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Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from William Morrow Publishing, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This latest book in the Insp. Duncan Kincaid series comes out next week!

Garden of Lamentations cover

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.


On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden’s residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?


This latest edition in the series, picks up after the events of the last book, To Dwell in Darkness, with the main characters still dealing with the repercussions and fall out from it, and the changes it made to their lives. This story is really 2 in 1. Duncan is working on a case that can literally turn his whole world upside down, and possibly put everyone he loves in danger. Meanwhile Gemma, through an 6 degrees of separation issue, gets 'borrowed' to another division to work on a death that seems suspicious. But is it? As Duncan and Gemma alternate chapters, we see their cases progress on lines that seem doomed to intersect, but how and why? That is what makes the book a great page turner! Don;t miss this wonderful series!

About the Author:

DEBORAH CROMBIE is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds. For more check out her websitetwitter and facebook pages!

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