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Deborah Crombie

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Deborah Crombie was born and educated in Texas. After living in both England and Scotland, she wrote her first Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid / Sergeant Gemma James novel. A Share in Death [Scribner, 1993], was subsequently given Agatha and Macavity nominations for Best First Novel of 1993. Her fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones [Scribner, 1997] was given a Edgar award nomination by Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel in 1997. It was a New York Times Book of the Year, and was chosen by the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century.

Genres: Mystery

Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (1997) : Dreaming of the Bones
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Dreaming of the Bones
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (1998) : Dreaming of the Bones
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : Water Like a Stone
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2009) : Where Memories Lie

Deborah Crombie recommends
The Listener (2004)
(Rush / Chinbroski, book 1)
Steve Copling
"A fast paced, gritty, and compelling debut from a talented new voice in crime fiction."
Still Life (2005)
(Chief Inspector Gamache, book 1)
Louise Penny
"A gem of a debut novel--clever, charming, with perceptively realized characters... and the enormously appealing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. I can't wait for the next installment."
The Crossing Places (2009)
(Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, book 1)
Elly Griffiths
"These books are must-reads."
The Day of Small Things (2010)
(Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mystery, book 5)
Vicki Lane
"A lyrical, evocative, and haunting portrait of life in the Appalachians... Birdie will steal your heart."
Vienna Waltz (2011)
(Rannoch Fraser Mystery, book 3)
Teresa Grant (Tracy Grant)
"A perfect blend of history, mystery, romance, and suspense."
Death of a Mad Hatter (2014)
(Hat Shop Mystery, book 2)
Jenn McKinlay
"A delightful new heroine."
The Wild Inside (2015)
(Glacier Mystery, book 1)
Christine Carbo
"Fans of Nevada Barr will love this tense, atmospheric thriller with its majestic Glacier National Park setting. The Wild Inside is a stunning debut!"
The Paris Librarian (2016)
(Hugo Marston, book 6)
Mark Pryor
"Mark Pryor's books are at the top of my DON'T MISS list. If you haven't read this series yet, start now!."
Inherit the Bones (2016)
(Detective Gemma Monroe, book 1)
Emily Littlejohn
"A sure bet for one of the finest debut novels of the year."
Love & Death in Burgundy (2017)
(French Village Mystery, book 1)
Susan C Shea
"Charming, nuanced, and stylishly clever...a contemporary mystery with a Golden Age touch. It made me want to pack my suitcase and move to Burgundy."
Silent Rain (2017)
(Macy Greeley Mystery, book 4)
Karin Salvalaggio
"Detective Macy Greeley is the kind of tough and complex character that I can't wait to see more of."
The Glenister Papers (2019)
(Rannoch Fraser Mystery, book 19)
Tracy Grant
"Shimmers like the finest salons in Vienna."
The Long Call (2019)
(Detective Matthew Venn, book 1)
Ann Cleeves
"Unputdownable series debut! With an evocative setting, a gripping plot, and beautifully drawn characters, The Long Call is a terrific read - and Matthew Venn is my new favorite detective."
Death on Tuckernuck (2020)
(Merry Folger, book 6)
Francine Mathews
"Mathews’s prose is elegant, her heroine appealing, her setting vivid, and her characters shine."
The Mountains Wild (2020)
(Maggie D'arcy, book 1)
Sarah Stewart Taylor
"The Mountains Wild should top everyone's must-read list this year!."
Desolate Places (2021)
(Callie Anson, book 5)
Kate Charles
"For lovers of British mystery, you can't top KC to shine a humane yet revealing light on crime, faith, family, love and human frailty in her compelling mysteries. Highly recommended!."

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