Like a finely tuned Jaguar XJS humming along Britain’s M1 motorway, DEBORAH CROMBIE’s Scotland Yard mysteries have provided classy, reliable thrills since the Texan first launched the series, in 1993. The tenth installment, IN A DARK HOUSE (William Morrow), delivers more of the same as detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James find themselves working side by side in South London trying to make sense of a series of fires, deaths, and disappearances among the Victorian-era structures of Southwark Street. Like many a police procedural, In a Dark House nearly crumbles under the weight of the multitude of suspects and sleuths, accusations and alibis. But Crombie’s steady hand drives the story—and the likable Kincaid and James—safely home again.

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