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  • Book #17 - GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS, released on February 7th, 2017!
  • See my tour schedule for personal appearances.


I'm so thrilled to introduce you to the 17th Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novel, GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS. I appreciate your patience and hope that you will find it worth the wait.

If I have an event in a city near you (see my tour schedule), I would love to meet you in person.

Here is some of the kind advance notice for the book:

“The strength of this series is in its characterizations, particularly those of James and Kincaid, as they balance the demanding work that they love and their family life. Another winner in a series that goes from one high point to another.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive.” (Kirkus)

“Through several points of view, this multifaceted novel provides a sobering cautionary tale about the exploitation of idealism and the abuse of power.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The novel’s title suggests sorrow, deep and debilitating, the kind of grief that chokes. It also alludes to Gethsemane and all that garden implies - betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness. It’s all here.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

And if you'd like more in-depth reviews:

From Criminal Element

From Bolo Books

And a super omnibus review of the entire series from Janet Webb on Heroes and Heartbreakers

More News!

GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS is a February Pick on LibraryReads!


And here are a couple of very fun extras:

A sneak listen to Gerard Doyle reading GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS on Audible

And "A Day in the Life of Gemma James" on Dru's Book Musings

This has been quite a year, with the birth of my darling granddaughter, Wren, on Februrary 3rd, 2016, two month-long visits to London, lots of other travel, including Wren's first flight (to Kansas City), Bouchercon in New Orleans, and a great visit to Berkley and the Bay Area when I was invited as Keynote Speaker for the NorCal Sisters-in-Crime Annual Workshop.

But the high point (after Wren!!) was finishing GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS and getting it ready for publication. I do hope you enjoy!



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