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Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
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Kissed a Sad Goodbye (1999)

by Deborah Crombie

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Series: Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James (6)

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KISSED A SAD GOODBYE is a Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Mystery Book 6 by Deborah Crombie.
This title is an excellent addition to the series.
George Brent is walking his dog on the ‘Mudchute Plateau’ when he discovers the body of a beautiful young woman. The case for Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James is a very complicated one and is filled with the history of the area, revenge, old friendships, secrets and miscommunications.
The back stories or subplots were so interesting and came together in the end. I was fascinated by the history and culture of the area. There was a map; excerpts from historical documents and surveys of the Dockland area; “Memories of Children on the Isle of Dogs, 1870-1970”; historical anecdotes from the Blitz; quotes from Dickens.
A sense of place is so important to a good story. KISSED A SAD GOODBYE had an excellent historical aspect to it and made the ‘case’ all the more interesting and sad.
Five Stars. ***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Jan 23, 2019 |
A melancholic, yet deeply absorbing story.

For a complete review please click on the link below:

http://onerightword.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/kissed-sad-goodbye-deborah-crombie.ht... ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James face their most haunting case yet when the past devastatingly intersects with the present....
Book 6 is a very good installment to the Kincaid/James police procedural series. I liked the way the author wove the WWII past into the present day murder case. I enjoyed reading about Kincaid's relationship with his new found son, Kit, and Gemma's reaction to his fathering skills. There were lots of interesting new characters who became suspects on my list for the murder only to be surprised when the murderer was finally revealed. I found the book to be very well-written and it's hard to believe that this British mystery is actually written by a Texan. I look forward to Crombie's next installment and highly recommend this series to those who love British mysteries. ( )
  EadieB | Mar 7, 2018 |
A dog walker comes across the body of Annabelle Hammond, an executive with her family’s tea empire. As Scotland Yard's team of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James investigates the murder, they discover there are more than a few people – family members, lovers and ex-lovers -- who might have a motive to want her dead. But which one would murder her? Their investigation winds up centering on the far-distant past, before Annabelle was even born.

Woven throughout the contemporary tale is another story about a young boy evacuated from London’s East End to the countryside during World War II. Readers of Deborah Crombie know that the two tales will converge.

On the home front, Duncan has problems in his relationship with Kit, a young boy Duncan is certain is his son. Rather than reveal the truth of their relationship slowly and with forethought, Duncan blurts it out in a heated moment. Will that ruin whatever chances they had for a father-son relationship? Then Kit’s stepfather decides he wants Kit with him and he has custody.

I love this series, which I’m reading out of order. I wouldn’t recommend that. Kissed a Sad Goodbye is the penultimate book (for me) in the series before I finish it. ( )
  NewsieQ | Nov 9, 2017 |
Scotland Yard detectives Sergeant Gemma James and Superintendent Duncan Kincaid return to solve a murder committed on the Isle of Dogs in the Docklands area, a young woman is found dead. Oddly, her corpse has been carefully, even reverently, arranged. The victim, Annabelle Hammond, is the director of a family-owned tea company that is headquartered in a historic building nearby. Duncan and Gemma explore the victim's past, meanwhile working through problems in their own lives. Duncan has recently learned that his ex-wife left behind an 11-year-old son (his!); now he is discovering how much time and emotion are needed to bring up a child. Interwoven into the plot, is the depiction of the history and character of the Docklands: the Isle of Dogs, the evacuation of local children (including Annabelle's father) during the bombings of WWII and its historic cycle of destruction and renewal. I enjoy this series and particularly the relationship between Gemma and Duncan. I enjoyed the historical narrative in this one as well. 3 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Feb 2, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 055357924X, Mass Market Paperback)

Nominated for an Edgar, Deborah Crombie's 1997 Dreaming of the Bones was such a triumph in all respects that it's a hard act to follow. Kissed a Sad Goodbye, Crombie's sixth book about Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, isn't quite as spectacular as her previous rendition. Still, the author who creates her very British world from a town in North Texas has managed to come up with an entirely respectable and highly enjoyable effort. Her story offers a fascinating setting in place of the poignant, personal drama that invigorated Dreaming of the Bones.

The body of a lovely young woman is found in London's fashionable Docklands area. She turns out to be Annabelle Hammond, the director of an old family firm of tea merchants. She was a woman of tremendous talent and sexual appetite, but also the kind of harsh and abrasive personality that provides plenty of motives for murder. The Hammond family is also historically linked to the self-made property developer Lewis Finch and his son, an activist dropout and street musician. The other suspects include a spineless boyfriend who works at the tea firm, a secretary too loyal to be true, and herrings of various shades of crimson. Kincaid and James have to solve it all, even as their own personal problems threaten to intrude. Thanks to Crombie's enviable ability to bring people and places to life with a single phrase, the story zips along like the new Docklands electric railroad.

Previous Kincaid-James books in paperback include Dreaming of the Bones, All Shall Be Well, Leave the Grave Green, and Mourn Not Your Dead. --Dick Adler

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Detective Kincaid of Scotland Yard investigates the murder of a promiscuous woman whose tea warehouse in the dockland of London was coveted by a builder. Sex crime or business crime?

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