that is eve ...more
Kathy
There’s a question that surfaces every so often for readers. What books would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island. As with most questions concerning favorite books, I fudge a little and give myself some license to expand the question. So, I choose the entire Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid mystery/crime series by author Deborah Crombie. Granted, there are a few other series that would be sitting with my supply of coconuts, but Gemma and Duncan will always be there. Every b ...more
Leslie
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
After a bit of a reading slump, I picked up the latest in Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, knowing I'd be served a top-notch read. And boy, was it. I love food fiction paired with a good mystery -- that's what I write, after all -- and this one is worth a Michelin star! (That's a plot point -- see what I did?) Duncan and Gemma and the kids are spending the weekend, with Melody and Doug, at Melody's parents' country place just outside a village with a pub serving unexpecte ...more
Susan
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I have a strange relationship with this series--namely, I don't read it as a series. I read some of the books as stand-alones, like this one. Most series, this would drive me crazy, but I really don't care about the hints characters give about the big case last year, or what happened at the railroad terminus. Duncan Kincaid and his wife Gemma James, plus their three kids (some more related than others) are visiting Gemma's detective sergeant, who conceals from most people in her life the fact th ...more
Nancy Ellis
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! I love all the characters and the descriptions of the settings, and the plots are always clever and developed in a way that does not become frantic or rushed as is the case with many mysteries. She takes her time to develop the back stories of the people involved and makes it all the more interesting. In this book, Gemma, Duncan, and their family are visiting Gemma's co-worker Melody Talbot's family on their country manor. A famous chef is involved in a fatal car acci ...more
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I've enjoyed every book in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series . I've only recently starting listening to them on audio and that is such a pleasure.  I love mysteries set in England. Even though there are now 18 books, I do believe it is important to read them all and in order.  There is a huge amount of character
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Barbara
Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James and their children ( not sure if there are 2 or 3) go to the Cotswolds for a luxurious fall weekend getaway. Luxurious because this quaint area has become uber chic and populated by wealthy weekend residents. Kincaid travels down by car, while Gemma and the kids go by train. Before he arrives, he is in a serious accident. He has serious but not life-threatening injuries. Occupants of the other car ...more
Edith Maxwell
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The wait for Crombie's 18th mystery was well worth it. In A Bitter Feast, she takes Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James - and their three children - for a weekend in the idyllic countryside. Of course murder happens, and more than one. The several storylines are complex and interwoven in the expert way only Crombie can pull off. So are the multiple points of view. I was never confused about whose scene it was.

Gemma and Duncan's teen son Kit plays an important role. Chef Viv's history pops up at inte
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Leslie
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This terrific mystery series just keeps delivering excellent entries--for characters, plot, and setting. It's highly entertaining, and it also has an interesting subplot of the dynamics of restaurant kitchens. Author Crombie develops new situations with each of these mysteries, so at #18, it is not a rehash of everything that has gone before. My full review is at https://readersforecast.blogspot.com/.... ...more
Sarah
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can always binge-read Deborah Crombie's excellent series of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Never a quiet moment in the lives of that lovely couple.

Although this novel takes place far from their beloved London Town, the plot is just as juicy in its beautiful Cotswolds setting. The only downside, now I've finished this book is that I'll have to wait another 2 years or more for the next one to be published!
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Cheryl
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great mystery set in an English village. Part of a series that I need to start next
Linden
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Duncan and Gemma Kincaid and their children have been invited to spend a weekend in the Cotswolds with colleague Melody’s parents. Sounds relaxing, but then they find themselves involved in an automobile accident, and learn of several suspicious deaths. What happened to the woman who hit Duncan’s car, and who was the mystery man in the passenger seat? Who would want to deliberately run down a popular villager? And what about the financial irregularities with Lady Addie’s staff? Deborah Crombie i ...more
Mal Warwick
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to write a murder mystery, imagine trying to create something like A Bitter Feast, Deborah Crombie’s eighteenth entry in the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid series. Forget the plot. Just consider the large cast of characters.

An epically large cast of characters
** For starters there are Gemma James, Duncan Kincaid, and Kit, the oldest of their three children, who’s fifteen.
** Add Doug Cullen, Duncan’s sergeant at the Met.
** Then there’s the family they’re visi
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Christine
This is a struggle. I've been working on it for a good month already and I just can't take big chunks out of it at once. There is far too much description that I am finding distracting and there's so much FOOD. If there ISN'T a page that has a description of a meal or snack I celebrate. I just can't work up too much emotion regarding the victims, either. I'm ready for the whole village to be wiped out... ...more
Joan
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kept me guessing right to the end. Deborah Crombie never disappoints. This was a bit of a change in so far as the setting, and what a perfect setting it is with rolling fields, sheep and border collies, quaint cottages, cozy pubs, good food and spirits and a few suspicious deaths. The story kicks off with Gemma, Duncan and family, Doug and Melody leaving London for a long weekend at Melody’s parents’ country home in the Cotswold. Melody’s mother, Lady Addie, is hosting a charity event luncheon. ...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)
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  • And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #8)
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