Title: The Sound of Broken Glass
Author: Deborah Crombie
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Detective Chief Inspector Gemma James is back on the job after taking time off to spend with her new adopted daughter, Charlotte. Her first case is a puzzling one: A lawyer is found dead in a hotel room, tied up and strangled with a fancy scarf. As Gemma starts investigating this case, she realizes it connects back to her husband, Duncan, and he begins to work unofficially on the case.
The Sound of Broken Glass is the fifteenth novel in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, and happily, it’s a book you can pick up without having to read all the installments that come before it. I started this series with the last book, No Mark Upon Her, and while there is character development and backstory I’ve surely missed out on (and am planning on catching up on eventually), I never felt lost and was completely absorbed by this novel.
The plot of The Sound of Broken Glass moves at a steady pace. Sometimes the plot twists and turns can seem a little far-fetched, but Crombie brings it all together in the end. The final result is unpredictable and should satisfy any crime fiction lover. The development of the major and minor characters in this series also continues; it’s nice to see that, though Crombie has written so many of these books already, she is determined to continue exploring the depths of each of these men and women.
The novel also has a connection to The Crystal Palace, a historic London landmark that has been destroyed. It’s what the title, The Sound of Broken Glass, references and there is a tidbit about the structure at the beginning of each chapter. Though this has little to do with the actual plot of the novel, it’s still nice to ground this novel in London’s history. It makes the city seem larger than life, as though it’s a character in the novel.
Whether you’re looking for an engaging standalone novel or a new crime fiction series, The Sound of Broken Glass is a great choice. The plot is interesting, but it’s the characters that make this book. They’re so complex and realistic that you will immediately connect with them. Crombie gets the reader into their heads, and you won’t want to be anywhere else while you’re reading this book.
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