". . a finely nuanced novel replete with multilayered characters and a rare narrative patience, shows Crombie at the top of her form . . . "-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A Finer End, like Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 masterpiece The Hound of the Baskervilles, is one of those rare mysteries in which the titanic forces of reason and the supernatural clash . . . and neither is completely vanquished."-The Washington Post Book World

". . . splendid entertainment."-Chicago Tribune

". . . there's more ancient history and myth to unearth--along with present day death--in Glastonbury, the setting for the very fine and atmospheric A Finer End."-Orlando Sentinel

"Combie has laid claim to the literary territory of psychological suspense owned by P.D. James and Barbara Vine. Superbly creepy and melodramatic."– The Washington Post

"Intricately layered."– The New York Times

"Deborah Crombie brings history, faith and fakery together in this masterful small mystery."– (Toronto) Globe and Mail

 

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #7)

Duncan Kincaid has settled into his life as a part-time father to Kit, the twelve-year-old son he only recently discovered. But life has more changes in store: Gemma has pursued a promotion that ends their partnership on the job and places their personal relationship on a new, more tentative footing. So when Duncan's cousin and childhood friend calls from Glastonbury to ask his help on a rather unusual matter, he welcomes the opportunity to get out of London – and to spend a relaxing weekend with Gemma. But relaxation isn't on the agenda...

Jack Montfort, Duncan's cousin, grew up in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor in a town revered as the site on an ancient abbey, the mythical burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, and according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Montfort has not much more than a passing interest in the history of the area - until he comes across an extraordinary chronicle almost a thousand years old. The unsettling way this record comes into his hands brings Montfort into contact with a disparate group of townspeople: Nick Carlisle, a student of the myths surrounding Glastonbury's past; Simon Fitzstephen, a Church scholar whose knowledge of the Old Religion and its ceremonies is just as deep; Garnet Todd, a strange and intense woman with a jealous attachment to the young and very pregnant Faith Wills; and Winifred Catesby, the Anglican priest whose love for Jack has nearly healed his grief at the loss of his wife and daughter.

 

Something terrible and bloody shattered the Abbey's peace long ago, according to Montfort's newly discovered history. And that knowledge will spark a violence that reaches into the present. When a member of Jack's circle is attacked and left for dead, he appeals to Duncan to find the truth the local police cannot see. None of them envisions the peril that lies ahead, or that there is more at stake than either Duncan or Gemma dreamed possible.

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