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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Water Like a Stone

Crombie, Deborah. Water Like a Stone.

I've always enjoyed the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, and I enjoyed this one as well. Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma, along with his son Kit and her son Toby, are spending the Christmas holidays with Kincaid's parents in Cheshire.

As usual, however, murder and mystery interfere when Kincaid's sister Juliet discovers the mummified body of a child interred in the wall of an old barn. This is the first of several intertwined complications involving family tensions, manipulation, deceit, and more murders.

The information about narrow boats and the canal systems provide an interesting and informative side note. Of course, atmosphere is always a large part of Crombie's skill in bringing the reader into the story, and this novel fulfills all expectations for narrative and atmosphere, both.

I can't wait for the next one!

Fiction. Mystery. 2007. 407 pages.


  1. I've never read this series...I guess I should start! =-)

  2. I've had this series on the radar for forever. Guess I'll try mooching the first one and get going on it.

  3. I've heard good things about this author, but I've yet to give her a try. Your thoughts on this book have made me think I should do just that! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Debby - It really is a good series, and I like the way it has developed over the years.

    booklogged - Crombie always pulls me in to the atmosphere, whether in London or in other locales. Of course, I like the characters, too!

    LF - She writes the kind of mystery you can lose yourself in, and even if there are flaws, you don't dwell on them. Her characters have developed over the years, too.