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
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An interesting story that takes place deep in the heart of London's East End and deals with some of the all too real problems of the area.
Well written, well plotted, and an absorbing read.
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
In their personal lives, Gemma and Duncan are engaged, but the pressure being exerted by Gemma's family adds to her uncertainty about staging a big wedding for the gratification of others, when all she really wants is to BE married.
I love this series and its characters; the auth ...more
The characters, Duncan Kincaid, Gemma James and all their family and friends are even more endearing than ever, as their situations and relationships evolve from one novel to the next. The crimes and mystery depicted are very original and enthralling, and the style of writing flows brilliantly.
This time there was no underlying subplot from the past, yet as we read, we learn quite a bit abou ...more
This is an okay mystery, but it lacks any real depth insofar as the crime or mystery is concerned. The author spends far too much time on social dynamics, and interpersonal relationships, and that's fine, but it distracts from the mystery, the reasons why two people were killed. I read and read and read hoping to learn more about the suspects, the victims, their relationship to one another, etc. But it was a lot of - not much here. (An ...more
While this book is hailed as a murder ...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
That said, I really liked the sett ...more
And I love how their family life evolves in this one.
However, if these people don't stop cooking, I'm going to be as big as a barn. I see Kit making an omelt and think, mmmmmm. Followed by Melanie buying salad. Oh, yeah, that sounds good. Oh, Charlotte got a lemon cupcake? I wonder if they have those at the shop. At least I don't want the champagne or wine or beer.
Don't read further if you don't want spoilers ...more
Why would a young woman leave her child with a friend for a short time with every intention of returning and then disappear completely? When her husband, the usual suspect, turns up dead the case becomes more involved.
For some reason, although I always enjoy this series, this one didn't quite measure up to previous books. The character development, an element I usually appre ...more
However, I just don't like her Gemma Duncan character very much. In this book, she comes off as rather selfish & petty, having a real attitude about working with men.
Oh well, the main sub ...more
Gemma's savior-complex started to wear on me along with the constant mentions of how beautiful Charlotte was (thank god, amirite? eyeroll)
I was more interested in Melody's story than Gemma & Duncan.
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.