A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

Duncan Kincaid, Gemma James, and their family have been invited to spend a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds at the family home of Melody Talbot (Gemma’s DS). When Duncan is involved in a deadly car crash that isn’t all that it seems, and another mysterious death follows, Duncan and Gemma find themselves pulled into the investigation.

A Bitter Feast may be 18th in the Kincaid/James series, but for me it was as good as the very first! This series just gets better with each novel. What made this an engaging read for me was the characters. They are not cardboard cutouts. Every character is believable…sometimes sympathetic, sometimes antagonistic, but always real. That is what makes me turn the page. 

Also I found myself wrapped up in the story from the start. The plot was exciting and intriguing, and thesetting gave it a Golden Age of Detection feel. A family weekend in a small village, interesting personal and family dynamics, and a mysterious man in a pub murdered. Everything I look for in a good mystery.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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