"Crombie is writing the crime fiction that's climbing into the ranks with Louise Penny's and Elizabeth George's novels… What I appreciate most about Crombie's novels is that they're built on compassion." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

" On the surface the case is puzzling and full of dead ends but Ms. Crombie uses flashbacks to weave the past and present together. When the murderer is finally revealed, it all makes sense. The secondary characters are all back and lovable as always but the ending brings uncertainty that makes me wonder what happens next for Duncan and Gemma. THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS will keep Duncan and Gemma fans guessing as to what happens next." - Romance Junkies Reviews

"…Deborah Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with The Sound of Broken Glass, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact." - Miami Herald

"…immense talent and compassion…" - Richmond Times-Dispatch

"An intriguing, atmospheric London murder mystery set in both the past and the present." - People

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #15)

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.

 

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