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Deborah Crombie

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Surprisingly, since her mysteries are set in England, Deborah Crombie was born in Dallas, Texas in 1952. She grew up in the same area, eventually attending Austin College where she received a degree in biology. After college, she lived for a time in the U.K. with her first husband, but returned to Texas, where she lives today with her second husband. She has one daughter, Kayti. She began her mystery career in 1993 and found success right away with her first Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novel. She continues to travel to the U.K. several times during the writing of each book.

What she writes: The series, set in current day England, features Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his Sergeant Gemma James. Gemma is a sometimes struggling single mother, smart and down-to-earth, but sometimes hot-tempered. Kincaid is more in control, at least on the outside. Together, they make an effective and intelligent crime-solving team. Interesting plots and well-developed characters make this series, which received critical acclaim from the very first book, a winner.


List of works
Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series
  A Share in Death (1993) A Finer End (2001)
  All Shall Be Well (1994) And Justice There is None (2002)
  Leave the Grave Green (1995) Now You May Weep (2003)
  Mourn Not Your Dead (1996) In a Dark House (2004)
  Dreaming of the Bones (1997) Water Like a Stone (2007)
  Kissed a Sad Goodbye (1999) Where Memories Lie (2008)


Agatha Award nomination for best first novel, 1993, for A Share in Death; Edgar Award nomination, Agatha Award nomination, Macavity Award, named New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," and "Top 100 Crime Novels of the Century," Independent Booksellers of America, all 1997, for Dreaming of the Bones.

What the critics say
"An extremely satisfying procedural with good plotting and excellent characterizations." - Booklist
"Crombie excels at investing her mysteries with rich characterization and a sophisticated wash of illuminating feminism." - Publishers Weekly
"The intriguing personal relationships and family dynamics drive this well-crafted, impressive mystery-drama." - Booklist


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