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Necessary As Blood is the latest entry in Deborah Crombie’s
New York Times Notable, Edgar®, Agatha, and Macavity Awards-nominated
mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and
Gemma James. A Texan frequently compared to the masters of British
crime fiction—including P.D. James, Martha Grimes, Barbara Vine, and
fellow American Elizabeth George—Crombie dazzles once more with Necessary As Blood—a relentlessly suspenseful tale of a vanished mother, a murdered father, and a helpless, endangered child.
In this dazzling addition to Deborah Crombie's acclaimed mystery
series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland
Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London's legendary
East End—a neighborhood where the rich and the poor, the ambitious and
the dangerous, collide—to solve one of the most challenging and
disturbing cases they've ever faced. . . .
Necessary As Blood
Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London's East End is a vibrant mix
of history and the avant-garde, a place where elegant Georgian town
houses exist side by side with colorful street markets and the hippest
clubs. But here races and cultures still clash, and the trendy
galleries and glamorous nightlife of Whitechapel disguise a violent and
seedy underside, where unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in mid May, a young mother,
Sandra Gilles, leaves her daughter with a friend at the Columbia Road
Flower Market and disappears. Shortly thereafter, her husband, a
Pakistani lawyer, is killed. Scotland Yard detective Gemma James
happens upon the scene in time to witness the investigator making a
When Duncan and his trusted sergeant, Doug Cullen,
see Gemma's name in the report, they decide to take the case. Working
together again, Gemma, Duncan, Doug, and Melody Talbot must solve it
before the murderer can get his hands on the real prize, Naz and
But just as the case grows more dangerous,
a personal issue threatens to throw Gemma and Duncan off the trail. In
the end, it is up to them to stop a vicious killer and protect the
child whose fate hangs in the balance.