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A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #1)
Carolyn Hill's review
Mar 25, 2012
I'm not an avid reader of detective whodunnits, but sometimes I come across a series that intrigues me, especially if it's set in England. I find the Elizabeth George and Kate Atkinson ones a bit too dark and grim for my devotion, and some of the cozies are too fluffy and sweet even for me. I recently came across a reference to Deborah Crombie's newest book in her series featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James and thought it sounded like something I might enjoy. I don't like entering a series in mid-stream, for in a good series the main characters will develop and relationships will grow and change or end. It's like coming into a movie halfway through or starting a TV series in mid-season. You want to know what went on before. So I went back to the first one, published in 1993. I found the character of Duncan Kincaid, the sensitive and perceptive detective Superintendent, to be sympathetic and not so disillusioned and world weary as many of his ilk. He is charming and witty in that subtle British way, and actually likes people and treats them with kindness. His new cohort Gemma doesn't get a lot of air time in this debut, but as a young, hard-working, struggling single mother, she, too, is likeable. We're told she's smart and ambitious, but we're mostly shown her softer side. It will be fun to see their relationship develop. I find it interesting that this very British novel, filled with the kind of colloquialisms we Americans find so charming, is actually written by an American who lived in the British isles for a time. As an Anglophile, she had me convinced, though I wonder if her British readers ever detect any slip-ups. She did have a character declare something as "dull as dishwater," and I think the British expression is "dull as ditchwater," at least the older version. It would be difficult to keep Americanisms out, but apparently her success indicates that she's won over her audience, whether American or British. I liked Crombie's descriptions, her sympathetic characters, her realistic setting, and intriguing mystery. She kept me guessing, but I enjoyed the unveiling of the characters more than the revealing of the murderer. I will definitely be reading more in this series, preferably in order.
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March 24, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 25, 2012 – Shelved