Deborah Crombie Books In Order

Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Books In Publication Order

  1. A Share in Death (1993)
  2. All Shall Be Well (1994)
  3. Leave the Grave Green (1996)
  4. Mourn Not Your Dead (1996)
  5. Dreaming of the Bones (1997)
  6. Kissed a Sad Goodbye (1999)
  7. A Finer End (2001)
  8. And Justice There Is None (2002)
  9. Now May You Weep (2003)
  10. In a Dark House (2004)
  11. Water Like a Stone (2007)
  12. Where Memories Lie (2008)
  13. Necessary as Blood (2009)
  14. No Mark Upon Her (2011)
  15. The Sound of Broken Glass (2013)
  16. To Dwell in Darkness (2014)
  17. Garden of Lamentations (2017)
  18. A Bitter Feast (2019)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. The Sunken Sailor (2004)
  2. Echoes of Sherlock Holmes (2016)

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Deborah Crombie Books Overview

A Share in Death

A week’s holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time share is just what Scotland Yard’s Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid’s vacation before it’s begun. One of his new acquaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer. Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid’s keen sense of duty won’t allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much.

All Shall Be Well

Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long 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 of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and doomed? As Kincaid and his capable and appealing assistant Sergeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman’s strange history, a troubling puzzle begins to take shape a bizarre amalgam of good and evil, of charity and crime…
and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.

Leave the Grave Green

When Connor Swann, the dissolute son in law of renowned and influential Sir Gerald and Dame Caroline Asherton, is found floating in a Thames River lock, the circumstances eerily recall a strangely similar tragedy. Twenty years ago, the Ashertons’ young son, Matthew, a musical prodigy, drowned in a swollen stream while in the company of his sister Julia Connor Swann’s wife. Police Superintendant Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James quickly discover that Connor’s death was no accident, and that nothing in the Asherton family is as it seems. Connor, though estranged from Julia for more than a year, still lives in her London apartment, where his exploits with women and gambling suggest plenty of motives. The Ashertons are far more attached to Connor than to their own daughter, and these are only the first of the secrets that haunt the suspects. New lies cover older lies, as Kincaid finds himself dangerously drawn to Julia Swann, and Gemma must confront her own troubling feelings for Kincaid.

Mourn Not Your Dead

An important and powerful policeman has been murdered, bludgeoned to death in his own kitchen. Few in suburban Surrey mourn the violent passing of Division Commander Alastair Gilbert, whose arrogance and cruelty were legendary in his village and in wider police circles which only makes the job of Scotland Yard investigators Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James more difficult. And as every discovery reveals another instance of misplaced trust, festering secrets, and murderous rage, they must put aside their own personal feelings for the victim and for each other in the name of justice and the law.

Dreaming of the Bones

It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected and one he certainly doesn’t want. Victoria, his ex wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke a case that’s been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer’s death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder. No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate not even his partner and lover, Sergeant Gemma James. But it’s a second death that raises the stakes and plunges Kincaid and James into a labyrinth of dark lies and lethal secrets that stretches all the way back through the twentieth century a death that most assuredly is murder, one that has altered Duncan Kincaid’s world forever.

Kissed a Sad Goodbye

Deborah Crombie has won rave reviews for her British mysteries featuring Scotland Yard’s Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James. Now the talented author of Dreaming of the Bones returns with another darkly irresistible tale, this one leading Kincaid and James into their most haunting inquiry ever. The call from Scotland Yard couldn’t have come at a worse time for Duncan Kincaid. He has promised the weekend to Kit, the eleven year old son of his ex wife. The son he never knew he fathered who doesn’t yet know Kincaid’s true identity. But Duncan’s best intentions are shattered by a case that draws him in and consumes his interest.A young woman’s body has been found in the tall grass of East London’s Mudchute Park, her jacket and short skirt carefully arranged to preserve her modesty. It seems too odd a detail for a simple case of robbery or assault gone awry. And indeed the case becomes more complex when the dead woman is identified as Annabelle Hammond, bold and brilliant head of a family owned tea company. For the victim was a mystery even to those who knew her best. Alluring, headstrong, and ambitious, with looks no man could forget, Annabelle was the sort of woman who inspired the strongest of emotions…
passion certainly, jealousy, anger, even obsession. And when Duncan and Gemma fan out to question anyone connected to her, it doesn’t take long to discover that the lady was also adept at keeping secrets…
especially from those she loved. As the detectives try to penetrate Annabelle’s tangled affairs to glean the motive of her killer, their list of suspects grows to include her suave, upper class fianc ; the handsome street musician who may have been the last person to see her alive; her sister’s vengeful ex husband; even her own father. But what they don’t know is that this case has long roots that reach far back into the past, and that resentments that should have been long buried still have the power to hurt, and maybe even the capacity to kill.

A Finer End

Deborah Crombie has earned extraordinary acclaim for her British mysteries featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James. Now the masterful author of Kissed a Sad Goodbye returns with a spellbinding novel of mysteries one contemporary, one ancient that will challenge Kincaid and James as no case ever has. Duncan Kincaid has settled into his life as part time father to Kit, the twelve year old son he only recently discovered. But life has more changes in store: Gemma has pursued a promotion that ends their partnership on the job and places their personal relationship on a new, more tentative footing. So when Duncan’s cousin and childhood friend calls from Glastonbury to ask his help on a rather unusual matter, he welcomes the opportunity to get out of London and to spend a relaxing weekend with Gemma. But relaxation isn’t on the agenda…
. Jack Montfort, Duncan’s cousin, grew up in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor in a town revered as the site of an ancient abbey, the mythical burial place of King Arthur and Guinevere, and according to New Age followers, a source of strong druid power. Montfort has not much more than a passing interest in the history of the area until he comes across an extraordinary chronicle almost a thousand years old. The unsettling way this record comes into his hands brings Montfort into contact with a disparate group of townspeople: Nick Carlisle, a student of the myths surrounding Glastonbury’s past; Simon Fitzstephen, a Church scholar whose knowledge of the Old Religion and its ceremonies is just as deep; Garnet Todd, a strange and intense woman with a jealous attachment to the young and very pregnant Faith Wills; and Winifred Catesby, the Anglican priest whose love for Jack has nearly healed his grief at the loss of his wife and daughter. Something terrible and bloody shattered the Abbey’s peace long ago, according to Montfort’s newly discovered history. And that knowledge will spark a violence that reaches into the present. When a member of Jack’s circle is attacked and left for dead, he appeals to Duncan to find the truth the local police cannot see. None of them envisions the peril that lies ahead, or that there is more at stake than either Duncan or Gemma dreamed possible.

And Justice There Is None

Award winning author Deborah Crombie has elevated the modern mystery novel to new heights of human drama and multilayered suspense with her critically acclaimed tales of intrigue featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. In their latest outing, Kincaid and his former partner and soon to be roommate follow a twisting trail of rage and retribution whose buried roots are about to exact a deadly toll on the living. And Justice There Is NoneGemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes that include her eagerly sought promotion to the rank of inspector and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain dealer in London’s bustling Portobello Market, appears absolutely devastated by her death, but Gemma s the main focus of investigation is soon Karl Arrowood, who had the most powerful motive for killing his unfaithful wife. But this case sets off warning bells for Duncan: it s far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way and when the escalating violence claims yet another victim, he and Gemma find themselves at increasing odds with each other as two separate investigations become linked in the most startling of ways. Their hunt for a killer will traverse the teeming stalls of the city s antiques markets to a decades in the making vendetta of history and hatred that has been honed to a flawless, deadly point. To solve this case, Gemma and Duncan must walk a merciless razor s edge through a place where true justice will be a long time coming. From the Hardcover edition.

Now May You Weep

New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie has garnered tremendous praise and has been nominated for virtually every major mystery award for her piercing police procedurals featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, who are personally and professionally entwined. Now Gemma takes center stage when a lethal crime of passion turns a recreational trip to Scotland into pure bloody business. Though her reputation for delving into the heart of murder is matched only by that of her former partner and current lover, Duncan Kincaid, newly appointed Detective Inspector Gemma James has never thought to question her friend Hazel Cavendish about her past. So it is quite a shock when Gemma learns that their holiday retreat to a hotel in the Scottish Highlands is, in fact, a homecoming for native daughter Hazel and an event that has provoked strong reactions from the small community. Something is definitely amiss and that something is quite possibly Donald Brodie, the charming if intense Scotsman who is a guest as well. The truth comes out before long: Hazel and Brodie were once lovers, despite a vicious, long standing feud between their families, rival local distillers of fine whisky. Their affair was fierce and passionate, and its fire might not have burned out completely. Certainly Brodie, now the domineering head of the family business, believes his ‘Juliet’ still belongs to him alone and he’s prepared to destroy Hazel’s English marriage to make it so.A brutal murder puts Hazel’s very life in peril when she’s arrested for the crime. Hazel is the logical suspect, but Gemma knows nothing is simple in this place of secrets and long seething hatreds. As even more damning evidence piles up against the friend Gemma never truly knew, the investigation into Hazel and Brodie’s history begins to take darker, more sinister and tumultuous turns. Gemma knows she will need assistance to unravel this bloody knot and so she calls the one man she trusts more than any other, Duncan Kincaid, to join her far from home…
and in harm’s way.

In a Dark House

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James return in a chilling and suspenseful tale of murder, kidnapping, madness, and the frightening ordeal of a helpless child, the latest masterwork of crime fiction from New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie…

An abandoned warehouse burns next door to a women’s shelter for victims of spousal abuse, an apparent case of arson. But it is the charred corpse within — a female body burned beyond all recognition — combined with the political sensitivity of the case, that entangles Superintendent Duncan Kincaid in its twisted skein.

At the same time, Kincaid’s lover and former partner, Gemma James, is coping with twin crises of her own, one personal and the other professional. Gemma must put her private concerns aside to investigate the disappearance of a hospital administrator, a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who vanished without a trace. Yet neither Gemma nor Kincaid realizes how closely their cases are connected — or how important the resolutions will be for a young child who was a victim of parental abduction.

In an old, dark, rambling house, nine-year-old Harriet worries about her feuding mum and dad, her friends, her schoolwork. Most of all, she worries about the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. The events that led her there happened too quickly and are too complicated for a child to fully comprehend. But despite her youth and innocence, Harriet’s awful fears will not be silenced: that she may never see her parents again…
and that her own life is in serious peril.

Water Like a Stone

Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James, take their sons to picturesque Cheshire for their first family Christmas with Duncan’s parents a holiday both dreaded and anticipated. But not even the charming town of Nantwich and the dreaming canals can mask the tensions in Duncan’s family, which are tragically heightened by the discovery of an infant’s body hidden in the wall of an old dairy. As Duncan and Gemma help the police investigate the infant’s death, another murder strikes closer to home, revealing that far from being idyllic, Duncan’s childhood paradise holds dark and deadly secrets…
secrets that threaten everything and everyone Duncan and Gemma hold most dear.

Where Memories Lie

Comparisons with Elizabeth George are inevitable…
Crombie’s emotionally intense, quietly yet exquisitely wrought gems have taken on a new brilliance with each offering The Times Detective Inspector Gemma James and her family are back in their Notting Hill house and enjoying a quiet spring in London when Gemma receives a plea for help from her friend and neighbour, Erika Rosenthal. Erika has never shared much of her past, other than telling Gemma that she and her husband came to London before the war as refugees from Nazi Germany. Her long dead husband was a historian and was found murdered. His murder was never solved. But now the elderly woman needs Gemma s help. Gemma has a tough challenge. It s a cold case and one that she has neither the time nor the resources to investigate. But then a tragic death places the investigation firmly in the present and into the hands of her partner Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. Determined to exact justice both Gemma and Duncan hunt down a chilling killer in a case that will have lasting repercussions for everyone involved…

Necessary as Blood

In this dazzling addition to Deborah Crombie’s acclaimed mystery series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London’s legendary East End a neighborhood where the rich and the poor, the ambitious and the dangerous, collide to solve one of the most challenging and disturbing cases they’ve ever faced…
. Necessary as Blood Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London’s East End is a vibrant mix of history and the avant garde, a place where elegant Georgian town houses exist side by side with colorful street markets and the hippest clubs. But here races and cultures still clash, and the trendy galleries and glamorous nightlife of Whitechapel disguise a violent and seedy underside, where unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent. 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.

No Mark Upon Her

When a search and rescue team discovers a woman’s body in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high ranking detective with the Met a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues. To further complicate things, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid s wife, soon reveals a disturbing, possibly related, series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search and rescue team member who found the body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous. Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost including his own.

The Sunken Sailor

During a weekend house party in a proper English village, a body is discovered at the bottom of a pond tied to a submerged statue of Neptune. And the weekend has only just begun. So has this ingenious mystery a literary game of round robin in which fourteen master crime writers have each contributed a chapter of their own. What they deliver is a wildly entertaining whodunit with as many dizzying twists, turnabouts, double crosses, and divergent styles as there are solutions and suspects. Featuring the bestselling and multiple award winning talents of: Simon Brett Jan Burke Dorothy Cannell Maragaret Coel Deborah Crombie Eileen Dreyer Carolyn Hart Edward Marston Francine Mathews Sharan Newman Alexandra Ripley Walter Satterthwait Sarah Smith Carolyn Whe

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