Garden of Lamentations

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Garden of Lamentations is installment 17 in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series.  This book focuses on continuing the case Duncan was involved in from the previous book involving the death of an undercover officer and his relationship with his supervisor.  For Gemma, the book concerns the murder of a nanny in a literally closed in community,  houses sharing a walled garden.  Gemma is initially involved not as an officer but through community relationships and then gets put on the case.  The subplots involve Gemma and Duncan’s family life including their children and pets, friends and Duncan’s parents.  I felt this was one of the better ones in the series of the recent books and I am really looking forward to the next one A Bitter Feast, which is due out on October 8th.

A Deadly Thaw & The Gourmet Detective

 

A Deadly Thaw is the second in the DC Connie Childs series. This installment opens with the discovery of a body, unfortunately the victim is discovered to be a man who was supposed to be dead over ten years.  His wife. Lena, had pled guilty to his murder and served her sentence.  The team assembles and has to discover the identity of the first victim, who had been cremated,  and determine why Lena lied about who he was and what happened.

While the team is working on the case, Kat, Lena’s sister also investigates as a strange figure keeps leaving her clues to Lena’s past, pushing her to uncover the truth from Lena’s perspective.  A well plotted mystery with interesting characters and good pacing, I definitely want to read more in this series.

The Gourmet Detective is the first in a series with the character of the same name.  A former chef who now is a food detective who spends time tracking down obscure ingredients, finding sources for supplies, and finding the origins or ingredients in dishes.  He finds himself in over his head when there is a murder and now maybe he is a real detective.  A culinary cozy with very detailed food, wine and music combinations.  I enjoyed this a great deal.  I will say that the book was published in 1996 and some references are representative of that time.

When the Devil Drives & In the Dark

When the Devil Drives is the 2nd in the series with PI Jasmine Sharp and DS Catherine McLeod.  In this installment, Jasmine as accepted Sharp Investigations as her own upon the death of Jim and is being kept quite busy with referrals.  A walk in client leads her to investigate a 30 year old missing person case.  It soon becomes evident that there are forces at work that definitely don’t want Jasmine working on the case.  Meanwhile DS McLeod is investigating a shooting death which may have been professional sniper or a stray bullet from poachers.  She digs into her case with the same tenacity that Jasmine works on hers, parallel cases in which the reader keeps waiting for them to meet.

Excellent read, well written with an intriguing mystery plot.  I found in this, as in the first in the series, that the Jasmine story line is more compelling but overall I enjoyed the book in its entirety.  Recommended read, but I’d definitely start with the first in the series, Where the Bodies are Buried, which by the way, is a read this month over at the English Kindle Mystery Club!

In the Dark by Cara Hunter was on my TBR because I had read the first in this series with DI Fawley as the protagonist.  To be honest, I don’t really remember much about the first book, Close to Home, so I think it is safe to say  you can read this without having read it.

In this case builders working on a semi-detached accidentally knock down a wall into the neighbors basement and find a barely alive young woman and a child imprisoned there.  Fawley is called in and the investigation begins.   So. many. twists. and turns.  Really cleverly laid out plot and so engaging.  I read this in one sitting, because I had to know the truth about what was going on in this book.  I don’t want to give anything away, but definitely a good read for people who like twisty turny thrillers (and don’t mind rats).