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All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 24, 2004
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Crombie is very good at weaving together elements of character, emotion, plot, and setting, and this novel is a shining example of her writing abilities. Warning: you'll find it hard to put down, so block out a big chunk of time for it!
Suspects are plentiful: a shy friend Meg who helped Jasmine prepare suicide plans, Meg's shiftless boyfriend Roger, Felicity the home-care nurse, Jasmine's unsuccessful brother Theo, her reticent downstairs neighbor Major Keith, and of course Jasmine herself. Duncan and Gemma methodically dig into the questions of motive and opportunity. As the investigation progresses, Duncan reads through Jasmine's journals in hopes of gaining insight from her past.
It was nice to watch Duncan and Gemma move from a strictly profession relationship to something more personal. However, I found it slightly bleak that not a single character in the book was in a solid relationship. I did like getting to know the victim through her journal entries. The plot is sound and the uncertainty about whether or not a murder was actually committed made for an interesting twist. Altogether, All Shall Be Well is an quietly entertaining procedural and a quick read.
ALL SHALL BE WELL is the second book in Crombie's ongoing Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. It's another solid outing and builds nicely on the characters and relationships introduced in A SHARE IN DEATH. It has a dark mood, owing to an undercurrent of loneliness and isolation that pervades the plot. The mood fits seamlessly into a well-developed and engrossing tale. Like all good mysteries, it gives the reader plenty of opportunity to theorize, and keeps you turning the pages to find out whether your ideas are right or wrong. Ms. Crombie has made good progress with this book, but I'm hoping she's going to get even better. Enjoy this one and stick around for more.
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 health was steadily deteriorating so while her death was expected it still seemed sudden to Duncan and those whose lives intersected with hers. Duncan, being the good copper that he is refuses to see the scene as anybody else would however. What someone would just think of a person in declining health just having their body go out on them, Duncan has to dig. Was it suicide or murder? Duncan's involvement nearly turns to obsession. Over the course of his impromptu investigation he gets to know Jasmine's caretakers, another neighbor they had in common who was equally reclusive as Jasmine as well as Jasmine herself. Kincaid realizes that he never truly knew her but she touched his life in a positive way all the same.
The Kincaid/James novels don't really rely on a lot of action, but that doesn't make them dull. They're great character driven mysteries. Don't mistake lack of action with inactivity. Much DOES happen in this book and its predecessor.
Crombie also has a great sense of place. She finely balances descriptive language talking about time and place, landmarks and scenes without being so overly descriptive that you feel it's just too much. In addition she never leaves the character exposition on the back burner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the series and plan read more but I wish Kincaid was more charming. Sometimes I find him hard to like. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the setting of this book series in England. The characters and plot are interesting and exciting. I want to read the whole series!Published 4 months ago by Rose Hartwick
This is a solid, entertaining installment in a series of which I am quickly becoming a fan. In fact, I am a bit slow in writing this review and have already finished the third... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Holly
Quite good however the plot became a little laboured at times. I did guess the ending about two thirds of the way through.Published 12 months ago by Noeleen Shaw
I haven't read a Deborah Crombie mystery for several years and was glad to go back to her with this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barbara Ewing