Necessary As Blood (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #13)
Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London's East End is a vibrant mix of history and the avant-garde, 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 disguise a violent and seedy underside.
Sandra Gilles, a young mother, lea...more
Here's what Publisher's Weekly says about Necessary as Blood:
"Romance dominates Crombie's 13th contemporary procedural featuring Scotland Yarders Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid, who are on the verge of getting married. The how, where and when of their wedding proves a considerable source of stress to both, overshadowing th...more
This book pays particular attention to East End London, especially along Brick Lane, where several cultures live side by side with some tension. Sandra Gilles is an artist who uses textiles to make three-dimensional art projects. She has become fairly successful selling these art pieces. Sandra is married to a Pakistani solicitor, and they have a mixed race child,...more
Crombie lives in McKinney, a small town north of Dallas, but has resided in both England and Scotland. Like Elizabeth George, she’s an American who has mastered the art of the modern British mystery. She spends much time in the U.K. researching her novels, and her work is s...more
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...more
While this book is hailed as a murder...more
That said, I really liked the sett...more
I liked the setting especially in this book - Brick Lane and the...more
This case is especially poignant because it involves a three-year-old child orphaned when both parents go missing, separately. Crombie digs into the London neighborhood where they live and really explores its roots as well as its pre...more
Gemma seems to be constantly fretting about something and it's getting a bit tiresome. I would much prefer the happy, blended Kincaid/James families with Duncan and Gemma solving mysteries and not having these constant personal issues. Some personal...more
It was a slow moving narrative, no hint of mystery and nothing to particularly hook me in the first 50 pages. Worse, the dialogue sounded as British as barbecue ribs and the characters were fuzzy and not terribly engaging. There was nothing to care about in those first 50 pages, so I just...more
I so enjoy how you weave the history of the locales and characters from earlier books in the series...more
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.