Water Like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James Novels) by Deborah Crombie

By Deborah Crombie

Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his associate, Sergeant Gemma James, take their sons to picturesque Cheshire for his or her first relations Christmas with Duncan's parents—a vacation either dreaded and expected. yet no longer even the fascinating city of Nantwich and the dreaming canals can masks the tensions in Duncan's relatives, that are tragically heightened by way of the invention of an infant's physique hidden within the wall of an previous dairy. As Duncan and Gemma aid the police examine the infant's loss of life, one other homicide moves towards domestic, revealing that faraway from being idyllic, Duncan's adolescence paradise holds darkish and lethal secrets and techniques . . . secrets and techniques that threaten every little thing and everybody Duncan and Gemma carry most valuable.

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Serve Peggy right, though, the cow, he thought with a snort, if she had to make social capital out of his embarrassing demise. On the other hand, “Killed in the line of duty” would provide her with conversational fodder for years, and he didn’t intend to give her the satisfaction. He had opened the fridge, groaning when he saw only a solitary can of Tennents and an open packet of ham that curled up at the edges, when the mobile phone clipped to his belt began to vibrate. Even before he glanced at the number he knew it was Area Control— no one else would be ringing him on Christmas Eve.

Piers and Helen shared custody of the boy, but since Piers had bought the Victorian manor house a few miles from town and begun playing at country gentleman, Leo spent most of his time with his father. Piers supported Helen very well, however, in a mock Tudor cottage on the west side of Nantwich, just the other side of the river, so perhaps Helen found it wise not to protest. Helen, unlike his own recalcitrant wife, knew on which side her bread was buttered. “Oh, yes. Leo’s grandparents are there as well, and he’s on his best behavior.

It’s Christmas, Caspar. If I can achieve détente over dinner with my lovely ex, then you can certainly put up with the in-laws. ” Piers downed another third of his drink. He was a big man, with thick fair hair that sprang from his brow in a leonine wave, and if he had begun to put on a little weight as he entered his forties, he carried it well. Tonight he wore a long denim coat over a nubby green sweater, and looked every inch the country squire. Stinging a bit from Piers’s criticism, Caspar changed the subject.

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