Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie

Title: To Dwell in Darkness
Author: Deborah Crombie
Year Published: 2014

Genre: Adult mystery
Pages: 324
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2014 Google Reading map): UK (London)

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Recently transferred to the London borough of Cambden from Scotland Yard headquarters, detective superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras International Station. By fortunate coincidence, detective sergeant Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds that every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander. 

The bombing isn't the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He's still questioning the reasons behind his transfer, and when his former boss continues to avoid him, those suspicions deepen. With the hep of his former sergeant, Doug Cullen, Melody Talbot, and Gemma, Kincaid begins to untangle the truth. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values--and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is.

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Review: Two of my favorite book elements come together in this book: the setting is London, my favorite city, and it's a mystery! All the elements come together well and worked for me in this book.

I realize I often don't know what to write about in a review of a mystery novel because I feel like I am giving away the plot too much. So, here goes my attempt to talk about To Dwell in Darkness without giving away too much....

What I liked about this novel is the different characters that are all entwined in each other's lives: Gemma and Melody work regular police work; Gemma is married to Kincaid who is a detective and the main character; Melody is dating Andy who was at the scene when the bomb went off; and there are others who are friends as well as having intersecting professional lives.

I also liked the plot and didn't figure it all out until the characters announced it, which is great. The results are believable, don't come as a rush at the end, and make sense in the events that preceded the reveal. The writing is good and flows easily, making this mystery novel a great read!

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