A Bitter Feast

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Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his daughter, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of ritain ’ 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 hildren 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 murdere 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.
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Published October 8th 2019 by William Morrow
Number of Pages
384
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B07H4YS6X2

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Crombie ’ s next notable asset is how well she brings her characters to life.

She ’ s so true to their basic character that you ’ ll never see them act out of the essential person they are unless there ’ s a good reason and that helps make her stories work so well.She reminds you of their past whether you ’ ve read the revious ooks.

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Cotswolds is the setting for this 18th book in the Duncan Kincaid& Gemma James series.

The two people in the truc that hit his do expire on the scene.

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In A Bitter Feast the family, along with Detective Sgt. Doug Cullen, are visiting Melody Talbot family ’ s country home, Beck House.

James and Gemma ’ s oldest daughte, Kit, is starting to come into his own as he assists Chef Vivian at the charity luncheon and later at the pub kitchen where she puts out her renowned food.

Yeah, right.The secondary characters; of Melody ’ s family, the person who work at the pub and other villagers are once again the result of Crombie ’ s artistry with words.

It is a neat trick and Crombie has handled the two time lines of reality vs GemmaDuncan world quite adroitly.I searched high and low for something to be critical about in this review; the best I can come up with is I think Melody acted uncharacteristically a few times.

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Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife Detective Inspector Gemma James recently received an invitation from DS Melody Talbot to her family ’ s country home for a weekend getaway with the kids.

I ’ ve been reading this complete series for years and will say this book can truly stand on its own.

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In A Bitter Feast the family, along with Detective Sgt. Doug Cullen, are visiting Melody Talbot family ’ s country home, Beck House.

The latter will eventually come back to bite her thanks to Doug.While they are visiting, Melody ’ s daughter, Lady Adelaide plans on hosting a charity luncheon featuring an extremely talented local chef, Vivian Holland.

Crombie presents delightful settings that include Beck House in the Cotswold ’ s, with its magnificent gardens; the tiny village and a pub beginning to attract a lot of notice for its food.Duncan and Gemma ’ s oldest daughte, Kit, is starting to come into his own as he assists Chef Vivian at the charity luncheon and later at the pub kitchen where she puts out her renowned food.

It is a neat trick and Crombie has handled the two time lines of reality vs GemmaDuncan world quite adroitly.I searched high and low for something to be critical about in this review; the best I can come up with is I think Melody acted uncharacteristically a few times.Read the series or at least some of it so you don ’ t miss following this compelling couple who have figured out how to combine family, new sibling, new pets and interesting, loyal friends with their careers.

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