• In a Dark House

  • The Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Mystery Series, Book 10
  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (845 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is called to investigate the shocking death of a woman found burned beyond recognition in a Victorian warehouse in south London. When his lover and partner, Gemma James, is asked to trace a friend's missing roommate, she and Duncan discover that their cases have several disturbing links.

Set against a backdrop of Dickensian Southwark, repository of old secrets, the case plunges Duncan and Gemma into the dark recesses of human relationships. Two women are missing, a little girl is abducted, and no one is really what they seem. The detectives must discover the truth, as innocent lives hang in the balance.

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.

©2009 Deborah Crombie (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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A good read for a winter weekend. I like thus author's
work. It is interesting, intelligent with great characters. The narrator of this one is excellent.

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Excellent Series

I love this series. This story combines a satisfying balance of police procedural, mystery, interesting characters and a sense of place.
Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent!

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Good story

The story is engaging, but it is rather slow to unfold. I drifted off a bit with some scenes.

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I Just Don’t Understand All the 5 Star Reviews

I chose this book based on the numerous 5 Star reviews. I love mystery novels but this one fell so flat & boring for me that I threw in the towel during the fourth chapter. I just couldn’t imagine wasting 9 more hours on this. The narrator made every boring line sound so urgent.
I listen to an average of three books a week. I’m certain I’ll find a much better book to spend the hours with. This book was free from the Plus Catalog & still wasn’t worth it!

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Short story

Duncan and Gemma and a host of interesting characters make this a good read. All the different story lines were confusing at first until they finally were connected. Can't help but feel sorry for Kit who gets a raw deal every time but it has to be difficult juggling a job as demanding as theirs as well as raising a family....a struggle all working parents face.

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Not quite as good as her other stories

It held my interest enough to get to the end. I really enjoy her books but this storyline was just ok. Performance was excellent.

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Good story terrible character flaws

Kincaid and James should not be raising children. Is Inspecter Kincaid the only policeman in England? Missing the hearing....really. Plus, missing persons beware in England, the police sound inept. Murders take precedence in these stories over saving people. I could give Kincaid some clues on what to do. A frustrating read.

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Very entertaining story

Excellent narrator. Love the different characters and accents. Did not predict the ending. So that's good

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Good book

Excellent book! I’m excited to read more! The narrator did a very good job with the voices!

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Too many different plot lines at once

There were so many different plot lines going simultaneously and so many characters that I kept losing track of who was related to what. Then in the final 2 chapters there was a flurry of activity to tie them together and resolve everything at the same time. I took off a star for that. Additionally, the further I go with this series the less I think of Duncan and Gemma on many levels. I honestly think that as parents they rate a fail. Everytime they face a conflict between something important with the children and their jobs, they pick the job. Even though its clear that the job could be done without them for a few hours or a day, they pick the job. Duncan could not even delegate to one of the two competent partners for a few hours to attend his son's custody hearing. For shame, Kincaid. Additionally, I don't know how many times one or the other thought or mentioned being late for or missing something with the kids then stopped at the pub anyway. I pretty much agreed with the custody judge that neither Kincaid or the grandparents were a fit home for Kit as neither was willing or able to meet his emotional needs and counting on Gemma to be there when he couldn't was no solution as Gemma can't even bring herself to commit to the relationship with Duncan. Gemma, too, has never picked her son over the job, breaking promise after promise to Toby and seeming content to see him raised by various friends, family, sitters and childcare programs. The books would probably work better for me if they were a childless couple solving crimes. At least I might like them more. It's kind of sad how many times a series starts out great but really begins going down hill after book 3 until I give up in disgust.

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  • EH Dublin
  • 05-22-22

An interesting read

This book had a good pace to it. Kept me interested throughout. Good characters and good plot.

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  • Nicola
  • 01-23-22

Good listen

Not perfect but an interesting plot involving arson and murder - well narrated. I will look out for more from the author.

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  • Sophie Masson
  • 07-20-22

Gripping and complex

Complex, twisty, satisfying plot, great characters, moving dillemmas, sweeping visions of London: another triumph by Deborah Crombie, beautifully read by Michael Deehy.