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A Share in Death

de Deborah Crombie

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Séries: Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James (1)

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A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time-share is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. One of his new acquaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer. Despite a distinct 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 dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much.… (mais)
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I love it when perusing my library's audiobook section nets me the beginning of a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed this English mystery and immediately set about to get my hands on the next one. The characters are fresh and interesting and their relationship promises to develop in intriguing ways without getting in the way of the main plot. If you like police procedurals that offer more than just procedure I think you'll enjoy this one. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Deborah Crombie’s 1993 A Share in Death is the author’s introductory novel in what is now her 18-book “Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James” series. I was particularly late in discovering the series for myself, and only started reading it when the cover of No Mark Upon Her managed to catch my eye in a bookstore toward the end of 2011. I’ve now read almost all of the novels that followed that one, but I’m just now going back to pick up the series from the beginning. As it turns out, though, I’m happy it worked out that way — for a reason I’ll explain a little later.

Most of you know that Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James work for Scotland Yard. When this first book begins, Kincaid is a Superintendent there and Sergeant James reports directly to him. Most of you know, too, that the two will ultimately get together and raise a remarkable family of their own. Just be aware that they are nowhere near that point in their lives — and that they don’t make much progress in that direction — in A Share in Death.

As the novel begins, Duncan is about to begin a vacation at a small luxury timeshare hotel courtesy of a cousin of his who could not be there himself for his scheduled week. Duncan prefers to keep as low a profile as possible among his fellow guests, so he does not introduce himself to anyone as a policeman. Thanks to a chatty staff member, though, he still learns the backgrounds of most of the other guests before actually meeting them because the others are well-known regulars to hotel staff. Duncan’s anonymity comes to a quick halt the next morning, however, when a dead body is discovered by two children in the hotel’s whirlpool bath. Local authorities are ready to write off the death as a suicide, but Duncan doesn’t believe that is what happened. Soon, he is butting heads with local investigators while using Gemma to run down leads that he develops while digging into the backgrounds of his fellow guests.

Bottom Line: A Share in Death is a good, solid introduction to the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters. It establishes that Duncan is an attractive young investigator whose career is still on the rise, and that although he is still single, his head is relatively easily turned by the women he encounters. Gemma, on the other hand, has already been through a relationship that resulted in the toddler son she is now raising on her own. The two do not see each other face-to-face here until perhaps the last ten percent of the book, so readers are given no real reason to suspect their eventual union other than the fact they each seems to much admire the investigatory skills of the other. The mystery at the core of the book is the classic “closed door” kind of tale in which a murder is committed by one of a very limited number of potential suspects. Crombie handles it all competently enough, but I doubt I would have gone looking for other books in the series if I had started with this one. And…that is why I’m happy that I started out with book number 14 rather than book number 1. ( )
  SamSattler | Dec 4, 2020 |
While on a much needed vacation, Duncan Kincaid becomes embroiled in a murder at the time share where he is staying. With a second body and another attack, the local authorities grudgingly accept his assistance.
  4leschats | Jul 15, 2020 |
This is the first book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series, originally published in 1993. It's an average beginning to a new series which now numbers 18.

A murder takes place in an upscale country inn where Kincaid has gone for a break from his stressful life as a Detective Superintendent at Scotland Yard. Although he shouldn't get involved he does of course though the local law enforcement doesn't welcome his "interference". Well enough plotted but not an exciting read. ( )
  clue | Jul 7, 2020 |
I picked this up because of the Yorkshire setting. It didn't delve deep into that to my satisfaction, but it's a fair murder mystery that reads like a standard hour-long BBC detective show. You have your standard eclectic group of people at a time-share estate where Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kirk also happens to be a guest. A dude dies. An investigation ensues.

This kind of contemporary mystery isn't my sort, but I can definitely say it is a VERY fast, breezy read. I ended up getting through it in a day. So if you like contemporary hour-long BBC mysteries, get this book. As for me, I won't be continuing the series. ( )
  ladycato | Jun 26, 2020 |
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A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time-share is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. One of his new acquaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer. Despite a distinct 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 dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much.

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