Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TO DWELL IN DARKNESS by Deborah Crombie

For those of us who have been waiting for the latest in Crombie’s highly acclaimed series featuring London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, here ‘tis.  As is her wont this writer again gives us a richly atmospheric suspenseful tale without neglecting the personal elements that make her characters so real.

Kincaid has been sent down from Scotland Yard to Camden CID.  This is a surprise to him but he has little time to dwell on this unexpected happening when an explosion occurs in the main hall of St. Pancras Station.  A musical performance had been going on starring DS Melody Talbot’s guitar playing boyfriend, Andy Monahan and singer Poppy Jones.  It seems that a small group of anti-development protestors led by Matthew Quinn had planned to toss a smoke bomb to call attention to their cause.

But, hey, that wasn’t just any smoke bomb - it was a deadly incendiary device. Actually a phosphorus grenade that seriously burns Tam Moran, Andy’s manager, and kills another man who is burned beyond recognition.  Kincaid soon finds himself  leading a murder investigation and dealing with a counter-terrorism unit as all try to determine whether this had been an accident, a murder or an actual terrorist attack.

Things are also heating up on Kincaid’s home front as wife, DI Gemma James, struggles to build a case against shop clerk Dillon Underwood for kidnapping, raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl.  Of course, there are also the children to look after and a stray mama cat with 4 just born kittens.

There’s never a dull page in To Dwell In Darkness as suspense mounts building to a surprising conclusion.

- Gail Cooke

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