A Bitter Feast

by Deborah Crombie

On Sale: 10/08/2019

A Bitter Feast

by Deborah Crombie

On Sale: 10/08/2019

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About the Book

"Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters are rich, emotionally textured, fully human. They are the remarkable creations of a remarkable writer."—Louise Penny

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie returns with a mesmerizing entry in her “excellent” (Miami Herald) series, in which Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder buried beneath the surface of a picturesque Cotswolds village.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub—and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?

Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.

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Critical Praise

“Through several points of view, this multifaceted novel provides a sobering cautionary tale about the exploitation of idealism and the abuse of power.” - Publishers Weekly

As in books by Elizabeth George and P. D. James, the intriguing personal relationships and family dynamics drive this well-crafted, impressive mystery-drama. - Booklist (starred review)

Crombie’s combination of the fair-play whodunit with a psychological examination of her characters may remind some readers of P.D. James - Publishers Weekly

“Macavity Award-winner Crombie examines the corrupting nature of power in her riveting 14th novel featuring Scotland Yard Supt. Duncan Kincaid and Det. Insp. Gemma James.... Crombie gives an insightful look into British police procedures as well as a vivid view of the vagaries of London neighborhoods.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Crombie keeps this series on its toes with her smooth procedural techniques and engagingly eccentric characters.” - New York Times Book Review

“Crombie’s Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma James make a welcome return... the passages of the first drowning are haunting, the mystery is intriguing, the characters are well developed and the solution satisfies. Stay tuned.” - Publishers Weekly

Crombie’s Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma James make a welcome return... the passages of the first drowning are haunting, the mystery is intriguing, the characters are well developed and the solution satisfies. Stay tune - Publishers Weekly

“We can always count on her for fabulous plots, ...But what puts Deborah Crombie among the greats is her sure hand in raising her characters off the page.” - Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062271686
  • ISBN 10: 0062271687
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 10/08/2019
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price:16.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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