I couldn t get None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) past theoor uality writing and one dimensional characters to give this book than 1 star Perhaps as a couple of reviewers have suggested her writing style improved in subseuent books which would explain her relatively solid overall rating as an author However in this novel Ms Crombie overuses the simile and the assive voice to create a novel that feels artificial and contrived Audiobook 0705 Hours Narrator Michael Deehy25 Stars rounded to 30A Share in Death was the first book in a series recommended to me in April 2015 by a GR friend who thought I might enjoy them Well as
I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING Awas looking for something a uieter than the blood and gore stuff I have been reading lately I have to say I did enjoy listening to it but it didn t jump out as a I must hear the next book now storyIt was a fairly gentle low energy tale a olice rocedural typical of some British crime writers although I wouldn t call it a cozy mystery With a number of murders in a short eriod of time at a time share holiday venue involving a number of Killer Games possibly guiltyarties it was Midsomer Murders without the steroids I listened to it in retty short time and by the time I had 30 minutes to go I had no clue who the murderer was and I was so bewildered that when shehe was revealed it took me some time to work out who they were as well as the why the when and the how they managed to do so much damage in such a short time I have uite a few of this series in my audiobook collection and when I am in need of a soothing and relaxing but murderous story I will definitely listen to a couple erhaps a little later on in the series A wonderful mystery with a great female rotagonist First in the Duncan Kincaid Gemma James cozy English mystery series and revolving around a couple of cops from Scotland Yard This story takes lace at a holiday mansion in YorkshireIn 1993 A Share in Death was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First NovelMy TakeIt s Agatha Christie lite in A Share in Death with its captive houseguests stalked by a murderer It s certainly a soft read and lets us in on everyone s thoughts with "ITS THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT POINT OF VIEW AND A "third Cocksure person omniscientoint of view and a of the unreliable narrator with that Chekhov s gun Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, plot device along with bits of foreshadowing A few other devices include the Had I Known and Cassie seripeteiaThere s all the mortal failings of greed ambitions and fear meshing in with honesty and Kincaid s inability to stand back Duncan s investigative style appears to be the stir the Porto Bello Gold pot kind Of course it could be that it s not officially his case and he s justoking about And oking about in romance as wellThe major conflict of course are the murders and how they tie together and Crombie keeps the interest flowing with each guest s own issuesI do have one roblem with one set of interactions Patrick s response to the bombshell that bursts for him is real and so is the response to that response But that conflict is resolved so uickly No grudges which is consistent throughout the story as everything settles with so little dramaI loved how Crombie slipped me right into Duncan Kincaid s and Gemma James lives It doesn t feel like this is their first time up and Crombie inserts minor character conflicts to keep them interesting Character conflict wise it s character vs character as well as vs selfThere s the trope of the local coppers angry that Scotland Yard is interfering but it feels half hearted That s not to say that Nash isn t a complete jerkwad for he is how he ever got to his current rank I ll never know as incompetent as he is but it s only the one character and the rest collude with KincaidAnd there s a touch of the metaphysical in here which makes me wonder what the future holdsThe StoryA week s holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time share is just what Scotland Yard s newly The Three Lives of Sonata James promoted Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool ends Kincaid s vacation before it s begunOne of his new acuaintances at Followdale House is dead another must be a killer Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary Kincaid s interest in crime and Nash s incompetence won t allow him to ignore the heinous crime impelling him tout his enthusiastic young assistant Sergeant Gemma James to workThen a second murder occurs and they find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too muchThe CharactersDuncan Kincaid is one of Scotland Yard s bright young men and has been romoted to detective superintendent Victoria is his ex wife Jack is his cousin who couldn t get away for his own holiday Gemma James is his confidence ins. A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time share is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun One of his ne. Piring sergeant divorced from with a two year old son Toby Chief Superintendent Denis Childs is Kincaid s bossFollowdale House isa Georgian house converted into a series of timeshare apartments in Yorkshire The vampish Cassie Whitlake the sales manager for Followdale Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah plays ueen of the manor Sebastian Wade is her snarky assistant manager His mum keeps the tobacconist s shop in the villageGuests include Penelope Penny her memory is failing and Emma loves birdwatching MacKenzie who are sisters from Dedham Vale who recently lost their father Rev MacKenzie Hannah Alcock is a biogeneticist heading up a research clinic on rare viral diseases the Julia Sterrett Clinic in Oxford Patrick Rennie he s a rising MP and his wife the gin soaked Marta have the Thirsk Suite Eddie Lyle he s ex Army who conuered the IRA singlehandedly and is now in civil engineering and hisut upon wife Janet have a daughter Chloe in boarding school Maureen and John Hunsinger are into organics and have two children Bethany and Brian and Graham Frazer is in assurance and is here with his daughter Angela he s battling for custody with his ex wife MarjorieThe Mid Yorkshire CID Detective Chief Constable Bill Nash is a nightmare Detective Inspector Peter Raskin is much reasonable he s married with two kids a boy and a girl Police Constable Rob Trumble is the first on scene Kincaid is attracted to Dr Anne Percy a small town GP with an obstetrician husband Tim and two kids Molly and CarolineMiles Sterrett founded the Julia Sterrett Clinic when his young wife died of Cruetz Jakob disease Mrs Milton is Miles housekeeper Mary owns a tea shop in Dedham Vale while George is a neighbor Cassie s father is a construction foreman in Clapham Evie is the sister who s still at home and refers to her sister as Lady Muck Louise and Major John Rennie are Patrick s adoptive Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia parents Helen North is Janet s neighbor and has a young son Malcolm Trevor is a young boy at Aysgarth Falls with hisarentsThe Cover and TitleThe cover has the feel of a medieval woodcut with its vintage colors of aged cream browns and reds but is uite modern in its subject with a crowded bar filled with eople having fun The title soars across the top of the cover in white against a deep Wedgewood blue with a burgundy oval surrounding a gold crown in the A and the same burgundy in two short slashes under the in A band the color of "An Old Newspaper Carries "old newspaper carries series information in a serif font The bottom of the cover is the same burgundy with the vintage brown for the author s name and a narrow border around the graphicThe title is a lay on the set up the timeshare with everyone getting A Share in Death Description A week s holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time share is just what Scotland Yard s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid s vacation before it s begun One of his new acuaintances at Followdale House is dead another is a killer Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary Kincaid s keen sense of duty won t allow him to ignore the heinous crime impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant Sergeant Gemma James But the stakes are raised dramatically when a second murder occurs and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too muchThe crime story was solid olice rocedural however the writing was hackneyed and cliche ridden and Bear Boy peopled with heart shaped facesI do have in this series in the dusty storage box yet it might be a while before I get to them Deborah Crombie s mystery series features Scotland Yard s Det Superintendant Duncan Kincaid hisartner Sergeant Gemma JamesA Share in Death is the 1st novel in the series which currently contains 16 books I do feel that the books are best read in orderKincaid is on long earned vacation at a Yorkshire time share but his holiday is anything but relaxing Within a few hours of his arrival bodies start Black Women in White America piling up both staff and guestsHelping the localolice Kincaid uses his experience and charm to discover who the killer is before Worlds Beyond The Poles people are murderedAt times this felt like an Agatha Christie bookKincaid a modern and good looking Poirot using his grey cells to solving the mystery by cracking the clues he finds The characters are so uintessentially BritishI really liked thatI enjoyed the connection and interaction between Kincaid and James and I can t wait to finding out about these two s historyThe feel oflacehere in the Yorkshire moors was vividly written that I almost felt I was art of the storyI am really looking forward to the next book A Shar. W acuaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime impelling him to send for hi.