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Now May You Weep    by Deborah Crombie order for
Now May You Weep
by Deborah Crombie
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William Morrow, 2003 (2003)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've been a long-time fan of this long-running series (this episode is the ninth) and have found that it keeps steadily getting better. Now May You Weep is a classic whodunit, rather in the Agatha Christie style, but with the added dimension of a link back in time to a short parallel story that affects the current mystery.

At this point in the series, Gemma Jones (now a Detective Inspector) and Duncan Kincaid have moved in together, along with their two children from previous marriages. One touching sub-plot to this story relates to Duncan's relationship with his son Chris, who is legally under the guardianship of his stepfather, and whose grandmother sues for custody.

Gemma and her supportive old friend Hazel leave their respective kids with Duncan and Hazel's husband Tim, and head to the Highlands for a cooking class week-end at the Innesfree Inn. There, Gemma is hit with quite a few surprises. First she finds that Hazel came from the area, and then discovers that her friend is meeting her past, but passionate, lover, Donald Brodie - owner of the Benvulin distillery - unbeknownst to Tim.

In parallel with the present story, readers follow another, involving Hazel's great-grandmother Livvy, forbidden romance, murder, secrets, and antipathy between families. The modern tale links back to it, after Hazel comes under suspicion of murder and begins to have ancestral visions. It's cleverly plotted, the murderer somewhat unexpected, and the background of whisky distilling adds to the interest.

Settle down with an aged single malt, take a sniff and a sip, and imbibe Now May You Weep - a multi-flavored read with intriguing depths.

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