First Line: Wrapped in her warmest cloak and shawl, Livvy Urquhart paced the worn kitchen flags.
Denis started asking me how many books we had left in Crombie's excellent mystery series, so I knew it was time to read the next one. The man's not going to be satisfied until we're completely caught up and dancing around waiting for the next one!
In this ninth book of the series, Gemma needs time to recuperate from recent events, and her friend, Hazel Cavendish, persuades her to come along with her for a weekend cooking course at a bed and breakfast in the Highlands of Scotland. Gemma loves the scenery, and is enjoying herself until she learns that Hazel wanted to take the course as a cover for meeting an old lover. The "old lover" is Donald Brodie, the handsome owner of a local whiskey distillery. When Donald's body is found in a meadow close to the bed and breakfast, Hazel immediately becomes the prime suspect, and Gemma has to walk a fine line between finding the killer and keeping local DCI Alun Ross happy.
This book kept me slightly off balance because Duncan Kincaid has very little to do with the primary action, having his hands full with developments surrounding his son, Kit. Crombie is a master at making this couple so interesting that we care just as much about what is going on in their personal lives as we do the mystery. As in other books in the series, there is also an older plot thread running throughout, this time bringing in the element of whiskey distilling families in the area and long-standing feuds which can come between them.
All in all, vintage Crombie, and a very enjoyable addition to the series!
Crombie's books don't normally make me feel tearful but this one did. I highly recommend all of her books.
Entertaining as always. I enjoyed the setting in Scotland this time. Most of her books are in England - all are delightful. This was entertaining but not one of my faves. That said, excellent, entertaining and captivating but some of her other books have more excitement.
well-done mystery-made a 4-hour flight painless.
Scottish Highlands, involvement in a friend's past, murder, and Det Inspector Gemma Jones is far from home and in harm's way
Another satisfying installment in a very good series.
This series about Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid are some of my favorites. You can't go wrong with any of them.
In this book, the ninth in her Kincaid/James series finds Gemma going to Scotland with her friend, Hazel Cavendish who gets involved with a past lover and a murder. Good
Ninth in the series, and a new reader could start here although you'd be missing the full import of some character developments. As she often does, Crombie intersperses the story with one from years ago, relating to the troubles of the present day. Lots of suspects presented, and quite a lot of background about how Scotch whiskey is made. I like this series a lot, although I admit that it's the characters that keep me coming back for more and not necessarily the cleverness of the mystery.
Another mystery in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. This one involves Gemma's friend Hazel.