A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

A Share in Death is the 1st book in the Duncan Kinkaid & Gemma James series.

Summary: Duncan Kincaid was overdue for a holiday. After dealing with a particularly gruesome series of murders, the Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent accepted his cousin’s offer of a week in a countryside timeshare. While the timeshare wasn’t his idea of a perfect getaway, it was free, which suited his budget perfectly.

After arriving at Followdale house, he met the sales manager, Cassie, and the assistant manager, Sebastian. From an overheard argument between them, it was clear there was a reason for the friction, but Duncan was determined to lay low, have his quiet vacation and not let on that he worked for Scotland Yard.

His resolve was shattered when Sebastian’s electrocuted body was discovered in the swimming pool.

With a house full of quirky timeshare residents and a local constable more interested in throwing his weight around than finding the truth, it became clear to Duncan that he would have to use his skills to help solve the crime.

Comments: I found the large cast of characters rather confusing and several of them had very little to do with the plot. The book casually introduces the reader to the other half of the detective team, Gemma James, but it was puzzling as to why Duncan asked Gemma to drive around interviewing people who weren’t present at the house. It became clear at the end of the book but felt rather contrived.

Flaws aside, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this mystery and can’t believe I haven’t read any of the author’s books before. (There are currently 17 in this series). The story was like a modern English country house murder. The mansion, guests and evening cocktail hour made me think fondly of the various Bed & Breakfasts I stayed in when I lived in the Washington, D.C. area. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

4 books out of 5 for a bit of nostalgia along with a story I didn’t want to put down.

4 out of 5 books