Dreaming of the Bones
This fifth installment in the 'Kincaid & James' series begins with the shocking phone call from Kincaid’s ex-wife, Vic, who had walked out on their marriage years ago. Vic is writing a biography of the poet Lydia Brooke, which has led her to the belief that the famed poet did not commit suicide, but was murdered instead.
Vic calls upon Duncan, asking him to do her a big favor, hoping he can ...more
Victoria McClellan, Duncan's ex-wife, has remarried and has a son. Now living in Cambridge, she's writing a biography of Lydia Brooke, a Cambridge poet whose death five years earlier was ruled as suicide. But reading her poetry and letters, Victoria believes that she didn't kill herself but may have been murdered.
She asks Duncan Kincaid to look into the poet's death. At first he's not convinced about the allegations and ...more
Deborah Crombie is the best of the contemporary writers of the police procedural. Her plots are complex without being convoluted, her writing style is clean and occasionally lyrical, and her characters are realistic and face their problems in a realistic way.
Here is Publisher’s ...more
I like Gemma James a lot more than I like Duncan Kincaid and I found myself wishing she would dump him as a lover during this book and just be work partners the way they had been with no romance.
As this book begins, Gemma has become more comfortable with Duncan being both her boss at Scotland Yard and her ...more
No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate—not even his partner and lover, ...more
Things are going as normal for Duncan and Gemma..they're both comfortable with their relationship, doing their normal workday routines as coppers in Scotland Yard when Duncan gets a call ...more
Twelve years ago, Duncan Kincaid’s wife walked away from their marriage. Receiving a call, asking for his help was not something he expected. Victoria Kincaid McClellan, mother of Kit, and abandoned by her current husband, has a position with the English Faculty and is writing a biography on 20th Century poet Lydia Ashby who had, supposedly, ...more
The intricate story tells of Lydia Brooke, a poet. When she was a student at Cambridge in the 1960s, she emulated her namesake, Edwardian poet, Rupert Brooke.
Lydia died five years prior to the events in this story. Her death was attributed to suicide.
Dr. Vic McClellan, Duncan Kincaid's former wife, calls him out of the blue and asks for his help. Duncan and his lover, Gemma Jones, have a comfortable life together. ...more
The only thing that is a problem is the relationship between Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. As colleagues, their relationship would have presented a problem and also the way they operated on vacation and in another jurisdiction. However, this is fiction and ...more
Dreaming of the Bones continues the story of two Scotland Yard detectives as they work unofficially to solve a case with close ties to Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. I haven't read any of the previous novels in this series, so I'm not sure if I'm missing a lot of ...more
[On Lydia's letters and Vic's inklings of suicide]
I didn't like Lydia much and I really wanted to see her mother's side of all those letters! The letters all came from a period early on in Lydia's life and not the time close to her death. Vic's convictions seemed to be the biggest sign that Lydia was really murdered but I had mixed feelings about those.
It seemed reasonable that if...more
Took a bit to really sink into the mystery of the story, but it was worth it. It's a character-driven narrative, and a difficult murder to solve as it's run on very little evidence, gut instinct, and poetry. But I enjoyed the interwoven stories, the twists and turns, and subtle hints that directed us to a smashing end. I'd try the next book sometime for sure.
There's a double murder investigation happening in this story and all kinds of believable suspects. Much turns on the poetry of Rupert Brooke and the determination of his fans to recreate his lifestyle after death at an early age.
Very much recommended
I admit, upfront, that my ability to enjoy the book was adversely impacted by the reading format. This is, in its way, strange and or confusing. It’s not like that one time I tried a book by Patricia Briggs and decided to try audio books – and found a male narrator, who took an odd high-pitched voice every time a female came onto the scene; which was ...more
You know, I really love Deborah Crombie's writing and DREAMING OF THE BONES ...more
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.