Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
Yes, it’s that time again. Another Deborah Crombie Kincaid/James mystery! Although it was not as enthralling and dramatic as the previous entry, Dreaming of the Bones, Kissed a Sad Goodbye did not disappoint. I know I’ve become a broken record when it comes to extolling the virtues of Deborah Crombie’s character development but, for me, it is the best part of her writing and something that is sorely lacking from many novels. I also found the mystery elements in Kissed a Sad Goodbye to be entertaining. The plot jumps back and forth between the present day murder investigation and an intriguing backstory that takes place during the Second World War. If you, like me, enjoy a good English mystery novel, please give Deborah Crombie a try.
Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid’s ex-wife, Victoria, the one who walked out on him ten years ago, needs a favor. She asks him to look into the five-year old suicide of a troubled local poet that she has been researching. Kincaid surprises everyone, including himself, when he agrees to re-open the closed case. However, the deeper he and partner, Gemma James, go into the past, the more evidence turns up supporting Victoria’s claims that the poet was actually murdered. This is the best Kincaid/James mystery that I’ve read so far. All of Deborah Crombie’s mysteries are impeccable, multi-layered, character-driven stories with believable endings and “Dreaming of the Bones” is no different but it was also tense and left the main characters forever changed by the end. I’ve recommended Deborah Crombie’s mysteries before and I will continue to do so.
All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
I read the first in Deborah Crombie’s mystery series in September of last year and enjoyed the introduction to her main characters, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. In this second novel, Kincaid’s terminally ill neighbor dies peacefully in her sleep but Kincaid has a suspicious feeling. Ms. Crombie’s stories are written with wit and humor but it’s her characters that will continue bring me back to her series. Her books are less about the mystery, although I will admit to being surprised by the ending, and more about the depth of her characters and the emerging histories behind even secondary characters. After only two books, I’ve grown especially attached to Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. He has a good mix of intuition and smarts. He is also portrayed as genuine and caring. I don’t know about you, but I will certainly keep reading Deborah Crombie.