In this second novel featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Superintendent Kincaid is trying to solve the mystery of the death of a neighbor and friend, Jasmine Dent. Jasmine was terminally ill with cancer, and wanted to die in her own home, but somehow, Duncan finds her death suspicious. First of all, although she has decided to end her sufferings with morphine when she couldn’t handle them anymore, according to her ex-colleague and friend Meg, it seemed that she had changed her mind recently, and found a new appreciation in what was left of a life she had finally decided to live until its natural end. Also, she had set an appointment with her brother Theo for the day after, and Duncan cannot believe that this gentle woman could have played such a gloomy trick on her brother…

Authorized to spend a couple of days digging into his suspicions, Duncan, helped by Gemma, learns what he can about Jasmine’s past, partly by reading the diaries she had written throughout her life, and discovers that he knew almost nothing about this secretive woman, who lived her childhood in India, and then moved to cold England after the death of her father to live with an aunt she despised…

All Shall Be Well is a very interesting story, Deborah Crombie’s characters are well drawn and the two main protagonists, Duncan and Gemma, are likeable, with a relationship hovering between friendship and mutual attraction. I usually like twisted mysteries, with more narrative threads than in this one, but there is a simplicity to Crombie’s novels that I also enjoy, “simplicity” in the sense that the narration focuses on the investigation, and does not digress on other themes, not “simplicity” as in predictability of the outcome. I liked All Shall Be Well better that Crombie’s first novel, A Share In Death, therefore I have a lot of hope for the novels that follow…

Rating: 4/5