A Bitter Feast: A Novel

A Bitter Feast: A Novel

by Deborah Crombie

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Overview

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

“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

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 that simmers beneath the surface of a tranquil Cotswolds village.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most enchanting regions, famous for its rolling hills, golden cottages, and picturesque villages.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the family estate of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s detective sergeant. The Talbot family is wealthy, prominent, and powerful—Melody’s father is the publisher of one of London’s largest and most influential newspapers. The centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity harvest luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After fifteen years in London’s cut-throat food scene, Viv has returned to the Gloucestershire valleys of her childhood and quickly made a name for herself with her innovative meals based on traditional cuisine but using fresh local ingredients. Attended by the local well-to-do as well as national press food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident and a series of mysterious deaths rock the estate and pull Duncan and Gemma into the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the killer has a connection with Viv’s pub—or, perhaps, with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it closer to home, tied up in the tangled relationships and bitter resentments between the staff at Beck House and Viv’s new pub? Or is it more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv and those closest to her?

Editorial Reviews

Parade

It’s another stellar installment in the British mystery series that’s as much about characters as it is about crime.

 New York Times bestselling author of th Rhys Bowen

"Deborah Crombie continues to push the envelope, writing books that are new, different and better and better. Richly layered, character-driven, and with an evocative sense of place, A Bitter Feast truly transcends the genre." 

New York Journal of Books

"To say that A Bitter Feast is a page-turner would be an understatement. Plan a full weekend of tea and scones because this one is not to be put down."

Louise Penny

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.

New York Times Book Review

Crombie keeps this series on its toes with her smooth procedural techniques and engagingly eccentric characters.

Booklist (starred review)

This character-driven series just continues to get better.

CriminalElement.com

"A Bitter Feast is a tour de force by Deborah Crombie."

Alan Bradley

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

Charles Todd

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.

Washington Post

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....

New York Times

Intricately layered.

Booklist

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.

Texas Monthly

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

Booklist

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.

Texas Monthly

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

Booklist (starred review)

This character-driven series just continues to get better.

Washington Post

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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062271679
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #18
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 25,606
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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