A Finer End

A Finer End

Book - 2001
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When Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid's cousin Jack calls from Glastonbury to ask for his help on a rather unusual matter, Duncan welcomes the chance to spend a relaxing weekend outside of London with Gemma—but relaxation isn't on the agenda. Glastonbury is revered as the site of an ancient abbey, the mythical burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, and a source of strong druid power. Jack has no more than a passing interest in its history—until he comes across an extraordinary chronicle almost a thousand years old. The record reveals something terrible and bloody shattered the abbey's peace long ago—knowledge that will spark violence that reaches into the present. Soon it is up to Duncan and Gemma to find the truth the local police cannot see. But no one envisions the peril that lies ahead—or that there is more at stake than they ever dreamed possible.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780553109566
Characteristics: 325 p. : map ; 25 cm


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rb3221 Nov 08, 2017

Gemma and Kincaid didn't show up until the middle of the novel and so for me it was rather slow moving and a bit disappointing with the plot revolving around the mystical events and the automatic writing. As well the 12 main characters who are all inter-connected made the plot hard to follow at times. There were indeed lots of suspects, good plot twists but a slightly contrived ending. I did enjoy the character development of Gemma.

Jul 17, 2015

I really got into this book. it kept me on the edge I thought I had it figured out but the author was ahead of me. I like it that gemma and kincaid have normal lives and problems

Apr 12, 2013

Another good entry in this series. As with her last book, there's a travel brochure aspect. Crombie vists England to explore the settings for each novel and it shows. I enjoy that especially as this one takes place in Glastonbury. I read another novel within the year that took place there but during the 1100s. I would not say anything really BIG happens in any of these novels but I enjoy the characters so much. There is a big development in the relationship between Gemma and Duncan in this installment.

Oct 21, 2012

VERY disappointing - I've enjoyed her later books about Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James - but this one is ridiculous. Besides the requirement to accept automatic writing, communication from an 800-year old monk, and "Old Gods" mystical stuff, the plot and dialogue are cliche-ridden. I was hard pressed to finish it, though I did because I did not have another book along to read.

Jun 05, 2012

A bit on the mystical side, but very well done. Good protagonists, well plotted, well written.

(I can see why it made it on a list of "do you like the da vinci code, then you might like...")

Aug 22, 2011

There are too many places and people involved. I quit reading the book before anything BIG happened. There is a lot of build up but I got tired of waiting. I do not recommend it. Disappointing from Deborah Crombie.


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