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
I love the characters and their development is part of the attraction of this series.
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.
I love the 'Charlotte' parts.
Would recommend and would read again.
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.
The interaction of characters and events.
My favorite character is Gemma James, but it's an ensemble cast. Everyone is necessary to the story.
That would give the story away.
Deborah Crombie, a native Texan, obviously researches her British settings well. This one deals with the assimilation of Bangladeshi immigrants and does it well.
Don't think of books as they relate to other books
Gemma and Duncan are both very good characters.
Yes. They all rate high which is why I listen.
All the above.
Can't wait for the next one.
"things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."
this was a nice edition to the Duncan/Gemma series. the dynamics are changing between the two and the story reflects this. ending wrapped up nice and tidy even if it wasn't a completely happy one.
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.
As usual, Deborah Crombie delivered another entertaining tale of the lives of Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid -- two very likeable characters. I enjoy the other characters as well, their children Kit and Toby, and in this case, Betty and little Charlotte. The story was engaging and the narration of the audiobook was excellent. I especially liked the prelude to and the wedding scene... very touching. As for the mystery, the resolution was not too credible as I do not believe the victims would have put themselves at risk in the way they would have had to to meet their respective fates. The villain was a very bad person indeed and I think they would have been smart enough to perceive the danger and get law enforcement involved right away.
I have listened to most of this series and this is the first one that disappointed me. Kincaid sounded angry most of the time, kids sounded spoiled and what should have been obvious to even a bad detective went right over Jemma's head. Silly really.
Retired CTO in the Financial sector.
The story was well done but the reading was very well done. A good summer read.
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