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Now May You Weep (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9)

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A gripping story of family rivalry, romance and sinister deeds, set in the haunting Scottish Highlands. When Detective Inspector Gemma James is persuaded by her friend, Hazel, to take a trip to the Scottish Highlands, land of mists and fine whiskey, she jumps at the chance. But Gemma soon learns that Hazel has ulterior motives, and that her friend has concealed more than o ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2005 by Pan (first published July 1st 2004)
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Terri Lynn
Oct 11, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it did not like it
This is only the second of the 9 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James books I have not liked. There are several reasons but I will just list these:

(1) The Scottish "flavor" is thick and overpowering and is something I just don't like. I never liked Scotland and find I dislike most books set there. I love England, Wales, and Ireland but somehow never warmed to Scotland (though I love many Scottish people). I found myself wanting the characters to go home to London!

(2) The whiskey theme and the deadly dul
Jun 28, 2012 Carol/Bonadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is why I listen to books. Michael Deehy’s Scottish brogue instantly transported me into a country I have long wanted to visit -- Scotland -- and a world that intrigued me, that of generations-old family-run whiskey distilleries. I could practically taste the whiskey every time someone took a sip because the experience was so well described. It sent me to dust off my bottle of port. I know, port is not whiskey, but one works with what one has. However, to the story... Gemma Jones accompanies ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it
Shelves: mayhem, fiction, mystery
About fifty percent Scottishness--poetry, romance, moors, drams and bottles and casks of whisky, kilties, crummy weather, more whisky, salmon, thievery, alcoholism, porridge, miserliness, oatcakes, the occasional nip of gin, and grudge-holding.

About forty-seven percent murder mystery--violence, suspicion, lots of suspects, absconding.

About three percent paranormal twaddle.

In short, a guid read.
Apr 16, 2015 Claude rated it liked it
Perhaps I'm not interested enough in whiskey, but I've read better Kincaid and James. I found the plot a bit contrived compared to other books in the series. But this won't keep me from reading on
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
Crombie just seems to have a bottomless well of ideas and the ability to spindle them into a fantastic and addicting read.

This novel almost reminds me of a Share In Death, the book that started this fantastic series. A holiday gone wrong, Gemma is invited to her friend Hazel's old homeland in Scotland for what seems to be an innocent weekend of cooking school with some of Hazel's old childhood friends. What it is in fact, is Hazel's excuse to revisit an old lover, one she nearly married before a
Apr 22, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2012-reads
Very favorite installment of the series so far. Would have been five stars except once again the author travels unnecessarily into the land of the woo-woo with present day Hazel having prophetic (or rather anti-prophetic?) dreams of something that happened in the past over 100 years ago that of course has a direct impact of a present day murder.

I think this is the first time I really was upset and sad about the victim. So far in this series I have been apathetic about the actual life of he vict
Mar 01, 2014 Rosemary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite book in the Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series thus far. The plot seemed to hinge on a lot of improbabilities and coincidences, plus some woo-woo stuff (Gemma's friend Hazel is somehow dreaming the dreams of her long-dead great-grandmother?). I also could have done without the faux Scots dialect that some of the characters speak--it's stereotypical and intrusive, and doesn't really add much to the characterization.

Still, that's not much to complain about in a
Sheila Myers
Jul 14, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another interesting mystery in the Kincaid and James series. I like the way Deborah Crombie mixed the old journal entries into the present account.
Carolyn Hill
Apr 23, 2014 Carolyn Hill rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. I always enjoy Deborah Crombie's Gemma Janes/Duncan Kincaid mysteries and this one was no different, though I did feel it wasn't as good as some of her previous ones in the series. Now May You Weep starts off slowly - the murder doesn't happen until we've gotten to know the characters and situation. The pace eventually picks up and I did end up staying up late to finish it. This has Gemma James going off with her friend Hazel to a cooking weekend at a B&B in Scotland. ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Now May You Weep, by Deborah Crombie, A-minus, borrowed from the National Library Service for the Blind. Also available through

In this tenth book in the series, Gemma impulsively went with Hazel to Scotland to the home, and winery where she had been raised. They were going for a weekend, but Gemma soon found out that Hazel was planning to reunite with the man she almost married, from an opposing winery. It She was using the weekend to decide whether or not to leave Tim and live with
May 17, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2012
If you love great mysteries with a twist, you'll enjoy this ninth installment of the Kincaid/James series. This time, it's set in England and in the Scottish Highlands. For this series, the readers are introduced to a bit of historical fiction to set up the scene. When I've read this book, I'm transported back in time for those historical fiction flashbacks and then travel to the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Highlands. As a reader, the beautiful scenic depictions takes me there and late ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the ninth installment in the Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid Scotland Yard series with our heroes on the outside of a murder investigation involving Gemma's good friend and ex-landlord as a prime suspect. This book has the template of this series' earlier entries - the weaving of plots past and present, a cast of characters tied together in a murder investigation and Gemma and Duncan balancing police work with their personal relationship and children.

What is blatantly absent is a gripping st
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 21, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it liked it
Whisky is at the heart of this Deborah Crombie mystery featuring her detectives Gemma James, now promoted to Detective Inspector, and her partner Duncan Kinkaid. Gemma finds herself in Scotland, increasingly wrapped up in the problems of a precariously financed distillery owned by friends of her former housemate, Hazel Cavendish.

I learned more than I needed to know about how whisky is distilled, aged, bottled, and distributed. But I don’t drink the stuff and I would judge that anyone not alread
Apr 26, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Three and a half stars for this, because this Scottish story was a wee bit slow in getting interesting, and then I found the final explanation contrived, as Claude said; rather too suddenly and neatly wrapped up. But I really do enjoy the private thread about Duncan, Gemma and their little family.
Esther Somorai
Jun 21, 2014 Esther Somorai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from William Morrow through GoodReads, first-reads giveaway. Thank you.

This story gives you a real feel of the Highlands of Scotland, a small village, the wide open spaces, its hard working people to survive and endure in a harsh land. It's about the past generations and how they affect the present generation. It's about a crime and who did the deed and why that kept me guessing back and forth among the various characters.

I enjoyed this interesting, well-written read, the charact
Aug 27, 2014 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked the blend of stories from the past with the current events.

I liked the variety of families and their relationships.

I liked the vast array of suspects, all with reasons for and against being the murderer.

I just really like this series.
Aug 29, 2016 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 9 in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. This book in the series is definitely Gemma-centric. She has recovered from her miscarriage and has gone on a brief trip with Hazel to Scotland. Once there she realizes the trip is not simply a girl’s getaway, but that Hazel and others have ulterior motives connected to Hazel’s past and perhaps her future. There is also a plot involving Kit’s grandmother and her ongoing attempt for custody and a plot line in the form of Hazel’s ancestors w ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was honestly surprised that I liked this one as much as I did considering Duncan and Gemma aren't together until about halfway through. With the way the last book ended, I was hoping for them to acknowledge the baby but not much was said. So that was the only issues I had.

The rest of the book however was great. I love anything set in the Highlands and I really felt like I was there. I LOVED the fact that this investigation had to do with someone we know and love, Hazel. It made it that much m
Nov 06, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
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Jun 28, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Another good book in this series. like the change in scenery...

A gripping story of family rivalry, romance and sinister deeds, set in the haunting Scottish Highlands. When Detective Inspector Gemma James is persuaded by her friend, Hazel, to take a trip to the Scottish Highlands, land of mists and fine whiskey, she jumps at the chance. But Gemma soon learns that Hazel has ulterior motives, and that her friend has concealed more than one dangerous secret. At their remote B&B, Hazel encounters
Frida Hendriksen
Jan 10, 2015 Frida Hendriksen rated it really liked it
Nur wenn du mir vertraust,war mein erstes Buch von Deborah Crombie und ich kann nach dem Lesen des Buchens sagen,dass es nicht mein letztes sein wird. Ich bin absolut begeistert von der Geschichte aber vor allem von dem Schreibstil der Autorin! Sie beschreibt so blumig und detaliert, dass ich zeitweise das Gefühl hatte, dass ich die Geschichte als zweite Hauptperson live miterlebe! Die Autorin hat es geschafft, mich auf die Schottischen Highlands neugierig zu machen, da sie sehr viel über die La ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
This is a continuation of the Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series. Kincaid is a Scotland Yard inspector and Gemma is an inspector for the Met police. They have blended their families - Gemma's 4 year old son and Duncan's 12 year old son. In this book Gemma goes to Scotland for what she thinks is an innocent weekend with her friend Hazel. But she finds a tangled past there that Hazel didn't tell her about. When Hazel's former lover is found shot Gemma steps on the local detective's toes as she in ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

This was my first James / Kincaid mystery that I have read. However, I can tell I will be reading much more!

This book is just my style; filled with beautiful scenery (Scottish Highlands), well developed characters (Gemma and Hazel), and a true "Whodunit" in Agatha Christie style. I won't regurgitate the whole novel as there are many other reviews you can read for that. I will simply give my perspective as a first time reader of this series.

I c
Jul 21, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, light
Really between 3 and 4. At the start of this book (the ninth in the series) I developed a theory: For some reason Crombie feels compelled to occasionally move one of her main characters out of London and let them take a star turn alone. (She did this in the 7th book.) It's not such a great idea. They need to be together because I so like the interplay between them. So the first half of this book is, to my mind, weak. It's Gemma alone in Scotland. But it does improve as it goes along and maybe I ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gemma has gone with her friend, Hazel, for a cooking weekend in Scotland. Soon she finds out there's more on the agenda than just learning to cook. She also learns more of Hazel's past and the present state of her marriage. There is some tension and then...a man is found shot to death in the woods. Gemma tries to figure out the truth even though the police Inspector doesn't want her help.

Meanwhile, Duncan, is with boys at home--dealing with some distressing news for his son, Kit. When Gemma call
Tom Donaghey
NOW MAY YOU WEEP was originally published back in 2003 and is part of an ongoing series of British detective novels featuring Detective Inspector Gemma James and Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. This time out Gemma is on a cookery weekend with her friend Hazel Cavendish. They are at a small inn in Scotland and soon after their arrival the true reason for Hazel’s visit becomes clear. She is meeting an old flame, a man deeply involved in his family’s whiskey distillery.
I was a little
Jul 19, 2016 J.C. rated it it was ok
Gemma James is a Police Inspector; why does Crombie make her sound like an angry teenager? She needs to behave like the professional she’s supposed to be. (I have trouble enough taking her seriously after she slept with her boss!) She’d be livid if someone interfered with her investigation, yet she does it to another cop. These people have two sons, yet Kincaid goes running off to Scotland to help Gemma, who’s (1) not in danger, and (2) not involved in the investigation — in fact, she’s a suspec ...more
Deborah Crombie just keeps giving me everything I love in a mystery, and this time she throws in Scotland as the setting for a murder. Perfection! Gemma James, an Inspector with the British police and her friend Hazel Cavendish travel to the Highlands of Scotland to a B&B run by a former schoolmate and friend of Hazel's. Gemma quickly discovers that the weekend that she thinks is a cooking school adventure is much more personal for Hazel, who reconnects with her first and true love, Donald B ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Gemma James is invited to spend a weekend with her friend and neighbor Hazel Cavendish in the Scottish Highlands. For Hazel this is a return to her home, painful memories of her youth, and an old beau, Donald Brodie, who is trying to win her back. The two were prevented from marrying due to their feuding families. The narrative cuts between the weekend in Scotland and the distant past, explaining the genesis of the feud. When Brodie is murdered, Hazel is a suspect and Gemma tries to help her fri ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Katrin rated it liked it
I read this on my holidays and it was a nice read, although quite confusing. I did not like the flashbacks to the past since they seemed to not lead to anything. I did like all the explanations of how to make whiskey, the traditional whiskey making families and other descriptions of the scottish landscape and scottish manners. this was the reason i wanted to read this book. i could not finish it because i had to give it back to the hotel ^^ but i liked the police investigations until the point i ...more
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Deborah Crombie is the author of 15 novels featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James. The 16th Kincaid/James novel, To Dwell in Darkness, will be released by William Morrow in September, 2014.

Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.
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