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And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #8)
     

And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #8)

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by Deborah Crombie
 

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Award-winning author Deborah Crombie has elevated the modern mystery novel to new heights of human drama and multilayered suspense with her critically acclaimed tales of intrigue featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. In their latest outing, Kincaid and his former partner—and soon-to-be roommate—follow a

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And Justice There Is None (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TooManyBooks-SoLittleTime More than 1 year ago
Inspector Gemma James and Superintendent Duncan Kincaid are busy blending families and households when they are assigned to a case in their own new neighborhood. Investigating in their own patch is a touchy proposition, and new friends met become suspects one by one, as Gemma and Duncan have to juggle personal and professional relationships with their new neighbors. London's charming Notting Hill community is a vibrant backdrop for the story, but we get only tidbits about the Portobello Market and the Notting Hill Carnival. The main story is set in the present, interwoven with another story from the past. Old grudges and unexpected family connections lead back to the London culture of the 50s and 60s. We get a superficial view of the impact of immigration and the emerging drug scene - just enough to entice, but lacking in richness. James & Kincaid are appealing protagonists, and the story has sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. However, I think the supporting characters and settings could be drawn more deeply, providing a more engrossing read.
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Billyt1 More than 1 year ago
Overall an improvement of the last few episodes. However it appears the series is becoming more focused on Gemma which I believe is a mistake. She is not as interesting as Duncan and Gemma as a team or Duncan alone. Gemma is certainly more likeable here as some of her nicer characteristics are apparent, but flaws are still apparent. She still can't open up to Duncan and her total commitment to her job harms their relationship. Duncan bends over backwards to make it work, but she makes everything a hassle. Most importantly, she made a vow at the conclusion of the previous book which she totally disregards with tragic consequences. She doesn't do what is necessary with her health concerns. There was enough foreshadowing that the ending does not come as a surprise and it could/should have been avoided. Finally not a big deal, but interesting, her perfect Christmas gift for Duncan which showed little thought or preparation is not mentioned after she purchased it. Clearly, not like his to her.
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This addition to the series really moved me. Gemma working through the case along with the joy and sorrow of blending her new family with Duncan.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Deputy Inspector Gemma James and Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid are finally getting their act together. With a baby on the way, Gemma agrees to buy a house with Duncan so that his son and her son from previous marriages, and their son to be born baby from can live together as a family.

In her professional life, Gemma is assigned a high profile murder case to solve as quickly as possible. Dawn Arrowood, a trophy wife married to a rich antiques dealer twice her age, is brutally killed near her home, her throat slit. An autopsy shows that she was six weeks pregnant and since her husband had a vasectomy the probability is it was her lover¿s child. As Gemma burns the midnight out, Duncan joins the inquiry because there are similarities between this case and one he was investigating a few months ago.

The romantic relationship between the two protagonists is developing naturally and creates a sense of continuity throughout the whole series. Deborah Crombie has written a delicious mystery with so many viable suspects that readers really won¿t have a clue as the identity of the killer is until the stunning climax. AND JUSTICE THERE IS NONE is a clever police procedural as well as an exciting relationship drama.

Harriet Klausner