Reily s famous Michelin rated restaurant and is working at a local pub When A patron of the pub picks Fergus up is working at a local pub When A patron of the pub picks Fergus up noticing he seemed ill and gets into a crash it becomes clear that Fergus was fatally poisoned prior to the crashDoes the truth lie in the past Or is it closer to home tied up in the tangled relationships and bitter resentments between the staff at Beck House and Viv s new pub Or is it personal entwined with secrets hidden by Viv and those closest to herReflectionI looked up Lower Slaughter in Gloucestershire particularly after a character comments on the name and asks if it means what it sounds like
It Doesn T Actually It doesn t actually it apparently derived from the word slough which means wetland and I seriously recommend googling it It is one of the uaintest photogenic fairy tale towns I ve seen and I enjoyed the book much after seeing it because the great descriptions came to life in that context It even has a road that was named the most romantic street in Britain in 2011 How adorableIt ust so happens that the detectives are in Lower Slaughter at the home of Melody s wealthy parents and they come across a case I though Melody s worries about how she might be perceived differently by her colleagues after they knew the wealthy background she was raised in was an interesting element In many fields this wouldn t be a negative However many people in the law enforcement profession are of humble means than Melody They do the ob because they are passionate about it not because they think it will bring great wealthThis is the first I ve read in the series but it is actually 18th in the line up I did think there were a lot of characters but I got to know them uickly and I had no trouble umping in Honestly if I was told this was a standalone I d believe it The mystery is solely contained within these pages and it s a good oneWhile headed into town Duncan and Gemma are involved in a vehicular crash that leads to an unexpected murder investigation There are two victims dead following the crash and one may have been dead prior to the accident uite a puzzle One is Fergus the former boss of Viv the former chef at his Michelin star restaurant in Chelsea Viv is not created the most delectable sounding high uality pub food at Lamb a pub in Lower Slaughter seriously mouth watering descriptions of food The other victim is Nell a patron of Lamb who stops to pick Fergus up after she sees him walking down the road sick at first she thinks he may be drunkWhen it appears that Fergus may have been Poisoned Prior To The Crash Duncan And His Wife Gemma prior to the crash Duncan and his wife Gemma detectives help investigate even though they don t really have urisdiction As the case unfolds another murder comes to lightI loved the flashbacks to Viv s time working in Fergus s restaurant over a decade earlier I learned a lot in terms of respect for what it takes to work in such a high end fine dining establishment Those Michelin ratings don t come easyThe settings in general were so fun from the sprawling Beck House owned by Melody s parents to the gardens the uaint streets the pub where Viv works and even the flashbacks to the big city restaurant Deborah Crombie certainly draws a good settingExpect some good gossip into the back story of these characters and their relationships some delectable food descriptions an intricately plotted story and smooth as butter transitions as we keep up with each character I loved this mysteryThank you to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for my copy Opinions are my own I love it when Deborah Crombie takes Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid his wife D I Gemma James and their fam Another fabulous addition to one of my favorite long running series Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James recently received an invitation from DS Melody Talbot to her family s country home for a weekend getaway with the kids So why does murder mayhem and black clouds seem to follow them everywhere Even on the grounds of these beautiful surroundings Duncan doesn t even make it to the estate before being broadsided on a deserted country road Leaving 2 crash victims dead Possibly one who may have actually died prior to the crash itself Hmmmm Once safely back at the Talbot s family home recuperating Duncan and his wife Gemma take it upon themselves to assist the local police force in. Ascent Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub and perhaps with Beck House itselfDoes the truth lie in the past Or is it immediate woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub Or is it even personal entwined with secrets hidden by Viv her business partner Bea Abbot and Viv’s eleven year old daughter GraceFurther revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation With so much at stake both personally and professionally especially for Melody Talbot finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.
Read Ë eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Deborah CrombieAlthough this is the 18th book in Deborah Crombie s series featuring two English detectives she is absolutely not riding on her laurels The characters are fully drawn from adults to kids to dogs the Cotswold setting magical the mystery engaging and oh the food I read it twice ust to be sure i didn t miss anything i find myself didn t miss anything I find myself disappointed in this latest installment in the series The mystery is really not much of a mystery at all it s entirely too easy to figure out who did it The characters Crombie added in this book and by the way there are now so many minor characters in her books that it s getting very hard to keep track of them all are very one dimensional not very complex Hmm perhaps that s why they are so hard to remember What s there were many many unrealistic things that happened in the story The heavy reliance on backstory started to grate on my nerves too All of which adds up to a mere two stars I love it when Deborah Crombie takes Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid his wife D I Gemma James and their family out of London into the countryside In A Bitter Feast the family along with Detective Sgt Doug Cullen are visiting Melody Talbot family s country home Beck House Melody is Gemma s friend and Detective Sergeant The Talbots own a powerful newspaper Melody has spent much of her professional and way too much of her personal life hiding this posh background The latter will eventually come back to bite her thanks to DougWhile they are visiting Melody s mother Lady Adelaide plans on hosting a charity luncheon featuring an extremely talented local chef Vivian Holland The visit gets off to a tragic start when Duncan is injured in a double fatality car accident The visit really goes downhill when the police realize one of the car accident victims was actually murdered Although they have no official status Duncan and Gemma manage to involve themselves in the investigations Crombie presents delightful settings that include Beck House in the Cotswold s with its magnificent gardens the tiny village and a pub beginning to attract a lot of notice for its foodDuncan and Gemma s oldest son Kit is starting to come into his own as he assists Chef Vivian at the charity luncheon and later at the pub kitchen where she puts out her renowned food There are fascinating flashbacks of Chef Vivian working in a restaurant kitchen actively on the hunt for a Michelin Star I now appreciate the complicated ballet of fine dining even Maybe some day I Michelin Star I now appreciate the complicated ballet of fine dining even Maybe some day I come up with the extra 300 bucks ust to be seated in the kitchen at The Inn at Little Washington Yeah rightThe secondary characters of Melody s family the people who work at the pub and other villagers are once again the result of Crombie s artistry with words In all her books the characters are tied with the central mystery which is tied with the settings as most important for a Michelin Star Oh wait wrong awards Although I have been reading this series for close to 20 years it was still an amusing olt for Crombie s reminder that in GemmaDuncan world the series has only covered about six years It is a neat trick and Crombie has handled the two time lines of reality vs GemmaDuncan world uite adroitlyI searched high and low for something to be critical about in this review the best I can come up with is I think Melody acted uncharacteristically a few timesRead the series or at least some of it so you don t miss following this compelling couple who have figured out how to combine family new children new pets and interesting loyal friends with their careers A Bitter Feast does work as a standalone Crombie knows how to fill in the back storyThanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review 35 The married Inspector duo have taken their three children on a vacation Their destination is the familial home of fellow officer Melody whose parents are minor members of the peerage The place is beautiful Melody s parents lovely and welcoming the gardens to die for and peace and uiet is their hope It goes wrong almost from the beginning an accident with fatalities which uickly turns into a crime So much for restI ve read and enjoyed this series from the beginning I love the Kincaid s mixed family and it was nice to see fifteen year old Kit take on of a role The story while intriguing was also rather cluttered Too much going o 35 starsThankful. New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie returns with a mesmerizing entry in her “excellent” Miami Herald series in which Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets lies and murder buried beneath the surface of a picturesue Cotswolds village Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranuil Cotswolds one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions famous for its rolling hills sheep strewn green meadows golden cottages and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old EnglandDuncan Gemma and their children are guests at Beck ,
Ly this book read as a stand alone novel for me When I was offered the book I had no idea that this book was 18 in a series Luckily for me Deborah Crombie wrote and intriguing book about murders in the Cotswolds Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James have been invited to spend the weekend with friends the Talbot family They are there for a uiet weekend and to attend a charity luncheonArriving separately from his family Duncan is involved in a fatal car crash What s interesting is that one of the deceased may have Been Dead Prior To The Crash This Crash Is Just dead
prior to the crash This crash is ust beginning as the crash is investigated the reader is introduced to variousto the crash This crash is ust beginning as the crash is investigated the reader
IS INTRODUCED TO VARIOUS INCLUDING VIVintroduced to various including Viv chef who left London to raise her daughter and work in the Cotswolds Viv also happens to be the Chef preparing the food for the posh charity luncheonAs the various characters are introduced it is evident that many have secrets and have secret pasts and interactions with each other As the investigation progresses the story is further told through flashbacks to Viv s work history in London I found this to be an engaging and compelling read I really enjoyed it and I have to say it made me want to go back and read the earlier books in the series I enjoyed how the story was told and getting to know the characters both major and minor I found this to be a fast read which did not disappoint and may even make you hungry with all the food talk Plus if you have never been to the Cotswolds you may want to take a trip to both Upper and Lower SlaughterThank you to William and Morrow HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Cotswolds is the setting for this 18th book in the Duncan Kincaid Gemma James series The parents of one of Gemma s co workers has graciously invited them for a visit where some special events are planned Gemma and the children get there safely via train but Duncan is involved in a serious road accident close to the house he was driving to The two people in the car that hit his do expire on the scene Sothe book does open with a bangThere are a lot of characters in this book but I would not call it a mystery I identified the killer in the bunch with ease Sometimes when that happens it irks as one wants to hit the forehead with a resounding Duh like why can t these people figure this out easily Sowhile this made me feel impatient to have so many pages to read through until they all figured it out and caused people to die andor be threatened I stayed with it But it bumped it down a star for meI did enjoy the descriptions of the architecture gardens and cooking and I suppose there were some heartwarming family scenes though I rarely warm up to those Maybe I should let go of this series but I have been reading it for years so maybe I need to see a happy family now and thenLibrary Loan Well Duncan Gemma and their children think they are set for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds but fate has other plans Duncan is injured in a car crash and before he can recover he and Gemma find themselves caught up in a couple of local murdersI really enjoyed this one I became uite fond of DI Colin Booth the local detective in charge of the murder investigation I liked our local chef Viv Holland who is somehow central to both deathsAs always the author did a great ob with fleshing out all the minor charactersA note of warning do not read while hungry The food descriptions are fabulousIt was nice to catch up with Duncan Gemma and their family and friends While reading this I realized that I had missed an earlier book or two Must rectify that soonest For those who don t like anything too dark out of their mysterythrillers Deborah Crombie s newest mystery A Bitter Feast is sure to delight you With a fascinating mystery but not too much darkness this is a great October read What appears to be a vehicular accident leads to the uncovering of a murder or two in the uaint setting of Cotswold villageAbout the BookDS Duncan Kincaid and his wife DI Gemma James have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds at the family estate of Gemma s detective sergeant Melody Talbot When a vehicular crash ends in the deaths of two people things uickly escalate Chef Viv has left behind her role at Fergus Ouse the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant No ordinary farmers the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up and coming chef Viv Holland After than a decade in London Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire making a name for herself with her innovative mouthwatering use of the local bounty Attended by several dozen of the area’s well to do as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics the event could make Viv a starBut a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her.