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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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