Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.
When a diamond brooch stolen decades ago turns up for sale at an upscale London auction house, the brooch's owner, Dr. Erika Rosenthal, a retired academic who escaped Nazi Germany with her philosopher husband, David, during WWII, turns for help to her friend Insp. Gemma James in Crombie's lively 12th mystery to feature Gemma and Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid (after 2007's Water Like a Stone). The suspicious hit-and-run death of Kristin Cahill, a young clerk involved in the brooch's sale, is but the first in a series of fatalities to befall people connected to the auction. Crombie raises the suspense by alternating the contemporary story, which includes news of Gemma's mother's battle against cancer, with flashbacks to the investigation of David's unsolved murder in 1952 while he was working on an expose about Nazi sympathizers. With its echoes of Elizabeth George and even Danielle Steel, this entry will appeal as much to newcomers as to series fans. 7-city author tour. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
In New York Times best-selling author Crombie's (Dreaming of the Bones) 12th entry in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, Gemma looks into the reappearance of a valuable diamond pin last seen by its Jewish owner when she escaped Germany in 1938. Various major and minor characters narrate, each revealing glimpses of secrets and motives. This can be confusing at first, so listeners must pay close attention. British actress Jenny Sterlin is an expressive reader able to project the many emotions of Crombie's characters; her German accent is particularly effective. A good purchase for most public library mystery collections as either a series entry or a stand-alone. [The Morrow hc was published in June 2008; expect the mass market pb in June 2009.]-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.