Water Like a Stone
Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James, take their sons to picturesque Cheshire for their first family Christmas with Duncan's parents - a holiday both dreaded and anticipated. But not even the charming town of Nantwich and the dreaming canals can mask the tensions in Duncan's family, which are tragically heightened by the discovery...more
My first Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid installment of 2019! It has taken me three years to get this far in the series, as I am not much of a binge reader. But, barring some unforeseen circumstances, I will finish it this year!
I’m up to the eleventh chapter in the series, which finds Gemma and Duncan traveling to spend the Christmas holidays with Duncan’s parents. This will be Gemma’s first official visit and she is under ...more
Duncan, Gemma and their family go back to Duncan's birthplace where his family still lives to celebrate Christmas. It's particularly unnerving for Gemma because she'd never met most of Kinkaid's family. She meets Duncan's mother and father as well as his somewhat estranged sister, her stand offish husba ...more
This is not the only stone cold thing about Chri ...more
I mean—it was hard to tell at first, what with the romantic leanings subtle in the first two books. But after eleven installments, I think it’s safe to say this was Crombie’s plan al ...more
Gemma and Duncan have taken a long weekend to visit his parents in the country where he grew up. Things grow tense as they realize his sister is in a deteriorating ma ...more
If I only give it 4 and a half stars, it is simply because it takes some time for the story to really get going, but it is wonderful when it does. Well written and totally recommendable!
Re-read: Even better the second time around! I ...more
Kit has a lot of things to work through and I think maybe Lally will work through her own demons with him.
It was very interesting to see Kincaid's family. And I really want Kincaid and Gemma to quit being so cautious with each other and afraid to go one step further.
As it turns out, ...more
The setting is Christmas in South Cheshire, an area we were enchanted by on our visit a few years ago, so I much enjoyed picturing the canal and environs. Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Inspector Gemma James with their sons, Kit and Toby, on a holiday visit to Duncan's parents, find themselves involved in a couple of murders ranging over at least a five ye ...more
Duncan, Gemma, Toby, Kit and their two dogs travel to Duncan’s parents’ home in Cheshire for the Christmas holidays. Soon after arrival, Duncan takes a call from his sister, Juliet. She is at her work site and has shockingly uncovered an infant interred in a wall of an old dairy barn. Police inquiries bring Duncan together with childhood friend, Chief Inspector Ronnie Babcock of the local police force. ...more
I did like getting to know Duncan's family. I really like his parents, though the reader might get more insight into Juliet when she isn't so stressed out. Her kids were a bit obnoxious though. It would be nice to have ...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.