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All Shall Be Well

Narrated by: Michael Deehy
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (447 ratings)

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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. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, to a startling conclusion: Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already doomed? As Kincaid and his appealing assistant Sergeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman's strange history, a troubling puzzle emerges: a bizarre amalgam of charity and crime--and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.

©1994 Deborah Darden Crombie (P)2010 BBC Audio

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UNIQUE MYSTERY

I liked this book. There is a nice balance of intriguing plot and character development. The story moves along at a steady pace that seemed just right to me. There is a variety of characters, each distinctive. From the beginning of the book, a key question is whether there actually was a murder.

The tone of this book seems a little more serious than many "cozy" mysteries (I do enjoy "cozies"). The characters are a little more intricate, the tone a bit more somber. For me that made the book more interesting and involving, but not at all depressing. There are no graphic descriptions of sex or violence, and no excessive use of profanity.

This is the second Deborah Crombie book that I've read and I liked this one even more than the first. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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Not my Favorite in this Series

What did you like best about All Shall Be Well? What did you like least?

The narrator does a good job, and the book is well written, with good descriptions of people and places, but quite frankly I really disliked the story. There were parts that made me uncomfortable, and I didn't like the way it seemed that Kincaid was always noticing women's breasts, etc. It was thrown in often enough for it to be distracting, and he came off looking a little like a creep. I liked the first book in this series, and think I will try the next, but I should've listened to the reviews that said this title wasn't a winner.

What does Michael Deehy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a good job differentiating between the characters.

Was All Shall Be Well worth the listening time?

Honestly--no.

Any additional comments?

If you're a bit sensitive to racy material, this book will probably make you uncomfortable. It's not graphic, exactly, but it had a certain "ick" factor for me. I think it could have been handled in a better way than it was. Just my opinion, many would probably disagree but I can be a little squeamish.

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Slow

This is the first that I have listened to in this series and I can't imagine choosing another. I enjoyed the writing, I enjoyed Kincaid (the main character), I really enjoyed the female police officer, in fact, I enjoyed all the characters, a lot! The brother, Jasmine, Margaret, the characters were really well developed. But nothing much happened. Even in the couple of chances for dramatic moments, like when they had to testify in court, or at the end when they figured out who did it, those moments were very underwhelming.
I have always really enjoyed non-American authors (Tana French, Herman Koch, Stieg Larsson, none British I know) and I love police dramas, but this was just too slow for me.

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classic who-dun-it

no nasty blood and gore or CSI in this novel. It's reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Suspicious death in an English town with a closed cast of characters, and a detective who solves the mystery with his little grey cells after interviewing all the suspects. The author is good at creating a lot of red herrings to keep the reader guessing til the end. An easy and enjoyable read.

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Typical British police procedural mystery.Harumph!

This is my first in the Kincaid/James series, homicide detectives from Scotland Yard. I liked the writing, and the narration by Michael Deehy (aka Gerard Doyle) is exceptionally good, both male and female. While I enjoyed the book, I found it slow and tedious at times. Further, the conclusion, while pulling together various characters and unresolved questions, also draws a rabbit out of the hat. I would read another only if both the narrator and the story were highly rated by her fans. BTW, this book is the second in the series which has reached 15 to date.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-30-18

Down a Notch from Book One . . . Still Good

When Superintendent Duncan Kincaid's terminally ill neighbor, Jasmine Dent, turns up dead, at first it seems to be suicide . . . but something just doesn't sit right . . . with a lot of people. Most of all her best friend, who swears that Jasmine had come to the decision to enjoy the last days or weeks of her life. Duncan and his assistant, Sergeant Gemma James look into Jasmine's life and relationships and learn some interesting things. What clouds the story and makes it more dingy for me is Superintendent Kincaid's daydreams of Jasmine on a personal level . . . it makes the tale almost sleazy . . . a far departure from the first book in the series . . . when it seemed as though a sweetness and closeness was developing between Duncan and Gemma . . . this second installment is all over the place . . . perhaps that's what some readers expect or want in a man . . . not me . . . I am hoping the next in the series is more about the mystery and less about the sex . . . the wrap up at the end was a good one, although a bit far fetched . . .

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  • Joan
  • saskatoon, sk, Canada
  • 09-23-13

Life is complicated and so is death

I started this book 3 times before I got into it enough to keep listening till the end. Once I got past the first few chapters I was actually hooked. The characters are enjoyable and became very real to me. The exploration into the backgrounds of all the participants was revealing. No one is as simple as they look on the surface and some of the apparently strong people have hidden weaknesses and the apparently weak have hidden strength. Although it deals with a murder the book conveys a sense of hope in the end.

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English Mystery - 2nd in a great Series

l love this series! Great author and narrator!

This series features a Scotland Yard Superintendent and Sergeant partnership in and around London.

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Well written, a new great series

Low key, good plot, good character development. I am looking forward to more in the series.

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Another winner

Deborah Crombie has crafted an excellent installment with plenty of twists. The characters are well crafted and continue to grow with each addition. Sid, the cat is a great addition and shows a different side of the main character. If you enjoy mysteries, this is a series you should try.