And Justice There is None Book Review
Updated: Apr 11
Welcome to another Crawford’s Mysteries and More! Book Club Novel Review. Novels read in book club will fall into the following categories: Detective (crime is solved by a detective/police officer), Cozy (no violence), Caper (told from the criminal’s POV), and More (not strictly a mystery)! Mysteries will be reviewed based upon the crime taking place, the intrigue of the information that gets revealed, the relative success of red herrings, and the satisfaction of the ending.
And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie is a Detective Mystery Novel. It is the 8th book in an 18-book series (with more on the way) in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series. If you’re more of a traditionalist, you can start with the first book in the series, A Share in Death. Otherwise, Crombie drops you into the story and you’re none the wiser. The number one thing to watch out for is where you'd like to start in Duncan and Gemma's relationship. (Hint, if you want to see them fall in love, start with the beginning. If you want to see them move in together, start with this book).
Crombie gives it to you straight and simple: the novel starts off with a murder and it's up to the Duncan/Gemma team to solve the case. To hook the reader, Crombie actually starts off from the point of view of the killer right before he makes the kill, and then leaves you wanting more until the very end where she gives it to you. Crombie does a great job of feeding you just enough information to keep your mouth watering, but not enough to satisfy you, so it keeps the pages turning. She gives you a few red herrings, but they are pretty quickly discounted because of the relationships these characters have with the detectives. I was satisfied with the ending, although I could have done with even more intrigue. There is one section of the climax where the killer meets Duncan and Gemma's kids and I think my heart would have been in my throat longer if she had done more with that. All told, I give the ending an 8/10.
If you're looking for that intriguing mystery without any of the heavy lifting of needing to know history and backstory, check out And Justice There is None. The perks: if you love it, there’s a whole series to dive into!
Pick up your copy soon. And Justice There is None is Crawford's Books’ April Book Club pick. Grab your copy today and then join the virtual meeting on April 8, from 6:30-7:30pm.
Interested in what the Mysteries and More Book Club is reading? Check out past reviews and what’s on the horizon: 1/14 Magpie Murders, 2/11 The Henna Artist, 3/11 Mr. Mercedes, 4/8 And Justice There is None, 5/13 The Song of Achilles, 6/10 The Big Sleep, 7/8 The Ice Princess, 8/12 The Devil and the Dark Water, 9/9 A Duty to the Dead, 10/14 Long Bright River, 11/11 The Guest List, 12/ 9 American Dirt