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Deborah Crombie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series So far Jan. 10 2002
By Mark
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After and inauspicious beginning, Crombie's Kincaid/James series improves with every book. 'Mourn Not Your Dead', 4th in the series, is as good a police procedural you're likely to find.
Crombie uses her characters and plot in some unexpected and interesting ways. This installment's victim is a senior police officer. Crombie uses this instance to shed light on the inner workings of the Met. The case is set in an English country village and Crombie uses the setting to give us a new look into English country life. The intersecting lives and loss of life in this village are presented in fresh, never predictable and, one senses, quite accurate ways.
Sometimes, mystery/crime series can be a bit like watching 'Touched by an Angel'. The formula never varies, the pace never varies, characters are predictable and two-dimensional at best. You will feel mad, glad, sad and afraid at all the usual points. This is NOT SO with Crombie's Kincaid/James series, especially installments 3 and 4.
I'm on to #5 in the series "Dreaming of the Bones" which was a NY Times Notable Book of the year when it was published -- a rare acheivement by a crime series novel. If Crombie stays on track -- and the Times's opinion indicates she has -- this should be a winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book in this series. Dec 8 2003
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At first I wasn't enjoying Gemma and Duncan Kincaid, but the series has been getting better with each entry, and this book is the best so far. My biggest complaint in the previous entries was that Duncan Kincaid seemed to be a "lame duck". In this book we find a stronger, more rounded Kincaid, and it certainly makes the book better. This is a stylish mystery done in the British procedural style. We have Duncan and Gemma investigating the brutal murder of a high-ranking police officer. The murder places them in the middle of a small English Village (Surrey). Village politics are apparent here, but there is also danger and psychological undercurrents, and before Duncan and Jemma can solve the case they are placed right in the middle of this, and at imminent danger to themselves. This is a solid police procedural.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one by Deborah Crombie March 29 1997
By A Customer
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When Scotland Yard is called to investigate the murder of police commander Alastair Gilbert,
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are assigned the case.
Complicating the investigation is the relationship between Kincaid and Gemma, who just recently
shared a passion-filled evening together. At the onset of the investigation, Gemma tells Kincaid
that it is over between them, leaving him badly hurt.
......As the duo starts to dig into the background of Alastair, they find a different picture then the
public image of a model citizen and cop he presents. They learn that Alastair ignored the rules, his
wife planned to leave him, and that his neighbors despised him for his rancorous and dominating
personality. As more clues are uncovered and a suspect confesses, the case becomes even more
unsettling to the couple. Adding to their disquieting feelings, is the pair's personal dilemma about
which direction their relationship should take.
......Mourn Not Your Dead is a very interesting Scotland Yard mystery novel that will thrill fans of
the genre because of the lead protagonists' struggle with a difficult investigation, personal ethics,
and a shaky relationship. Like her first three novels, Deborah Crombie's fourth mystery deserves
wide readership.

.......Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Crafted Jan. 1 2001
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A carefully crafted English cozy mystery, with a truly fun pair of detectives. Ms. Crombie weaves a rather believable tale with some absolutely wonderful characters. Not as "tongue in cheek" as M.C. Beaton or Rhys Bowen, but a delightful, and amusing escape with a clever edge. I did struggle (just a bit) with the romantic chemistry between Duncan and Genna, who would be risking sexual harassment allegations stateside. Maybe Genna needs a promotion, so there won't be the supervisory overtones?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters but cliche-ridden plot. Oct. 31 1999
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Crombie has a way with characters and with dialogue. I like Duncan and Gemma very much. Gemma's problems juggling career, motherhood and love-life ring true. However, the mystery is poorly plotted. The "red herrings" are so obvious that they are laughable. The author telegraphs the fact that "startling revelations" will come later that will turn the case upside down. If the murder mystery had been more compelling, this book would have been much better.
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