Search Results: "Deborah Crombie"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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A FINER END by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ALL SHALL BE WELL by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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NECESSARY AS BLOOD by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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MOURN NOT YOUR DEAD by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS by Deborah Crombie
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 >

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NOW MAY YOU WEEP by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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AND JUSTICE THERE IS NONE by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TO DWELL IN DARKNESS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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WATER LIKE A STONE by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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A SHARE IN DEATH by Deborah Crombie
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >