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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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
If you like well-plotted, well-written police procedurals served up with a healthy dollop of character-driven writing, pick up this and all the other books is this engaging series. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Amazon Customer
"Mourn Not Your Dead" by Deborah Crombie is bk-4 of this series, (a series that keeps getting better and better) the characters are well-developed, the dialogue... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by John Savoy
This is a fine series. It took quite a while to get the clues which are there, but they aren't! Gemma begins to come around too. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2001