Now May You Weep

Now May You Weep

Book - 2003
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New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie has garnered tremendous praise -- and has been nominated for virtually every major mystery award -- for her piercing police procedurals featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, who are personally and professionally entwined. Now Gemma takes center stage when a lethal crime of passion turns a recreational trip to Scotland into pure bloody business.

Though her reputation for delving into the heart of murder is matched only by that of her former partner and current lover, Duncan Kincaid, newly appointed Detective Inspector Gemma James has never thought to question her friend Hazel Cavendish about her past. So it is quite a shock when Gemma learns that their holiday retreat to a hotel in the Scottish Highlands is, in fact, a homecoming for native daughter Hazel -- and an event that has provoked strong reactions from the small community. Something is definitely amiss -- and that something is quite possibly Donald Brodie, the charming if intense Scotsman who is a guest as well.

The truth comes out before long: Hazel and Brodie were once lovers, despite a vicious, long-standing feud between their families, rival local distillers of fine whisky. Their affair was fierce and passionate, and its fire might not have burned out completely. Certainly Brodie, now the domineering head of the family business, believes his "Juliet" still belongs to him alone -- and he's prepared to destroy Hazel's English marriage to make it so.

A brutal murder puts Hazel's very life in peril when she's arrested for the crime. Hazel is the logical suspect, but Gemma knows nothing is simple in this place of secrets and long-seething hatreds. As even more damning evidence piles up against the friend Gemma never truly knew, the investigation into Hazel and Brodie's history begins to take darker, more sinister and tumultuous turns. Gemma knows she will need assistance to unravel this bloody knot -- and so she calls the one man she trusts more than any other, Duncan Kincaid, to join her far from home . . . and in harm's way.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2003.
ISBN: 9780060525231
Characteristics: 367 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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May 18, 2018

This is the 9th book in the series KIncaid/Gemma detectives. Her good friend Hazel runs into deep personal trouble at a get-away for a weekend location in Scotland. Inspector Gemma is the key role in uncovering the specifics of this plot, and later in the plot, Kincaid comes to help Gemma and Hazel with some discoveries.
Crobie always drives the mystery plot forward with some wiggles in the road; I'd say she's skilled at getting the reader to think that a handful of characters are likely the killer; but who, in particular? That's always the surprise in Crombie's plots.
I agree that the ending is not as much to my liking because of it seeming unlikely with that character.

rb3221 Nov 13, 2017

Family rivalries,100 year old flashbacks, set in the Scottish Highlands, lots of suspects, suspense and plot twists are the features of this novel. We experience Gemma as the lead character with Duncan as the able assistant. The secondary plots with Duncan, Gemma and their families adds a nice dimension to the novel. I enjoyed this very much except for the somewhat surprising and not totally believable ending with Hazel's decision.

Apr 16, 2013

So-so entry in the Kincaid/James series. Though I figured out the murderer following Crombie's usual ploy of picking a peripheral character, I feel a bit cheated. A major fact about the character and her relationship with the victim is left out. No fair. Nothing too big or unexpected in the side story of our heroes relationship. It'll interesting to see how Crombie will work the plots since Duncan and Gemma are no longer partners at work.

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