Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

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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.


About Deborah Crombie

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Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.
Published September 23, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Arranging temporary custody for the Maliks’ toddler, Charlotte, Gemma becomes obsessed with figuring out why Sandra vanished and Naz died.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sometimes what makes a good novel is not necessarily the story per se, but the characters.

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While each of the cases they investigate stands well on it’s own, this is a series with several continuing story-lines making it best for readers to start at the beginning-or as close as they can, and read the books in order.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Sandra Gilles, a young mother, leaves her daughter with a friend and then disappears on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May. Shortly thereafter, her husband, a Pakistani lawyer, is killed.

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A short time later, her husband is missing and later found murdered, leaving the child at the mercy of the system and causing Gemma to worry excessively about the girl’s welfare.

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