Dreaming of the Bones

Dreaming of the Bones

Book - 1997
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At Cambridge in the 1960s, poet Lydia Brooke becomes obsessed with her namesake, the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, reenacting with her friends the nature-worshiping frolics of that more innocent era -- but with disastrous consequences. When the talented and tormented Lydia dies more than 20 years later, after a prior suicide attempt, it is assumed that she has taken her own life.

Now obsession has taken hold of Victoria McClellan. A feminist biographer at Cambridge, Vic finds herself immersed in the poet's world. Uneasy about the manner of Lydia's death, Vic calls on her ex-husband, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, for help. But before he can take action, Vic herself is dead -- and there's no question that this one is murder.

As Kincaid and his lover and partner, Gemma James, investigate, they are exposed to secrets that have reached out over three decades and poisoned a dozen lives. In a complex tale whose emotional intensity can be compared with that of Elizabeth George, Deborah Crombie shows how an attempt by women to claim their power can be dangerous -- even fatal.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1997.
ISBN: 9780684801414
Branch Call Number: FIC Cromb 3578au 1
FIC Cromb
Characteristics: 350 p.


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Jul 27, 2017

A missing girl. A group of Cambridge flower children (circa 1965) who remain amazingly close long after graduation. A Scotland Yard investigator contacted by the ex-wife who left him without even a note 12 years earlier, and asked to help her prove that poet Lydia Brooke's "suicide" was murder. Multi-layers to this gripping mystery as well as a fabulous setting -- the gentle countryside just outside Cambridge where tourists still come to remember tragic WWI poet, Rupert Brooke.

Mar 27, 2013

Duncan's ex-wife calls him to ask him to look into the death of a poet whose biography she's writing. At first I was bored as I listened to this but then something happened that grabbed my attention. A bit of tension between Duncan and Gemma at first over the ex but then a bombshell as something happens that will change their lives forever. I ended up liking this book quite a lot.

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