Necessary as Blood

Necessary as Blood

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Baker & Taylor
The disappearance of a young mother, the murder of her Pakistani husband, and a child's life 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 is the latest entry in Deborah Crombie’s New York Times Notable, Edgar®, Agatha, and Macavity Awards-nominated mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. A Texan frequently compared to the masters of British crime fiction—including P.D. James, Martha Grimes, Barbara Vine, and fellow American Elizabeth George—Crombie dazzles once more with Necessary As Blood—a relentlessly suspenseful tale of a vanished mother, a murdered father, and a helpless, endangered child.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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A young mother has gone missing, and only Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Gemma James, can stop a vicious killer and protect the child whose fate hangs in the balance.
A young mother has gone missing, and only Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner, Gemma James, can stop a vicious killer and protect the child whose fate hangs in the balance, in a book by the Edgar-nominated author of Where Memories Lie. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co., c2009
ISBN: 9780061287534
Branch Call Number: M CROMBIE
Characteristics: 378 p


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rb3221 Dec 12, 2017

Love, racism and human trafficking of young girls are themes in this novel. A missing mother and then her murdered husband leaves the 3 year old Charlotte without parents. The continuing character development is an integral part of this novel as we experience the progression of Kincaid and Gemma's relationship. As well the balance between their home life and their work life adds the value to the novel. And I also enjoyed the evolving development of Melody Talbot and Doug Cullen.
A very good engaging story and recommended.

CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 23, 2017

This series gets better and better. The main characters are interesting and the plot lines are well done. I love all of the details and history about London.

Dec 01, 2016

Didn't finish --

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

I've been reading this series in random order. In this one Gemma and Duncan are planning their wedding, but Gemma just wants to be married, and finds wedding planning stressful.
Meanwhile in Brick Lane, textile artist Sandra Gilles is working on a new piece that gets her wondering about the girls and women in her neighbourhood and she leaves her young daughter with a friend, but never returns. A few months later, her husband Naz steps out for a couple of hours and disappears. Gemma happens to be a friend to a friend and becomes involved. When his body is found, the pathologist suspects foul play and the case is referred to Scotland Yard. There, Duncan notes Gemma's involvement and takes on the case.
But Gemma finds herself involved in a more personal way as she has taken to Charlotte, the small 3 year-old daughter of Sandra and Naz and is determined that she be protected and properly looked after.
I like the mix of the personal and professional in this series, seeing how the two detectives both work together and live their lives together.
This case with its unmasking of those who prey on the vulnerable in society is a compelling one, and I could barely put the book down. I also really liked the quotes about Brick Lane, the part of London where this story is set, that began each chapter.

Apr 29, 2013

A good mystery and good entry in the series by Crombie. This is the longest one I think, so far. It did feel a little long, like maybe they were never going to get to the solution. Things all worked out though and there were a couple of major changes in the lives of the characters.

Jan 14, 2012

Wonderful to catch up with Gemma and Duncan again, as always a ripping good yarn. Can't wait to read the next in the series and see what happens between kit and the evil grandma. Lovely intricate murders and all sorts of goings on.

Jun 30, 2011

This series just gets better and better. I have enjoyed the way the main characters continue to develop as much as I enjoy the plots.

Jun 28, 2011

This is a British detective series featuring Inspector Gemma James and her lover and soon to be husband, Scotland Yard Superinttendent Duncan Kincaid. I love this series. The people are down to earth, flawed, ordinary human beings. One can relate to the characters. In this book,a mother leaves her daughter with a friend, claiming that she will only be gone for a few minutes. She never returns. Is she missing of her own free will? Captured? Murdered? Later, her husband disappears leaving the 3 year old daughter all alone. Gemma's heart goes out to the small girl and she vows to find the little girl's parents, or their murderers, with the help of Kincaid.

Jan 07, 2011

I love the Kincaid and James series and this one does not disappoint. A great series to read from the beginning.

Dec 02, 2009

An intriguing mystery with rich and real characters. Plot moves along nicely with some twists. Focus is on family and upbringing, both loving and not.


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