Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long. The man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings-for the victim, as well as for each other-to solve the most troubling case either has faced.
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by Deborah Crombie
"When Superintendent Alistair Gilbert's wife and stepdaughter find his bludgeoned body, Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard and his partner, Gemma James, have to put their budding relationship on hold to investigate. It seems that no one in Holmbury St. Mary liked him. With only slight shadings in timbre, narrator Michael Deehy creates an entire village of plausible suspects. His authentic accents clarify class distinctions; in fact, his wholly absorbing reading makes even the description of a drapery design seem important. This 1996 addition to Crombie's exceptional series offers intense plotting, meticulous diction, and convincing insights into British sensibilities. Add to that a tour-de-force performance by Deehy, and listeners have an experience to savor. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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