Review: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie


A Share in Death
by Deborah Crombie
Narrated by Michael Deehy
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 1
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British)
Audiobook Published by AudioGO, 2011 (originally published in 1992)
Audiobook, Purchased
288 pages
7 hours, 7 minutes
Grade: B
Narrator Grade: B
Synopsis: A week’s holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard’s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid’s keen sense of duty won’t allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves locked in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon looking for fresh blood….

There was no hurrying sheep.


  • A new mystery series (new to me)!
  • I read this book quickly and immediately picked up the next book. I like a mystery with a good story, but I also like books in a series where we gradually find out more about characters and friendships deepen.
  • I’ve felt in the mood for a mystery–especially a police procedural. I like these if the main characters aren’t corrupt police. And I don’t want to read about children in danger or a story about the blood and gore. I don’t want to get into the mind of murderers–especially serial killers.
  • This is a good beginning to a new series (although it was written 20 years ago!) No cell phones then!
  • I like Duncan Kincaid. He’s on vacation and wants not to attract attention so he doesn’t tell people he’s a policeman. So, of course, a suspicious death occurs and he has to tell everyone he’s a policeman. The other guests feel he lied to them. The local police–especially the officer in charge–feel he’s putting his nose into their business. But he empathizes with people and thus is able to understand them and solve the crime.
  • In this mystery because Duncan is a guest in the hotel he learns more about everyone’s life than he normally might if he was a policeman investigating a murder. He has a personal stake in what is happening. He meets the people staying at the hotel before the murder and he likes some of them. That makes it both harder and easier for him.
  • Gemma is mostly in the background in this book. She does the background interviews for Duncan–tracking down the relatives and associates of the people at the hotel. She’s also a single mom so we see a little about how she juggles home and job.


  • We don’t get to know the people in the hotel too well.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m very excited to find a new series! I haven’t read many mysteries lately and I really enjoyed this so I plan to read some more.
  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard first brought Deborah Crombie to my attention and I’m so glad she did. This first book was on sale at Audible a couple months ago and when I decided I wanted a mystery I remembered this book. It’s the first book in the series so it was serendipity to pick it out and listen to it!
  • As soon as I finished this book I went and searched for the second book!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  •  The 2014 New Author Reading Challenge hosted at the Literary Escapis
  • 2014 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs.
  • Goodreads Challenge.

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Review: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie”

  1. Your review’s intrigued me now – I’ve requested this from the library. Looks like it’s quite a long-running series, but I’ve not heard of it before!


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