Saturday, June 28, 2008

All Shall Be Well

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!

Deborah Crombie's website is

All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie. HarperCollins Publishers, ©1994. ISBN 9780060534394 (paperback), 268p.


Anonymous said...

Oh Lesa,
You are so luicky to be hosting Deborah Crombie, she's one of my all time favorites! and Jeff Deaver, remember how nice he was at our Reading Festival?
We all still miss you , but reading your blog is like getting to talk to you !
Love, Maryellen

Lesa said...

Hi Maryellen!

Thank you. I'm looking forward to meeting Deborah Crombie.

No, Jeffery Deaver said yes for the festival, but I left before he appeared. So, I worked and worked to get him there, and then I was gone. He remembered the festival, though, because I mentioned it to him! He said what a nice festival it was.

Since it's like getting to talk to me, here's a hug for all of you. I miss you, Maryellen, and the rest of our lunch group, and the Authors Committee members.