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My Musing ~ Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the 20th book in the “Joe Grey” mystery series. Publisher: William Morrow; coming August 15, 2017

The stakes are higher and more personal than ever for feline investigator Joe Grey when death comes to his beloved coastal California town in this twentieth installment of the enchanting cat mystery series.

While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work — secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point P. D. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception, he heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation.

But this is not the only danger to the kittens. A stranger is lurking around the home of Joe’s tabby lady, Dulcie, where the kittens were born. Both parents’ backs are up and their claws out, ready to protect their babies and to protect Wilma Getz, Dulcie’s human housemate.

As the death of the beautician becomes entangled with a gang of thieves working the village, Joe, Dulcie, Kit and Pan are all into the investigation; and they are led to unexpected connections, to the building of the new cat shelter and to a neighbor who becomes suddenly an unexpected part of the tangle.

Joe Grey fans will relish this latest installment following their favorite feline detective and his growing group of friends.

This is my first book in the series where the felines communicate with the humans. It is an interesting concept and I had a good time reading it. The author did a great job in presenting the mystery that kept me intrigued with all that was happening. I liked following the path that was taken to weed out the suspects and maintain a good story. The kittens were adorable and I liked how they were portrayed. For fans of this series, they will enjoy the latest adventures with Joe, Dulcie and their friends. This was a friendly whodunit that captures the soul of the town they live in.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.

Author Showcase ~ The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Amelia Peabody is back for one last hurrah. It’s been seven years since devoted fans of the daring, witty, parasol-toting Englishwoman have followed her adventures across the sands of Egypt.

Release: July 25, 2017
Series: Amelia Peabody #20
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow

Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’ bestselling, beloved mystery series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—”Murder”—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: “Judas.” Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson—Where were you?”—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

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About the authors
Barbara Mertz, aka Elizabeth Peters, began her career with a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. A recognized academic authority on Egyptology, her nonfiction books, including Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, and Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, are in print today, thirty years after their publication. After early publishing success, Mertz found that as the Institute’s youngest female graduate at 23, her career options in the field were limited. She turned to writing fiction, using pen names to distinguish that work from her scholarly efforts. As Barbara Michaels, she published 28 thrillers. As Elizabeth Peters, creator of the legendary Amelia Peabody series, she wrote 20 novels, expressing her passions for adventure, archeology, humor, Edwardian England, and the sands of Egypt.

Over the course of her 50-year career, Barbara was the recipient of numerous writing awards, starting with her first Anthony Award for Best Novel in 1989. A cascade of prestigious awards and nominations followed over the years, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Boucheron. In 2012, she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor, at the Malice Domestic convention. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Joan Hess is the author of the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, formally known as the Maggody Mysteries. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, the Agatha Award, for which she has been nominated five times, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She has contributed to multiple anthologies and book series, including Crosswinds, Deadly Allies, Malice Domestic, and The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories. She also writes the Theo Bloomer mystery series under the pseudonym Joan Hadley. She lives in Austin, Texas.


Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of The Painted Queen. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end July 26, 2017. Good luck everyone!

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A day in the life of Penny Brannigan by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Have you ever noticed that most amateur sleuths aren’t locked into rigid nine to five jobs?

We need flexibility in our working lives (or the daytime situation as a good friend of ours calls it) because when a detecting opportunity knocks, we have to spring into action. So most of us are entrepreneurs and run our own businesses – restaurants, bakeries, and shops that trade in products of every description: antiques; books; Christmas decorations; collectibles; hats; flowers; sewing, knitting and craft supplies; and goodness knows what else. As for me, I co-own a spa with my business partner Victoria Hopkirk in the North Wales town of Llanelen. I’m also an amateur watercolour artist.

We used to do the sleuthing together, Victoria and I, but over the last couple of years, because I’ve been more involved with Gareth Davies, now a retired police officer, Victoria and I haven’t been doing as much. I missed her involvement on my most recent cases. She’s wonderful for exploring scenarios: ‘what if the killer did this . . . because . . .?’

I’ll admit that sleuthing occasionally gets in the way of my work at the Llanelen Spa; Victoria gave me a right ticking off about this in my most recent outing, Murder Is for Keeps. She reminded me that the rest of the staff shouldn’t be expected to hold the fort while I’m hot on the trail of a local killer. But hey, I’m entitled to a day off every now and then!

And then, when I really needed her, and for reasons that are a bit too complicated to go into here, Victoria decided that we should have a day off together, and drive through the lush Welsh countryside to the town of Llanddulas, where I wanted to speak to someone who might know something about a recent murder. Not only did we have a great day out, but our little adventure put me the right track to catching a killer.

There’s an old saying that a good friend is the one who helps you hide the body. My good friends are the ones who help me unmask the killer.


You can read more about Penny Brannigan and her friend and business partner Victoria Hopkirk in Murder Is for Keeps, number eight in the “Penny Brannigan” mystery series set in North Wales.

Local artist Penny Brannigan has been spending her summer painting Gwrych Castle and its surrounding landscapes. A privately owned, castellated Welsh country house, Gwrych has been sadly neglected for decades and is in a heartbreaking state of disrepair. So when she learns architectural historian Mark Baker is leading a team of enthusiastic volunteers to restore the castle grounds and gardens to their former grandeur, Penny is thrilled.

But it’s not long before disagreements over the restoration turn deadly, and Penny is horrified to discover the body of a volunteer hidden in a castle outbuilding. Penny enlists her friend Gareth Davies, recently retired from the North Wales Police Service, to help investigate. As the two dig deeper into the castle’s history, including its glamorous heyday in the 1920s, they find startling connections between an old, unsolved murder and Gareth’s own family, and as they solve the present-day murder, Penny recovers a stunning piece of the castle’s architectural heritage.

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About the author
Elizabeth J. Duncan is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (Canada) and has been nominated for Agatha and Arthur Ellis awards. She is the author of the long-running Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales (St. Martins Press), and the Shakespeare in the Catskills series (Crooked Lane Books). She lives in Toronto.

Visit her website at www.elizabethjduncan.com, like her Facebook page: and follow her on Twitter: @elizabethduncan

All comments are welcomed.

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My Musing ~ You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron

You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron is a novel of suspense. Publisher: William Morrow, June 6, 2017

Lissie Woodham was only seven years old when her little sister Janey disappeared. They had been in the front yard, playing with their dolls, custom creations made for them by their mother Miss Sorrel, a famous dollmaker. Lissie wandered off for a moment. When she returned to the yard, Janey was gone, and so was her doll.

Now an adult with a college-aged daughter of her own, Lis has never stopped blaming herself for what happened, and it continues to haunt her. Every year on the anniversary of Janey’s disappearance, Miss Sorrel places a classified ad in the local papers with a picture of Janey’s one-of-a-kind doll, offering a cash reward for its return. Never, in all these years, has anyone brought her a doll that could be Janey’s—until now. Four decades after Janey went missing, a woman responds to the ad with a broken porcelain doll.

What begins as a small clue in a tragic cold case turns into something far more sinister. The women in Miss Sorrel’s family may be in danger, because whoever knows the truth about what happened all those years ago will do anything to keep it hidden.

This was a hauntingly exquisite tale of suspense that had me immediately immersed in this well-written drama that I could not put down until I knew how this was going to end. A missing daughter. A missing sister. And when by chance a doll is brought into their presence, the pieces of the past fall apart and secrets are exposed to tell a story of betrayal and deceit. The narrative was visually descriptive putting the imagery of the words in my mind as a film as I clutch at every word said and acted out among this cast of characters who all played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. The anticipation, the awareness, the discovery, the coming to terms and the final betrayal, all created a wonderfully executed page-turner that consumed me from beginning to end. A terrific read by one of the gifted authors in this genre.

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A day in the life of Anna Winger by Lori Rader-Day

Today’s work comes from one of my lovelorn. She’s looking for Mr. Right, but unfortunately, she’s shopping the local penitentiary. Her new pen pal has a tight-fisted scribble that leans backward, antisocially. The bowls of his o’s and a’s are narrow and closed off, the angle of his vertical strokes, short daggers. It must be a painfully slow hand. The man has all the time in the world to write a letter. How generous that he spends his time on her.

Generosity is the best thing I can think to say, but I won’t. If I produce even one positive attribute to this serial killer scrawl, that’s what she’ll cling to, and what I need her to know is that he’s hiding something in every line he writes to her. He’s a liar. And who knows what he’s actually in prison for? They never say, when they write to me. They keep all the stories to themselves when they ask me to pry into a handwriting sample. She’s even thoughtfully typed her own note to me, so I can’t take a look at the secrets she might be hiding. All I know: he’s trouble, and she’s paying me for that truth.

She’s not paying me much. I mean, these lonelyhearts make up such a small portion of my work that I probably shouldn’t bother. The meaty jobs that put money in Joshua’s college fund are for corporations looking for the right executive, the one who won’t get caught with underage girls or shoot up in his office. Human resources, that’s what I call that line of income, and it’s a good one. The other area is law enforcement: ransom notes, forgeries in things like contracts and pre-nups. Most of that work comes through my mentor and FBI contact Kent. The assignments are few and far between, and that’s fine. It’s strange working this side of the law, but then I’m just a third-party vendor when it comes to law enforcement. Better than being the victim, the one answering the door to the cops after the fuss has died down, pulling down the sleeves of my shirt to hide the bruises forming there.

Anything is better than that.

The work keeps me close to that line between order and lawlessness—too close, sometimes. Like tomorrow’s assignment, when I’m supposed to meet the local sheriff of this two-bit town Joshua and I have moved to. I saw on the news some kid is missing. He must need help with that. Kent didn’t say.

I say two-bit town as though it’s a bad thing. I tried to live in a big city. Chicago—that’s where we just moved from. And no question, it was easy to live an unexamined life there. With so many people around, no one has any time to notice you. Except someone did. We were on the Magnificent Mile that day, like tourists in our own town, when someone from up near home, I guess, wandered into my line of sight. She was wearing a Sweetheart Lake sweatshirt. And she recognized me. I must have seemed like a ghost to her.

But no one like that would ever come here. Here, to this no-name town, where they’ve stripped the land of any old-growth trees, where the only thing that reminds me of home is the roadside ice cream hut out by the highway. Just like home. And sometimes, you need a reminder or two of home. So that you don’t get comfortable, like we did in Chicago. So you don’t forget that you can never go back there. So that you don’t forget why you left.


You can read more about Anna in The Day I Died.

From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for a lost boy.

Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she’d rewritten.

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About the author
Lori Rader-Day, author of The Day I Died (forthcoming 2017), The Black Hour, and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and is the president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter.

All comments are welcomed.

The Day I Died is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of The Day I Died. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends April 12, 2017. Good luck everyone!

My Musing ~ The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day published by William Morrow Paperbacks, April 11, 2017.

the-day-i-diedFrom the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for a lost boy.

Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she’d rewritten.

Anna is called upon to analyze the handwriting found on a note and when the case turned strikingly similar to her own life, she too begins to have fear as this mystery keeps getting deeper and deeper. The narrative is so powerfully written that I become enthralled in the play-by-play action from the start in this intriguing and fast-paced drama. The author has a way with painting a story that pushes the envelope with intensity that kept me on my toes as I sorted out what was going on and had my adrenaline pumping for every corner turned with anticipation. This is another riveting and engaging read from Lori Rader-Day.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

My Musing ~ Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout is published by William Morrow, February 28, 2017

till-deathIn New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it.

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

I was immediately pulled into this fast-paced and action packed drama and it was hard to put down, quickly becoming a page turner. The author did a great job in telling this story evoking all kinds of emotions from intrigue, to suspense, to trepidation, all wrapped up in a satisfying story. The directions the story took had me hovering all the that was happening and when I thought I had it all figured out . . . bam, the author went another way, truly enhancing how the plot will play out in the end. Grippingly tantalizing is how I found the narrative of this well-defined drama.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher.

My Musing ~ Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie is the 17th book in the “Kincaid & James” mystery series. Publisher: William Morrow, February 7, 2017

garden-of-lamentationsScotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

This is my first foray with the Kincaid & James series and I must say I enjoyed what I was reading. The multiple-plot story masterly accomplished what it was meant to do . . . to pull me in immediately so that I was ensconced in the play-by-play of the fast-paced and action-packed drama. There were a few moments where it would have benefited better if I’ve read previous books, but that didn’t take from the overall delivery of an enticing read with a riveting compelling mystery. The author did a great job with the narrative keeping the story moving and capturing the essence of what was happening between the pages.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.

A day in the life of Gemma James by Deborah Crombie

garden-of-lamentations“Have you brushed your teeth?” I yelled up the stairs. No answer. I took a breath, then raised my voice a notch. “Toby, have you brushed your teeth?” I looked at my watch and tried not to grit my teeth. “We’re going to be late.” The only response was a faint gurgle. My seven-year-old son is notorious for skimping on his personal hygiene. This time I dialed it up to drill sergeant. “Kit?”

The appeal to our almost-fifteen-year-old was met with silence.

Charlotte’s curly head appeared at the top of the stairs. “Mummy, Kit’s listening. And Toby’s running the water in the bathroom.”

Our foster daughter had adjusted well to the changes in her life this past last year, but she still didn’t like raised voices or anything that upset the family harmony. “Okay, lovey, I’m coming,” I said, but under my breath I muttered, “Bugger,” as I started up the stairs. I had to get three children to different schools, then get myself across London to Brixton Police Station. Detective inspectors were expected to be on time. This detective inspector would have managed much better if her detective superintendent husband had not taken off early for work.

We were used to juggling schedules, with two senior police officers and three kids—not to mention the two dogs, the cat, and the two kittens who were probably at this moment climbing the curtains—but lately Duncan seemed to be pleading work as an excuse to leave early and come home late. I was annoyed—no, honestly, I was bloody worried—but every time I tried to talk to him, he changed the subject or had to make an urgent phone call.

I gave Charlotte’s candy-floss hair a tousle as I reached the top of the stairs. “Are you ready, darling?” She had her school blazer on and her little pink back pack already firmly in place. The snout of Bob, her plush green elephant, poked coyly out of the flap. At three-and-a-half, she was getting very grown up, but Bob she was not willing to part with. “Good girl,” I said, and gave her a hug.

When I looked into the boys’ room, I saw that Kit was struggling with his tie, eyes closed, earbuds firmly in place. It was only when Tess, his little terrier, jumped off the bed and barked that he opened his eyes and saw me. “Two minutes,” I mouthed, and he nodded, giving me a thumbs up and a cheeky grin. When had he shot up like that? I suddenly wondered, realizing I was looking up at him. For just an instant I wished I could slow him down, slow them all down, but then I spied the clothes spilling from the boys’ laundry hamper and revised that sentiment. My weekend loomed before me.

And then there was Toby. I rapped on the bathroom door, then tried the handle. It was locked. “Toby James, open that door this minute.”

There was a rattle and the door swung open, revealing my imp of a son, a smear of toothpaste on his lip. “Ready, Mummy,” he said, radiating innocence, and I wondered what on earth he’d been doing. His white-blond hair looked darker than usual and was suspiciously spiky.

“You’ve been into Kit’s hair gel. Wipe it off and wash your face. Two minutes, or I’ll not let you go to ballet tomorrow.” His face fell and for once he scrambled to do as he was told. It was a serious threat.

Who would have thought that this unruly boy would have fallen madly in love with ballet? But he had a flair for drama—or I should say he could wring drama out of a stone—and he’d always been constantly in motion. The newly discovered passion for dance seemed to still something in him, and his Saturday classes were the focus of his entire week. Missing a lesson at the Tabernacle was unthinkable.

Three minutes later, we clattered down the stairs. A glance at the kitchen showed the dishes unwashed and my half-eaten slice of toast still on the kitchen table, along with my half-drunk cup of tea.

I would catch up, I thought. It was Friday, and I would have the whole weekend. Duncan had promised to entertain the flock while I did the big supermarket run. We would do the washing, enjoy the beautiful May weather, go to the park or Portobello Market, spend time with the kids. I might even do some gardening.

Just please God don’t let a big case come up at work today, I added in a silent prayer. No murders, no assaults. I would just get through the day. I would even get lunch. Tomorrow Toby would go to ballet and we would all have a couple of hours’ peace. Duncan would be his old self. Maybe we would even snatch a few minutes together.

After all, what could possibly go wrong?


You can read more about Gemma in GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS, the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations that hold disturbing—and deadly—complications for their own lives in this powerful mystery in the bestselling series.

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

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Meet the author
Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has had a life long love affair with Britain. After living in England and Scotland, she began writing the Kincaid/James crime novels, featuring her two Scotland Yard police officers, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James, and their now blended family.

Crombie, who lives in an old house in Texas with her husband, two German shepherds, and three cats, travels to England several times a year to do research for her books. Garden Of Lamentations is her 17th Kincaid/James novel and she is hard at work on the 18th. Connect with Deborah at deborahcrombie.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Garden of Lamentations is available at retail and online booksellers.