Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie


All Shall Be Well
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British)
Published by Scribner, 1994
E-book, Purchased
268 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and doomed? As Kincaid and his capable and appealing assistant Sergeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman’s strange history, a troubling puzzle begins to take shape — a bizarre amalgam of good and evil, of charity and crime . . . and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.


It is sooth that sin is cause of all this pain,

But all shall be well and all shall be well and

all manner of things shall be well.

–Juliana of Norwich, 15th century


No older woman-younger man scenario possible: dying made one acceptably non-threatening.


  • I like this mystery a lot. It deals with the idea of mercy killing, assisted suicide, whether and when to live or die.
  • The characters in this book are so interesting. We find out more about Duncan and Gemma, but I also like that we meet the Major and Jasmine who live in the same building as Duncan.
  • When Jasmine dies Duncan feels guilty he hadn’t visited her in the last day or two so he investigates her death, but doesn’t really think he will find it was murder.
  • Much of the story is told from Jasmine’s POV. A lot of it from her journals. I enjoyed learning more about her even after she died. She has led such an interesting life.
  • There are a number of likely suspects and the plot is well crafted. I didn’t figure out the mystery until near the end.
  • I really like the working relationship between Duncan and Gemma. He doesn’t condescend to her.
  • I also like finding out more about Gemma and her family life…a single mom working as a cop, an ex-husband who stops paying child support.


  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • Book 2 is quite different from the first book in the series. I like when an author isn’t predictable when writing a mystery series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie”

  1. I loved this book but it’s been a long time since I’ve read it. I’d like to go back and read it though. I agree about loving Gemma and Duncan’s relationship. It just works. The newer books are a bit darker and the relationship has changed but it’s still great and it still feels very real. I’m so glad you’re enjoying her books!


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