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Now May You Weep: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2004
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Crombie (And Justice There Is None) offers her most captivating outing yet for Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, recently promoted to detective inspector from sergeant. Still getting over the depression caused by her miscarriage, Gemma accepts the invitation of a married friend, Hazel Cavendish, to attend a cooking weekend in Innesfree, Scotland. Gemma thinks the misty, atmospheric landscape of the Highlands, where fine whiskey is distilled and the brogues of the natives ring like music in the air, will be just what she needs to complete her recovery. However, Gemma's hopes are soon dashed by Hazel's revelation that she has come to Innesfree to meet her former lover, Donald Brodie, a handsome distillery owner. When someone shoots Donald dead, Hazel becomes a prime suspect. Gemma investigates, but must be careful to avoid stepping on the toes of DCI Alun Ross, the local authority in charge. Duncan leaves his own problems with his son, Kit, behind in London and joins Gemma in Scotland, but it's Gemma who mainly ferrets out the secrets of the large list of suspects, any one of whom could be the murderer. A master storyteller, Crombie weaves together all the pieces, including a parallel story from a century earlier, to create a fabric as rich and history-laden as a tartan plaid. With vivid settings, well-developed characters and a finely tuned mystery, this is a pure gem guaranteed to satisfy both police procedural and cozy fans.
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Here is a country house murder mystery very like the single malt whisky at the heart of it--many-layered, deceptively mellow, packing quite a kick. Crombie separates her popular series characters, Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Notting Hill Station Detective Inspector Gemma James, by having Gemma accompany her best friend to the Scottish Highlands for a cookery weekend. Gemma soon learns she was invited as a front for her married friend's assignation with her lover, the owner of a famous Highlands distillery. In the best Agatha Christie tradition, long-standing feuds seethe beneath the placid, well-heeled surface, all bubbling to the top with the friend's visit. Then Gemma stumbles over the distillery owner, killed with a shotgun blast. With that, Gemma and Kincaid join forces again in a sometimes-comic procedural dance, their steps watched jealously by the local constabulary. While sometimes too self-consciously cozy, this is, overall, delightful. Connie Fletcher
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A complex plot utilising the author's favourite technique of delving into the past generations to explain the angst of the current descendants. A little too much like a "romantic thriller" rather than a crime mystery perhaps. Some readers may be a tad disappointed to see some of their most likeable characters from earlier books going through very hard times - but Deborah Crombie seems to delight in dragging we readers back into reality rather than wallowing in too much pleasant fantasy about life as we may like it to be.
The conclusion is as expected from all her books - very satisfying with all the loose ends nicely tied up.
Meanwhile, Duncan, is with boys at home--dealing with some distressing news for his son, Kit. When Gemma calls, he goes to Scotland to help her.
Good writing, real characters and several suspects.
Now May You Weep is the ninth in a series of 13 novels Crombie has written since 1993 about the Scotland Yard duo of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The two are sleuths who live together with his son, her son, two personable dogs, and an indifferent cat in a fashionable London neighborhood.
Like every other novel in its series, I found Now May You Weep to be engrossing and difficult to set aside. The scene is not England this time but Scotland, where Gemma James, recently promoted to Inspector and still recovering from an especially traumatic miscarriage, has gone for a long weekend for a cooking course at a rural bed-and-breakfast with her best bud, Hazel Cavendish. Hazel, long a rock of stability in Gemma's topsy-turvy life, comes apart at the seams in the course of a weekend of shocking surprises and tragic events.
Crombie's work is especially strong in painting a picture of the local scene -- here, the Scottish highlands in all its stark, windswept glory. A major setting for the novel is an ancient distillery, which serves as the occasion for Crombie to explain in explicit and colorful detail how single-malt Scottish whiskey is made.
Now May You Weep is a stellar crime novel by a writer at the height of her powers. It's an exceptionally fine read.
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