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  • Publisher: Clipper Audio Books; Unabridged edition
  • ISBN-10: 1841971065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841971063
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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By S. Schwartz on Feb. 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is not a bad entry in the Kincid/James series, but I too was somewhat disappointed with this story. I have read some excellent examples of stories where the feelings and actions that have occured in the present have come about because of some of the protaganists' histories. Jill McGown and Elizabeth George both have wonderful examples of this type of sub-genre. This one attempts this, but it seems to fall flat in a way. The ending seems hurried somehow, and the two storylines don't seem to flow together until they meet explosively. I thought the book seemed long as I was reading, and it just didn't seem to gel. I really enjoyed "Dreaming of the Bones", and was looking forward to this book, so I was disappointed. Also, the relationship with Gemma and Duncan seems to stagnate. There is no sexual tension, and the relationship seems to be struggling and neither one seems to notice and to do something about it. Hopefully the next book will be better, and we get back to some of the writing that we've seen in this series.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this mystery. I don't think I've read Crombie before (but I may have lost track given the amount of books I read!)
This story had several sub-plots intertwined with the main mystery, the murder of a beautiful young woman in a park. Much of the sub-plots had to do with parent-child relationships between both the primary investigator, Duncan, and his chort, Gemma. Both have children who have lost a parent for one reason or another, and both are coping with guilt over having to leave their children to perform their respective jobs. This is a real problem in today's world, and it is not easily coped with.
It is not until the mystery is solved that it become apparent that it also deals with family relationships. I got led off on several other possibilities for the woman's murderer, but they all were too pat, and I should have known better. There is a twist at the end that does make sense in some ways, though physically I wondered if the murderer had the strength to do the deed.
I enjoyed the history of the Docklands (snippets at the front of each chapter) and the history of the children in Britain who were forced from London into homes that were alien in the countryside due to the WWII Blitz by the Germans. I always like a little history with my mystery....
Karen Sadler
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
turner beautifully written with compelling characters and lots of information about the recent history of Britain. I love the series in general.
The plot involves a beautiful woman found dead in a park in the Docklands area of London, a death that involves several long-time residents of this gentrifying area (which had more or less been destroyed by bombing during World War II and subsequently redeveloped). From time to time, the story is interrupted by a story from World War II, about children evacuated from London to live in the country -- a story of distant events that is clearly relevant somehow to this murder because the same names keep popping up. The romance between the two detectives (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James) continues to develop -- and flounder a little -- as they attempt to solve this murder.
I felt this book could have been edited, made about 50 pages shorter, with certain subplots (particularly that involving Gemma's temptation by another man) deleted for a tighter, more satisfying book. I also was disappointed by the ending -- although I guessed the killer halfway through the book, the reason for the killing did not seem adequate at all.
If you love the series, read this book, but if this is your introduction to the Kincaid/James series, start with an earlier book, not this one. I personally did not feel this was her best work although it is well worth reading -- even Crombie's not-so-good books are very good.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am reading this series in succession and very much enjoying it.
You've read the synopsis of the book. The story weaves back and forth, somewhat convoluted. Gemma almost strays with Gordon. Some may be disappointed in this but really, should Kincaid have all the delicious temptations before he realizes Gemma is the ONE! The solution was surprising, but DC had to find a murderer and it was different. I thought the ending(s)tightened up nicely. I always like to know what happens to everyone. A quick read!
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By A Customer on July 18 2000
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book very much; was intrigued by the plot and the switching back and forth between present day and WWII England. I felt there was not enough character development of the murderer and also was disappointed in the handling of the relationship Gemma almost or did have with the musician. But a very well thought out plot and great twists!
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Format: Hardcover
One of the aspects of reading a Deborah Crombie novel is the many layers of past & present into which she draws you. In Kissed A Sad Goodbye she goes into the distant past with the great tea trade & the not so far past when the Phony War was stretching everyone's nerves & eventually the children of London were evacuated into the countryside away from the expected bombing.(I was one of those!) I loved learning about the tea trade & the quiet, secluded area of London, the author chose to describe.
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