Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.
The latest in Crombie's series starring Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Inspector Gemma James (And Justice There Is None) finds the two leaving their usual London beat for the Scottish Highlands. Gemma's good friend Hazel Cavendish invites her to attend a cooking weekend. Unbeknown to Gemma, Hazel is also going to decide this weekend whether she should leave her husband for Donald Brodie, the man she almost married years ago. When a murder puts Hazel under suspicion, Duncan joins them to lend his support, even though he is dealing with his ex-mother-in-law's attempt to gain custody of his son. Crombie again has written an intense mystery, full of believable characters. Scotland comes alive with whisky distilleries and through an old family diary that is interwoven in the story. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/03.]-Deborah Shippy, Moline P.L., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Leave the Grave Green "... tidily plotted and neatly
written... The genuine article."--Kirkus Reviews
"Crombie has mastered the genre of Agatha Christie."--Commonwealth Journal
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. Agent, Nancy Yost. (On sale Oct. 7) Forecast: Crombie has been nominated for Edgar, Agatha and Macavity awards. This time she may finally win one. A six-city author tour can't hurt. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.