BOOK REVIEW: WATER LIKE A STONE
A Christmas vacation turns into a mystery involving several families. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sgt. Gemma Jones work together at Scotland Yard. They also live together. This year they are spending Christmas with Duncanís family in the country. Duncanís thirteen year-old son Kit and Gemmaís five year-old son Toby along with their dogs, Geordie and Tess travel to Duncanís parents home. Although Hugh and Rosemary Kincaid live on a farm, they own the bookstore in the village.
Duncanís sister Juliet is married to Casper Newcombe who is in the investment business. Juliet formerly worked for Casper and his partner Piers Duncan. Juliet began to suspect that Piers with his high life style might be crooked. She decides to quit her job with her husbandís company. Piers, aware of her suspicions, has planted doubts in Casperís mind about Julietís fidelity. Juliet and Casperís children Sam and Lally are suffering from the constant arguments between their parents.
Duncan and Gemma are very unaware of the problems in Julietís life or how these problems will turn their Christmas vacation into more work than holiday.
Juliet has started her own construction company. Her current project is the remodeling of a dairy barn close to her parentís home and to the nearby canals. While winding up her work for the day Juliet discovers the body of a baby buried in the wall of the dairy farm. She first calls her brother Duncan and when Duncan arrives at the dairy farm, he immediately summons the police. Ronnie Babcock an old school chum of Duncanís is the officer in charge.
Soon Duncan and Gemma find themselves involved in the mystery of the body found in the barn on Christmas Eve.
Duncanís son Kit is fascinated with Lally, Julietís daughter. Lally is running around with Leo, Piers Duttonís son. Kit is afraid that Lally is going to wind up in big trouble and tries to protect her.
Duncan and Kit met Annie Lebow while out for a walk. Annie Lebow is the owner of a narrowboat called The Lost Horizon. Annie spends her days running the boat up and down the canal. Annie was formerly a social worker who decided to give up her job and live her life on the narrowboat. Annie is still married. Her husband has remained living in Annieís family home and they have a good relationship.
The mystery of the baby found in the wall brings to light many other problems involving Julietís family as well as Annie and another family whose home has always been a narrowboat.
Deborah Crombie blends the above facts regarding several families together to come up with a very exciting story. The scenery and the history of the narrowboats alone make this book worth reading. The mystery presented to the reader is not one easily solved. I intend to read more books by this author.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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