Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #5)

Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #5)

by Deborah Crombie

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It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected -- and one he certainly doesn't want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke -- a case that's been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer's death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder.

No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate -- not even his partner and lover, Sergeant Gemma James. But it's a second death that raises the stakes and plunges Kincaid and James into a labyrinth of dark lies and lethal secrets that stretches all the way back through the twentieth century -- a death that most assuredly is murder, one that has altered Duncan Kincaid's world forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451617658
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,281
File size: 619 KB

About the Author

Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, two cats, and two German shepherds.

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Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #5) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book- British setting. Plot keeps you turning pages.
wortklauberlein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria McClellan is immersed in writing a biography of tortured poet Lydia Brooke, who several times attempted suicide and apparently succeeded in the end. But things don't add up for Vic, so she contacts Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid, the man she walked out on years earlier.He meets with her and ferrets out the police report on Lydia's death, but is not convinced Vic's suspicion is worth pursuing. Until, of course and most unfortunately, Vic too dies of what looks like a heart attack but mostly likely is poisoning.The present-day narrative of the search for a killer is interspersed with Lydia's letters to her mother and the poetry of Rupert Brooke. Deborah Crombie deftly weaves together these strands from three eras at Cambridge. One of the pleasures of reading a Crombie mystery is that the characters are fully real and the stories of their lives are nearly as engrossing as the mystery. And a mystery this one is: I guessed who the killer was at several points along the way, and each time I was wrong. I was still guessing when the truth was revealed.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duncan's ex-wife contacts him when her research on a biography of Lydia Brooke turns up evidence that the poet may have been murdered instead of having committed suicide. When Duncan takes a look at the police reports, he notices some irregularities, but the local police refuse to reopen it. Duncan begins his unofficial investigation and is soon joined by his partner Gemma. This was a well-plotted, well-written mystery with enough suspects to make the reader keep guessing. Crombie is an excellent writer. The poetry by Rupert Brooke that headed each chapter was well-chosen, and I enjoyed it as well as the mystery itself.
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Duncan Kincaid, Scotland Yard detective, gets a phone call from his estranged ex-wife of 10 plus years to investigate an unusual suicide of a local poet. He's quickly pulled into mystery and other deaths occur. It's difficult for him to investigate as it is out of his jurisdiction but his faithful partner and now girlfriend comes to his aid to help get him in trouble.This 5th installment of the series isn't nearly as brilliant as Crombie's other adventures. It starts very slow. The plot seems to talk around the mystery and the answers only come out when the two detectives evenually guess a theoretical answer. It doesn't seem very well played out, but could have been. I'm disappointed with this story. I will have to try another to see if I can continue along this journey with Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid.
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth in a British detective series centered around Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Both are interesting and well drawn characters; Gemma is especially sympathetic (to me, anyway!) as she struggles to be accepted in a male-dominated field. The story in this book occurs as Duncan's ex-wife calls and asks him to help her with a suspected cold case. An entire cast of interesting and fleshed-out characters are drawn into the story, which is mulit-layered, complex, and interesting.
Billyt1 More than 1 year ago
Engaging mystery concerning Kincaid's ex-wife. It was clear early on the identity of the killer but not the killer. Duncan and Gemma seem to be struggling adjusting to their status as a couple. Gemma more so than Duncan and she doesn't make it easy for him.Her chastising him after the confrontation with Ashby is head scathing. Does he know what he is in for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't till the end of this book that I understood the title. This was a stunning story. Like others who reviewed it, to me it is a pivotal step for the series. I was spellbound from page one.
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ER_RN More than 1 year ago
A bit long-winded, I think. Good mystery, but not very believable that the detective would take on this case for his ex. At any rate, with loads of driving about Cambridge and tea drinking, the last quarter of the book gets interesting. Would have liked to have seen a bit more character description of the detectives, as this is my first Kincaid book. Ok diversion for the price (nook).
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