Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid was looking forward to a nice vacation in the country after a rough case. Thanks to his cousin, he’s got a spot at a timeshare in Yorkshire and plans on enjoying his holiday. Unfortunately, he’s barely been there a night when one of the staff is found floating dead in the pool. As much as Duncan knows he should stay out of it, when the local investigator starts the case by dismissing it as a suicide, Duncan can’t help but get involved. One of his housemates is a murderer and the body count is rising.
This reads very much like a BBC mystery show. It actually reminded me a lot of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries (the tv show not the books). The mystery itself was a good one, not to easy to figure out, but lots of little clues made sense in hindsight. Duncan was pretty decent main character. He was a little bland at times and seems to perhaps have poor romantic tastes, but other than that he was a pretty decent detective. His sergeant, Gemma James, was the more intriguing of the pair to me, but she didn’t have much to do in this book except for legwork away from the scene of the crime and Duncan. I do wish we got to see more of him and Gemma working together rather than being in different places. They seemed to have a pretty good dynamic, but we didn’t get to see too much of it. A decent start to a mystery series that has me ready to read the next book. Three out of five stars.
CBR15 Bingo: Europe – Set in the U.K.
CBR15 Passport: Different Genres/Subgenres – Police Procedural Mystery