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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; 1st edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553109731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553109733
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

The life of Scotland Yard's Gemma James is changing in major ways--she's just been promoted to Inspector, she's pregnant, and she and her young son are about to move into spacious new digs with her lover, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. Then the beautiful young wife of a Portobello Road antiques dealer is murdered in the driveway of her Notting Hill home and the case lands in Gemma's disappearing lap. Dawn Arrowood, as Gemma soon discovers, was pregnant when she died, most likely by Alex Dunn, a porcelain dealer in Portobello Market whose disappearance after the murder makes him a prime suspect. But Gemma rules him out as the killer, focusing her investigation on Karl Arrowood, the dead woman's husband. When Karl is murdered, she's stymied, but then Kincaid's investigation into what may be a serial killer turns up a bizarre connection to Gemma's case and a link to Karl Arrowood's sideline as a drug smuggler. As usual, Crombie handles a complicated plot with style, providing enough twists and turns to hold the reader's attention while driving the narrative to a stunning conclusion. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

There's more truth than humor in Crombie's eighth thriller set in contemporary London. When someone does in Dawn Arrowood, the young, pregnant wife of a wealthy antiques dealer, in her soign Notting Hill home, Inspector Gemma James is put in charge of the investigation. Gemma's lover, Det. Supt. Duncan Kincaid, believes the murder is the work of a serial killer, but Gemma suspects the victim's husband, Karl Arrowood. Despite their combined efforts, the slasher strikes again. Fearful of igniting a new Jack the Ripper-style panic, Duncan and Gemma soon find themselves at odds when their investigations become linked in startling, unexpected ways, culminating in an exciting denouement with serious undercurrents. Crombie keeps the action moving throughout, providing a cook's tour of London, from Tower Bridge to Portobello Market, as well as plenty of gruesome detail ("Kincaid felt the bile rise in the back of his throat as he squatted, using his pocket torch to illuminate Dawn Arrowood's motionless form"). There's some amusing sociological commentary interspersed throughout, plus the occasional frisson ("A jogger brushed past, startling him a tall, slender, hooded figure. Alex felt a shock of familiarity, but when he turned, the man had vanished"). The result is a competently plotted, reasonably engaging mystery that blazes no new pathways, but keeps the reader involved all the way to its predictably sanguinary conclusion. (Sept. 3) FYI: The author has been nominated for Edgar, Agatha and Macavity awards. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association named Crombie's Dreaming of the Bones one of the 20th century's best mystery novels.
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More About the Author

Deborah Crombie grew up near Dallas, Texas, but from a child always had the inexplicable feeling that she belonged in England. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, she made her first trip to Britain and felt she'd come home. She later lived in both Chester, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland, where she failed to make as good a use of being cold and poor as JK Rowling.

It was not until almost a decade later that, living once more in Texas and raising her small daughter, she had the idea for her first novel, a mystery set in Yorkshire. She had no credentials other than a desire to write and a severe case of homesickness for Britain. A Share in Death, published in 1993, was short-listed for both Agatha and Macavity awards for Best First Novel and was awarded the Macavity.

Crombie's fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1997, was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century, was an Edgar nominee for Best Novel, and won the Macavity award for Best Novel.

Subsequent novels have been published to critical acclaim and in a dozen languages. Crombie's fourteenth novel featuring Metropolitan Police detectives Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Inspector Gemma James, No Mark Upon Her, will be published by Harper Collins in February 2012.

The author still lives in Texas but spends several months out of the year in Britain, maintaining a precarious balance between the two, and occasionally confusing her cultural references.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next book.
Linda Wunder
With this book, I think that Deborah Crombie proves her right to be up there with P.D. James and Elizabeth George.
S. Schwartz
The stories are always interesting and topical, and the characters are always very clearly drawn.
Laurie Fletcher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crammer VINE VOICE on August 15, 2003
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I really loved this book and was torn between reading it quickly to find out what was going to happen next or reading it slowly to savor the pleasure for as long as possible. Crombie keeps getting better and her two main "detectives", Kincaid & James, are endearing, interesting characters who you grow to care about in this series. I can hardly wait to find out what will happen to them in the next book.
The plot for this book involves events from the 60s, and periodically the present day story will be interrupted by pages telling another story from the past. Of course by the end of the book, you understand why that 60s story explains these current day murders, but it takes a long while to put 2 and 2 together. A young woman, pregnant with her lover's child, is found savagely murdered in the driveway to her upper class home in Notting Hill, a trendy London neighborhood. The woman's disreputable antique-dealer husband is the obvious suspect -- perhaps too obvious. Gemma James is in charge of the murder investigation, but since there is a possible connection to a murder being investigated by Duncan Kincaid, these two (now living together but no longer working together) end up working together again on this case. Perhaps the same person who killed another woman two months previously -- a case Kincaid was in charge of -- also killed this Notting Hill woman, since the method was so similar. But what is the connection and why were they killed?
There are a lot of unusual neighborhood characters, including a couple of veterinarians and a man who feeds the homeless.
Although I guessed the killer about half-way through the book (based not on clues but on a shrewd guess based on my knowledge of mysteries in general), it didn't diminish from my enjoyment of the book. I used to think Deborah Crombie was almost as good as Elizabeth George, but now I think Elizabeth George is almost as good as Deborah Crombie.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"And Justice There is None," by Deborah Crombie, is an excellent addition to her mystery series featuring Scotland Yard Detective Duncan Kincaid and Inspector Gemma James. Duncan and Gemma were once partners, but some time ago, their relationship moved beyond the professional. Gemma is now expecting Duncan's child, and they have decided to move into a home together.

Meanwhile, James is investigating the brutal homicide of a lovely young woman named Dawn Arrowood. Dawn had a much older husband and a young lover, and either one might have killed her in a fit of anger or jealousy. The case becomes more complicated when Duncan ties it to a similar unsolved murder. Soon, a third murder occurs, and the pressure is on for James and Kincaid to find the perpetrator quickly.
Crombie brings a whole array of characters to vivid life in this novel. There is Dawn's husband, Karl, an antiques dealer who has tried to forget his humble beginnings, and who now behaves with ruthless arrogance. Dawn's lover, Alex, is also an antiques dealer, but, unlike Karl, he is extremely sensitive and emotional. Also figuring in the complicated plot is Angel, a mysterious woman who descends into poverty and hopelessness when her parents die. Suddenly, a handsome man who pretends to be her savior rescues her, but Angel finds out that her rescuer is not the man that he appears to be. All of these people are inextricably bound together, and only by understanding how these and other lives have interconnected in the past, can Duncan and Gemma get to the bottom of the murders. In addition, Duncan's and Gemma's relationship is strained not only by the challenging homicide investigation, but also by the impending changes in their domestic arrangements.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on October 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Deborah Crombie is a masterful suspense novelist. Her densely plotted "And Justice There is None" is concerned with mothers and babies of several generations. Policewoman Gemma James, whom we have met in earlier Crombie novels, is pregnant with the child of her lover, Duncan Kincaid. He finds a lovely place in Notting Hill to become home to their blended families, including the coming child.
The first murder victim, Notting Hill resident Dawn Arrowsmith, is also pregnant with her lover's baby; her husband, wealthy antique dealer Karl, had a vasectomy years ago.(Those readers who saw the Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant film, "Notting Hill", can easily visualize the gentrified neighborhood.)
As usual with Crombie's work, the plot quickly thickens and the reader's interest will intensify accordingly. Several mother/child relationships are uncovered as Gemma pursues the killer. (I wonder if Crombie herself was pregnant while writing this book. One would think so.)
"And Justice There is None" is a mystery done up to perfection, including authentic British-English (Car Park for parking lot, Inland Revenue for IRS, mobile for cell phone, and so on) despite the fact that Crombie lives in Texas. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JoeV VINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
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I am a fan of the early entries in this series but the last few additions - including this book - have been disappointing. The series tracks two British homicide detectives - Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James - who while solving crimes have become somewhat more than just partners. (Reading this series in chronological order is not necessary but definitely helps with respect to said relationship between our two heroes as well as with reccurring characters.) In the earlier books, the author did a very good job in juggling this romance, police procedures, character development of suspects/victims, while spinning a very good mystery. In this volume, Duncan and Gemma find themselves hunting the murderer of a young beautiful woman married to a rich antique dealer in the environs of Notting Hill. The blending of multiple story lines highlighted above that worked so well in the past simply falls flat here. Connections between the under-developed characters defy belief including the use of "anonymous" flashbacks. The procedural is disjointed and the "personal" aspects of this story are at the very least jarring - the ending right out of a "B" movie. Because of all of this the mystery itself was readily apparent to this reader about a third of the way through - and "solving" the mysteries I read is not something I pride myself on. Pass on this one.
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