The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie is a continuation of the writer’s series featuring London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones. Fans of the series and newcomers can both enjoy this well written mystery novel.
“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.” – The Sound of Broken Glass
The Sound of Broken Glass is another well written mystery by the author of this series. The plotline is multi-layered, and the characters are well developed, which equals a story that I can really get into.
I don’t want to unveil any twists or turns in the story, so no spoilers here! I will however tell you that, yes, some are predictable, but not all that you may think will happen will! It is a very good book that kept me interested right up to the end. I definitely recommend it, and I personally will be looking forward to reading more books by this author.
* Thank you to the publisher of The Sound of Broken Glass, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.