A Bitter Feast (Hardcover)

A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels #18)

By Deborah Crombie

William Morrow, 9780062271662, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

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Description

"Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters are rich, emotionally textured, fully human. They are the remarkable creations of a remarkable writer."—Louise Penny

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 picturesque Cotswolds village.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil 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 England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, 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 more 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 star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her 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 itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more 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 more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?

Further 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.



About the Author

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.



Praise For A Bitter Feast: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels #18)

A Bitter Feast is a rich banquet for mystery lovers. Three cheers for the chef, Deborah Crombie!”

— Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author

“Nobody writes the modern English mystery the way Deborah Crombie does—and A Bitter Feast is the latest in a series that is gripping, enthralling, and just plain the best.”
— Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Ascot and A Cruel Deception

“This character-driven series just continues to get better.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“Through several points of view, this multifaceted novel provides a sobering cautionary tale about the exploitation of idealism and the abuse of power.”
— Publishers Weekly

“As in books by Elizabeth George and P. D. James, the intriguing personal relationships and family dynamics drive this well-crafted, impressive mystery-drama.”
— Booklist (starred review)

Crombie, a three-time Macavity Award winner, an Edgar Award nominee, and a New York Times Notable author, stages another New Scotland Yard procedural here, with the team of Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner through the series (now his wife), Inspector Gemma James.”
— Booklist

“Crombie’s combination of the fair-play whodunit with a psychological examination of her characters may remind some readers of P.D. James”
— Publishers Weekly

“Crombie keeps this series on its toes with her smooth procedural techniques and engagingly eccentric characters.”
— New York Times Book Review

“Like a finely tuned Jaguar XJS, Deborah Crombie’s Scotland Yard mysteries have provided classy, reliable thrills.”
— Texas Monthly

“We can always count on her for fabulous plots...But what puts Deborah Crombie among the greats is her sure hand in raising her characters off the page.”
— Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

“Crombie is very talented at putting together a richly atmospheric whodunit....As a creator, she energetically inhabits the many strange worlds she shows her readers....”
— Washington Post

“Intricately layered.”
— New York Times

“Crombie’s combination of the fair-play whodunit with a psychological examination of her characters may remind some readers of P.D. James.”
Publishers Weekly