In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #10)

In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #10)

by Deborah Crombie

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Overview

An abandoned Southwark warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse. Within it lies the charred corpse of a female body burned beyond all recognition. At the same time, workers at Guy's Hospital anxiously discuss the disappearance of a hospital administrator — a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who's vanished without a trace.

And in an old, dark, rambling London house, nine-year-old
Harriet's awful fears won't be silenced — as she worries about her
feuding parents, her schoolwork . . . and the strange woman who
is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place.

Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid — lovers and former partners — have their own pressing concerns. But they must put aside private matters to investigate these disturbing cases. Yet neither Gemma nor Duncan realize how closely the cases are connected — or how important their resolutions will be for an abducted young child who is frightened, alone . . . and in serious peril.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060525262
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 174,978
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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.

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In a Dark House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deborah Crombie is a superb writer. She gives her characters believability, sensitivity, and the skills of a detective. She keeps you engaged and, at the same time, keeps you guessing. I recommend all her mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title for this installment of the series was very apropos. The story is dark and frightening. There is a sense of fearful energy in the murders and in Emma and Duncan's personal situation. A great addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good tale spun creatively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of Debbie Crombie's books. They are beautifully and intelligently written. This is one of the best of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This I could not put down. I read it in two nights. She is a great writer. None of her books have ever disappointed me.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the London borough of Southwark, in the wee hours of the morning, a vacant warehouse burns. What initially appears to be a routine fire becomes anything but routine when, first, a woman's naked body is discovered in the flames, and second, investigators learn that the building is owned by a prominent member of parliament. Scotland Yard detective Duncan Kincaid is assigned to the case and must diplomatically deal with, not just the politics of the situation, but also the tensions with the Southwark police, who resent the Yard's intrusion into their territory. Meanwhile, Duncan's significant other and former partner, Gemma James, becomes involved in the search for a missing woman who lived just a few blocks away from the burned warehouse. When it appears that their cases may be connected, Duncan and Gemma work together to solve the mysteries.Crombie juggles several plot threads that eventually converge and finally resolve. She skillfully maintains a consistent degree of tension across the various threads, resulting in smooth transitions between scenes. Few writers could pull off a plot filled with so many coincidences, but under Crombie's hand they're hardly noticeable. Ultimately, though, there are too many coincidences to survive close examination of the plot, so I can't give it 5 stars.The book can be read as a stand-alone. However, the development of Duncan and Gemma's relationship and family situation is one of the main features of the series. Readers who find this aspect of the series appealing will want to read the books in order.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An abandoned warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse, an apparent case of arson. But it is the charred corpse within -- a female body burned beyond all recognition -- combined with the political sensitivity of the case, that entangles Superintendent Duncan Kincaid in its twisted skein.At the same time, Kincaid's lover and former partner, Gemma James, is coping with twin crises of her own, one personal and the other professional. Gemma must put her private concerns aside to investigate the disappearance of a hospital administrator, a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who vanished without a trace. Yet neither Gemma nor Kincaid realizes how closely their cases are connected -- or how important the resolutions will be for a young child who was a victim of parental abduction.In an old, dark, rambling house, nine-year-old Harriet worries about her feuding mum and dad, her friends, her schoolwork. Most of all, she worries about the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. The events that led her there happened too quickly and are too complicated for a child to fully comprehend. But despite her youth and innocence, Harriet's awful fears will not be silenced: that she may never see her parents again ... and that her own life is in serious peril.I liked the way you get an in depth view of characters other than Kincaid and James - Rose the firefighter, Kincaid's sergeant Cullen, the locum priest Winnie, Fanny the young Asian woman fighting a debilitating disease. Lots of lovely strands all meshed together in a plausible yarn.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
A fire in the southwest reveals the body of a dead woman, but instead of letting the local police handle the case, Scotland Yard sends Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid to investigate because the warehouse that burned down belonged to MP Michael Harwood. The Victorian warehouse was being renovated by converting it into park flats, but rumors has it that was not succeeding so the fire department is looking for signs of arson. Two people entering the building before the blaze were caught on video; one was Harwood¿s missing daughter Chloe. Also absent is Laura Novak and her child Harriet; however, Harriet¿s father Tony had left her with someone named Beth, an obvious alias. Duncan concentrates on the fire because he thinks a serial arsonist caused the deadly blaze.--- Duncan¿s live-in lover Inspector Gemma James is also in town investigating the disappearance of the roommate of a friend of a friend. Gemma searches for Harriet before time runs out on the child. Neither realizes these two cases connect in a dramatic fashion.--- In addition to all the pressure in their private lives, Duncan and Gemma are also in a custody battle over his son with the lad¿s maternal grandmother who blames the cop for her daughter¿s death and believe the living in sin couple are unfit to raise her grandson. The two parallel police procedural plots are cleverly drawn so that the audience enjoys both, but wonders which of the lovers has chosen the correct path, if either has. Deborah Crombie provides a strong British who-done-it that fans of Val McDermid will appreciate.--- Harriet Klausner