Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie

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Crombie's characters are, by and large, a sympathetic group, each Asherton family member grieving the deaths of Matty and Connor. Even at this early stage in her career, Crombie shows her skill in manipulating an intriguing plot...
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When Connor Swann, the dissolute son-in-law of renowned and influential Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, is found floating in a Thames River lock, the circumstances eerily recall a strangely similar tragedy. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons' young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia -- Connor Swann's wife.

Police Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James quickly discover that Connor's death was no accident, and that nothing in the Asherton family is as it seems. Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. The Ashertons are far more attached to Connor than to their own daughter, and these are only the first of the secrets that haunt the suspects. New lies cover older lies, as Kincaid finds himself dangerously drawn to Julia Swann, and Gemma must confront her own troubling feelings for Kincaid.
 

About Deborah Crombie

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Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.
 
Published July 28, 2010 by Scribner. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

Twenty years after their son, Matthew, drowned in an accident near their home, noted opera conductor Sir Gerald Asherton and his wife, Dame Caroline Stowe, who retired from the opera stage after Matty's death, have an eerily similar tragedy to...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

Nonetheless, the passages of the first drowning are haunting, the mystery is intriguing, the characters are well developed and the solution satisfies.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

Crombie's characters are, by and large, a sympathetic group, each Asherton family member grieving the deaths of Matty and Connor. Even at this early stage in her career, Crombie shows her skill in manipulating an intriguing plot...

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