Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes-and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. The main focus of Gemma's investigation is Karl Arrowood, who had the most powerful motive for killing his unfaithful wife. But this case sets off warning bells for Duncan: It's far too similar to a recent unsolved murder in which an another person was killed in precisely the same way. And when the escalating violence claims yet another victim, he and Gemma find themselves at increasing odds with each other-as two separate investigations become linked in the most startling of ways. Their hunt for a killer will traverse the teeming stalls of the city's antiques markets to a decades-in-the-making vendetta of history and hatred that has been honed to a flawless, deadly point. To solve this case, Gemma and Duncan must walk a merciless razor's edge through a place where true justice will be a long time coming.
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by Deborah Crombie
"In this 2002 entry in the series about Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, three murders seem related. As Duncan and Gemma investigate, they must also cope with their new life together, including Gemma's pregnancy. Michael Deehy has narrated earlier books in this series and has a firm grasp of the characters. Over several books, we come to know these people; Deehy's sensitive characterizations help make them our old friends. Deehy is particularly good at conveying emotion and states of being-tired characters sound tired, peevish characters sound peevish. If this is new territory, you'll be hooked; if you know the series, welcome back. R.E.K. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"