Sunday, May 29, 2022

On My Radar: Deborah Crombie's A Killing of Innocents!

 


I think we all have favorite authors who just don't write fast enough to suit us, and Deborah Crombie is one of those authors for me. I love her Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James police procedural series set in England, both for the stories and for the wonderful cast of characters. So... you know what I did when I learned there was a new installment in the pipeline. Happy Dance!
 
Let me tell you more about it (because I know some of you have to be Crombie fans, too)!
 
 
Available February 7, 2023!

 
Synopsis: 
 
"On a rainy November evening, a young woman hurries through the crowd in London’s historic Russell Square. Out of the darkness, someone jostles her, then brushes past. A moment later, she stumbles, collapsing against a tree. When a young mother finds her body and alerts the police, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant, Doug Cullen, are called to the scene. The victim, Sasha Johnson, is a trainee doctor at a nearby hospital, and she’s been stabbed.

Kincaid immediately calls his detective wife, Gemma James, who has recently been assigned to a task force on knife crime. Along with her partner, detective sergeant Melody Talbot, Gemma joins the investigation. But Sasha Johnson doesn’t fit the profile of the typical knife crime victim. Single, successful, daughter of a black professional family, she has no history of abusive relationships or any connection to gangs. She had her secrets, though, and Kincaid uncovers an awkward connection to his Notting Hill friends Wesley and Betty Howard.

As the detectives unravel Sasha’s tangled relationships, another stabbing puts London in a panic, and Kincaid’s team needs all their resources to find the killer stalking the dark streets of Bloomsbury.

 
Sounds like another good'un from Deborah Crombie. Which reminds me-- if you love mystery series like Elly Griffiths' Dr. Ruth Galloway that have excellent stories and a rich, deep cast of characters, and you have yet to make the acquaintance of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, I urge you to begin at the beginning and gobble up this marvelous series. I envy you all the reading you have ahead of you.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, I do like that series, Cathy! The stories themselves are appealing, and I really like the way the characters have grown over time. Crombie is really effective at blending their development with the story lines.

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    1. She really is. I think Deborah Crombie and Elly Griffiths are two of the very best at doing that.

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  2. I've read and enjoyed a couple of the Crombie books. I should read more.

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    1. Since it's one of my all-time favorite series, you know I'm going to agree with you, Dorothy!

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  3. Another series I have been meaning to start. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. You're welcome! It's a series that just keeps getting better with age.

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  4. A fellow Crombie fan here, also dancing my way over to add this to my TBR :)

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  5. Oh, gosh, another series to check out. (sigh) Right now, I'm reading and loving the latest V.I. Warshawski book, "Overboard," by Sara Paretsky. She has not lost her crackling wit nor determination to set things right for a young girl she (her dog) finds and rescues.

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  6. And her wit sparkles as always.

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