Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie


And Justice There is None
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 8
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British)
Published by Bantam, 2002
E-book, Library
416 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes that include her eagerly sought promotion to the rank of inspector–and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill.

Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain dealer in London’s bustling Portobello Market, appears absolutely devastated by her death, but Gemma’s the main focus of investigation is soon Karl Arrowood, who had the most powerful motive for killing his unfaithful wife. But this case sets off warning bells for Duncan: it’s far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way and when the escalating violence claims yet another victim, he and Gemma find themselves at increasing odds with each other–as two separate investigations become linked in the most startling of ways. Their hunt for a killer will traverse the teeming stalls of the city’s antiques markets to a decades-in-the-making vendetta of history and hatred that has been honed to a flawless, deadly point. To solve this case, Gemma and Duncan must walk a merciless razor’s edge through a place where true justice will be a long time coming.

When she could hear him again, he was saying, “–reason for ringing. Doug Cullen and his girlfriend have invited us for dinner on Saturday night–”

“Saturday? We’re moving on Saturday!”

“All the better. Kit can watch Toby, and we won’t have to cook. A nice gesture on Cullen’s part, I thought. I’ll tell him about seven, all right? See you tonight, love.”

The phone went dead, but Gemma sat for a long moment with it pressed to her ear, thinking thoughts of murder.


  • I didn’t realize this took place at Christmas time until I started reading. Since I had just completed the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon it fit right in.
  • The personal lives of Gemma and Duncan move along in this book. I enjoyed seeing that.
  • Even though they don’t work together anymore–Gemma is an Inspector now working at the Notting Hill Station and Duncan is still at Scotland Yard, but they still find ways to work together on cases. In this instance, Duncan noticed a case he had worked on was similar to the case Gemma is working. Then they need to figure out if there’s a link and what it is.
  • I like the history excerpts about Notting Hill and Portobello Market at the beginning of each chapter.
  • At the beginning of most of the chapters there are flashbacks to the late 1950’s and 1960’s. I spent much of the book trying to figure out who the people were in the present day. It was a mystery within the mystery.
  • As usual this is a good mystery.
  • As I’ve noted in other reviews the past is important to the present and why the mystery and murder happens.
  • Gemma faces some of the same problems women everywhere sometimes face when they are in a supervisory position–especially in a traditionally male dominated job like police work.
  • There are some sad parts in this book, but they’re realistic.
  • I really like the maps in the books I’ve gotten from the library. They spotlight the places important to the story.


  • None

And a few thoughts. . .

  • This is now one of my favorite series I started this year.

Have you read any of this series? How do 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.

3 thoughts on “Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie”

  1. You’re on a real mystery kick at the moment! I like the sound of a woman facing challenges (and overcoming them!) in a traditionally male-dominated field. It’s sad how pervasive sexism can be in police jobs, but it sounds like Gemma handles it well.


    1. I’m having so much fun reading mysteries. Gemma is a good character–not perfect, but very interesting and fun to see what she’s going to do next.


  2. I was waiting for you to get to this one! I think it was my favorite of the series. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to catching up on the series and doing a little reread next year. Great review!


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