A bitter feast : a novel / Deborah Crombie.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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."--Publisher description.
    • ISBN:
      9780062271662
      0062271660
    • Accession Number:
      on1107590562
      1107590562
    • Accession Number:
      fay.669793
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    • ABNT:
      CROMBIE, D. A bitter feast : a novel. [s.l.] : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Crombie D. A Bitter Feast : A Novel. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793. Accessed November 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Crombie, D. (2019). A bitter feast : a novel. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Crombie, Deborah. 2019. A Bitter Feast : A Novel. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James: Bk. [18]. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793.
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      Crombie, D. (2019) A bitter feast : a novel. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James: bk. [18]). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793 (Accessed: 14 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Crombie, D 2019, A bitter feast : a novel, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James: bk. [18], William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, viewed 14 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Crombie, Deborah. A Bitter Feast : A Novel. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Crombie, Deborah. A Bitter Feast : A Novel. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James: Bk. [18]. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Crombie D. A bitter feast : a novel [Internet]. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 14]. (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James: bk. [18]). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.669793

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* A weekend in the country turns into more work than play for Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Melody Talbot, Gemma's detective sergeant, invites the couple and their three children to the Cotswolds estate of her parents, Sir Ivan and Lady Adelaide Talbot, on the occasion of an upscale charity luncheon to be catered by local chef Viv Holland. Things go awry from the start when Duncan, traveling to the Talbots' alone in the family car, is hit broadside, and the other driver dies as the slightly injured Duncan holds her hand. But attention centers on the passenger in that car, identified as former London celebrity chef Fergus O'Reilly, who's found to have died before the crash. So, what was intended to be a relaxing sojourn turns into a murder investigation. As the detectives pitch in to help at the luncheon and confer with local authorities, another person close to Viv becomes a victim, and the history between the chefs is gradually revealed. The eighteenth entry in this best-selling series is notable for its portrayals of Duncan and Gemma's children (especially the oldest, Kit), and for the addition of food as an item of interest, a factor that will extend the appeal from the series' procedural-loving fan base to the foodie mystery crowd. This character-driven series just continues to get better. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

*Starred Review* A weekend in the country turns into more work than play for Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Melody Talbot, Gemma's detective sergeant, invites the couple and their three children to the Cotswolds estate of her parents, Sir Ivan and Lady Adelaide Talbot, on the occasion of an upscale charity luncheon to be catered by local chef Viv Holland. Things go awry from the start when Duncan, traveling to the Talbots' alone in the family car, is hit broadside, and the other driver dies as the slightly injured Duncan holds her hand. But attention centers on the passenger in that car, identified as former London celebrity chef Fergus O'Reilly, who's found to have died before the crash. So, what was intended to be a relaxing sojourn turns into a murder investigation. As the detectives pitch in to help at the luncheon and confer with local authorities, another person close to Viv becomes a victim, and the history between the chefs is gradually revealed. The eighteenth entry in this best-selling series is notable for its portrayals of Duncan and Gemma's children (especially the oldest, Kit), and for the addition of food as an item of interest, a factor that will extend the appeal from the series' procedural-loving fan base to the foodie mystery crowd. This character-driven series just continues to get better. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 May

Can Scotland Yard DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, sit back and enjoy their Cotswolds weekend at fancy Beck House? Not when a car smashup and several unexpected deaths proclaim anxiety for the celebrated chef catering a glittery charity luncheon at the estate. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 September

The chance to spend a quiet weekend at Beck House, a country estate in the Cotswolds, soon turns into a "working" holiday for Scotland Yard detectives (and husband and wife) Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James when a fatal car accident is quickly followed by several other fatalities. The deaths all seem to link to local chef Viv Holland. Viv, who's returned to her hometown after years in London, has been hired to cater a charity luncheon being sponsored by Duncan and Gemma's weekend hosts. In the 18th elegantly written installment in her long-running series featuring Kincaid and James (after Garden of Lamentations), Crombie gracefully puts a modern spin on the quintessential British Golden Age village mystery. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]—John Charles, formerly of Scottsdale P.L., AZ

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 August #4

In bestseller Crombie's sturdy 18th novel featuring Det. Supt. Duncan Kincaid and Det. Insp. Gemma James (after 2017's Garden of Lamentations), Det. Sgt. Melody Talbot invites Gemma, Duncan, their children, and Det. Sgt. Doug Cullen to spend a weekend in the Cotswolds, where her parents are hosting a charity luncheon catered by Viv Holland, a talented pub chef. The day the guests are to arrive, a car accident injures Duncan and kills the other driver. Another fatality is the other driver's passenger, Viv's former boss, celebrity chef Fergus O'Reilly, though an autopsy reveals that Fergus perished before the collision, from poison. Before the understaffed local PD can answer the myriad questions sparked by the crash, a hit-and-run kills yet another person with ties to Viv, prompting Gemma and company to join the investigation. Broadly drawn secondary characters erode the tale's emotional underpinnings and the denouement strains credulity, but a strong sense of place and the core cast's easy camaraderie provide ample distraction. Crombie fans and cozy aficionados will be well pleased. Author tour. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.