Garden of Lamentations

Garden of Lamentations 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 bestsel

  • Title: Garden of Lamentations
  • Author: Deborah Crombie
  • ISBN: 9780062271631
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 loScotland 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 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

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    1. Like a visit to catch up with old friends, that is how I feel about the Kincaid and James series. Both detectives, married to each other, children, pets working out of different stations and not enough time in a day. Been there, done that but my commitments don't include solving a murder or dealing with corruption in the Met. Gemma becomes embroiled in Tue suspicious death of a young nanny, found in a communal though locked garden. Kincaid, takes off from the last book. Now transferred but still [...]

    2. I love being in Duncan Gemma World. I've been along for the ride almost since the beginning. It's always sweet to see how the children have grown, what new pets they have acquired, and what their loyal friends have been up to. This outing has been a bit different. Rare times with the children, and except for Mackenzie, almost no reference to their friends. This time two mysteries claim center stage and keep it. Gemma is investigating the murder of a young nanny found in one of London's private g [...]

    3. In this 17th book in the series Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married and raising their blended family - three children, two kittens, and a dog - in a house in the suburbs. The detectives no longer work in the same police department and become involved in separate cases. Gemma investigates the death of a pretty young nanny, Reagan Keating, whose body is found in a private garden shared by a group of houses. At first the nanny's death appears to b [...]

    4. Garden of Lamentations is the seventeenth book in Crombie's long-standing series. Fans of the series wont want to miss the latest books; however, as a fan, I will admit to feeling less excited about this addition to the series. What I did like about Lamentations is that it brings readers back to characters that are familiar and propels the series forward with Duncan's investigation into potential corruption in the Scotland Yard. The previous book did touch upon this, but in Lamentations this is [...]

    5. Other than Louise Penny, Deborah Crombie is my favorite mystery writer. Her Gemma and Duncan Kincaid series continues to develop he personalities of the main characters as well as the supporting characters, including Doug, Melody, Hazel and more. Gemma gets involved in solving a murder, while Duncan appears preoccupied and secretive. His situation involves the danger involved with outing dirty cops involved in a series of murders. Great read!

    6. This goes to my could not finish. The start was a little confusing, then the pace picked up, but then it fell flat again. Not for me but others may enjoy.Only partly read one time.

    7. I started this series with Garden of Lamentations, which is the 17th installment. I was so nervous to do this, since I usually only start with the first book in the series, but I am really enjoying British mysteries and crime stories these days, so I figured why not? Ultimately I’m glad that I took this leap; I liked this one enough that I want to go back and start from the beginning.Gemma and Kincaid obviously have an extensive history since this series is named after the both of them: the Du [...]

    8. Favorite Quotes:Pathologists are insatiably curious. That’s why we do it, most of us. Although maybe there are some who just like really bad smells and have no people skills.Don’t say you don’t want to speak ill of the dead. The dead are dead and it won’t hurt them.Lisa Su, Gemma decided, might have been pretty if not for what seemed a perpetually angry expression. Her eyes protruded slightly, as if pushed out from the pressure within.My Review:I was stunned when I noticed I was reading [...]

    9. I listened to the audiobook and it was a truly fabulous experience, well paced and exquisitely narrated, as usual, by Gerard Doyle. For me, the best thing about a really good book, in print or audio format, is when you can actually picture the scenes unfold in your mind's eye. And this happens to me a lot when I'm reading or re-reading this series. For anyone who hasn't followed Gemma James, Duncan Kincaid and their family and friends from the start, be warned: this is not really a standalone no [...]

    10. Garden of Lamentations is the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. That's quite an accomplishment. The two are married police officers posted to different stations. There is a continuation of a story line from the previous outing which involves Duncan becoming increasingly suspicious of police corruption. Gemma is investigating the murder of a nanny in a posh part of London. I enjoyed this book although the police corruption angle is not my favourite plot thread. This is a solid p [...]

    11. Garden Of LamentationsByDeborah CrombieThis book is in a series that I have read and loved for years. It involves Kincaid and Gemma and all of their children and animals! It's a mixed family that only grows closer and closer the longer they are together. Gemma has her own forensic issues to solvea murder of a young nannywhile Kincaid is working on finding rotten apples in the department. The book is intense and really good. Readers who love this kind of book should love this one! They are always [...]

    12. Not the best of these novels. Both detectives have separate cases going on and barely speak to one another throughout the whole novel, despite living in the same house. All I can say is that this really exemplifies what working women go through vs working men. Gemma is saddled with 90% of the child minding and chores while also having a FT job. That Duncan was trying to protect the family doesn't really make a great excuse and I found it hard to believe that the conspiracy was so all consuming t [...]

    13. It may look like it took me forever to read this book, but it is only because I added almost a month ago and then read it or rather listened to it in two days when I actually started listening. I might consider reading the whole series again, as I have enjoyed those books so much. First I rated it four stars and for the sheer pleasure this book gave me, I added the fifth star. I just wish it didn't take Ms Crombie such a long time to write her next novel. I do hope this wasn't the last one in th [...]

    14. I enjoyed this but I am really, really glad that (please, pretty please) we are done with Duncan and the corruption in the Met. If I remember correctly that story arc goes back two books and threatened to ruin this series for me. It just wasn't believable and took away from the real enjoyment here which is Duncan, Gemma, their kids, their families, Melody and Doug and a little mystery thrown in for good measure. I have my fingers crossed that Ms. Crombie will remember that for book #18.

    15. I was so frustrated with this one, that I went back and reread from Necessary as Blood, and that helped because I could remember all the connections. I thought the main mystery was excellent and the weakness in this book was that Duncan and Gemma are on such separate paths. Also, I worry that Deborah Crombie will do an Elizabeth George and retire main characters to focus on new ones like Melody, Doug, and Jasmine Sidana. I like all three, but I read this series for Duncan and Gemma.

    16. Well written, as usual, and very plotty. It's me, I know (boy am I cranky this morning!), but I barely remember how a book BEGAN by the time I reach the end, so one that depends on my remembering incidents and characters from a previous installment in the series is doomed from the start. Still, an enjoyable and engaging story.

    17. Let me see if I’ve got this straight. There are lots of cops in Deborah Crombie’s latest detective novel, Garden of Lamentations. Six of them, for starters. Co-protagonists Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married. They’ve been reassigned from New Scotland Yard to separate precincts elsewhere in London. The pair have an adopted teenage boy, a 3-year-old foster daughter, and an even younger boy of their own. In addition to Kincaid and James, th [...]

    18. I'm a big fan of Deborah Crombie's series that features Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The latest (#17) is Garden of Lamentations.Now both working for Scotland Yard, Gemma and Duncan have two puzzling - and disturbing - cases on their hands. Gemma is after the murderer of a young woman found in a private London garden. And Duncan believes that there's a traitor in the ranks - especially after a former mentor is attacked. This thread has been present in the last few books - and comes to a head i [...]

    19. Tough review to write. I used to love this series and Duncan (Kincaid) and Gemma were some of my favorite fictional characters. Ever since they got more and more kids added to their plate the stories have suffered. This latest story shows the rift between Kincaid and Gemma growing larger due to their home life and workloads but luckily in the end things work out ok for them. What were we expecting? Crombie would never split these two up. In my opinion the story would have been better without the [...]

    20. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are at odds with each other. Gemma has been seconded to a murder investigation of a young woman who was the nanny for someone she knew; Duncan's friend and former boss, Denis Childs, has been attacked and left for dead and no one knows why. And, Duncan's father has had a heart attack, so he has to hurry to Norwich, leaving Gemma to take the heat at home in Notting Hill. Gemma pursues the murder investigation and uncovers a woman who will stop at nothing to get her [...]

    21. This is one of my favorite modern series of books. I love the characters, the storylines, and the way Deborah Crombie sprinkles Londonroad names and places throughout. I like to pause and look at a map while reading and there is usually a delightful one in the front of the book. Now that I have been to many of the streets of London mentioned I am even more delighted. This was a wonderful trip with old friends back to London.

    22. I had read a couple of Deborah Crombie's mysteries before and liked them, so I picked up this one from the 'new books' shelf at our local library.A parallel mystery, Duncan Kincaid is caught up in trying to solve an unexplained death from the past that he suspects implicates one or more of his own co-workers. At the same time, his wife Gemma is investigating the mysterious death of a young woman found in one of London's neighborhood gardens. This mystery novel follows both Duncan and Gemma's sto [...]

    23. Overall, an enjoyable entry in this long-running series.Gemma works on a classic "locked room" (actually a locked private garden in Kensington) mystery. Duncan has been troubled by suspicious deaths among a group of detectives and is working his own "off the books" investigation.While the plotting and ultimate solutions are well executed, Duncan's deliberate distancing from Gemma and his team causes problems at home.This may be one that doesn't stand up as well on its own but does continue smoot [...]

    24. I have long loved Gemma and Duncan and their milieu, but this installment was lackluster. Plus, I was dismayed by a horrifying typo — "you're" instead of "your"!

    25. Crombie has grown into the mystery writer I wish Elizabeth George had been (or had stayed consistently). She's developed a core group of characters that have a rich, shared history, both among themselves and with the reader. She writes interesting stories with plenty of plot, action, and humanity. Best of all, she's always letting her characters grow and change, helping to keep the stories fresh.While this one took some pages to get turning, stick with it. We end up with two separate cases, one [...]

    26. In a walled private garden in Notting Hill, a young woman’s body is discovered lying on the grass, no signs of violence. The responding officer supposes – with no justification – that it is an overdose of some sort. No one in the homes surrounding the garden saw or heard anything. The young woman is the nanny to one of the wealthy homeowners. Gemma James gets pulled into the investigation because her son attends the same dance school as the nanny’s charge. Then it turns out there was ano [...]

    27. I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if there weren't so many racist undertones running throughout the book. Which is ironic since a main flashback was from a true incident that occurred in 1993, where a young black man was murdered during a racially motivated attack.What Crombie does extremely well is depicting Duncan and Gemma's relationship and how it evolved. These two, in the past, have worked well together, both personally and professionally. And, Crombie shows, that even the strongest [...]

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