Books by Deborah Crombie

Deborah Crombie was born and educated in Texas. After living in both England and Scotland, she wrote her first Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James novel. A Share in Death (Scribner, 1993), was subsequently given Agatha and Macavity nominations for Best First Nov

Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Densely plotted and with a balanced interplay between the domestic sphere and the intrigue of police internal affairs. Contemporary and propulsive."
A married couple of London detectives investigates parallel cases of murder and corruption. Read full book review >
TO DWELL IN DARKNESS by Deborah Crombie
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The midgrade mystery is enriched by a wealth of detail about St. Pancras' history and architecture that would do Margaret Truman proud."
Sent down from Scotland Yard to Camden CID, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid (No Mark upon Her, 2012, etc.) must deal with a bombing that disrupts a musical event in London's storied St. Pancras station.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Another solid outing for the reliable Crombie (No Mark Upon Her, 2012, etc.), who turns a judicious eye on secrets that can overwhelm what they're meant to protect despite the best intentions."
Friendships go seriously awry. Read full book review >
NO MARK UPON HER by Deborah Crombie
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"To the customary pleasures of the Kincaid/James ménage (Necessary as Blood, 2009, etc.), Crombie adds the interest generated by the history of the Henley Regatta pitting Oxford against Cambridge and the relationship between canine search-and-rescue handlers and their animals."
A Met officer loses her scull. Read full book review >
NECESSARY AS BLOOD by Deborah Crombie
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Despite a smattering of East End history and racial discord, this is really a study of what makes relationships work or fail, thoughtfully unfolded by a dependable pro (Water Like a Stone, 2007, etc.)."
Would a mother abandon her child to get out of a problematic marriage? Read full book review >
WATER LIKE A STONE by Deborah Crombie
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"The narrowboats are intriguing, and it's comforting to think that Gemma and Duncan are together for the long haul, but Crombie needs to curb her love for red herrings, which swell her plot to fantastic proportions."
Christmas dinner will just have to wait for murder. Read full book review >
NOW MAY YOU WEEP by Deborah Crombie
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"The atmosphere is rich and peaty, but the pace is glacial—nearly another century passes before the plot begins to thicken—and neither Gemma nor Kincaid shines as a detective this time."
Detective Inspector Gemma James (And Justice There Is None, 2002, etc.) is cast in some unaccustomed roles—dupe and murder suspect—when she goes to Scotland for a cooking class. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Anglophiles will cheer the sociological evocation of the changing London neighborhood, and there's plenty of justice, despite the title, though the detection is more dogged than inspired."
Just as newly promoted Inspector Gemma James's pregnancy is starting to show—and to remind her how little room her flat has for a new baby—her lover, Supt. Read full book review >
A FINER END by Deborah Crombie
Released: May 8, 2001

"The powerful magic she finds in Glastonbury isn't for everyone."
Something uncanny is happening in the ancient town of Glastonbury. Read full book review >
KISSED A SAD GOODBYE by Deborah Crombie
Released: April 13, 1999

"Another winner from a dependable and gifted pro."
Scotland Yard's Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid (Mourn Not Your Dead, 1996, etc.), whose London turf includes the Past Docklands, is called back to work from a weekend with the 11-year-old Kit, his dead ex-wife's son, supposedly by her second husband, though Kincaid is sure he himself is the boy's father. Read full book review >
MOURN NOT YOUR DEAD by Deborah Crombie
Released: June 1, 1996

"The setting and characters are well drawn, if slightly pro forma, in Crombie's Texas British fashion, but few readers will be as surprised as Kincaid and James at the outcome."
The love affair Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James that began so uncertainly in the final pages of Leave the Grave Green (1995) is abruptly curtailed by the news that Superintendent Alastair Gilbert, the divisional commander down at Notting Dale, has been found dead in his kitchen. Read full book review >
LEAVE THE GRAVE GREEN by Deborah Crombie
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"This isn't a detective novel, for heaven's sake,'' it's as tidily plotted and neatly written as the genuine article."
Twenty years after their son, Matthew, drowned in an accident near their home, noted opera conductor Sir Gerald Asherton and his wife, Dame Caroline Stowe, who retired from the opera stage after Matty's death, have an eerily similar tragedy to face: The body of their daughter Julia's estranged husband, Connor Swann, of whom they've remained inexplicably fond, has tumbled from the Hambledon Lock. Read full book review >
ALL SHALL BE WELL by Deborah Crombie
Released: March 1, 1994

"In fact, the ending may be too unexpected for Crombie's quietly probing manner; it's the firm portraits of even minor characters that make this linger in the memory."
When Margaret Bellamy tells Superintendent Duncan Kincaid that she'd agreed to help Kincaid's downstairs neighbor Jasmine Dent end her cancer-stricken life but then couldn't go through with it, Kincaid wonders if somebody else assisted Jasmine's suicide—or gave her a lethal dose of morphine for less helpful reasons altogether. Read full book review >
A SHARE IN DEATH by Deborah Crombie
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Quietly competent, in the manner of the early Martha Grimes."
The morning after Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid arrives at Followdale House in northern England, he finds assistant manager Sebastian Wade's electrocuted corpse in the time-share's pool. Read full book review >