I am so fond of the characters in Deborah Crombie's world - Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, their children, Kit, Toby, Charlotte. There is a backstory to each character and I have loved travelling through Duncan and Gemma's London. Deborah Crombie is a Texan, by the way - just saying - ha! She spends part of her time at home in the Dallas area and part of her time in London. Her books are really well done and I've read all of them in the last 3 years. Well, I re-read a couple of them and then caught up. The mysteries are intriguing for sure, but it is the character development and the wonderful settings in various parts of London and beyond that keep this reader coming back.
To Dwell In Darkness begins with Duncan going back to work after having been at home on paternity leave with Charlotte. He has been unexpectedly transferred away from Scotland Yard to a local Major Crime Unit in Camden. It's not a demotion exactly, but it feels that way. He's had to leave his faithful DS Doug Cullen behind and there is a whole new group of colleagues to meet and get acquainted with.
There has been a bombing at the historic St. Pancras Station and Duncan and his team are in charge of the investigation. Other familiar characters happened to be at St. Pancras during the event, including Gemma's Detective Sergeant, Melody Talbot. A young man, part of a group of protesters, was killed and many others are injured. A bystander that helped Melody in the chaos disappears. The other protesters insist that the young man who died was just going to set off a smoke bomb. Mysteries abound and the puzzle begins to take on a truly ominous flavor. It will take all of Kincaid's resources to get to the bottom of things and even then, we're not sure if there is more to know.
And then there's another question - where is Duncan's boss from Scotland Yard? What's going on with the odd transfer? A lot of things are left unanswered. Kincaid has a really, really bad feeling about his career. Here's hoping that we'll get to the nitty-gritty in book #17, because I'm worried. Indeed, I am.