A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie audiobook

A Bitter Feast: A Novel

By Deborah Crombie
Read by Gerard Doyle

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062271662

The Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novels: Book 18


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Runtime: 10.70 Hours
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Winner of an AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

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

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 buried beneath the surface of a picturesque Cotswolds village.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub—and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?

Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A Bitter Feast is a rich banquet for mystery lovers.” Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author
“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
“What was intended to be a relaxing sojourn turns into a murder investigation…This character-driven series just continues to get better.” Booklist (starred review)
“Gerard Doyle is simply wonderful narrating Crombie’s exciting eighteenth outing…Doyle animates each of Crombie’s numerous characters with slight shifts in voice and tone….A fatal car crash, more mysterious deaths, secrets and motives going back decades, combined with Doyle’s impeccable performance, make this a mystery worth hearing…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Leisurely, conscientiously plotted, smoothly written.” Kirkus Reviews
“This superbly entertaining crime novel will delight mystery fans who crave character-rich, classically composed mysteries in the style and manner of those written by the late, great P. D. James.” Library Journal



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Author Bio: Deborah Crombie

Author Bio: Deborah Crombie

Deborah Crombie is a Macavity Award winner and a finalist for the Edgar Award and the Agatha Award, as well as a New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than a dozen novels and is best known for her contemporary mystery series featuring Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Among this series is Dreaming of the Bones, which was selected as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English