Summary

Reminiscent of Ruth Rendell, multiple award-winning author Deborah Crombie creates graceful mysteries, resonating with lyrical prose, elegant suspense, and finely-drawn characters. This is her darkly irresistible tale of friendship shattered by shocking betrayal, and repercussions that echo down through the years.
A stunningly beautiful young woman is found strangled in London's Mudchute Park, her clothing carefully arranged to preserve her modesty. With that unusual detail in mind, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James suspect the crime was more than a simple assault gone awry. As they collect the strange facts surrounding her death, they discover the victim's life was a mystery even to those who knew her best.
Internationally-acclaimed author Deborah Crombie brilliantly weaves together events of World War II England with complex problems of present-day London. As British actor Jenny Sterlin's superb dramatization unfolds, you'll understand why this crime novel is as at home on the bookshelf with literary novels as it is with the most baffling whodunit.
Solve more mysteries with Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James.
©1999 Deborah Crombie (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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"This complex, thoughtful novel is another satisfying entry in an exceptional series." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 29-11-15

Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would always recommend this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Duncan Kincaid.

Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favourite?

Duncan Kincaid.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Gemma fell in love.

Any additional comments?

I am always happy when another books comes out.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ACT1 on 20-03-13

Wrong narrator

This is the second Deborah Crombie book I have listened to and with this narrator wont be listening to any more, unfortunately, as her manner is quite at odds with the plotlines. I am sure Jenny Sterlin is a good narrator but her wimpy presentation just doesnt cut it for a police mystery - it sounds like she is declining on a sofa with her smelling salts for much of the time whereas she is supposed to be portraying hard nosed police officers. I think the plots are good, some of the places have significance for me and I was looking forward to listening but if I get any more I will get a different narrator, preferably a male.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Constance on 15-12-11

Complex, compelling mystery

This complex mystery connects betrayals and tragedies from the characters' World War 2 past to present day rivalries and grudges. Characters are complex, interesting, and human. Another outstanding entry in the Duncan Kincaid/Jemma James series. Well narrated.

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