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A share in death
Crombie, Deborah.
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1994.

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197 pages ; 18 cm
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In this delightful new series, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard takes a holiday at his lovely Yorkshire time share. But before the stress of crime-solving begins to disappear, a body washes up in the whirlpool bath. Kincaid won't be able to relax until the killer is sent packing.

Author Notes

Deborah Crombie was born in Dallas, Texas on June 6, 1952. She received a degree in biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in advertising, as a journalist, and as a manufacturer's representative for theatre concessions. Her first book, A Share in Death, also became the first book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novel series. She won the Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel for Dreaming of the Bones in 1997 and the Macavity Award for Best Novel for Where Memories Lie in 2009. In 2014 her title, To Dwell in Darkness, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography) Deborah Crombie lives with her family in a small North Texas town, where she is at work on the next book in the series, "And Justice There Is None".

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Detective Inspector Duncan Kincaid is finally taking a holiday from his stress-filled job at Scotland Yard. He plans to relax, walk on the moors, and do some sightseeing, but this is a crime novel, after all, and vacations never go according to plan in crime novels. On Kincaid's second day at the time-share condo he's rented in the north of England, the assistant manager is found electrocuted in the whirlpool. Then a guest is bludgeoned to death on the tennis court. Kincaid is sure the killer is one of the guests at the condo, but he's puzzled by the lack of motive, the dissimilarity between the two victims, and the different methods the murderer used. It takes the near-death of another guest before Kincaid realizes he's been looking in all the wrong places for all the wrong reasons. But his quick thinking and fast action expose the ruthless murderer and uncover the surprising motive. This is a thoroughly entertaining mystery with a cleverly conceived and well-executed plot; there are also some nice humorous touches, and, best of all, Kincaid is a likable, intelligent, and perceptive chap. ~--Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

This polished mystery seems more the work of a seasoned genre master than the first novel it is. Det. Supt. Duncan Kincaid, spending his vacation from Scotland Yard at a Yorkshire time-share along with several other guests, finds his holiday anything but relaxing. Immediately after he arrives at the elegant estate, he overhears a heated argument between the snobbish caretaker and her sarcastic assistant manager. Late that evening, the assistant is electrocuted in the Jacuzzi. To the consternation of Yorkshire police, Kincaid assumes an active role in the investigation, which becomes more urgent after two more deaths. Meanwhile, Sgt. Gemma James, a pragmatic single mother charmed by Kincaid's unpretentious demeanor and bachelor status, digs for additional clues in London. Crombie, a Texan, has written a convincingly British whodunit, limning Kincaid and James with the ease and authority of one who has already completed several installments in a series. Readers will surely welcome follow-up appearances. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This talented American debuts with an energetic ``British'' mystery. When New Scotland Yard detective Duncan Kincaid finally takes a well-deserved vacation at a Yorkshire time-share resort, he becomes involved in the murder of an employee there. He enlists the aid of his London partner, Sergeant Gemma James, and the two gather enough material to weed through the resident/suspect young politician, spinster sister, adulterous lovers, etc. Great continuity, clever plotting, and hidden agendas all contribute to a successful novel. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.