Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #5)
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 a ...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.
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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 fro ...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, die ...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. Dun ...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 d ...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
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 unfortuna ...more
Der Fall wurde dann doch noch ganz spannend, trotzdem gibt's nur drei Sterne.
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
You know, I really love Deborah Crombie's writing and DREAMING OF THE BONES ...more
This time Duncan Kincaid is consulted by his ex-wife, Victoria Potts Kincaid McLellan, because she feels the poetess she is writing a biograp ...more
I love the way Deborah Crombie develops these charact ...more
Having read this series out of order by mistake (I honestly thought book 10 was book 5, oops), I knew where things were going before the author got us there, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. It was just nice to fill in the blanks.
Overall, I'm enjoying this series. Love the characters, the stories are well written and fairly complex mysteries. The setting is ...more
I just loved this second reading. Found it more interesting than the first one, including the lengthy beginning LOL
I AM giving it five stars!
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.