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Garden of Lamentations: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels Book 17) Kindle Edition
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- Book 17 of 18 in Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels
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“Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Through several points of view, this multifaceted novel provides a sobering cautionary tale about the exploitation of idealism and the abuse of power.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The novel’s title suggests sorrow, deep and debilitating, the kind of grief that chokes. It also alludes to Gethsemane and all that garden implies - betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness. It’s all here.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Garden of Lamentations moves at a brisk pace with acute attention to the details of both cases [...] a strong addition to an excellent series.” (SouthFlorida.com)
“‘Garden of Lamentations’ is a strong addition to an excellent series.” (Miami Herald)
“This is one of the best crime mystery novels of the season.” (Washington Book Review)
“[Crombie’s] Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters are rich, emotionally textured, fully human. They are the remarkable creations of a remarkable writer.” (Louise Penny) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B018QKNVLA
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017)
- Publication date : February 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2141 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,821 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Look: I read a lot of books. Some I remember better than others, some i remember mostly one or two really remarkable scenes or events. There is no way I would have remembered the entire Deborah Crombie oeuvre well enough to enjoy this book. I could have plowed through it -- but life is too short, y'know?
I'm very disappointed. The original bones -- story line -- of this book was provocative and interesting enough, but it's hidden inside pages and pages of "stuff" from prior books. As a reader, i have no idea how much of that is going to be important in understanding this one, when it comes to resolution time. Better to cut my losses, and move on to another book.
I will be more careful about buying any more books in this series.
Gemma’s case takes her often to Cornwall Gardens in the London neighborhood of Notting Hill, and there to a lovely communal garden, a place that we associate with beauty. But if this garden could speak, it would tell us its tale of lamentations -- as now it has become polluted by the murder of a young woman, whose white dress disturbs the green grass. It is up to Gemma to solve this case, as she has been especially “recruited” to help. But she has also found betrayal and sacrifice in this beautiful communal garden. As almost an antithesis, the colors in this section are dazzling, as are the scents of many flowers. Deborah Crombie’s words have lyrical and descriptive power, as in this example: “The smell of the wisteria eddied around her as a breeze blew through the garden, and pale purple petals drifted down from the canopy like confetti.”
The suspense is developed from the very beginning in both investigations, and it keeps up unwaveringly. Both cases are very fragile, and they challenge the detectives – like in a dance, in which the characters can fall if they are not too careful about their steps. In Duncan’s case, it is not only he who is in danger. The distressing series of events include their friends Doug and Melody, who are also caught in the web superbly spun by Deborah Crombie.
As in any serious novel, especially one dealing with murders, we need some comic relief. It is provided here by the couple’s three children, as well as by the addition of two kittens to the two-dog household.
We reach the story's conclusion with most questions answered for both cases, and we hope this is not the end of the dance. The orchestra must continue performing under Deborah Crombie’s skillful baton.
Top reviews from other countries
Two storylines, one a case for Gemma and the other Duncan's investigation into corruption in the force. A good outcome for the events which began in the last book before this one, with justice triumphing in the end and a good ending for the Kincaid family and their friends too.