Thursday, June 12, 2008
REVIEW: Leave the Grave Green
Title: Leave the Grave Green
Author: Deborah Crombie
Protagonist(s): Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James
Setting: present-day area around London, England
First Line: "Watch you don't slip."
The comfortable, predictable lives of well-known conductor Sir Gerald Asherton and his wife, famed operatic soprano Dame Caroline Stowe, are thrown for a loop when the body of their son-in-law is pulled from a nearby lock on the Thames. A year ago, the Asherton's daughter Julia had separated from the incorrigible Lothario, but the deceased had been living in Julia's apartment and having lunch weekly with his in-laws. Scotland Yard's Kincaid and James find more facts than these interesting as they begin to investigate the case.
There are times that the characters' lives take precedence over the plot, but the storyline is involving and the characters well-developed. Normally I would give a book like this an A, but it was a case where I didn't like any of the suspects and wish they all could've been thrown in the slammer. Ah well. I can't win 'em all.