Love, racism and human trafficking of young girls are themes in this novel. A missing mother and then her murdered husband leaves the 3 year old Charlotte without parents. The continuing character development is an integral part of this novel as we experience the progression of Kincaid and Gemma's relationship. As well the balance between their home life and their work life adds the value to the novel. And I also enjoyed the evolving development of Melody Talbot and Doug Cullen.
A very good engaging story and recommended.
This series gets better and better. The main characters are interesting and the plot lines are well done. I love all of the details and history about London.
Didn't finish --
I've been reading this series in random order. In this one Gemma and Duncan are planning their wedding, but Gemma just wants to be married, and finds wedding planning stressful.
Meanwhile in Brick Lane, textile artist Sandra Gilles is working on a new piece that gets her wondering about the girls and women in her neighbourhood and she leaves her young daughter with a friend, but never returns. A few months later, her husband Naz steps out for a couple of hours and disappears. Gemma happens to be a friend to a friend and becomes involved. When his body is found, the pathologist suspects foul play and the case is referred to Scotland Yard. There, Duncan notes Gemma's involvement and takes on the case.
But Gemma finds herself involved in a more personal way as she has taken to Charlotte, the small 3 year-old daughter of Sandra and Naz and is determined that she be protected and properly looked after.
I like the mix of the personal and professional in this series, seeing how the two detectives both work together and live their lives together.
This case with its unmasking of those who prey on the vulnerable in society is a compelling one, and I could barely put the book down. I also really liked the quotes about Brick Lane, the part of London where this story is set, that began each chapter.
A good mystery and good entry in the series by Crombie. This is the longest one I think, so far. It did feel a little long, like maybe they were never going to get to the solution. Things all worked out though and there were a couple of major changes in the lives of the characters.
Wonderful to catch up with Gemma and Duncan again, as always a ripping good yarn. Can't wait to read the next in the series and see what happens between kit and the evil grandma. Lovely intricate murders and all sorts of goings on.
This series just gets better and better. I have enjoyed the way the main characters continue to develop as much as I enjoy the plots.
This is a British detective series featuring Inspector Gemma James and her lover and soon to be husband, Scotland Yard Superinttendent Duncan Kincaid. I love this series. The people are down to earth, flawed, ordinary human beings. One can relate to the characters. In this book,a mother leaves her daughter with a friend, claiming that she will only be gone for a few minutes. She never returns. Is she missing of her own free will? Captured? Murdered? Later, her husband disappears leaving the 3 year old daughter all alone. Gemma's heart goes out to the small girl and she vows to find the little girl's parents, or their murderers, with the help of Kincaid.
I love the Kincaid and James series and this one does not disappoint. A great series to read from the beginning.
An intriguing mystery with rich and real characters. Plot moves along nicely with some twists. Focus is on family and upbringing, both loving and not.
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