Necessary as Blood
By Ann
Nov 1, 2009 - 9:49:26 AM

Sandra Gilles left her daughter, Charlotte, with her friend to run an errand but never returns.  Since then, her husband, Naz Malik, has been going through the motions caring for his daughter and working as a lawyer on a case regarding unpaid labor for a Bangladeshi restaurateur.  When Naz fails to come home one evening, the babysitter is frantic and calls Naz’s friend, Tim Cavendish, for help while he is with Detective Gemma James and his estranged wife, Hazel.  Things go from bad to worse when Naz is found dead in the park.  When Gemma notices a mistake by the investigator, the case winds up in Duncan Kincaid’s lap.  With Gemma’s help, Duncan and his team discover not everything is what it seems and that life and love is a precious commodity.

NECESSARY AS BLOOD is not for the faint of heart.  It deals with the dark side of human behavior like racial problems and child exploitation.  Through it all, Gemma and Duncan lean on each other for help and support.  What I love about this series is that each case is a standalone but everything else is continual journey.  It’s like getting a snapshot of their daily life with each book.  The regular secondary characters continue to grow but young Charlotte will quickly grab your heart.  She is such a scene stealer!  NECESSARY AS BLOOD is a dark story but Ms. Crombie treats the victims with dignity.  My only wish was for an epilogue with true justice for the victims.  However, the book has wonderful changes in Gemma and Duncan’s relationship that are both romantic and sweet.  Ms. Crombie’s series continues to evolve and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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