Posts Tagged: police procedural

Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

June 26, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series #13 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Setting: East End, London, England Published by Harper Collins e-books, 2009 E-book, purchased 388 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London’s East End is a vibrant mix of history and new ideas, but the trendy galleries of Brick Lane disguise a seedy underside where unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent. Artist and young mother Sandra Gilles disappears without trace after leaving her three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, with a friend at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Her lawyer husband, Naz Malik, is devastated – but he’s also the prime… Read more »

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Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

Review: Still Life by Louise Penny

June 13, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Still Life by Louise Penny Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Published by Minotaur Books, 2005 E-book, purchased 377 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much… Read more »

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Review: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

Review: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

May 29, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny Narrated by Ralph Cosham Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #4 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by Blackstone Audio, 2009 (originally published by Minotaur Books, 2008) Audiobook, purchased 322 pages 10 hours, 52 minutes Grade: B Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis: It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family — rich, cultured, and respectable — has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is… Read more »

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Review: Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie

Review: Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie

April 10, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie Series: Gemma James & Duncan Kincaid #12 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by William Morrow, 2008 E-book, purchased 380 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Erika Rosenthal has always been secretive with her friend and neighbor, Detective Inspector Gemma James, about her past, except for one telling detail: She and her long-dead husband, David, came to London as refugees from Nazi Germany. But now the elderly woman needs Gemma’s help. A unique piece of jewelry stolen from her years ago has mysteriously turned up at a prestigious London auction house. Erika believes the theft may be tied to her husband’s death, which had always been assumed… Read more »

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Review: Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie

Review: Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie

February 21, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #11 Genre: Mystery (Procedural) Published by Harper Collins, 2007 E-book, purchased 532 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: When Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes Gemma, Kit, and Toby for a holiday visit to his family in Cheshire, Gemma is soon entranced with Nantwich’s pretty buildings and the historic winding canal, and young Kit is instantly smitten with his cousin Lally. But their visit is marred by family tensions exacerbated by the unraveling of Duncan’s sister Juliet’s marriage. And tensions are brought to the breaking point on Christmas Eve with Juliet’s discovery of a mummified infant’s body interred in… Read more »

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Review: In a Dark House by Deboarah Crombie

Review: In a Dark House by Deboarah Crombie

January 26, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #10 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by Avon, 2005 E-book, purchased 384 pages Grade: B Synopsis: In a Dark House puts Gemma and Duncan’s multilayered relationship to the test, as these two gifted investigators find themselves working a brutal and complex case from differing perspectives. It starts simply. Superintendent Kincaid is called in to “help” when a member of Parliament’s venture into real estate goes up in smoke. At first Duncan expects that his role will be limited to keeping the politician’s involvement out of the limelight. But the discovery of the body of a nude young… Read more »

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Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie

Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie

December 29, 2014 2014, A, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by William Morrow & Company E-book, purchased 416 pages Grade: A Synopsis: A gripping story of family rivalry, romance and sinister deeds, set in the haunting Scottish Highlands. When Detective Inspector Gemma James is persuaded by her friend, Hazel, to take a trip to the Scottish Highlands, land of mists and fine whiskey, she jumps at the chance. But Gemma soon learns that Hazel has ulterior motives, and that her friend has concealed more than one dangerous secret. At their remote B&B, Hazel encounters her former lover, Donald Brodie, now the owner of… Read more »

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Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

December 12, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 8 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Bantam, 2002 E-book, Library 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes that include her eagerly sought promotion to the rank of inspector–and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain… Read more »

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Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

December 5, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  A Finer End by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series, Book 7 Genre: Mystery Published by Bantam Books, 2001 Library Book 325 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When Duncan Kincaid’s cousin calls from Glastonbury to ask for help on an unusual matter, Duncan welcomes the chance to spend a relaxing weekend away from London with Gemma. But Glastonbury’s ancient past soon reveals a dark and bloody secret which is about to shatter the calm of the present day. Once outside, she stood her bike upright, then paused. There was a sharpness to the air that matched the clarity of the magenta sky above the Tor, and from somewhere… Read more »

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Review: Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

Review: Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

November 28, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 6 Genre: Mystery, British Police Procedural Published by Bantam Books, 1999 Library book 322 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James face their most haunting case yet when the past devastatingly intersects with the present…. The call from Scotland Yard couldn’t have come at a worse time for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. He has promised the weekend to Kit, the eleven-year-old son of his ex-wife. The son he never knew he fathered — who doesn’t yet know Kincaid’s true identity. But Duncan’s best intentions are shattered by an investigation that draws… Read more »

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