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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Deborah Crombie pens suspenseful English mysteries that have drawn favorable comparisons to the best of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell. Her novel Dreaming of the Bones made the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America’s list of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the 20th Century.

This time, Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James delve into a mystery brewing since World War II.

©2008 Deborah Crombie (P)2008 Recorded Books

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Maybe Best in the Series

I have read each of the books in sequence in this series and am very fond of the main characters, Gemma Jones and Duncan Kinkaid. The highly competent detectives' personal lives provide the subplots that enhance the storyline. These are "real" and "normal" people. Each of them and those around them seem to grow and change in each work as their professional and personal relationships and associated dilemmas ring very true. This one is one of the most satisfying reads in the series with a compact plot and believable resolutions. Crombie's emphasis on character and human nature provoke deserved favorable comparisons with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. I didn't give this five stars because I was confused about the timing of the plot. Erika, Gemma's good friend, was a key character here. If this book was set in real-time (published in 2008), she was a very active senior who was well into her 90s. Jenny Sterlin gives Gemma a wonderful, sensitive voice but it is sometimes hard to differentiate between her male voices, particularly Duncan Kinkaid and his associates. Minor quibbles .... as this truly is one of those series that I hope keeps on going and going...

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My favorite Deborah Crombie book so far!

Would you consider the audio edition of Where Memories Lie to be better than the print version?

The narrator brings so much life into the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where Memories Lie?

The climax, when Jemma realized who did it.

What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Because of her rang, she is able to create different voices which helped me picture the different characters. And I suspect she knows how to pronounce words, since she's English, that I don't, because I'm American.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Evil casts a long shadow.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to read or listen (or both) all of Deborah Crombie's books.

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poor narration

I was disappointed with the narration of this book as well as the audio quality which seemed to fade out at times. Michael Deehy narrated earlier books in the series and was a much better narrator IMHO.
I did enjoy the story.

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Love the series, tolerate the reader

As in previous books in this series, I wish Jenny Sterlin wouldn't make Duncan sound poncy. I see others feel the same way. Otherwise I liked the reading.

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I love Crombie's series.

Duncan Kinkaid and Gemma James are terrific characters whose personal story serves as a wonderful backdrop and unifying factor to the various mysteries in the series. I have enjoyed every one of them.

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Good story

I’m enjoying this series. I especially enjoyed this book. But I thought the narrater could been better.

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Not bad, but not my favorite

It felt like a bit too much about personal lives in this crime drama... I like to get to know the characters, but i guess this went over my limit and thus was boring at times for me. I probably wont read the series.

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Excellent Story Telling

I discovered this series about two years ago and have been listening to the audio books in order. I've loved every one of them!

The relationship between Jemma and Duncan began in the first book. It has steadily grown and matured though out the series. It has not been a "fairy tale" romance. Theirs is a relationship between two mature adults with complicated lives. There have been bumps in the road, but the two of them have worked through the difficulties.

They are both police officers, very good ones it seems to me. The cases in each book are interesting and varied, the plots complex with conclusions that so far have surprised me.

The author populates each story with interesting characters and interesting locations. For me there is a very strong sense of place in each book.

When I've listened to all the books in the series, I plan to listen to them all a second time.

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History again infuses a contemporary narrative

Crombie’s crime novels blend modern life (with its ups and downs) with other eras in a way that connects the reader or listener with a humanistic blend of values, thoughts, challenges and human frailty. Nuanced and brilliantly crafted fiction that will satisfy sophisticated crime fiction (e.g. Peter Grainger) fans and also expose them to vivid glimpses of history.

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A DIAMOND BROOCH, A WAR CRIME, MURDER

When Gemma James' dear friend Erica Rosenthal asks her to investigate the appearance, in an auction house catalog, of a diamond brooch that she had "lost" during the war, Gemma agrees. As people connected to this sale are murdered, and Scotland yard is called in, Gemma begs Duncan to request the case. As the investigation digs deeper, Gemma begins to realize that the full history of this brooch and the circumstances of an unsolved murder from 50 years ago, are the missing clues to solving the present day murders.
Deborah Crombie skillfully weaves the heartbreaking story of betrayal and murder of Jewish refugees with knowledge that even today many families still profit from the ill-gotten gains.