Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie is the 18th book in the Duncan Kinkaid and Gemma James mystery series. It was published on October 8, in Hardcover, by William Morrow. I'm a huge fan of Kincaid and James, and although I haven't read every book in the series, I have followed along as the characters have changed and their personal and professional lives have progressed. 

A Bitter Feast had me from the get go. I love me a good London based murder mystery, but when the action takes place in a small English village, this American is all ears, or eyes as it were. Duncan and Gemma, two Scotland Yard Detectives that happen to be married, are headed to the country to stay with their friend Melody, also a police officer, at her family home in the Cotswolds.

Meanwhile, in the Cotswolds, we have Viv, a former London chef who is enjoying the quiet life and cooking with fresh, locale ingredients. Unfortunately, a stranger in town, a car crash, and an unexpected murder turn the sleepy little village upside down. Duncan and Gemma find themselves in the middle of another murder, even if they aren't the lead investigators.

I've read a bunch of books in this series, but I read a lot of books in between as well. Even though it's book 18, it really did stand on its own. If you just pick this book up and start the series here, you will still enjoy the read. The characters have shared history, but that history adds to the depth of the books, knowledge of it is in no way required for the mystery or reading enjoyment. 

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