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Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

Mourn Not Your Dead (1996)

by Deborah Crombie

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Series: Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James (4)

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When Division Commander Alastair Gilbert is savagely murdered in the kitchen of his rural home, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma Jones are sent to investigate the crime. They find that there is no shortage of suspects, as the victim was a cruel, cold and vindictive man, and soon they are embroiled in the many petty emotions and complicated relationships among the villagers. At the same time, the two must come to terms with their own relationship and how to move forward…. I enjoyed the village aspect of this novel in particular, probably because relationships in small English villages are always entertaining to read about, at least in fictional form! The previous book in this series ended with the relationship between Duncan and Gemma changing, about which the two of them have very different perspectives, and a large part of this novel deals with the aftermath of that situation. As a result, you have both a crime to solve (which I did, shortly before the reveal at the end) and a relationship with which to agree or disagree, making for a satisfying read. Although Ms. Crombie’s writing is not top-of-the-line in terms of mystery writers, it’s quite serviceable and I will continue reading this series, at least for the time being. Mildly recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 1, 2019 |
MOURN NOT YOUR DEAD by Deborah Crombie is Book 4 of her Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James crime series.
A very powerful police administrator, Alastair Gilbert, is found dead in his kitchen in a suburban area of London.
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are called in to assist the local police efforts.
It is a small town and full of secrets and overlapping relationships. No one seems eager to talk about the Gilbert Family, and a string of petty thefts that have been taking place in the village.

I liked this title very much. It is very detailed - the plot, the characters, their relationships, their interactions with other police units. The detecting and police procedural part of the series is much more detailed and an integral part of the story. Duncan and Gemma wok with other police officers and detectives and are in and out of London to Holmbury St. Mary often. The sense of place is very real.

I am looking forward to Book 5. ( )
  diana.hauser | Jan 6, 2019 |
The brutal murder of a much-despised police commander challenges Scotland Yard investigators Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James's relationship. 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.
I started this series in 2012 and I am glad to be back reading book #4 in this engaging police procedural series. I found this book to be well-plotted with well-drawn characters and fast-paced dialogue. I enjoyed the town of Holmbury St. Mary and the atmosphere of the setting. Gemma James, sergeant, is having a secret relationship with her detective, Duncan Kincaid. In fact, the book seems to be about relationships; mother/daughter, husband/wife, lovers or police professionals. I looking forward to the next book as this series keeps getting better and better. I would highly recommend this series to those who like Scotland Yard mystery novels. ( )
  EadieB | Mar 3, 2018 |
When a high-ranking police officer, Alastair Gilbert, is brutally murdered in the kitchen of his home, it’s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James who are on the case. Turns out the victim was pretty adept at making enemies, so there are a lot of possible suspects. Kincaid and James are going through a rough patch in their relationship, such as it is. Their interaction is strained to say the least.

Gilbert, his wife and stepdaughter lived in a small village, where everyone knows everyone else’s business. And villagers are hoping the murderer isn’t one of the residents. Could it possibly be the same person who has been pilfering small items from village residents over the last year? Pressure is on from Kincaid’s superiors to solve this case – and quickly.

I’m reading this series out of order, which I would not recommend. All the angst between Kincaid and James is less tolerable when one knows how that story plays out. Still, this is a great series, consistently well written and plotted – with all the issues (except the Kincaid-James relationship) worked out at the end. ( )
  NewsieQ | Sep 28, 2017 |
I wish Gemma and Duncan would just get together already!!! Wow figure out what you want Gemma- it shouldnt be that hard! You either know or dont know!! ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
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Crombie, Deborahprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Audio, BlackstonePublishersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chergé, Gérard deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deehy, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kilgarriff, PatriciaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The three things that make Deborah Crombie's books about a pair of Scotland Yard detectives so fascinating are (a) the way the relationship between Superintendent Duncan Kinkaid and Sgt. Gemma James is constantly--and believably--changing; (b) the meticulously researched and impeccably presented details of British police procedure; and (c) the fact that the superb chronicler behind these multi-layered tales of British society is a native Texan and current resident of a small town near Dallas. This fourth entry in Crombie's excellent series sends the gently raised, intellectual Kinkaid and the tougher, more abrasive James out after the killer of a much-unloved senior policeman in suburban Surrey. Other books in the series also available in paperback are All Shall Be Well, Leave the Grave Green, and A Share in Death.

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In England, the romantic police pair of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James investigate the murder of their commander, Superintendent Gilbert, an unloved man, even by his wife.

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