A Finer End

A Finer End

Book - 2001
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"Duncan Kincaid has settled into his life as part-time father to Kit, the twelve-year-old son he only recently discovered. But life has more changes in store: Gemma has pursued a promotion that ends their partnership on the job and places their personal relationship on a new, more tentative footing. So when Ducan's cousin and childhood friend calls from Glastonbury to ask his help on a rather unusual matter, he welcomes the opportunity to get out of London - and to spend a relaxing weekend with Gemma. But relaxation isn't on the agenda." "Jack Montfort, Duncan's cousin, grew up in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor in a town revered as the site of an ancient abbey, the mythical burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, and according to New Age followers, a source of strong druid power. Montfort has not much more than a passing interest in the history of the area - until he comes across an extraordinary chronicle almost a thousand years old. The unsettling way this record comes into his hands brings Montfort into contact with a disparate group of townspeople: Nick Carlisle, a student of the myths surrounding Glastonbury's past; Simon Fitzstephen, a Church scholar whose knowledge of the Old Religion and its ceremonies is just as deep; Gamet Todd, a strange and intense woman with a jealous attachment to the young and very pregnant Faith Wills, and Winifred Catesby, the Anglican priest whose love for Jack has nearly healed his grief at the loss of his wife and daughter." "Something terrible and bloody shattered the Abbey's peace long ago according to Montfort's newly discovered history. And that knowledge will spark a violence that reaches into the present. When a member of Jack's circle is attacked and left for dead, he appeals to Duncan to find the truth the local police cannot see. None of them envisions the peril that lies ahead, or that there is more at stake than either Duncan or Gemma dreamed possible."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2001.
ISBN: 9780553109566
0553109561
Branch Call Number: M/CROM
Characteristics: 325p. 24cm.

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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.

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java1346
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

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lpreston214
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.

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lisangus
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.

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astrella
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...")

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Deb5448
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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