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And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #8)

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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 o ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Bantam
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Lori Her books tend to require a little more attention to detail esp. toward the end. I had to go back and re-read to find the connection between some of…moreHer books tend to require a little more attention to detail esp. toward the end. I had to go back and re-read to find the connection between some of the characters. But it was a very good book; love her work!(less)
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Découvrir un nouvel auteur qui possède une longue liste de titres disponible (10 titres en anglais, 6 en français de disponibles) est toujours une joie.

Noël sanglant à Notthing Hill, est le dernier titre paru en français (#8 de la série) dans l’univers du superintendant Kincaid et la sergent Gemma James.

Accueillir un nouveau lecteur dans un univers où plusieurs titres sont en circulation n’est pas facile. Plusieurs auteurs après des années, tombent dans le piège d’assumer que les lecteurs connai
First Sentence: He ran, as so many others ran, the black anorak protecting him from the mist, the reflective patches on his trainers gleaming as he passed under the street lamps.

There are big changes in the lives of Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid. They are expecting a child together, moving into a large new house, having Duncan’s son come live with them and her son, and Gemma has been promoted to Inspector.

Gemma’s first case, in her new position, is the murder of Dawn Arrowood, beautiful young
BOTTOM LINE: #8 DI Duncan Kincaid/DI Gemma James, London; cosy police procedural with dark edges. A remarkable bit of storytelling, compelling and moving, with layers of plot and characters that seem very real. Crombie always delivers a good story, and this is one of her best. The entire book packs a punch, not just the ending, although that’s a doozy. And over it all is a sort of sadness, a sense of waste of human life and “chances” taken or not. Powerful stuff. Highly recommended, but you’d be ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 06, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading Nina Sankovitch’s Tolstoy and the Purple Chair the other day and came across the following reference to Deborah Crombie, whose novels I’ve been reading lately.

Anne-Marie had just introduced me to the writer Deborah Crombie and her sleuths, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. She reread the series while I worked my way through, virgin and loving it.

Crombie’s novels are like that, the kind of books so rich you want to re-read even on your deathbed.

In this murder mystery, set in London’
Leslie Jem
Jun 27, 2011 Leslie Jem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was excellent, and small sections presented in a different voice helped me stay interested throughout. I will definitely try other books in this series. My biggest fear right now is that I'll forget the details before we discuss this at book group!
Susan Anderson
Jan 09, 2012 Susan Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific book. Sad at the end, but maybe I shouldn't say that. Deborah Crombie deepens her recurring characters. They have inner as well as outer conflicts and they change. I'm not reading these books in any order. Maybe I should, but sometimes it's fun to read a series out of order if the characters grow. Then you feel like you knew them when they were "younger."
Kathleen Hagen
And Justice There is None, by Deborah Crombie, a-minus, Borrowed from Library of Congress, but available on

adjusting to professional and personal changes - 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.
The main focus of Gemma's investigation is Karl Arrowoo
Jul 28, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Maybe I expect too much of Deborah Crombie so was a little disappointed when this book didn't seem to hit the mark as well as some of her earlier ones. I dithered between 3 and 4 stars.It really is a decent mystery but the book is filled with too many coincidences and has a bit of a soap opera feel to the plot so settled on 3 stars.
Well, it was better than the last one (that should be a 3.5 star, but so much irritated me that I can't bring myself to give it 4). At least nobody channeled anybody, but at this point, I can't help thinking that the detectives really should be doing this.
Duncan: Hey, look, a murder!
Gemma: We'd better start looking at least 30 years in the past for the reason behind it.
Duncan: Make that 30-60 to be safe.
I also guessed the killer quickly and found a couple of outcomes predictable. For example, (v
Terri Lynn
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back on track! I admit that I was a little let down by A Finer End, feeling that the supernatural components of the novel just didn't fit well into the framework of a Kincaid/James novel. Picking up shortly after that, And Justice There is None exhibits a true return to form for Crombie and her wonderful copper duo, featuring a colorful cast of characters, great dialogue, a twisty plot and a years old back story that all serve as well thought out pieces in a great puzzle.

I've noticed yet another
There is no doubt about it, Deborah Crombie is more than capable of writing a compelling and intricately told mystery that unfolds beautifully. I have found this to be so with each of her books that I have read except for her last book, A Finer End. And Justice There Is None,is one of the best so far. A story that is difficult to put down or look away from. This also focused more on Gemma James and I felt like I grasped a better understanding of what motivates her. But...My problem is with, I th ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another case for Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid involves the brutal murder of a wealthy woman in fashionable Nottinghill. Dawn Arowwood was found by her husband in the shrubbery of their expensive home with her throat slashed and a stab wound in the chest. Gemma has a lot on her plate being pregnant, working as an Inspector with the Nottingham police force and moving into a new home with her son Toby, Duncan and his son Kit and adopting a new dog. When it is discovered Dawn was six weeks pregnan ...more
I continue to love this series that I only discovered this year. Duncan and Jemma have become two of my favorite characters in my reading. Deborah Crombie has become a favorite author.
Sep 03, 2013 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps my favorite so far but is it really acceptable to leave 12 year old Kit home alone with his 4 year old stepbrother (to be) all day in an unfamiliar house in London with a killer on the loose? Maybe for an hour or two but for several days in a row, including Christmas? Call Grandma James! Wouldn't his grandparents have wanted to see Toby over the holidays?
Nov 12, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW...this book is TOTALLY worth reading! The murder was committed quickly and my attention was IMMEDIATELY captured...I loved reading about the relationships between the the relationships both unraveled and developed...Truthfully, you should read this series of mysteries in sequence...but, if you don't, you DON'T want to miss this one! This is Book #8 in the Duncan Kinkaid/Gemma James series. Each book is a continuation of the previous book, and, I have to tell you, I am lookin ...more
Shirley Strand
Sep 12, 2013 Shirley Strand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and very moving novel by an exceptional author.
An excellent novel with Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid solving a series of murders in Portbello. Flases between past (1960s) and present day are expertly handled and adds to the story line.


And Justice There Is None
Beth J
Sep 20, 2013 Beth J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The characters develop, the relationships develop, and I find myself caring about them more and more. The mystery here is excellent.
Rena George
Mar 29, 2014 Rena George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Deborah Crombie and have read most of the books in her Gemma James / Duncan Kincaid crime series, but somehow I missed this one. It was a treat to find.

Dawn Attwood, the pregnant, beautiful wife of wealthy London antiques dealer, Karl, is slain in the drive of their fashionable Notting Hill home. Suspicion falls on her husband, or could it be her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain dealer with a stall in nearby Portobello Market.
This author is great at setting a scene, making the reader f
Carolyn Hill
Mar 06, 2014 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good installment in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Duncan and Gemma juggle solving murders and their own personal relationship, though Gemma has left professional partnership with Duncan at Scotland Yard to advance her career as a police inspector. Because of similarities to a previous murder and the threat of a serial killer, Duncan gets himself assigned to the case as well. First and foremost, this is Gemma's case and so the story focuses more on Gemma and her point of view ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, light
Though I'm very much enjoying The Lyre of Orpheus (which I am also reading) I wanted a brief vacation and this was perfect. book 8 in the series and a pretty good one. (I thought seven was weaker so it was nice to see her return to form.) I think these are more character driven than plot driven. If you really focused on the mystery there would be things that might bother you, I think. It's a bit too pat in the end--the solution also relies on a mystery convention that essentially allows illogic ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Claude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to excellence. I must admit I was worried, considering the previous episode. This one is another must read. New secondary characters, a new area of London, a new life and a great murder plot, that kept me guessing.
Apr 22, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Four and a half stars. I wrote that Kinkaid & James #6 was my favourite so far in the series, but this one is even better, and I've become a total addict. This particular story has such an intricately twisted plot, that it kept me guessing to almost the very end. The main characters are endearing, the setting of Notting Hill and Portobello is interesting (pity there wasn't a little map like others in the series), and the 1960's swinging London flashbacks gently enhance the story. ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent story in this series.. Love how their lives progress.

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 None
Gemma 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 respon
Jul 11, 2015 Cybercrone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best in the series so far. Enjoyed it.

But giggled from the first about her 'genius for Brit-speak' or however her publisher phrased it. Even as an intermediate Canadian, that makes me shake my head and snort. The actual Brits must be rolling.
Aug 31, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like that this author is from North Texas. I liked her characters and her knowledge of complex English geography and places. For the first few pages I was even pulled into thinking she was from England until I saw the American spellings. That took me a bit off track with estimating her credibility, but then I realized that I was being a snob! My sister has highly recommended Crombie's books to me, especially since I am in the middle of a writing project on my year in England as a brand- ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this story which is much better than the previous book (#7). This returns to actual crime detection and with the two detectives working the same case making each perspective of the evidence interesting. This story combines past and present to solve the mystery. The past 60's sequences are fun with references to the Beatles and other societal phenomena of the times that I relate to. Although a bit too good to be true, setting up housekeeping and Christmastime are pleasant contras ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Gwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: mystery book club, February 2016
Shelves: book-club
This was my first book in the Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series, and even though it's the eighth book in the series, I was able to follow along pretty easily. The mysteries were surprisingly well done: enough detail was given for a reader to figure out the case along with James and Kincaid, which I appreciated. (I really hate mysteries where you can't play along with the detectives.) The supporting characters were nicely depicted and fully fleshed out, complete with independent personalities and ...more
Harry Lane
A very twisty tale of murder. Kincaid and James are entering a new phase in their relationship, and working together to solve a brutal murder. There are a number of suspects and motivations to sift through, and a deep delve into the past is required to fit all the pieces into a whole. At the center of the tale is a very bad person who gets comeuppance by way of vengeance, not justice, hence the title I presume. A good story, but requires a little reader effort and attention to keep track of all ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely intrigued by the inclusion of the more "historical" storyline.
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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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“summit of Notting Hill, across the street from the faded elegance of St. John’s Church. Once Dawn had loved this Victorian house with its pale yellow stucco, its superbly proportioned rooms and beautiful appointments, and for a moment she mourned the passing of such an innocent pleasure. Tonight the windows were dark as she turned into the drive, the blank panes mirroring her car lights. She had managed to beat Karl home, then; she would have a few minutes’ respite. Turning off the engine, she reached for her parcels, then paused, squeezing her eyes shut.” 1 likes
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