Deborah Crombie's second mystery, All Shall Be Well, reveals a little more about the personal lives of her detectives, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. It's a very personal investigation, with a small cast of suspects.
Jasmine Dent was a mystery, even to her friends, and Duncan considered himself a friend. When Jasmine, Kincaid's upstairs neighbor, was found dead, he found it to be one more mystery. She may have had cancer, and discussed suicide with a regular visitor, but something about Jasmine's death bothered Kincaid. Her limited circle of friends, the downstairs neighbor, her brother, the visiting nurse, and a lonely woman, meant that a friend might have ended her life prematurely. When Kincaid ordered a post mortem, he was forced to dig into his friend's life, making discoveries he never suspected.
Once again, Crombie tells a quiet, well-developed story. All Shall Be Well is another excellent British police procedural.
Deborah Crombie will be appearing at the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, AZ on Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. If you're in the Valley of the Sun, I hope you can make it!
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All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie. HarperCollins Publishers, ©1994. ISBN 9780060534394 (paperback), 268p.