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Necessary as Blood | [Deborah Crombie]

Necessary as Blood

Macavity Award-winning author Deborah Crombie paints a vivid portrait of England's seedy underbelly in Necessary as Blood. As a brutal killer stalks the innocent of Whitechapel, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James pick up the trail.
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Publisher's Summary

Macavity Award-winning author Deborah Crombie paints a vivid portrait of England's seedy underbelly in Necessary as Blood.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in mid May, a young mother, Sandra Gilles, leaves her daughter with a friend at the Columbia Road Flower Market and disappears. Shortly thereafter, her husband, a Pakistani lawyer, is killed. Scotland Yard detective Gemma James happens upon the scene in time to witness the investigator making a mistake.

When Duncan and his trusted sergeant, Doug Cullen, see Gemma's name in the report, they decide to take the case. Working together again, Gemma, Duncan, Doug, and Melody Talbot must solve it before the murderer can get his hands on the real prize, Naz and Sandra's daughter.

But just as the case grows more dangerous, a personal issue threatens to throw Gemma and Duncan off the trail. In the end, it is up to them to stop a vicious killer and protect the child whose fate hangs in the balance.

©2009 Deborah Crombie; (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 05-19-13
    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 05-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Crombie delivers"

    The Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books always provide a story that works on several levels, enough tension to keep things interesting, and a mystery that holds you. Combined with excellent narration, this volume provides an enjoyable listening experience. I especially like the way Crombie handles all her recurring characters so that each grows and develops additional dimensions, providing a second story that moves apace with the mystery and enriches the whole.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Electic Chef USA 08-13-12
    Electic Chef USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of My Favorite Authors"
    Where does Necessary as Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Don't think of books as they relate to other books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gemma and Duncan are both very good characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. They all rate high which is why I listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All the above.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan United States 03-19-12
    Joan United States 03-19-12
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    "Mystery!"
    What did you love best about Necessary as Blood?

    The interaction of characters and events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Gemma James, but it's an ensemble cast. Everyone is necessary to the story.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Gemma.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That would give the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    Deborah Crombie, a native Texan, obviously researches her British settings well. This one deals with the assimilation of Bangladeshi immigrants and does it well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Mcferran Corydon, IN 08-10-13
    J. Mcferran Corydon, IN 08-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Solid, standard Crombie - narration lacks"
    What did you love best about Necessary as Blood?

    I love the characters and their development is part of the attraction of this series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall, I really don't care for Jenny Sterlin. I've read many books narrated by her and it's somewhat nitpicking to criticize her, because all-in-all she delivers a pretty solid narration. But, when a narration draws your attention from the story to the narration, that's an indication that there is a problem with the telling. I find myself annoyed by her adenoidal vowels, her mispronunciation of words, and, in the specific instance of this book/series, her voice for Duncan (which is dreadful and completely mis-portrays him as a boorish snob.) Bronze narration, maybe. But not Sterling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the 'Charlotte' parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend and would read again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wallace Long Island, NY 11-10-12
    Susan Wallace Long Island, NY 11-10-12
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    "Terrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Crombie and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    I like Deborah Crombie books, this narrator ruined it for me, Ducan sounded like a snob, Toby sounded like a brat, couldn't wait for it to end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Crombie again?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Toronto, ON, Canada 08-29-12
    Carol Toronto, ON, Canada 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first Deborah Crombie. Loved the story and the descriptions of family life as the backdrop to crime.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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