Book Review of The Sound of Broken Glass

The Sound of Broken Glass
(Duncan Kincaid and  Gemma James #15)
359 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow
Paperback publication date: February 25, 2014
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* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


In the past . . .
On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair form a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.

In the present . . .
On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case, a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim, a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion - a search that leads them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.

My Thoughts:

Dark Humor, good chemistry between the characters, a well put together mystery that I didn't figure out, and an atmospheric setting equals a book that was hard to put down. This was the first book I read in the Kincaid/James series but it won't be the last.
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