Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep-at last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, to a startling conclusion: Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already doomed? As Kincaid and his appealing assistant Sergeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman's strange history, a troubling puzzle emerges: a bizarre amalgam of charity and crime-and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.
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by Deborah Crombie
"Michael Deehy's solemn voice provides a courtly eloquence to Deborah Crombie's moody police procedural. When his neighbor, Jasmine Dent, dies, Superintendent Duncan Kinkaid is not surprised since Jasmine had terminal cancer. However, when her journals are found, Duncan and his partner, Sergeant Gemma James, suspect her death was not from natural causes. As they go through the journals, Deehy's narration makes every new discovery about Jasmine's personal life fascinating. His performance gives multiple dimensions to each of the possible suspects, including Jasmine's failure of a brother, Theo; her day nurse, Felicity; her friend, Margaret; and Margaret's money-hungry boyfriend. Deehy allows Crombie's subtle clues to reveal themselves in ordinary, completely human ways. He is nicely understated as Duncan and Gemma's connection deepens and the mystery slowly unfolds. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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