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Deborah Crombie

Author of A Share in Death

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About the Author

Deborah Crombie was born in Dallas, Texas on June 6, 1952. She received a degree in biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in advertising, as a journalist, and as a manufacturer's representative for theatre concessions. Her first book, A Share show more in Death, also became the first book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novel series. She won the Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel for Dreaming of the Bones in 1997 and the Macavity Award for Best Novel for Where Memories Lie in 2009. In 2014 her title, To Dwell in Darkness, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) Deborah Crombie lives with her family in a small North Texas town, where she is at work on the next book in the series, "And Justice There Is None". (Publisher Provided) show less
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Works by Deborah Crombie

A Share in Death (1993) 1,415 copies, 75 reviews
Dreaming of the Bones (1997) 985 copies, 30 reviews
All Shall Be Well (1994) 926 copies, 41 reviews
Leave the Grave Green (1995) 872 copies, 25 reviews
Mourn Not Your Dead (1996) 847 copies, 24 reviews
And Justice There is None (2002) 819 copies, 27 reviews
Water Like a Stone (2007) 819 copies, 28 reviews
A Finer End (2001) 816 copies, 23 reviews
Kissed a Sad Goodbye (1999) 789 copies, 21 reviews
In a Dark House (2004) 771 copies, 22 reviews
Now May You Weep (2003) 768 copies, 26 reviews
Where Memories Lie (2008) 742 copies, 22 reviews
No Mark Upon Her (2011) 735 copies, 57 reviews
Necessary as Blood (2009) 676 copies, 52 reviews
The Sound of Broken Glass (2013) 598 copies, 33 reviews

Associated Works

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2016) — Contributor — 130 copies, 10 reviews
The Sunken Sailor (2004) — Contributor — 32 copies, 2 reviews


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Crombie, Deborah
Dallas, Texas, USA
Places of residence
Richardson, Texas, USA
Sherman, Texas, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Chester, England, UK
McKinney, Texas, USA
Austin College (Biology)
Rice University (Publishing Program)
mystery writer
Awards and honors
New York Times Book of the Year
2004 nominated by the Romantic Times for a 2004 Career Achievement Award, Mystery & Suspense series.
2003, Distinguished Alumna by Austin College
Short biography
Deborah Crombie was born and educated in Texas. After living in both England and Scotland, she wrote her first Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid / Sergeant Gemma James novel. A Share in Death [Scribner, 1993], was subsequently given Agatha and Macavity nominations for Best First Novel of 1993. Her fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones [Scribner, 1997] was given a Edgar award nomination by Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel in 1997. It was a New York Times Book of the Year, and was chosen by the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century.



No. 6 in the Kincaid/James series. A beautiful, successful businesswoman is found dead in a London park. The careful way her body and clothing are arranged suggest she was killed by someone who knew her, and there is no lack of potential suspects when Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James begin their investigation. A lot of family history comes into play, and Gemma wonders how far back in time the cause of this murder may extend. Interspersed with the modern mystery are sections telling the story of how three of the characters came to know each other as children, after being evacuated from London to an estate in the countryside during WWII, and how their lives became entwined, leading to the current situation. A few too many "bits" and complications here, in the personal lives of the victim, the suspects and the investigators; it's a minor quibble, but I do wish Crombie had left just one or two plot elements out.… (more)
laytonwoman3rd | 20 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
The 4th installment of the Kincaid/James detective series. The victim this time is a high ranking police officer, bludgeoned in his own kitchen in Holmbury St. Mary. Both Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James knew him in the past; no one seems terribly sorry he's gone, but no one seems to have hated him enough to kill him either. Meanwhile, our principals are working through some personal STUFF that isn't making the investigation go any smoother. Not quite as engaging as the previous two in the series, and some side stories were not resolved to my satisfaction. But the characters are friends of mine now, and I'll follow them a while longer.… (more)
laytonwoman3rd | 23 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
No. 2 in the Kincaid/James detective series. Something doesn't feel quite right to Duncan Kincaid when his terminally ill neighbor is found dead in her bed. Did she, despite telling a friend she had changed her mind, go through with a plan to end her own suffering with a lethal dose of morphine? Or did cancer simply take her a bit sooner than expected, so gently, in her sleep? Neither explanation works for Duncan, and the postmortem he orders confirms that it wasn't a natural death. But if Jasmine Dent killed herself, why didn't she leave some message behind for those who knew and cared for her? And where were the empty morphine vials? A satisfying page-turner.… (more)
laytonwoman3rd | 40 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
minkscat | 74 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |



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