Deborah Crombie
AUTHOR

Deborah Crombie

Deborah Crombie grew up near Dallas, Texas, but from a child always had the inexplicable feeling that she belonged in England. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, she made her first trip to Britain and felt she'd come home. She later lived in both Chester, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland, where she failed to make as good a use of being cold and poor as JK Rowling.

It was not until almost a decade later that, living once more in Texas and raising her small daughter, she had the idea for her first novel, a mystery set in Yorkshire. She had no credentials other than a desire to write and a severe case of homesickness for Britain. A Share in Death, published in 1993, was short-listed for both Agatha and Macavity awards for Best First Novel and was awarded the Macavity.

Crombie's fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1997, was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century, was an Edgar nominee for Best Novel, and won the Macavity award for Best Novel.

Subsequent novels have been published to critical acclaim and in a dozen languages. Crombie's fourteenth novel featuring Metropolitan Police detectives Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Inspector Gemma James, No Mark Upon Her, will be published by Harper Collins in February 2012.

The author still lives in Texas but spends several months out of the year in Britain, maintaining a precarious balance between the two, and occasionally confusing her cultural references.

Read more Read less

You're getting a free audiobook.
$14.95 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Best Sellers

    • In a Dark House

    • The Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Mystery Series, Book 10
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is called to investigate the shocking death of a woman found burned beyond recognition in a warehouse. When his lover and partner, Gemma James, is asked to trace a friend's missing roommate, she and Duncan discover that their cases have some disturbing links....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 4

    • By Donna on 02-06-19

    Regular price: $13.97

    • Water Like a Stone

    • The Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Mystery Series, Book 11
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    When Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid takes Gemma, Kit, and Toby for a holiday visit to his family in Cheshire, Gemma is soon entranced with Nantwich's pretty buildings and the historic winding canal, and young Kit is instantly smitten with his cousin Lally....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the Best

    • By Lynn on 12-23-18

    Regular price: $16.07

    • Now May You Weep

    • The Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels, Book 9
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    A crime of passion strikes close to home when Gemma and her best friend, Hazel Cavendish, travel to Scotland. An unexpected meeting with Hazel's old flame yields shocking - and mortal - consequences....

    Regular price: $16.07

    • All Shall Be Well

    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 367

    Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • UNIQUE MYSTERY

    • By Chalis on 05-08-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Kissed a Sad Goodbye

    • A Duncan Kincaid / Jemma James Novel
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303

    A stunningly beautiful young woman is found strangled in London's Mudchute Park, her clothing carefully arranged to preserve her modesty....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Complex, compelling mystery

    • By Constance on 12-15-11

    Regular price: $31.49

    • A Share in Death

    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,160
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,006

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • series readers, start here

    • By connie on 02-09-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • No Mark Upon Her

    • A Duncan Kincaid - Gemma James Crime Novel, Book 14
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322

    When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great addition to the series

    • By Ruth on 06-03-12

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Leave the Grave Green

    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 384
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 320

    When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Character-Driven Mystery

    • By Constance on 01-26-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Mourn Not Your Dead

    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358

    Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I am really enjoying this series

    • By Alice on 09-14-14

    Regular price: $18.17

    • And Justice There Is None

    • A Duncan Kincaid / Jemma James Novel
    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes - and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, well narrated

    • By Constance on 08-25-11

    Regular price: $18.17

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.