Thursday, July 1, 2010

Back to the Usual: Book Review

In a Dark House (Kincaid/James #10) In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In a Dark House was what I call a "filler" novel.  It fills the time between major storyline events, building the suspense to major turning points.  Significant "little things" happen that will ultimately be crucial.  For example, Kit's preliminary custody hearing takes place, but we don't know the judge's decision yet.  Kit makes a decision that will be extremely important.  Gemma and Duncan independently realize something about their relationship and the direction it may need to take.  But neither of them talks to each other about it.  The actual plot - investigating a series of fires, a homicide, and some missing persons cases - isn't as compelling as usual, and in fact, neither Duncan nor Gemma are the chief investigators in most of the cases.  One of the reasons I really appreciated this novel was the setting around Southwark Cathedral in London.  Two years ago we were visiting London, and stayed in a hotel near both the Borough Market and the Cathedral.  We had a great lunch from a tiny outdoor restaurant in the alley next to the Cathedral.  So the setting was quite familiar!  So while it wasn't the most engrossing installment, it was enjoyable.

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