By Deborah Crombie
A week's vacation in a sumptuous Yorkshire time-share is simply what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid wishes. however the discovery of a physique floating within the whirlpool bathtub ends Kincaid's holiday sooner than it truly is began. considered one of his new associates at Followdale home is lifeless; one other is a killer. regardless of a unique loss of cooperation from the neighborhood constabulary, Kincaid's willing experience of responsibility will not let him to disregard the heinous crime, impelling him to ship for his enthusiastic younger assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. however the stakes are raised dramatically while a moment homicide happens, and Kincaid and James locate themselves in a made up our minds hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys murder a section an excessive amount of.
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They might spend a week passing in the halls, a greeting, a casual physical contact, and then he would leave without remembering her name or face. Surely, there could be no harm in that? Or they might become friends. She wouldn’t think beyond that—what she might say to him, how he would react. Tonight, with an easy introduction and polite exchange of trifles sure to follow, was beginning enough. She rose, picked up her bag from the sitting room, and shut the front door firmly behind her. * * * Duncan Kincaid leaned on his balcony rail, reluctant to move, reluctant to knot a tie around his throat, to go through the civilized motions required if he were to meet his social obligations.
Her sister’s voice startled her. “Stir yourself, then. ” Emma pulled her waterproof jacket out of the wardrobe and began buckling herself into it with her usual no-nonsense briskness. “Yes, Emma, coming,” Penny answered. There was no need to make Emma cross, or even worse, to try her until she spoke with that unaccustomed air of gentle patience. Penny rubbed her forehead with her fingertips, as if the physical smoothing of lines would return the accustomed veneer of placid cheerfulness to her face, and smiled brightly when Emma turned to her.
I had doubts about this holiday. I thought it might have been … ill conceived. Oh, I can’t explain—it’s too complicated. But suddenly I feel as though everything will be all right. ” “I’m not sure that’s a compliment,” he said with a good-natured grin, but he wondered what, or whom, lay behind her burst of exhilaration, as he didn’t think the credit was entirely his. * * * The whistling and piping of birds woke him. The sound drifted in through the open French door on a bar of sunlight, rising and falling on the still air.
A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James Novels 01) by Deborah Crombie