Garden of Lamentations

Morrow. (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Bk. 17). Feb. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062271631. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062271655. M
Two (married) cops, two murder investigations. Such are the personal and professional stakes in Crombie's intricate latest installment featuring London's DI Gemma James and DS Duncan Kincaid (after To Dwell in Darkness). Duncan, still stung over a recent demotion, is deeply disturbed by the grenade attack at the busy St. Pancras rail station, especially coupled with the odd ramblings of his former boss Denis Childs. When Childs is attacked and left comatose, Duncan makes the connection to the recent suicide of a police officer and starts an investigation that turns nasty quickly. Gemma has her own homicide to probe, the case of a nanny found murdered in a Notting Hill garden. Nannies are so often the glue that joins disparate families and this one is no different, linking one of Gemma's friends with her son's ballet classmate. While the nanny seems perfectly angelic, Gemma suspects that something in her past got her killed and she's determined to unearth the secret.
VERDICT An enthralling blend of suspense on the home front and possible scandal in the professional arena, with characters who are made as much for investigating as they are for each other, makes for a particularly strong series outing from an author who rarely disappoints. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/16.]

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