New Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are the creations of Deborah Crombie. The youngest officer ever promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent, Duncan Kincaid is brilliant, hardworking, and highly respected. Gemma James, a divorced, single mother raising a young son, is independent, empathetic, and determined to make it in the predominantly male world of Scotland Yard. Together, they are more than a match for the most cunning of killers.
In A Share in Death, the first book in the series, nominated for the Agatha and Macavity awards for Best First Novel, newly promoted Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is given a week in a timeshare. A beautiful Georgian house in Yorkshire divided into several small apartments, it is just the place to unwind after his heavy caseload. But his idyllic holiday is soon shattered when a gossipy assistant manager, a young man Kincaid liked, is found dead in the Jacuzzi, electrocuted. The local Detective Chief Inspector declares it a suicide, but Kincaid believes otherwise. With his newly assigned assistant, Sergeant Gemma James, checking into the backgrounds of the other guests at headquarters, Kincaid sets out to find the young man’s killer.
An entertaining, fun read with vivid writing, quirky characters, and interesting subplots, A Share in Death is perfect for a rainy weekend, a beach vacation, or a long plane ride.
Note: A Share in Death begins an excellent series that gains in depth of characterization and complexity of plot with each new novel. While each book can be read as a standalone, there is a continually developing storyline between Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. It’s best if you read the books in order.