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The Sound of Broken Glass
James and Kincaid Mystery #15
Deborah Crombie

William Morrow
February 2013 / ISBN 9780061990632

Reviewed by Bob Walch

 When Detective Inspector Gemma James is assigned the case that involves a well-respected barrister who is found naked, trussed and apparently strangled in a seedy hotel, she’s not sure what to think. Is it murder or a rather unsavory accident?

   The discovery of a second body, a junior barrister, found killed in the same manner leaves no question about the situation.  Not only is it definitely murder, but it also appears that James has a serial killer on her hands.

    While Gemma leads the murder investigation team, her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home on a leave of absence taking care of the couple’s three-year-old foster daughter. As he follows his wife’s case, Duncan realizes he has a personal connection with one of the suspects. When the young man admits he knows one of the dead men, Duncan believes that not only is this individual a link between the two dead men, but he could well be the next victim. Or, on the other hand, he could be the killer!

     What follows next is a riveting chain of events that play out in London’s legendary Crystal Palace and makes for a very exciting read.  This is another solid outing for this extraordinary husband and wife detective team that has made Deborah Crombie a much admired suspense writer in both the U.S. and Great Britain.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Share in Death #1
Leave the Grave Green #3
Mourn Not Your Dead #4
Dreaming of the Bones #5
Now May You Weep #9
In a Dark House #10
Water Like a Stone #11
Where Memories Lie #12
The Sound of Broken Glass #15

Reviewed 2013