Macavity Award-winning author Deborah Crombie paints a vivid portrait of England's seedy underbelly in Necessary as Blood.
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 mistake.
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 Sandra's daughter.
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.
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Solid, standard Crombie - narration lacks
I love the characters and their development is part of the attraction of this series.
Overall, I really don't care for Jenny Sterlin. I've read many books narrated by her and it's somewhat nitpicking to criticize her, because all-in-all she delivers a pretty solid narration. But, when a narration draws your attention from the story to the narration, that's an indication that there is a problem with the telling. I find myself annoyed by her adenoidal vowels, her mispronunciation of words, and, in the specific instance of this book/series, her voice for Duncan (which is dreadful and completely mis-portrays him as a boorish snob.) Bronze narration, maybe. But not Sterling.
I love the 'Charlotte' parts.
Would recommend and would read again.
- J. Mcferran
- Janet H. Maddox