"Crombie's combination of the fair-play whodunit with a psychological examination of her characters may remind some readers of P.D. James…" - Publisher's Weekly
"This multifaceted mystery . . . one of the best in Crombie's long-running series . . . a tightly knit, two-pronged tale, the intriguing personal relationships and family dynamics drive this well-crafted, impressive mystery-drama. - Starred Review, Booklist
"The whodunit aspect of Crombie's latest is a fine one, as she weaves the seemingly disparate stories together into a cogent whole. And her continuing exploration of the dynamics of families is equally potent in drawing the reader in. With a multilayered plotline, deft characterizations in which even the minor players are fully realized and endless compassion for everyone in the cast, Crombie creates another worthy installment in her distinguished body of work." - Richmond Times Dispatch
"This series . . . gets better as it goes on. Crombie's characters are memorable and she's terrific at complex plotting. Water Like a Stone, the 11th in the series, is one of her best, if not the very best. This is the kind of plot where Crombie shines. The clues are all in the complicated relationships, in a small town where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are buried with the dead." - The Globe & Mail
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James' idyllic Christmas holiday at his family's home in the Cheshire countryside is interrupted by deaths both past and present. A teenager drowns in a local canal, the remains of an infant are found in an old canal-side dairy barn, and a third violent death touches them all.
As the detectives are drawn deeper, they realize that the lives of the three victims were intertwined in unexpected ways, and that the claims of the past will not be silenced until old wrongs are made right. In true Crombie fashion, Water Like a Stone will keep you on the edge of your seat as Duncan and Gemma find that the all-too-present dangers can threaten those they love most.