I know I should not wish my life away and my books really are good company, but my love of good ole Iowa weather is next to nil right about now.
Moving on, I'm reviewing Deborah Crombie's The Sound of Broken Glass today. Let's look at the Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the past . . .
On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair form a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.
In the present . . .
On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case, a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim, a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion - a search that leads them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.
From My Perspective:
This was a first read from author Deborah Crombie for me and I certainly did enjoy reading the book.
The setting is London, the storyline intense, and the characters quite believable. Paths were crossed for several of the characters, which left the reader reasoning along with the investigators as to who had committed the crimes of passion.
The writing flowed fluently and the book was a rather fast read which I appreciated having my attention held to the very end. I would love to read more of the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid series in the future. Gemma had quite the tug at heartstrings what with a successful and busy career and the desire to stay with the children at home with their father. Communication between characters was often at risk due to the complexities of the business at hand, but teamwork was crucial in solving the case.