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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Crombie Narrator: Michael Deehy Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781482976182
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For a book written by a Texan, A Share in Death invokes the British sensibility quite accurately. This is the first of a series featuring Detective Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James of New Scotland Yard. Kincaid is in desperate need of a vacation, and, when his cousin and his wife can't get away for a vacation they had planned, Kincaid ends up going in their stead, to a time-share in Yorkshire that he couldn't have afforded by himself. While he's there, he attempts to lie low and doesn't tell anyone that he's a detective. However, his cover is blown when a murder takes place.

The victim is the assistant manager who had just been having issues with the manager of the time-share. Kincaid is forced to reveal who he really is and start looking into the murder. The suspects include an upcoming politician and his wife, two likable spinsters, an ex-army chap and his unhappy spouse and a sexy scientist who are all members of the time-share. The local policeman in charge of the murder is a dim fellow who only serves to get in the way, and Kincaid is forced to contact New Scotland Yard and have them take over the case. When one of the spinsters is also found dead, the tension escalates.

Fans of Agatha Christie will love this book because it has an old-world feel, like Christie's novels. A group of people is gathered at one place, all with very different backgrounds and each representing a certain type. Like Christie, Crombie does a bit of social critiquing, pointing out backward attitudes that people continue to hold and, like the Queen of Crime herself, writes a great whodunit.

Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has lived in the UK with her Scottish husband, Peter Crombie. She was not academically inclined as a girl and ended up dropping out of high school before going back and getting a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She worked in advertising, newspapers, and the family business before trying her hand at writing, at which she was an immediate success. Her novels have been nominated for many awards, and two of them have won the Macavity Award for Best Novel. She currently lives in Texas with her second husband.

A week’s holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard’s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath.

Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid’s keen sense of duty won’t allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves locked in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon looking for fresh blood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Crombie] scrupulously observes all the dear old genre conventions, from the intricate puzzle plot to the closed circle of suspicious parties who are caught up in its machinations…Well calculated…pays off smartly.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This polished mystery seems more the work of a seasoned genre master than the first novel it is.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] ruthless murderer…[A] surprising motive…A thoroughly entertaining mystery…Kincaid is a likable, intelligent, and perceptive chap.”

    Booklist

  • “An energetic ‘British’ mystery…Great continuity, clever plotting, and hidden agendas all contribute to a successful novel.”

    Library Journal

  • “Deserves consideration for the year’s major mystery awards.”

    Mostly Murder

  • “Narrator Michael Deehy rocks! His reading of this mystery is done in a clear British accent with careful attention to the author’s directives. With his narration, each character’s expressions are appropriately inflected to emphasize Crombie’s dialogue. Deehy’s depiction of vacationing Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid underscores his cautious yet caring manner. His partner, the warmer, more excitable Sergeant Gemma James, balances the tone. Deehy applies distinctive characterizations to the cast of young and old…His superb reading doesn’t miss a beat as Kincaid and James unravel the details of oddly intertwined time-share owners to find a killer.”

    AudioFile

  • A finalist for the 1993 Macavity Award for Best First Novel
  • A finalist for the 1993 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Bryony | 2/18/2014

    " eh, it was ok. I listened to this on audiobook and found myself tuning out the reader. I may have enjoyed it more of I had read it rather than listened to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Strasser | 2/18/2014

    " Another excellent entry in the Gemma/Duncan series. I'm still reading out of order but it's not hindering my enjoyment of the series or the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guna | 2/16/2014

    " This is a British mystery introducing Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant, Gemma Jones. Duncan is upper-class, and Gemma is very working-class, but they get along very well. These are great mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/4/2014

    " A blah, ho-hum mystery novel. It read well enough, but lacked the tension and suspense I love in mystery novels. I found that after reading the book, I still did not have a clear description of the main character - is he 50 or 30 yrs old? I don't know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/3/2014

    " I've read several of the Kincaid and James mystery series but I had not read the first two in the series. It was nice reading how the series started, when Duncan and Gemma were first introduced as characters. Duncan is on vacation but murder has followed him. I thought the book was well written and amusing to read, even with a murderer lurking about... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/1/2014

    " This is the first Gemma James/ Duncan Kincaid mystery, but it isn't the first that I've read. Perhaps I'm lenient with this book because I loved some of the others, but if pressed I'll still say that it's a good book. The writing style was excellent, but it had some problems with plot development. Since it is the first book, I'm sure that Crombie has improved, but I found myself wondering at the end exactly how Kincaid had come up with his theory. It seemed as though there was no evidence but he magically came up with the answer anyway. However, the book wasn't wholly disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Rice | 2/1/2014

    " I just love Deborah Crombie mysteries. If you like your mysteries on the classic side, then you'll love this series. The plot keeps you guessing, the characters are lovable, and the length is just right. I found myself visiting Deborah's web page after reading her books (unusual for me), and she just seems like the sort of person you'd want to be friends with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mackay | 1/27/2014

    " Recommended to me, but honestly, it felt a bit scattered and disjointed, and I never got a handle on the characters, probably because the detective "team" was handled in separate chapters in divergent locales, and so the teamwork and camaraderie expected was MIA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina | 1/20/2014

    " I very much enjoyed the book. The writing and the mystery remined me of the style used by Agatha Christy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 1/11/2014

    " I picked this book up at Powells whilst in Portland for Miss Sparrow's Party. Since many Maudies enjoy these mysteries, I decided to try it out, starting from the beginning of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/6/2014

    " Duncan Kincaid goes on vacation from Scotland Yard, only to get involved in another murder "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/3/2014

    " This is the first book in the series. Its OK, but the later books are much better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Auringer Danjin | 12/25/2013

    " Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, the characters created by Deborah Crombie, are so believable and their lives and the cases they become involved with so interesting that I am waiting with anticipation for the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamilah | 12/16/2013

    " The first in the Duncan and Gemma series - I'm going back and reading the ones I didn't read before. I'm completely out of order now. Oh, well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 12/7/2013

    " First in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/6/2013

    " Super quick read - perfect for train ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheery | 11/25/2013

    " This is the first book in a series and I liked it well enought to give the second book a go. I'm curious to learn more about Kincade and james. I also enjoyed the English setting og the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 8/19/2013

    " I couldn't figure out until the second last page why the murdered did it. Which I found to be quite annoying. I did like the characters though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/23/2013

    " Another book where you love the characters. Start here but read them all.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 5/2/2013

    " Enjoyed this first book in the series. Looking forward to the development of the relationship between Duncan and Gemma. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/20/2012

    " I found this one to be disappointing. Repetitive, with overdone prose. Since I was given a bunch of books by this author, I've started the other ones and found they don't seem to suffer from these problems quite as much as this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/16/2012

    " Reminds me of Midsomer Murders..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/22/2012

    " The first of this mystery series that I've read. I am intrigued enough to read the next book. I liked reading a "present day" mystery for a change...takes place in the early 1990s. The main character is Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. A good fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 7/16/2012

    " Will look for # 2 to see if this is one to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/21/2012

    " This was suggested as being a similar read to an Elizabeth George mystery. I did enjoy it although it doesn't have quite the substance of a George. I'll definitely read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/28/2012

    " Fast read. Good mystery, popcorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/7/2012

    " A quick, light little English mystery, with characters that draw you on to their future outings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 1/11/2012

    " The first Duncan and Gemma novel....I have read most of the others in this series so it was interesting to go back to the beginning. Good mystery had me guessing til the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/21/2011

    " nice rainy, lazy day -- read this book today. Murder at a timeshare in Yorkshire England. First in a series. Characters r interesting; kept me guessing who the murderer was and why. The writer is a Texan that lived in Scotland and Englan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/7/2011

    " I enjoyed this English cozy mystery. It had good character development and a plot that moved steadily toward a solution. Everything was tied up nicely in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 7/10/2011

    " Just what I needed for summer reading. The characters are well done and I've begun the next already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/22/2011

    " This is what you would call a cozy English murder mystery. Defintely and easy to read 'who done it". I have read the second book and I am getting ready to order the 3rd. Like the charactors and for a change the lead detective is not overly morose! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina | 4/11/2011

    " I very much enjoyed the book. The writing and the mystery remined me of the style used by Agatha Christy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/20/2011

    " A Scotland Yard supervisor on holiday can't help but get involved when people at the resort keep getting killed. The first in a series recommended by a friend. I believe this would be classified as a cozy mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/14/2011

    " Loved this! Going to read the whole series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemarie | 12/22/2010

    " Beginning of a great mystery series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/23/2010

    " I couldn't figure out until the second last page why the murdered did it. Which I found to be quite annoying. I did like the characters though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 11/15/2010

    " Duncan Kincaid stumbles into a murder while on vacation in a friend's time share. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/8/2010

    " Super quick read - perfect for train ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 10/18/2010

    " Wonderful new discovery. Summer reading spilled over into fall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 9/13/2010

    " I enjoyed this series opener, but it didn't really hit me where I live. I've heard so many good things about the series, however, I plan to keep going, as many series don't hit their stride until 3 books in or so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 7/17/2010

    " I wanted to like this mystery. while it was worth finishing and a decent mystery, I wasn't raving over it. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood or something. "

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About the Author
Author Deborah Crombie

Deborah Crombie is a Macavity Award winner and a finalist for the Edgar Award and the Agatha Award, as well as a New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than a dozen novels and is best known for her contemporary mystery series featuring Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Among this series is Dreaming of the Bones, which was selected as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

About the Narrator

Michael Deehy is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and an actor whose career has taken him around the world performing in a multitude of plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Shaw, Synge, and a host of other playwrights. He divides his time between the United States and England, where he has performed in both regional theater and in London’s West End, as well as a number of national television shows.