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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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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.
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