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"Atmospheric...absorbing...haunting."- The Washington Post Book World

"[Crombie] is writing in P. D. James territory, and she is a master."- Associated Press

"This complex, thoughtful novel is another satisfying entry in an exceptional series."- Publishers Weekly

"Rich and complex..."-- ( London) The Times

"With a P.D. James-like ability to develop characters and describe the evolution of a grubby dock area into an upscale development, the author has created a winner. "– The Oklahoman

"So shrewdly does the author integrate the personal and professional lives of her characters that I was frankly startled when it was time to wrap up the case…Moreover, I found Gemma and Duncan to be excellent company and will order their previous adventures posthaste. " – Los Angeles Times

"Once again, Crombie ably mixes past and present in a savory, subtly complex British puzzler that will literally leave you guessing till the end."–Booklist

"As always, Crombie has written an engaging, richly peopled, satisfying mystery that will deepen her fans’ involvement with this appealing Scotland Yard duo."– The Houston Chronicle

"Crombie never stumbles as she maneuvers her way through her complicated plot as skillfully as she handles the ongoing romance between her two detectives. The result is an Anglophile’s delight." –The Sunday Denver Post

"Deborah Crombie is an American mystery novelist who writes so vividly about England, she might have been born with in the sound of the Bow Bells. She gets better with each book…Lyrical, biting, and evocative."– The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #6)

A call from Scotland Yard couldn't have come at a worse time for Duncan Kincaid. He has promised the weekend to Kit, the eleven-year-old son of his ex-wife. The son he never knew he fathered – who doesn't yet know Kincaid's true identity. But Duncan's best intentions are shattered by a case that draws him in and consumes his interest.

A young woman's body has been found in the tall grass of East London's Mudchute Park, her jacket and short skirt carefully arranged to preserve her modesty. It seems too odd a detail for a simple case of robbery or assault gone awry. And indeed the case becomes more complex when the dead woman is identified as Annabelle Hammond, bold and brilliant head of a family-owned tea company. For the victim was a mystery even to those who knew her best.


Alluring, headstrong, and ambitions, Annabelle was the sort of woman who inspired the strongest of emotions...passion certainly, jealousy, anger, even obsession. And when Duncan and Gemma fan out to question anyone connected to her, it doesn't take long to discover that the lady was also adept at keeping secrets...especially from those she loved. As the detectives try to penetrate Annabelle's tangled affairs to glean the motive for her murderer, their list of suspects grows to include her suave, upper-class fiancé; the handsome street musician who may have been the last person to see her alive; her sister's vengeful ex-husband; even her own father. But what they don't know is that this case has long roots that reach far back into the past, and that resentments that should have been long buried still have the power to hurt, and many even the capacity to kill.


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