Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #12)

Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #12)

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“Chilling and humane….Skillful and subtle….A deeply moving novel that transcends genre.”

Richmond Times Dispatch


A sinister mystery that leads all the way back to the Holocaust ensnares Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James in Where Memories Lie from award-winning “masterful novelist” (Denver Post) Deborah Crombie. A writer in the same elite class as Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, and Anne Perry, Crombie mesmerizes with a story at once gripping and poignant that explores the dark places in the human heart, and the shadowy corners Where Memories Lie.

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ISBN-13: 9781436165044
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/05/2008
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #12
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

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Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #12) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a series best read in order, as the personal development of Inspector Kincaid and Gemma James is integral to all of Crombie's novels. As a long time reader, I found it it a relief to see these characters get their heads together after taking turns at severe relationship anxiety. Well plotted, the novel moves smoothly back and forth between investigation of a modern crime and flashbacks to the roots of that crime in the period surrounding World War I. Crombie's period detail is always admirable, and this is no exception.
harstan More than 1 year ago
David and Erika Rosenthal escaped from Nazi Germany during WWII. They settled in London where she became a professor and he a philosopher until he was murdered in 1952 while investigating neo Nazi sympathizers his homicide remains an unsolved cold case. Erika is stunned when family friend Henri Durrell shows her a diamond brooch in a Harrowby¿s auction catalogue because they recognize the name and the picture as hers, lost, probably stolen, years ago.------- Erika asks her friend Police Inspector Gemma James to investigate Gemma and her Scotland Yard partner Duncan Kincaid activate the cold case to investigate how the brooch got to the auction house. However the case is already odd as auction house clerk Kristin Cahill died in a mysterious hit and run. Soon others involved in the sale also die as the cops know WWII, 1952, and the present tie together but struggle with finding the culprit anyway.---------------- This is an exciting English police procedural filled with growing tension from the moment a distraught Erika calls Gemma. The story line is fast-paced even when the plot flashbacks to 1952 focusing on David¿s inquiries into Neo-Nazis. Sub-genre fans will appreciate this strong tale as Deborah Crombie provides a wonderful investigative thriller.-------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I have just begun reading this particular book, "Where Memories Lie", I have read all of the preceding books of the series. I have enjoyed the series tremendously and I would recommend these books to anyone who likes a good mystery in the form of a classic "who done it".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the series and findthem and this in particular to be engrossing and a great read. Great character development as well as good story.
TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
The historical details were interesting but in the first 1/3 of the book the plot was very slow moving and extremely confusing. I much prefer Victoria Thompson's or Charles Todd's historical mysteries as they keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Crombie's book was much better in the final 1/3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lyrical and absorbing.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is in a series, however I read it without benefit of reading any of the other books. I thought it was easy to read and follow without knowing anything else about the characters. When Erika discovers a family heirloom up for sale at an auction house, she immediately relieves the horror of fleeing from the Nazis. During that flight the heirloom was taken from her. Erika turns to her friend, Detective Gemma James to uncover any information that she can and discover if a Nazi is hidden among them.I did not expect to like this book. However I found the characters well developed, the writing style impeccable and the plot line entertaining. Overall, I thought this was a great novel, one any true crime/history buff would enjoy.
libasst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Characters continue to grow. Back story about Ericka, Gemma's Mom is ill, Gemma makes progress with relationship with her father, Gemma agrees to marry Duncan. Very satisfying.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WHERE MEMORIES LIE lived up to my expectations of a good read. I confused myself just a little by having read a later title last year. If you are starting out, then do read some of the earlier titles in order. I don't think you necessarily have to read hem all (I don't think I have) but certainly part of the pleasure is the ongoing story of Duncan and Gemma's family life.I was struck also by the serendipity of the fact that I had so recently finished listening to SARAH'S KEY, which was also related to the persecution of the Jews during World War II.Gemma James, perhaps more so than Duncan Kincaid, is a very believable character, and I identify with many of her concerns as she tries to maintain a career in the face of family responsibilities. In WHERE MEMORIES LIE her mother is admitted to hospital with a serious illness and her father takes his frustrations out on Gemma.As I said earlier, a good read. One of the things that strikes me is how Deborah Crombie, an American author who admittedly spends a lot of of time in the UK, can write what feels such an authentically British crime novel.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Erika Rosenthal learns that a valuable brooch that once belonged to her has been entered in an auction at a London firm, she turns to friend and neighbor Gemma James for help. Gemma makes an unofficial inquiry on Erika's behalf. When one of the auction house employees dies suddenly, requiring Scotland Yard to investigate, Gemma talks her domestic partner, Duncan Kincaid, into requesting the case. Duncan, Gemma, and their current working partners work together to solve a crime with roots in Germany's Holocaust.Although this is one of my favorite series, this book seemed a little flat to me. Maybe it was the fact that I read it right after reading a non-fiction book about the Holocaust, and fiction can't compare to the reality of what happened during those years. I had trouble identifying with Gemma, who took personal leave to spend time with her seriously ill and hospitalized mother and then spent most of that time working on Duncan's case. I've been through serious illnesses and hospitalizations with both of my parents, and I spent as much time as possible at the hospital with them, particularly at the beginning of the hospitalization when they were undergoing tests and we were waiting for word from doctors about the prognosis and course of treatment.I think this book would work as a stand-alone. However, most readers will want to read the books in this series in sequence, since the main characters' personal lives are as important as the crimes they investigate.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: The day was utterly miserable for early May, even considering the expected vagaries of English weather.When a diamond brooch, stolen decades ago, turns up for sale in a London auction house, the owner, Dr. Erika Rosenthal, turns to her friend Inspector Gemma James for help. Rosenthal and her husband escaped Nazi Germany, and the brooch was stolen on their journey to England. Gemma barely begins to investigate when a young auction house employee connected to the sale of the brooch is killed. Soon anyone who had anything to do with the brooch seems to meet a fatal accident.Woven in with this mystery is the unsolved murder of Rosenthal's husband in 1952, but in many ways, this book has more to do with the personal lives of the characters than the mystery... at least it felt that way to me. This is not a complaint because Crombie's characters are some of my absolute favorites, and their lives are just as important to me as the mysteries they solve. Fortunately Crombie is quite skilled at providing intriguing mysteries while advancing the lives of her characters.Although I deduced the killer about halfway through the book, if I'd twigged to one small clue, it would have been much earlier. Once learned that one small clue seemed so obvious that I feel I should turn in my Junior G-Man badge in shame.If I ever have any sort of reading slump, I've become accustomed to turning to Crombie to get me back on the rails. Unfortunately I have only one book left in the series before I'm all caught up and forced to wait for the newest one. You may not be able to tell from there, but I'm sitting here pouting.
wdwilson3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deborah Crombie is very strong at portraying complicated, conflicted characters believably. Where other mystery writers will have one-dimensional minor characters, Crombie¿s seem like they could step off the page as flesh and blood. It¿s a wonderful talent, and adds to the attraction of her long series of books. Many authors have a large cast of recurring characters, but Crombie¿s aren¿t just thrown in to pad the story. There is a major dose of domestic drama to add to the mystery plot, true, but they are skillfully integrated in a way that increases the tension.The plot of Where Memories Lie takes place in the past as well as the present, which adds some complexity, but viewed in retrospect the motive and culprit are possible to identify relatively early on. Not that I did. I found the dénouement a surprise and satisfying. Full marks for a good read.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Art Deco brooch looted by the Nazis shows up in an auction house and causes a chain of deaths. A parallel murder from the 1950's is also solved. The latest in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series, as usual this also shows some of their private lives, including Gemma's mother's sudden illness.Enjoyable, but not as good as some in the series.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This twelfth in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series is a killer! I love this series, and this book upholds the high standard that Ms. Crombie has set with this wonderful series. This is probably the best new book that I've read this summer as well! Crombie mixes the past with the present in this book, and it is done in a totally unique way. Gemma's friend Erika finds out a brooch that was made by her father before the war has turned up for sale in England, and she wants to know where it came from after all these years. This sets loose a whole series of catastrophic events and brand new murders to cover up an old secret. We see Gemma and Duncan working together to solve this puzzling crime. This is a totally wonderful series, and I highly recommend that anyone interested in police procedurals read it from beginning to end. Ms. Crombie is a wonderful writer who I have come to admire totally.
caroline123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good but not quite as enjoyable as her previous Gemma/Kincaid mysteries.
eawsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent addition to the author's series. The worst thing about it is that now I am caught up with the series and have to wait until she finishes her next book!As usual, Crombie intersperses flashbacks with her current-day story. In the wrong hands this can be an irritation, but she does it skillfully and in such a way that it adds to the mystery and plot. She also capably ties everything together at the end, unlike some authors who try this technique and end up leaving the reader confused. I recommend all the books in this series. The book starts with the discovery of a long-lost brooch in an auction catalog; Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid get involved because the brooch had belonged to their friend Erika Rosenthal. Crombie weaves together murders from the 1950s and now which Gemma and Duncan must resolve. Along the way, she gives us more details about their life and Gemma's family.I will admit that I was able to guess the modern-day murderer's identity by about halfway through, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the remainder of the book.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deborah Crombie, like Laurie King, is one of the most reliably good writers. I have never disliked one of her books, and one, Dreaming of the Bones, I thought was of the highest literary quality. Her series is set in London. The two main characters are Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid, both in the police. Their relationship has developed over the course of the series, and each has a son from a previous marriage. This novel switches back and fortth between scenes with different characters in different time periods. Gradually the pieces come together in a powerful and satisfying novel. Highly recommended.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Layers upon layers of connecting mysteries made this a most compelling book. Starting with an art deco diamond brooch from Gemma’s friend Erika’s past, the story moves through auction house and library to Nazi Germany, with fraud and mysterious death in the wake. Gemma’s mother’s illness is a second plot, family love and problems and big decisions. I’ve learned to make a little list of characters, to help keep everything straight . . . well worth the effort. I’m glad to know more books remain in this series. A satisfying ending to this book left me looking forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an exciting and at the same time tragic book. And about Emma's dear friend. It was interesting to view a little of England immediately post WWII. I really enjoyed this addition. Each book in the series is better than the last.
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