Monday, January 2, 2017

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Duncan Kincade and Gemma James are married cops.  They each have their own challenges at work and this investigation also creates some challenges at home for them.  Duncan is chasing ghosts and Gemma is trying to solve a murder case.  They're both complex...

William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.

When Duncan finds out his old boss is back on the job, he's annoyed that no one told him.  He likes the man and when he left unexpectedly and then transferred Duncan to another department, he felt like he'd been betrayed.  Now he's going to find out what's going on.  When they meet in an out of the way place, he knows the man is nervous.  All he tells him is that to snoop is dangerous and that's why he transferred him.  Unfortunately, he's attacked on his way home and is in the hospital in a coma.  Duncan can't find out more.  But, as is usual, instead of backing off, he heads into the middle of some questionable deaths and unexplained suicides to see just what they mean.

In the meantime, Gemma has been commandeered from her department to help another detective.  It seems a young woman died in the back yard of a complex that is gated and inaccessible without a key for the gate.  The houses open onto it, so that makes the suspects list greater and more varied.  The victim is not the first that has died in this area.  A young boy died from having an asthma attack in a shed.  Where they related?

This is tale of corruption in the police department, special operations gone wrong, and greed.  It's also a case of a mother who is insane.  It takes a while to weave a pattern and put together the trail that leads to the killers but they manage.  It takes a toll on their marriage but they'll patch it back together again.  It'll also take them a while to recover from the cases but they'll do that, too.

I'd like to read more about these two.  They're good cops and do a good job despite the obstacles.  I'm glad they both made it out alive.

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