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Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

Mourn Not Your Dead (original 1996; edition 2005)

by Deborah Crombie

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Title:Mourn Not Your Dead
Authors:Deborah Crombie (Author)
Info:Avon (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Tags:Fiction, contemporary, mystery, Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James, Britain

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Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie (1996)



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This was another solid mystery in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James police series. In this story, the Division Commander is murdered in his own home and Kincaid and Gemma investigate. Since the Division Commander is not well-liked, there are a number of people who seem suspicious. The secondary storyline is the relationship between Kincaid and Gemma. They had gotten deeply involved with each other but now Gemma is having second thoughts. This gets sorted out as they work on the case together.

I enjoy Deborah Crombie's writing style and ability, her characters and her stories. I will definitely continue reading this series. ( )
  gaylebutz | Aug 4, 2015 |
I can't believe I let three years go by before getting back to this series. It was easy to fall back into the comfort of this series. Duncan and Gemma are called to to investigate the murder of a police commander in his suburban home. There are plenty of suspects, the wife, the step-daughter, the wife's boss, a former co-worker of the victim and possibly a host of others. Needless to say, the commander was not a well loved individual.

With the normal building of the relationship between Duncan and Gemma, and the ease she has in keeping a reader turning pages, I'm glad I got back to this series and need to make sure I don't let it slip for another three years. ( )
  bookswoman | May 31, 2015 |
Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie is the 4th book in her Inspector Duncan Kincaid/ Sergeant Gemma James series. They are sent to a small village in Surrey to investigate the murder of a fellow policeman. Division Commander Alastair Gilbert has been struck down in his kitchen and at first look, this murder seems that it could be linked to a series of burglaries that have occurred in the village. Of course, Kincaid and James dig deeper and unearth a long list of suspects that could have had a hand in this unpleasant man’s death.

Where the actual case is pretty straight forward, and the final solution was fairly easy to work out, the real excitement for someone who is following this series is the on-going relationship between Kincaid and James. For every step these two take toward getting closer, they seem to take two steps back. In this episode, Duncan is ready to move forward with their romance but Gemma is trying to put their personal feelings aside as she is very nervous about the effect a romance will have on their professional lives.

Well written characters and realistic dialogue make these interestingly plotted mysteries fun to read and I am looking forward to continuing watching these two lead characters dance around each other. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 4, 2014 |
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James investigate a death in a well-known musical family. Family dynamics are pretty awful and the Duncan-Gemma relationship is a bit troubled at this point, which may be why I didn't like it as well as some of Crombie's. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This was my second Kincaid/Jones mystery fourth in the series), and I admit a good part of my interest was to see what would happen between the two of them after their relationship changed in Leave the Grave Green.

In truth, perhaps because I wasn't an established fan of the series, the relationship and its hurdles served mainly as a distraction to me, as well as to the two of them. It was an almost classic situation of oh-for-heaven's-sake-just-talk-to-each-other, with Gemma pretending so hard that everything was normal that she made it far more abnormal, and Kincaid alternating between clueless wounded bafflement and brisk professionalism.

The murder in question, though, was interesting. Kincaid and James are called in on the case of a brutal murder – the twist being that the victim is a Commander of the London Metropolitan Police. Obviously the murder of a cop is always going to galvanize the force – but this story sheds a little light on a motivation other than the obvious. Apart from "someone killed one of us and getting the killer is our top priority", there is in this case another level of security and urgency about the situation: the deeper Kincaid and James have to look into this case, the more tarnished the victim's image is going to become – he was not a nice person, to put it mildly.

His wife and step-daughter, who discovered the body, are implicated, of course, and so are several of the neighbors, and so for that matter are various colleagues and underlings who loathed him. The usual complement of affairs and quirks are uncovered, and it soon becomes clear that most of the neighborhood is united in protecting … someone. Or something.

The book in specific and the series in general didn't hold me. I own several which I've picked up here and there as the opportunity presented itself, and I'll probably read them one day. ( )
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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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