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"...Crombie has a fine eye for the details of London and how its myriad neighborhoods are changing. Necessary as Blood is another solid entry in her superior series."-The Florida Sun-Sentinel

Crombie’s latest Kincaid and James crime story is as rich in its picture of cultural and racial flux as it is in its framework of family dynamics… this latest in Crombie’s series tells a subtle and moving character-driven story. — Booklist

In this dazzling addition to Deborah Crombie's acclaimed mystery series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London's legendary East End…to solve one of the most challenging and disturbing cases they've ever faced. . . . — Fantastic Fiction

NECESSARY AS BLOOD is a fine fresh entry… — The Mystery Gazette

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #13)

Now the hippest neighborhood in London; historic Brick Lane in the East End is known as much for its delicious curries as its vintage clothing boutiques, its fashion designers, and its avant-garde artistic community.

But as always with revitalization and influx of wealth, there comes a clash of cultures, and the dark side of change. Artist Sandra Gilles has made a name for herself and a secure place for her mixed-race family in this vibrant community. But then Sandra disappears without a trace, leaving behind her three-year-old daughter, and her shocked and grieving husband is the prime suspect. When he vanishes as well, lives are shattered, bringing Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into an examination of the terrible and irreparable consequences of greed and temptation--and into a case that will change their own family forever.



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