A Killing of Innocents

Morrow. (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Bk. 20). Feb. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780062993397. $28.99. M
Afterwards, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid wonders if he could have prevented the murder of the young woman he saw in the pub. Twenty minutes later, Dr. Sasha Johnson is stabbed to death in London’s historic Russell Square. Kincaid calls his wife, Gemma James, because she’s working on a project analyzing stabbing deaths. But Sasha’s death doesn’t seem to fit the pattern. She’s not in a gang; not a drug user. She’s a trainee at a nearby hospital. As Kincaid’s team interviews witnesses, they discover Sasha has secrets unknown to her parents. And she’s not the only staff member at the hospital who transferred there under a cloud. Residents of London are scared when there’s another stabbing death, but Kincaid recognizes the link to Sasha. He suspects there’s a personal connection to a killer that his team hasn’t uncovered yet.
VERDICT Crombie is as skilled as Louise Penny or J.D. Robb in developing characters while entwining personal lives with riveting police investigations. With four years since A Bitter Feast, the previous book in the series, the author’s fans will be eager to catch up with her characters.
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