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All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,264 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 268 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Avon (first published 1994)
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Rosa, really

Excellent narration and I enjoyed the Britishness of it. It's the perfect thing to listen to while I'm working -- it's there, but if I'm busy with other things I don't feel like I've missed a lot of plot. Not sure if that's a great recommendation though. *shrugs*
Lynn Spencer
Feb 25, 2016 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've had mystery novels leave me with all sorts of emotions when I reach the end - satisfaction, anger, horror and more. This is one of the rare few I found heartbreaking and melancholy. However, that being said, I'm glad I read it because it's well-written.

In many novels, the victim is just that. The victim. However, in All Shall be Well, the book is at least as much about getting to know the late Jasmine Dent as it is about figuring out who or what did her in.

We learn at the beginning that Jas
Nov 09, 2015 Hallie rated it liked it
(Read my write-up of A Share in Death first, for closest approximation to sense.)

Duncan's being back in London did help quite a bit, and I continued to like Gemma and root for her to be able to manage juggling what has to be one of the harder jobs for a single mother of a young child. The melody that seemed to be increasingly turning into the theme song - "All the Ladies Love Duncan" - was at least a bit muted by the interesting murder victim, and the way it took a while for her death to be reco
Deborah Crombie – 2nd in series
Supr. Duncan Kincaid’s neighbor, Jasmine Dent, is found dead. She was terminally ill and had talked about suicide—but was it?

I hate to admit this is the first time I’ve read Crombie, but it won’t be the last. I very much enjoyed this British police procedural which focuses on solving the crime. This was neither dark nor gritty, which is my usual fare, but well-plotted, excellent characters and thoroughly enjoyable.
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
After giving A Share In Death a shot based on my Amazon recommendations (although for the life if me, I can't figure out what happened to my review!!!) I became a near instant fan of the Kinkaid/James novels. All Shall Be Well leaves me confident that A Share In Death wasn't just a happy accident that turned into a fun and entertaining whodunnit.

In All Shall Be Well, a reclusive yet friendly neighbor of Duncan's suddenly dies in her sleep one night. Jasmine had been diagnosed with cancer and her
Sherry Ramsey
Oct 16, 2015 Sherry Ramsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This is the second book in this new-to-me series, and every bit as enjoyable as the first. I read it almost as quickly as I listen to audiobooks! The mystery was satisfying, but it is the characters that really make these books for me. I'll be looking for #3 very soon.
Apr 02, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Three & a half stars again. Entertaining and enjoyable crime mystery: Superintendent Kincaid's neighbor has died - was it suicide or murder? Nice, ordinary, realistic people and an easy read. I like Deborah Crombie's style of writing, and the story doesn't jump around. I think I'm becoming a fan of Kincaid & James.
Feb 15, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Superintendent Kincaid's neighbor has died. She had terminal cancer and did not have long to live. So who would have murdered her? At first, it looked like suicide, but things don't add up for Kincaid- there was no note and the neighbor had arranged to visit her brother that weekend. Suspicious, Kincaid orders the English version of an autopsy and so begins the mystery.

Crombie knows how to write characters. Kincaid stumbles across the victim's diary and we are treated to a rich backstory. The s
Jun 13, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Shall be Well is the 2nd book in the Kincaid/James series. A terminally ill neighbor of Duncan who he has struck up a friendship with died sooner than expected. An acquaintance of the deceased makes the comment that she was asked to assist in a suicide. She was told by the victim that she had changed her mind. All this and some things that Duncan noticed does not set well with him. He calls for a postmortem to find the cause of death

I enjoyed going along with Duncan and Gemma on their invest
Pat C.
Oct 12, 2014 Pat C. rated it liked it
This is a great book but I HATED the ending. It rubbed me the wrong way for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the reinforcement of the common yet erroneous belief that the mentally ill are more violent than the rest of the population.
This is the second book of the series. I've read books later in the series and I think she gets a lot better at satisfying endings - which are defined by me as the jerks getting some comeuppance and the innocent getting at least poetic justice and somet
Kathleen Hagen
All Shall be Well, by Deborah Crombie, a-minus, borrowed from Library Services for the Blind

This is the second book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mysteries, the first book which I read earlier, was “A Share in Death.” Kincaid is district superintendent, and Gemma is a sergeant. They work together at Scotland Yard but are not yet an item as they are in later books. In this one, Duncan comes home to find that a woman who lived in the apartment right below his was dead. Jasmine was very ill
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Mar 22, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
This series by Deborah Crombie is another recommendation I had from Goodreads and yet again, I am delighted with this one. Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are investigating the death of Duncans neighbour, Jasamine Dent, a lady who is terminally ill and dies suddenly in her sleep. Duncan finds out from Jasamines friend, Meg, that Jasamine had asked her to assist her in taking an overdose of Morphine, but changed her find about going through with it. Duncan orders a postmortem and finds a lethal do ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Claude rated it really liked it
I really like this series and am looking forward to reading more about Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I found #2 even better than #1.
Sep 12, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
This is Deborah's second book in her series of English mysteries with Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I enjoyed seeing the detectives in their hometown settings for the first time, and I loved to watch their relationships unravel. Once again, there was a surprise ending that I could not foresee! This book is definitely worth reading, but I am not giving it five stars because it is not quite as good as A Share in Death and Water Like a Stone. Close, but not quite!
Oct 29, 2014 Gordon rated it liked it
As with all series, this novel helps our enjoyment, not just by its own plot but by the unfolding of the characters in the book. We learn more about Gemma in this book as she takes up the case while Duncan is elsewhere and we see her reaction to privilege, immense and real in England now as it was in the past. Her needs, her familial background, and her awareness of them unfold in this book. The mystery is also tight. In paying attention to the daunting details that Duncan and Gemma face as they ...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 3* out of 5. So I rate this book equally to "the Snowden Files", but they are not equal. The latter is a statement about the day and age we live in and gets a bonus star. "All shall be well" is not. It's an ordinary crime novel in ordinary setting with an ordinary chief inspector, Duncan Kincaid, and an ordinary seargant - Gemma. Despite telling me nothing new about the world, I enjoyed this book very much. It did not deeply move me at any point, but it was entertaining enough and I like ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Gloria rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A woman with terminal cancer lives in a small, tasteful apartment building in London. While her death was expected eventually, she seems to have died rather suddenly. If one of her neighbors had been anyone other than Duncan Kincaid Scotland Yard detective, her death would have been deemed natural or self-determined from a morphine overdose.

Duncan and his partner, Gemma James, systematically work through clues and red herrings in this police procedural with many plot threads. Duncan is an astute
May 18, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Nice story. Not as exciting as her usual, but good nevertheless.

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 de
Aug 08, 2013 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This series is really well written.

I love the ways she makes the characters come alive. They all have motives and all have reasons they're not guilty. It's not cut and dried, and I like that.

In particular, I like how this takes on the right to die and the laws against it, as well as how certain groups have learned to look the other way.

This is book 2 in a series featuring Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. I liked the first book, and was intrigued by the characters, but this one is even better. The mystery itself gives more insight into the personal lives of Duncan, an avid reader of people as well as books, and Gemma, a single mom with an adorable little boy. I even enjoyed getting to know the victim, Jasmine, Duncan's neighbor.

Although she's terminally ill, Jasmine retained her keen intelle
Barbara M
Jan 27, 2016 Barbara M rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James mysteries. I really like these characters of Duncan and Gemma. The first one was good but this one was better. Duncan's neighbor is dealing with terminal cancer. Jasmine is a reserved and lovely lady and Duncan stops in fairly often to see how she's getting on. When she dies suddenly, it feels too soon. Duncan finds out that she considered suicide so he orders an autopsy. From this point on we slowly (but not too slowly) learn abo ...more
Beatriz Rosales
Jun 15, 2016 Beatriz Rosales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Dent nació en Mayport,India, y despues de la muerte de su madre al nacer su hermano Theo, algunos años despues muere su padre, son enviados al cuidado de su Tia May, la cual no les ofrece el cariño que requerian; siendo muy joven intempestivamente abandona su pueblo y a su hermano y se va a Londres, se establece economicamente y radica en un piso bajo del Detective Duncan Kincaid, con el cual establece una grata amistad, así como con el ocupante del piso inferior el Comandante Harley Kei ...more
Enjoyed this story. Read it years ago so remembered some about it but not all, especially who the killer was.

I liked the way Kincaid and James work off each other in their own unique styles. And along the way, all was explained in the who/what/why of the crime to a satisfactory degree. I also got a wonderful sense of place wherever they went to interview the suspects.

The only quibble I had was with one of the characters acting like a doormat to a bully. It kind of got on my nerves that rather th
Jun 10, 2016 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, mystery
This felt a bit more like a ghost story than a murder mystery (no ghosts I promise). It was the feel of the thing. A lot of the book was digging into the life of the victim far deeper than a typical murder mystery. It was very flashback heavy as the main character both investigated and dealt with his own grief over his neighbor/friends death.
I liked it though it was a little slow. This is certainly more like an old fashioned british drawing room mystery series than some of the more americanized
Mikki Cober
Feb 07, 2015 Mikki Cober rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Very much enjoyed Deborah Crombie's second book in the Duncan Kincaid series. Excellent descriptive detail which places the reader in the scene without being overwhelming. Wonderful characterizations which permits the reader to empathize not just with the main characters (Duncan and Gemma), but with the secondary characters as well. I love how Ms. Crombie develops every character's backstory that may (or may not) be woven into the main plot. This novel contains a very nice twist to the plot in t ...more
May 23, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This series improves a lot later. Great sense of character and place in this one, but the plot is weak. Gets resolved out of the blue in the last chapter.
Mar 11, 2016 Charlene rated it liked it
The 2nd in the series of books that feature Chief Inspector Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant Gemma James. This ones involves Kincaid looking into the suspicious circumstances of the death of his next door neighbor, a reserved yet elegant woman, Jasmine, who is dying of cancer. At first her death appears to be due to the cancer but further investigation reveals she died of a lethal injection of morphine so suicide or even murder is suspected. What follows is the typical investigation revealing a h ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
Shelves: europe
At the start of the book we are introduced to Jasmine Dent, a fifty year old Englishwoman born in India who is dying of lung cancer. She lives in the apartment directly under Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid's flat. He knows she has been ill and stops by to see her nearly every day. One evening when he checks on her, he finds her dead. Her death resembles suicide but Duncan feels uneasy and orders a postmortem. The autopsy reveals an overdose of morphine, prompting him and his sergean ...more
May 25, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Superintendent Duncan Kincaid lives in an old apartment building with several tenants. He becomes friends with Jasmine Dent who has cancer. When he finds her dead, it looks like suicide, but Duncan has questions because he believes it is murder. He and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James begin to unravel Jasmine's life and soon the suspects begin piling up.

This was the first time I had read a Deborah Crombie novel and I have now gone and ordered the first book in the series and plan on reading th
Mar 29, 2016 JodiP rated it it was amazing
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Deborah Crombie is the author of 15 novels featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James. The 16th Kincaid/James novel, To Dwell in Darkness, will be released by William Morrow in September, 2014.

Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.
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Other Books in the Series

Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #1)
  • Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #3)
  • Mourn Not Your Dead (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #4)
  • Dreaming of the Bones (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #5)
  • Kissed a Sad Goodbye (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #6)
  • A Finer End (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #7)
  • And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #8)
  • Now May You Weep (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #9)
  • In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #10)
  • Water Like a Stone (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #11)

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