Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On My Radar: Deborah Crombie's A Bitter Feast

I fell in love with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James the second I picked up the first book in Deborah Crombie's remarkable series, A Share in Death, which means that Deborah Crombie has been an "Auto-Buy" author for me for a long time.

It's been two years since the last book in the series, Garden of Lamentations, and those two years have simply d-r-a-g-g-e-d! You can imagine my happy dance when I learned that the newest Kincaid & James mystery will be released in October. Let's find out more about A Bitter Feast, shall we?

Available October 8, 2019!
Synopsis: "Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Gloucestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub—and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?
Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases."

Sounds like a good'un, doesn't it? How many of you are already Deborah Crombie fans? If you aren't acquainted with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, I can't recommend this series highly enough!


  1. Oh, this is a good series, Cathy. I like the way the characters and their relationships have evolved over the course of the series; I think that's done very well.

    1. Yes, it is-- and she's one of the first American authors to prove that she's more than capable of writing a series set in England.


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