The Sound of Broken Glass

The Sound of Broken Glass

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
Average Rating:
Rate this:

In the past . . .

On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal.

In the present . . .

On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she's assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case: a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim: a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma's team must find his companion--a search that takes them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061990632
Branch Call Number: CROMB
Characteristics: 359 p. : map ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
rb3221 Dec 25, 2017

The novel starts with a well respected barrister strangled and left tied up naked in a seedy hotel. A mystery women and a band leader are somehow involved and then a second similar murder occurs. Gemma and her second, Melody, untangle the twisted plot. Crombie's flashbacks gives the reader hints as to the murderer. And Kincaid, although home on paternity leave, still manages some unofficial investigations.
A well written procedural, a very good read and another Crombie novel recommended.

Sep 29, 2014

mystery for Chuck

May 24, 2013

Another good entry in the James/Kincaid series. Gemma and Melody are front and center investigating the murders of two lawyers. Duncan is a temporary stay at home dad and Doug is laid up with a broken ankle. Some characters from other books show up and all is very enjoyable. Although I thought the murderer was too obvious from the start, turns out I was wrong. A nice surprise.

Mar 28, 2013

As usual, Deborah Crombie produces an excellent book.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top