Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels)

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It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected—and one he certainly doesn't want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke—a case that's been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer's death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder.

No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate—not even his partner and lover, Sergeant Gemma James. But it's a second death that raises the stakes and plunges Kincaid and James into a labyrinth of dark lies and lethal secrets that stretches all the way back through the twentieth century—a death that most assuredly is murder, one that has altered Duncan Kincaid's world forever.

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"Deborah Crombie might be the most British of American mystery novelists," said an astute reviewer in reference to Mourn Not Your Dead, the fourth book in her excellent series about Duncan Kincaid, an inoffensively upper-class Scotland Yard superintendent, and Sergeant Gemma James, his rougher-edged partner and lover. In addition to her finely tuned ear for the subtler nuances of Britspeak, Crombie--a resident of Richardson, Texas--achieves a rare and therefore enviable balance between the details of her characters' private lives and the plot of each particular book. That delicate balance is especially welcome in Dreaming of the Bones, when Kincaid's former wife, Dr. Victoria McClellan, threatens his personal and professional equanimity. A Cambridge don, Vic has been writing a biography of poet Lydia Brooke, who claimed kinship to the distinguished World War I bard Rupert Brooke, and whose suicide five years before is now beginning to appear suspiciously like murder.

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"Fascinating...Multilayered."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A story of death, obsession and secrets."
--Houston Chronicle

"An elegant, literary mystery...outstanding."
--Mystery Lovers Bookshop News

"Deborah Crombie at her best...This is a story of great depth and understanding."
--Mystery News

"Dreaming of the Bones will make you cry and catch your breath in surprise."
--Chicago Tribune

"Poignant."
--The Orlando Sentinel

"Haunting...The best book in an already accomplished series."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Nominated for the Edgar and the Agatha awards for The Year's Best Novel

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