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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (778 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Crombie Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780062249746
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It's hard to be a thirteen-year-old in this tight-knit South London community. On a hot August night, the boy meets his neighbor a recently-widowed woman who would become his muse...and his greatest betrayal yet. He does not know this, but it will happen...and it will tear his world apart.

In the present, Gemma Jones has just gone back to work after her husband takes a leave of absence to care for their foster daughter. Now, it's time for her first case since taking the girl home: a man, found tied, broken, and alone in a London hotel room. What follows is a story of betrayal and honor, of lust and love.

As it twists and turns, Gemma begins to wonder what she really knows of the world...and of the seedy things in it. Will she be able to fight her demons, and solve the mysteries, or will her rocked worldview destroy her profession as a detective forever?

The Sound of Broken Glass is a riveting mystery adventure that is sure not to disappoint any mystery lover.

Deborah Crombie is a well-known mystery author. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, her grandmother taught her to read at a young age. What blossomed from those lessons was a love of reading that would follow her well into her later years. She attended Rice university, and did a brief stint in advertising and marketing before quitting to become a full-time author. She is a one-time winner of the Macacity award for best novel, awarded to her in 2010.

In the past . . .

On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.

In the present . . .

On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case: a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim: a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion—a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing, atmospheric London murder mystery set in both the past and the present.”

    People

  • “Deborah Crombie never falters. Her novels are a delight, and with The Sound of Broken Glass, she keeps her impressive creative streak intact.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Bestseller Crombie puts together past and present in her solid, finely controlled fifteenth novel featuring married police detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid…Gemma and Melody painstakingly and methodically unravel the clues, finding connections that began fifteen years earlier in the Crystal Palace area…The unfolding domestic relationship between Gemma and Duncan softens and humanizes them. The city of London, foggy, blustery, and historic, provides a seductive background.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another solid outing for the reliable Crombie, who turns a judicious eye on secrets that can overwhelm what they’re meant to protect, despite the best intentions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In Doyle’s hands, the time frames remain clear. Fans of the series will relish the character updates and historical details relating to a real London neighborhood. Newcomers will enjoy the mix of police procedural and family life.”

    AudioFile

  • Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 2/20/2014

    " Another wimmer for Crombie! Crombie's character development is as good as the mystery itself. If you haven't read her books, you'll want to start with the first of the series, "A Share in Death". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 2/15/2014

    " One of my favorite series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Ingvaldsen | 2/8/2014

    " Fifteenth in the still compelling Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series: gritty crime tempered by engaging family dynamics and refreshingly uncloying romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/7/2014

    " Well, now I have finished the latest of the 15 books in this series. Have read 12 of them and will be lined up to read the next one. Soooo well written and enjoyable. I feel like part of Gemma and Kincaid's family. She always keeps you guessing until the very end. This one was about poor parenting and how the pain suffered in childhood always seeks resolution and that status does not determine future success or happiness. Those things come from having a safety net of friends and family that are there for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hallie | 2/7/2014

    " Deborah Crombie's books are wonderful rich in atmosphere and character, and The Sound of Broken Glass is no exception. This one is Detective Gemma James's story, braiding the strands of a story from the past about a lonely teenage boy and his lovely neighbor together with a present-day story of the investigation into the murder of a lawyer, found in a seedy hotel in London's Crystal Palace neighborhood. Great sense of place, and of course anyone who follows Gemma and Duncan will want to see how their foster daughter Charotte is doing. Satisfying on many dimensions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Sadler | 2/3/2014

    " Another enjoyable mystery from Deborah Crombie. I've read the entire series and have especially liked following Gemma and Duncan's relationship from lovers to marriage and kids. The London settings are interesting and always add to the story. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/26/2014

    " I liked parts of it but...It just didn't seem to be up to the usual standard of the Duncan and Gemma mystery series. I didn't like the treatment of Duncan's character in this either, a housemaid and nursemaid and cook and oh so very cheerio about it. I found him to be completely emasculated. The character's that the murder mystery circulated around seemed pretty cardboard to me even though I did like the character Andy who seemed the most well drawn/written of the bunch. The story seemed a bit irrational at times also. Like when Andy let Joe and Shaun in his house. The way the character was written up to that point, well he just wouldn't have done that and yet the author wrote it that he did. Convenient for the story but irrational writing. The book ended with a serious "hook" for the next book. It ended not making sense as to why Duncan's superior and friend would do such a thing and in such a devious way. I can't wait... "

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

    " Good, of course, though I missed some of the friends who have become side characters....Betty just referenced to, Wes not at all, and I didn't warm up to the new characters as much as I usually do. The domestic stuff is still great. A bit of a cliffhanger, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 1/9/2014

    " Like Deborah's other books, I loved this one too!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabi Eagon | 12/17/2013

    " A must read series. Love love "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Sachs | 12/10/2013

    " One of my favorite mystery writers did it again. A good mystery, and once again the characters are first class. Gemma and Kincaid continue to be the best of partners. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette | 12/6/2013

    " Never read this author before, won't again! The whole thing was so contrived and I felt like all the English stuff was so phoney, just thrown in. (the author lives in Texas) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rhodes | 12/5/2013

    " Of all my mystery favorites, no one is as fast and fun as Crombie. Not quite sure why...maybe they're a bit lighter than Robinson and Rankin and way lighter than Mina but still a very solid mystery with all the usual, satisfying fleshing out of the personal lives of Duncan and Gemma and their crowd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/5/2013

    " I am going back to read some more of this series. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Hauer | 11/30/2013

    " Solid work from a good mystery author. Story moves along the characters' lives too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 11/20/2013

    " NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Now I have to wait A WHOLE YEAR to find out what happens next???? That sucks!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/6/2013

    " Love this series! The characters evolve and are well developed. This book had a strong sense of place (the Crystal Palace section of London), insights into class distinctions and bullying. Probably a 4.5. And of course there is a shocker at the end, leaving me eager for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anie | 9/30/2013

    " An enjoyable cosy mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 8/25/2013

    " I did not particularly like this book. I thought it was going to be more exciting than it was. This book was just miss for me. The plot in particular was very stagnate throughout the book and it centered on one event...the murder. There was no other dynamics going along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Kubena | 7/29/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first of Crombie's that I have read. I characters were easy to like, which made the book hard to put down. I now want to go back and read 1 through 14! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Kelso | 7/26/2013

    " I love this series. If she hadn't come to Omaha I don't know if I would have picked them up..The mystery was solid as usual in this one but to me it's the characters. In this book their lives all find change..And now I have to wait a year...darn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/13/2013

    " Yes! Another Deborah Crombie mystery! I have been waiting for a new installment! they solve mysteries in London area...love learning the history and region. Her descriptions of blended family life and working mom guilt and challenges seem pretty true to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 6/2/2013

    " Good story line. Liked the info about the Crystal Palace and its history at the beginning of each chapter. This one had me guessing up till the end. There's also a teaser at the end so will have to wait for her next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/8/2013

    " this is the first book I have read by this author, a really good english mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele A. | 5/7/2013

    " Good mystery....would recommend reading this one. Had this book read to me.....a good book to have read out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvey | 4/21/2013

    " Reliably good London-based police procedural. The personal story threads are interwoven well. Start w/ earlier entries in the series for more enjoyment/integration of the backstory (but not neccessary) "

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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

Gerard Doyle, multiaward-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.