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

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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
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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.
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...more
Matt Schiariti
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...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
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
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
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!
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
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.

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...more
I had inadvertently skipped this book, #2, in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, so I went back and read it after I finished the rest of the wonderful series. So glad I did. Every novel in this series reveals something about Duncan and Gemma both individually and together, so it's important to read each and every one (in order, oops). It's like the mysteries that they solve in that each book is a piece to the puzzle that is Duncan's and Gemma's relationship. The murder that must be solved in...more
BOTTOM LINE: #2 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones, CID, London and various small villages; cosy police procedural, with dark edges. The reticent Jasmine, a gentle friend and neighbor of Duncan’s, slowly dying from cancer, suddenly succumbs, leaving not only he, but all her friends, wondering if she’d suicided.

The more questions he asks, the darker things become, until he has enough information to open an inquest and work the case “as usual”. But his personal connections to the people involved make the...more
Terri Lynn
The second book in Deborah Crombie's series about Scotland Yard's Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James is even better than the first book!

This book is better to me than the first because we learn even more about what makes both Duncan and Gemma tick.

It begins when Duncan's 49 year old neighbor, lung cancer victim, Jasmine Dent, is found dead by Duncan and a visiting nurse he helps pick the lock for when Jasmine fails to open the door. At first, it might be easily wri...more
Carolyn Hill
I'm playing catchup with Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, having just finished this the second book while the 14th in the series was published this year. Even though I don't consider myself an avid fan of detective mysteries, Crombie has won me over. This book is gentle and a little slow, though it gets more intriguing as it goes along. There are no mad serial killers roaming about or child murderers or tortured corpses, thank goodness. This is more a study of characters, all...more
Summary –

When Jasmine Dent, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid’s neighbour dies in her sleep, nobody has a reason to believe something might be wrong. Jasmine was suffering from terminal cancer and Duncan should have been relieved because of her painless death. But his instincts tell him to look deeper. Did Jasmine commit suicide as she had wanted? Or did somebody accelerate her death? But then why would someone want to hurt her when her days were already numbered?

Review –

It was a coincidence that I...more
Duncan Kincaid is a Chief Superintendent in Scotland Yard and has seen all manner of death. Nothing, however, has prepared him for the death of his neighbor and friend Jasmine. Jasmine has apparently died of suicide. Not totally unrealistic since she is dying of terminal cancer. However, when Duncan finds the body there is something not "right" about scene. When a former co-worked and friend confesses that Jasmine had asked her to be present when Jasmine killed herself but then changed her mind...more
My first read of DC, and a good one. The plot moves nicely, revealing nuances of character, with one obvious rogue whom we long to see squished. Dialogue is cryptically focused, pace shifts 'realistically' between hiatus and revelation, and the cramped, history-riddled nature of the (albeit lily-white, middle-class) not-quite successful people who swim in the backwaters in and around London and the South of England works well.
Frissons of attraction between the two Scotland Yard cops, each with...more
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All shall be Well is the second book in Deborah Crombie's series about Detective Duncan Kincaid and Sargeant Gemma James of Scotland Yard. The story opens with Jasmine Dent who is dying of cancer. Her neighbors are the Major who served in Calcutta and Duncan; both men are very fond of Jasmine and look out for her. When Duncan goes in one morning to check on her, he finds her dead. Unwillingly to accept her death as a suicide, he initiates an investigation into her death. The possible suspects ar...more
For me, this mystery was just ok. I definitely am intrigued by Gemma and Duncan so I will continue to read on, partly because I just can't wait to see them grow closer! I expect as the series continues we will learn a little more about each of them so I look forward to that as well. I enjoyed seeing them work more together this time. Like I said, the mystery fell a little flat for me but I have to give credit - I was convinced I knew who did it and it went a very different direction!

Onward now...more
I've read three Crombie books, and this, the first I read, may be my favorite. It's a modern mystery, with very likeable characters, Duncan the cop, and Gemma, the ass't. cop. Duncan, for instance, is highly introspective and diffident and confident, all at once. But in this particular novel, I loved the dead victim the most. As seen through her diaries, she's so lovingly and appealingly drawn, so charming, has such an interesting background, I was compelled to keep reading.

As a mystery writer,...more
In this second Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones novel, Duncan is investigating the death of his neighbor Jasmine Dent. Jasmine's death is suspicious. In the last stages of lung cancer, Jasmine had been exploring the possibility of assisted suicide. When she is found dead by a caregiver, it's not clear whether Jasmine committed suicide or was whether she was in fact, murdered. We learn about Jasmine's life as Duncan reads her diaries. We also are invited into Gemma's personal life: her relationship wit...more
Shonna Froebel
This is part of the series featuring Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. Jasmine Dent appears to have died in her sleep. She was suffering from cancer, and had even considered suicide. Duncan is her downstairs neighbour and one of the two people that discover her. He sees some small inconsistencies and is led to the conclusion that Jasmine was murdered, but isn't sure why or by who. In searching her apartment he comes across her journals, dating from her childhood and begins...more
Thought her first book was better, found this somewhat boring. Also found Kincaid's 'grief' at the death of his neighbour perplexing ... Why so affected? Didn't ring true. In the end I didn't really care who murdered Jasmine ... the ending seemed abrupt as though the author was bored with her characters.
Karen C
Very much liked this story. I had read the first in the series and thought it was OK, but this one was more interesting and I got a better feel for the main characters (Duncan and Kinkaid) than I had with the 1st book. I'd recommend it for those who like a British mystery series.
I didn't like this one as much as the first, though I'm not sure why. The mystery is fine--with a dancing, waving red herring tipped in neon. It might be because I'd just had a conversation with a friend about how mystery novels trap your future in your past and this novel is a good example of that. Not that I'm fundamentally opposed to your past deciding your future, but I'm much more in a mood to read about being able to reinvent yourself.

Anyway, this is a fine mystery novel. Didn't seem treme...more
Jill Hutchinson
I have read most of the later Crombie books and this one which is number two in the series reveals the beginnings of the relationship between detectives Kincaid and James.....very tentative in the beginning stages but the spark is there.
Kincaid's well loved neighbor, Jasmine, suffering from terminal cancer, is found dead in her apartment and it appears to be an self administered overdose of morphine. Although she had flirted with the idea of suicide, Kincaid has a gut feeling that something is n...more
Second in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mysteries. I enjoyed this very much. Crombie's descriptions and use of language make me feel I am there. A satisfying, fast read that left me wanting to look up Book Three. Three and a half stars :-)
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Adapted from a review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

In All Shall Be Well, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds that his terminally ill friend and London neighbor, Jasmine, has died not from her illness but from an overdose of morphine. Was it suicide or murder? The suspects range from Jasmine’s nurse to her heir. Duncan sets out to find the truth with the help of Jasmine’s journals and his sergeant, Gemma James. Crombie writes with quiet, delicate compassion; her mysteries remind m...more
Mary:   Harry Dresden's Love Slave
I recently won one of the later books in this series as a first reads giveaway. I normally don't enter for ones so late in a series but I guess I missed that when entering. So I decided to at least read the first few before I read the book I won. I am hooked. Love Duncan & Gemma. I listened to the first 2 and the audiobook narrator is excellent. I am hoping that it's not many books of "will they or won't they" as far as a personal relationship between Duncan and Gemma.
I have read a few of the books in this series and have enjoyed them all. The character development is so strong but I have realized that it is better with this series to read them in order.
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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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