Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #17
Narrator: Gerard Doyle
Published by HarperAudio on February 7, 2017
Length: 12 hours, 46 minutes
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On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.
Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden’s residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.
While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.
As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?
I’ve read all the books in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series. I love mysteries set in England. This couple met when they worked together and Duncan was Gemma’s supervisor. When they became involved, she moved to a different group. They have had additional changes and moves over the last few months.
While it is interesting to have multiple cases happening since they have different cases, it has the downside of them not interacting professionally so much. They each spent more time on their own and without their usual teams, in these cases. So Garden of Lamentations did not have much in the way of their personal or family interactions. There were minimal glimpses of family and friends.
Gerard Doyle was a satisfying narrator. I felt the different characters and their individual voices; the pace was comfortable. And I love the accent.
The mysteries and police cases were not easily solved. The element of danger to Duncan felt very high. He bumbled about for awhile and seemed paralyzed by the situation for a long time. Finally, he had some ideas and followed them to get the information he needed. Gemma, on the other hand, asked good questions, made observations and figured out her case very well. She also did all the child and home care.
The level of their compassion, intelligence and moral integrity makes the characters lovable along with their very human feelings and flaws. I’ll be looking forward to what happens next after all the recent upheaval in their careers, whether I read the next book or listen to it on audio.
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