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Where Memories Lie (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels, Band 12) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Deborah Crombie
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24. Juni 2008 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels (Buch 12)

“Chilling and humane….Skillful and subtle….A deeply moving novel that transcends genre.”

Richmond Times Dispatch

 

A sinister mystery that leads all the way back to the Holocaust ensnares Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James in Where Memories Lie from award-winning “masterful novelist” (Denver Post) Deborah Crombie. A writer in the same elite class as Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, and Anne Perry, Crombie mesmerizes with a story at once gripping and poignant that explores the dark places in the human heart, and the shadowy corners Where Memories Lie.


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: 1 (24. Juni 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061287512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061287510
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,6 x 15,9 x 23,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 189.040 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Deborah Crombie (*1952) ist in Texas aufgewachsen und studierte dort Biologie. Nachdem sie eine Weile mit ihrem schottischen Ehemann in Großbritannien gelebt hatte, schrieb sie 1993 ihren ersten Roman um Superintendent Duncan Kincaid und Inspector Gemma James von Scotland Yard. Für weitere Romane der Reihe wurde sie u. a. mit dem "Macavity Award" ausgezeichnet. Der fünfte Band, "Das verlorene Gedicht", wurde 1997 von der "New York Times" zum besten Buch des Jahres gekürt und von den Independent Mystery Booksellers of America zu einem der besten hundert Krimis des Jahrhunderts gewählt. Die Autorin hat eine Tochter und lebt mit ihrem zweiten Ehemann im nördlichen Texas. Mehrmals im Jahr fliegt sie nach England, um für ihre Romane zu recherchieren.

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Gemma, Duncan, and the boys are back in their Notting Hill house and enjoying a quiet spring in London when Gemma receives a plea for help from her friend and neighbor, Erika Rosenthal. Erika has never shared much of her past, other than telling Gemma that she and her husband came to London before the war as refugees from the emerging Nazi regime in Germany. Her husband was a historian and was found murdered in a local park. His death was never solved. Now Erika asks for Gemma's help. As Gemma works backwards, interviewing the staff at the auction house and looking into the records of David Rosenthal's death, her viewpoint is interwoven with Erika's vivid memories of her life as a young woman in London during and after the war. Then a young woman at the auction house is murdered and suddenly the case becomes very much centered in the present. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Erika Rosenthal has always been secretive with her friend and neighbor, Detective Inspector Gemma James, about her past, except for one telling detail: She and her long-dead husband, David, came to London as refugees from Nazi Germany. But now the elderly woman needs Gemma's help. A unique piece of jewelry stolen from her years ago has mysteriously turned up at a prestigious London auction house. Erika believes the theft may be tied to her husband's death, which had always been assumed a suicide.

Gemma has a tough challenge. She must navigate the shadowy and secretive world of London's monied society to discover the jewelry's connection to David's murderer. However, the cold case needs to be put back on the books and possibly into the hands of her partner, Duncan Kincaid. When a second, present-day murder kicks the investigation into high gear, Gemma becomes more determined to exact justice for Erika—in a case that will have lasting repercussions.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolut empfehlenswert 27. März 2009
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Ich las die deutsche Übersetzung und muß dem Übersetzer A. Jäger mein großes Lob dafür aussprechen.

Das Buch selbst ist nach meiner Meinung wahrscheinlich das bisher beste der Serie - nach einigen Durchhängern ist D. Crombie ein furioses Werk gelungen.

Ein sehr guter Stil, eine intelligente, packende Story, Hauptdarsteller, mit denen man mitleidet, viel englischer Way of Life - einfach nur empfehlenswert.

Ich lese eigentlich Serien nicht so gerne, da die Qualität doch oft im Laufe der Serie gewaltig nachläßt, aber hier freut man sich jedesmal auf den nächsten Band der Serie.
Für Neueinsteiger der Tipp: Unbedingt in der richtigen Reihenfolge lesen - natürlich handelt es sich um abgeschlossene Krimis, aber nur dann stellt sich das richtige Feeling und die Vorfreude auf die weitere Entwicklung der Hauptpersonen ein.

Fazit: Spannend, ein richtiger "Pageturner", absolut empfehlenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best 2. Juni 2010
Von daxie1968
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This was one of the best books in this series I have ever read.The plot is thrilling till the end and it was a real page-turner. Deborah Crombie has picked a topic, that is still relevant, even 65 years after World War II. And she has done a great job in getting all the historical details correct!
Gemma's friend, Erika Rosenthal, managed to fled the Nazis together with her late husband David. Suddenly after all those years a family heirloom, stolen during their escape, shows up in an auction. Where has it been all those years and more important who has had it? Soon a murder takes place that seems to be related and instead of answers, more questions come up. But somewhere out there is a murder on the loose who tries to always be a step ahead...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen does not, however, succeed 30. Januar 2010
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The book's plot is reasonably clever and believable. The author Deborah Crombie does not, however, succeed in capturing the reader's interest all through the story. The book does not equal Donna Leon's novels or Reginald Hill's Daziel and Pascoe stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Yesterday her life had cracked open and there could be no putting it back." 6. Juli 2008
Von E. Bukowsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In Deborah Crombie's "Where Memories Lie," Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James have settled into domestic tranquility with their sons from former relationships, thirteen-year-old Kit and five-year-old Toby. Kincaid works in Scotland Yard and Gemma is stationed in Notting Hill. Although they are no longer professional partners, they still depend on one another for advice and support. Gemma's friend, Erika Rosenthal, is a retired academic who left Berlin with her husband, David, at the beginning of World War II. One evening, Erika asks Gemma to come over to discuss an important matter. It seems that an Art Deco brooch made of diamonds set in platinum has surfaced and is about to be auctioned off at a house called Harrowby's. Erika's late father, Jakob Goldshtein, was a master jewelry maker who created this exquisite item in 1938 and gave it to his daughter. It was stolen from her fifty years ago under tragic circumstances and she never expected to see it again. Erika asks Gemma to find out how a British auction house managed to acquire Jakob's masterpiece. Gemma agrees to make inquiries, not realizing that her visit to Harrowby's will set off alarms in the mind of a cold-blooded killer.

The author makes excellent use of flashbacks to 1952 London, in which an inspector named Gavin Hoxley investigates the murder of Erika Rosenthal's husband. Gemma studies Gavin's case notes, and as she learns more about Erika and David's lives, she begins to realize how the past and the present have converged, "as if time had rippled." Duncan and Gemma team up, pooling their resources to solve a series of brazen homicides. Meanwhile, Gemma has problems of a more personal nature. Her dad, Ern Walters, who always treats her with a touch of disdain, shows up at her home one evening while she is out. He tells Duncan that Gemma's mum, Vi, has collapsed and is in the hospital. Since Vi has always been lively, independent, and energetic, Gemma is dismayed to learn that her mother has a serious illness with an uncertain prognosis. Gemma is also guilt-ridden because her busy schedule has kept her from looking in on her parents more often. She struggles to come to terms with her mother's illness, her father's resentment, and her fear of accepting Duncan's marriage proposal.

Crombie has assembled a varied and colorful cast. Gemma and Duncan are soul mates who are enjoying their well-earned contentment after years filled with misfortune and heartbreak. Erika Rosenthal is a dignified and self-sufficient woman who keeps her own counsel until she is ready to tell her horrifying tale. Kristin Cahill is an ambitious and attractive girl with an art history degree who is employed at Harrowby's. She is in love with Dominic Scott, a "pretty boy" with bad habits and unsavory associates. Dom's mother, Ellen Miller-Scott is a beautiful, haughty, and wealthy woman who disapproves of her son's irresponsible behavior. Harry Pevensey is a pretentious actor in decline. In spite of his shrinking bank account, he still has a taste for the finer things in life and is hoping for a substantial "payoff from the recent little financial gamble he had let himself be talked into, against his better judgment." Doug Cullen, Kincaid's sergeant, is unlucky in love and is uneasy when Gemma tries to match him up with one of her colleagues, DC Melody Talbot.

Her effortless writing style, smooth dialogue, and strong characterizations make this one of Crombie's most satisfying works. She skillfully demonstrates how events that date back half a century have a way of reaching out and influencing the present. In addition, Crombie shows the disastrous consequences of prejudice, greed, ambition, and pride. "Where Memories Lie" works on many levels--as an intriguing murder mystery, an exploration of an appalling chapter in European history, and a deeply affecting tale of complex personal relationships. This is a poignant and engrossing installment in a deservedly long-running and popular series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 12th in a series and one of the best...even, perhaps, THE best 30. Juni 2008
Von Sharon Isch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Deborah Crombie is a Texan who writes a fabulous British mystery series. Now in its 12th installment, her Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James mysteries are complex, involving and cleverly crafted; the progression of the love story between the two cops and their interactions with friends and family is compelling; the secondary characters, good and bad, are always exceptionally well drawn. But this one, which focuses on Gemma's old friend Erika Rosenthal and what happens when a long missing and valuable old diamond brooch of hers turns up at a London auction house, is just superb and gets my vote as Crombie's best yet. If you're already a fan of the series you'll remember Erika from earlier appearances in the series and will have doubtless come to like her as much as Gemma does. Now it would appear that several seemingly unconnected murders, both past and present, can only be solved by digging all the way back to Nazi Germany and Erika's sad and, till now, closely guarded history.

If once you've finished this gem, you find you'd like to go back and follow the Duncan & Gemma story from the beginning (highly recommended as you're sure to gain a richer appreciation for Crombie's work and her characters), here's the list, updated in December, 2012: 1. A Share in Death, 2. All Shall Be Well, 3. Leave the Grave Green, 4. Mourn Not Your Dead, 5. Dreaming of the Bones, 6. Kissed a Sad Goodbye, 7. A Finer End, 8. And Justice There Is None, 9. Now May You Weep, 10. In a Dark House, 11. Water Like a Stone, 12. Where Memories Lie and 13. Necessary as Blood, 14. No Mark Upon her and 15. The Sound of Broken Glass.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quality you expect from Deborah Crombie 9. Juli 2008
Von Armchair Interviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The horrors of Nazi Germany reach across time and awaken buried memories and guarded secrets.

Twelfth novel in a series by award-winning Deborah Crombie, this latest crime thriller, Where Memories Lie, features main characters, Duncan Kincaid, an inspector with Scotland Yard and Gemma James, an inspector with the Metropolitan Police. The earlier books developed the careers, relationship and romance of Duncan and Gemma, and in this one, they are sharing a home, their lives and their sons.

In the late 1930s a renowned German jeweler made a diamond brooch for his daughter and gave it to her as she and her husband fled from Nazi Germany. The brooch was stolen from her in Germany and has now resurfaced more than fifty years later in an auction house in London.

Erika Rosenthal, original owner of the brooch and now a widow, has established a successful academic life but has kept her past closed off to everyone including herself. The reappearance of the brooch has brought it all to the front, and now Erika has asked Gemma to find out how the brooch came to be in London. But soon people connected to the brooch begin to be murdered, and Scotland Yard is called in. Gemma and Duncan, working together again, are drawn into the sometime deceptive and apparently dangerous world of art collecting.

A connection to a 1952 murder is intermingled into the present story. A young Erika identifies the body of her murdered husband who had been writing a book about the Nazis and their German sympathizers-some still alive and free at the time. The detective assigned to the case is ordered to drop his investigation, and he also ends up dead when he refuses.

The priceless brooch connects all the murders and Erika's memories hold the key to the secrets someone will kill to protect.

Fear, guilt, greed and cover-ups drive the emotions and tragedy in this suspenseful, complex story that was hard to put down. Although this is a series, it is a stand-alone plot with a continuation of the lives and Duncan and Gemma.

Armchair Interviews says: Another great addition to the series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen life, love, loss, and Nazis in Chelsea 20. Juli 2008
Von Julia Walker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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How very rare it is to find a series that never disappoints! Crombie's Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid mystery - their 12th - takes place in Notting Hill and Chelsea, with glimpses of St Paul's tossed in. The plot takes us to London during the Blitz, with the emphasis on Jewish immigrants from Hitler's Germany. The chapter headings come from diaries of the time as well as histories and make great reading all by themselves.

Gemma's fascinating friend, Erika Rosenthal, is the focus of much of the action and we get to enter her world, past and present. Crombie doesn't beat us over the head with the suffering of the Jews, however, and that makes the sharply-drawn scenes we do get all the more powerful. The plot is very plausible and peopled with vivid characters - Mr Khan is an especially delightful surprise. I've always admired Crombie's bravery at setting her stories in England, and once again she comes through without putting a foot wrong. Nor does she follow the Elizabeth George model of piling on so much researched background detail that you are too numb to notice any day-to-day errors. She gives us Brit characters speaking believable Brit in a detailed setting stocked with flowers and dogs and a fine cat. I love the little bits and pieces of real life Crombie always fits in. Two novels ago I ended up buying Clarice Cliff pottery; now I'm listening to Barb Jungr - education through mystery novels.

The action moves quickly and even the to-ing and fro-ing part of the mystery (where the sleuths put the bits together before the big finale, my least favorite part) is crisply accomplished. In fact, at 295 pages, it was all over far too soon.

The family gets less air-time than I'd like, some attention having to go to Gemma's sick mother and blustery father, but Kit continues to develop as a wonderful character. Hope we see more of the boys next time, as well as Gemma's associate Melody, who is getting very edgy and interesting. The ending isn't exactly Harriet and Peter exchanging Latin tags on Magdalen Bridge, but it's quite good enough to make long-time readers smile. Brava.

PS If you haven't read them all, start in the middle with Dreaming of the Bones: it's the best of the best.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A decent read 3. Dezember 2009
Von Blue in Washington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Heavy praise by Amazon reviewers led me to "Where Memories Lie," and although I didn't find it to match the best in British mystery writing, Deborah Crombie certainly knows how to put a decent plot and police procedural together.

The story has already been well-explained by other readers, so no need to provide further details. What I especially liked about the book was the likable, realistic relationship between the two principals, Detective Inspector Gemma James and her partner (in life), Chief Inspector Duncan Kincaid. They make an effective and credible crime solving team as well as an interesting and lively couple. I think that much more is known about this relationship if earlier books in the series have been read previously. This was my first James/Kincaid book.

What I liked less about the novel was a certain unevenness in the frequent chronological switch backs. There are three time periods (more or less) woven into the story and there were times when it was difficult to know where the story line had landed.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I'd give it a 3.5 if Amazon permitted it.
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