The Garden of Lamentations

The Garden of Lamentations

Large Print - 2017
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While Gemma James investigates the murder of a young nanny who appears to be one of a series of victims, Duncan Kincaid uncovers disturbing information about seemingly unrelated cases that may be putting his friends and family in mortal dange
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062466372
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT MYSTERY Crombie Deborah 02/2017
Characteristics: 571 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
large print., rda


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Sep 14, 2018

This author seems to get worse with every book. She is a wanna-be Peter Robinson, and her Kincaid character is a poor man's Inspector Banks. That being said, her earlier books were entertaining if not great. But her weaknesses seem to be more glaring the more she writes. She desperately needs a better editor. This book is almost unintelligible if you didn't read, or don't remember, the one before. She switches viewpoints among at least four main characters. One of her most annoying attributes is the clumsy, clunky way she tries to insert "domestic life" into her novels. She goes on, and on, and on, about the antics of two kittens. In other novels she has gone on, and on, and on about Kincaid's boring kids and their boring problems. She goes on, and on, and on, about what kind of tea or other refreshment people are having. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone other than a devoted fan of this author, and even they will have a hard time following it unless they have just read the previous book in the series.

rb3221 Feb 07, 2018

Another very good read with Kincaid and James. This time they are investigating separate cases and at times it was difficult to keep track of all the characters, especially with the intricate and detailed Kincaid investigation into the criminal elements in the Metropolitan Police Service.
Lots of what-ifs keep the reader in suspense as the twists and surprises keep coming. To fully appreciate the complexity of the characters and this plot, I recommend that the Crombie novels be read in order.

Oct 01, 2017

Too much of the personal lives of the married detectives, who are confusingly referred to by either first or last names.

Apr 22, 2017

I really enjoy this series, though I wish I could recall the previous books more clearly. Much of this book depends on events from the previous books. If you have not read the previous books, start at the beginning of this series and enjoy!

Apr 15, 2017

Author Deborah Crombie, an American, has created a mix of the British police procedural, appealing central characters (Duncan and Gemma, now husband and wife), and always interesting settings. Glastonbury Tor (ancient abbey); the world of Olympic-level rowing; and London auction houses have all been featured in various titles. Readers new to the series definitely would do well to start with first in series, A Share in Death.

Mar 22, 2017

Not a stand-alone novel. A new character, or two or three, is introduced every few pages (not to mention just the use of their first names, last names, or titles), and the names of all the places they go in London, as well as chapters skipping back and forth to the doings of some specific characters. Then there is the past doings of these same characters alluded to (you guess, from previous books in the series). And as someone else pointed out, every time the doorbell rings, there is a choice of red wine, white wine, or tea. This, of course, leads to utter confusion and total frustration as the character count builds, as well as their choice of beverage, into the dozens...or it could be even hundreds. And then you admit to yourself that nothing much has happened in the first 150 pages anyway, so is it worth it to be tortured all the way to page 571? Whereupon, you conclude that the book is unintelligible, unreadable, a waste of time, and just give up.

Jan 09, 2017

Another excellent entry in the series, though completely reliant on the reader having read previous books in the series.


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