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Monday, September 23, 2019

Book Review: A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from William Morrow Press, via EdelweissPlus, free of charge, for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie returns with a mesmerizing entry in her “excellent” (Miami Herald) series, in which Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder buried beneath the surface of a picturesque Cotswolds village.

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Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub—and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?

Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.


Sometimes authors have a hard time keeping an ongoing series not only fresh, but interesting and page turning. Crombie never fails! in this outing Duncan and Gemma actually go on vacation, but like real-life, their profession is never far off, and always there. In this book we get to meet Melody's parents, and learn more about not only her upbringing, but why she acts like she does. As tragedy strikes with Duncan, and deaths keep coming, and Duncan's team starts to investigate, secrets come out that have been long kept hidden, for better and worse. And along the way, Duncan gets to learn not only about melody, but about his son Kit, and his ambitions for life. It's important for Duncan to learn more about them both, and as the killer gets more brazen, the need to protect everyone becomes tantamount. This is another great page turner, and one that is perfect for holiday and Fall reading!

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if you are on Goodreads, be sure to click on over and enter to win a copy of this great book. But hurry, giveaway ends October 8th!

About the Author:

Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

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