A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

The Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series
by Deborah Crombie

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 4 stars out of 5, which means I really liked it!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

I’ve read sixteen of the books, so far, in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series.  I’ve read them one after the other, straight through, enjoying every moment. It was like reading one long un-put-downable-novel. It’s difficult to define why I enjoyed the stories so much, possibly because I liked the characters that populated the stories, their backstories, and the geographical backdrop. Ms Crombie’s style of writing suited my reading muscle, the plot has just the right pace; a medium pace, I’d say, for me, the stories are PERFECT-MYSTERIES.

Listed below are the Kincaid and James Series titles (linked to Kindle eBooks at Amazon.com.au).
  1. A Share in Death (1993) which received the Agatha and MacAvity nominations for Best First Novel of 1993
  2. All Shall be Well (1994)
  3. Leave the Grave Green (1995)
  4. Mourn Not Your Dead (1996)
  5. Dreaming of the Bones (1997) was a New York Times Notable Book for 1997, was short-listed by Mystery Writers of America for the 1997 Edgar Award for Best Novel, won the Macavity award for Best Novel, and was voted by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the hundred best mysteries of the century.
  6. Kissed a Sad Goodbye (1999)
  7. A Finer End (2001)
  8. And Justice There is None (2002)
  9. Now May You Weep (2003)
  10. In a Dark House (2005)
  11. Water Like a Stone (2007)
  12. Where Memories Lie (2008)
  13. Necessary as Blood (2009)
  14. No Mark upon Her (2012)
  15. The Sound of Broken Glass (2013)
  16. To Dwell in Darkness (2014)
  17. Garden of Lamentations (2017)
  18. A Bitter Feast (2019)
A little about the author

Deborah Crombie is an American author, living in Texas USA. Her first book of the Kincaid and James series was first published 1993. Ms Crombie worked in advertising and newspapers, and attended the Rice University Publishing Program. A post-university trip to England, however, cemented a life-long passion for Britain, and she later immigrated to the UK with her first husband, Peter Crombie, a Scot, living first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then in Chester, England. Some years later she returned to the USA to live in Dallas. A trip to Yorkshire inspired her first Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid/Sergeant Gemma James novel., A Share in Death, which received the Agatha and MacAvity nominations for Best First Novel of 1993. Her fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1997, was short-listed by Mystery Writers of America for the 1997 Edgar Award for Best Novel, won the Macavity award for Best Novel, and was voted by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the hundred best mysteries of the century.

Her subsequent novels have been received with critical acclaim and are widely read internationally, particularly in Germany.

In 2009, Where Memories Lie, the twelfth book in the series, won the Macacity Award for Best Novel. And then, in 2010, Necessary as Blood, thirteenth in the series, received a Macavity nomination for Best Novel.

Ms Crombie’s novels are published in North America, Japan, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Romania, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and numerous other countries.

Although she travels to England several times a year, Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas,

Source: Deborah Crombie’s website.

Genre – Fiction

Mystery, Contemporary, British Detective

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Our temperature gauge reading of 4 reflects our judgement that the story is
a VERY-INTRIGUING read, a PERFECT mystery