Tuesday, December 9, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros--Water Like A Stone

Happy Tuesday! I'm taking part in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where readers share a bit about what they're reading or thinking about reading. It's a lot of fun, and anyone can join in.

My reading has slowed down a bit lately with the holidays, but I've lined up some reads that are set during Christmas. First up is Water Like A Stone (2007) by Deborah Crombie. I'm making my way through Crombie's mystery series where the main characters are Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones, both detectives at Scotland Yard, and partners not only at work but also in life. I've enjoyed the books I've read so far in the series, and each book has been better than the last.

From the back cover of the book:

"Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James, take their sons to picturesque Cheshire for their first family Christmas with Duncan's parents--a holiday both dreaded and anticipated. But not even the charming town of Nantwich and the dreaming canals can mask the tensions in Duncan's family, which are tragically heightened by the discovery of an infant's body hidden in the wall of an old dairy.

As Duncan and Gemma help the police investigate the infant's death, another murder strikes closer to home, revealing that far from being idyllic, Duncan's childhood paradise holds dark and deadly secrets . . . secrets that threaten everything and everyone Duncan and Gemma hold most dear."

First two paragraphs from the Prologue:

Late November

"Mist rose in swirls from the still surface of the canal. It seemed to take on a life of its own, an amorphous creature bred from the dusk. The day, which had been unseasonably warm and bright for late November, had quickly chilled with the setting of the sun, and Annie Lebow shivered, pulling the old cardigan she wore a bit closer to her thin body.

She stood in the stern of her narrowboat, the Lost Horizon, gazing at the bare trees lining the curve of the Cut, breathing in the dank, fresh scent that was peculiar to water with the coming of evening. The smell brought, as it always did, an aching for something she couldn't articulate, and an ever-deepening melancholia. Behind her, the lamps in the boat's cabin glowed welcomingly, but for her they signaled only the attendant terrors of the coming night. The fact that her isolation was self-imposed made it no easier to bear."

Here is the first paragraph from Chapter 1:


Gemma James would never have thought that two adults, two children, and two dogs, all crammed into a small car along with a week's worth of luggage and assorted Christmas presents, could produce such a palpable silence."

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. I'm not sure, I'd have to be in the mood for this kind of mystery. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  2. Oh, wow, what an intriguing mix! Nostalgia, dread, anticipation, and mystery...and a lovely setting. Thanks for sharing...I loved the excerpts. They left me feeling a bit melancholy, too.

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  3. Not sure about this one....it's probably a good one, but I'm not sure I want to start with an infant death. Hope you enjoy the read!

  4. This sounds like an excellent mystery series. I love the description of the mood on Annie's boat. A great depiction of that melancholy time at dusk.
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  5. I've never read Crombie, but like the sound of this one! Enjoy!

  6. Yes, I would read more Monica...I tried this author once and enjoyed the book.