Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Rec. #55: Dreaming of the Bones
What: There are a couple of unexpected things you should know about author Deborah Crombie. First, she's from Texas, but she sets her books in England and writes about it like a native. (Believe me, if her writing struck a false note I would be truly, truly annoyed, but so far it hasn't.) Second, while she does write mysteries, her books aren't really about that. Well, I mean, they are about that --- she's been nominated for almost every major mystery award. With Dreaming of the Bones, however, Crombie's Kincaid/James novels start to be more about how you slowly build your own family in life with people you meet along the way. This story begins when Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard receives a phone call from his ex-wife, whom he hasn't seen in more than ten years. Things get complicated from there.
Comparable to: Elizabeth George, in the plot/character balance.
You might not like it if: You get overwhelmed when too many characters are introduced early on.
How to get it: Readily available, but this is the key: Take careful note of the title. Crombie's novels have vague titles that are often only connected to the contents by the finest of threads. Also, it's helpful to read the series in order (book 14 is due out later this year), but you won't be lost if you jump in with this one (it's book 5).