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On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill's private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she's sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma, and Kincaid's son.
Gemma soon discovers that Reagan's death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.
While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous - and seemingly unrelated - cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid's hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There's a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.
As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child's fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?
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By Carole T. on 02-22-17
Mysteries and Relationships
It took me a little while to catch up with Kincaid and Gemma, as it's been a while since the last entry in this enjoyable series. "Garden of Lamentations" is a very good addition for several reasons.
First of all, there are two quite interesting mystery stories going on - one for Gemma and one for Kincaid. They are very different in that Kincaid's involves crime and betrayal within the police department, while Gemma is investigating the sad murder of a young and well-liked nanny. The plots therefore cover two aspects of policing - the danger of political intrigue inside one's department and the heart wrenching necessity of solving a case involving children and families.
As always in this series, there's also the question of the ongoing relationship of these two very dedicated detectives. With two busy and sometimes unpredictable schedules to accommodate, family life and a marriage require a balancing act that occasionally goes off the rails. Crombie deals with this aspect of her story in a way that makes the Duncan/Gemma dynamic very real - each struggling for cooperation and mutual understanding while still attempting to maintain their separate identities.
It's a good book.
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By Maine Knitter on 02-10-17
Sure to be one of 2017's best
Oh, reading a new Gemma and Duncan story is like coming home to a cheery fire and a cuppa. The characters are old friends and it's good to get caught up with what's been happening with them.
The mysteries in this book - Gemma and Duncan each have their own - are quite good. I did get a bit distracted by so many characters and found some of them confusing. I think that's something I run into with audiobooks. It's not as easy to "look back" if something needs to be clarified. Search function doesn't work.
I love Duncan and Gemma together and, for this adventure, they were working separately. A little unhappiness in their lives? Say it's not so, Deb.
As always, Gerard Doyle is a narrator par excellence! His ability with accents and dialects is striking. I love his work.
Deborah Crombie is a master of description. Each location comes alive through her words. I still want to go on a tour of London with her.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful