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Now May You Weep

(Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,911 ratings  ·  248 reviews
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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Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now You May Weep by Deborah Crombie is a 2005 publication.

After suffering a personal loss, Gemma is trying to move forward with her life. She and Duncan are now co-habitating and raising Kit and Toby together. But, a girls’ only get away with her best friend, Hazel, sounds like fun. However, Hazel has ulterior motives for taking this trip and may have mislead her friend.

Soon enough, Gemma learns things about Hazel that shakes her faith in the possibility of anyone truly enjoying a long lasting
Terri Lynn
Oct 11, 2012 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
Mar 05, 2014 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
Jun 24, 2012 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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, mayhem
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.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3 stars.

I enjoyed the Scotland settings but not so much the story. (view spoiler). I'm interested in seeing what happens next with Duncan and Gemma.
Mar 01, 2014 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
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really 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.

I enjoyed the second reading.
Carolyn Hill
Apr 22, 2014 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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2012-reads, mystery
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
Sheila Myers
Jul 14, 2016 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.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been several years since I read this first in the series, so jumping in at 9 is a bit unusual for me.

I enjoyed the weekend cooking school in Scotland setting. The plot was excellent, and the writing very clear and straightforward.

I had no problem picking up the threads of Gemma's life, no apparent spoilers for earlier books that I am aware of. Besides, it might be another few years before I resume the series in sequence, and by then I may have forgotten the specifics revealed here.

I borro
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
the relationship of Kincaid and James has grown and evolved and that is one of the many reasons that I love Crombie. Most series the characters relationships stay stagnant yet in this one she allows the people to grow and make mistakes and love and live
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, serial-mystery
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
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
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Detective Inspector Gemma James joins her friend on a cooking class trip to Scotland. The class held at a small B&B in the highlands has several guests besides the two women, the brother of the inns co-owner, a French businessman and the owner of a nearby distillery. Some cooking goes on but the main theme is that Gemma's friend who once lived in the area and was almost married to the distillery owner is still attracted despite being long married. When the Owner turns up dead, every one ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jun 20, 2011 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
Esther Somorai
Feb 19, 2014 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
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really 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 do so enjoy the private thread about Duncan, Gemma and their little family.

Re-read: audiobook format, with fantastic narration by Michael Deehy! Although I enjoyed re-reading this novel, I was not quite as enchanted with the change of setting and the plot as I have been with the o
Aug 05, 2014 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.
Sherrie Marshall Spitz
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another killer Gemma and Kincaid escapade. Well done! Again!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NOW MAY YOU WEEP by Deborah Crombie is the 9th installment of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series.
I did enjoy this title. The maps are gorgeous. We are transported to Scotland. We are learning about the whiskey trade and its history and importance to the area. Every chapter has a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson. (Duncan’s son, Kit, is even reading KIDNAPPED by Robert Louis Stevenson for a school assignment.)
NOW MAY YOU WEEP is like many of of Ms. Crombie’s previous titles - a mystery
Nancy Ellis
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, its characters, settings, and story lines. This time Gemma is in Scotland with her friend Hazel, staying at a Bed & Breakfast for a supposed cooking school weekend. Actually, unknown to Gemma, Hazel is there to meet the man she is considering leaving her husband for, her old flame from years ago. 100+ pages are devoted to getting to know the "players" and making the reader wonder who will be the victim and who will be the murderer. Meanwhile, back in London, Duncan is dea ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
Gemma and her friend Hazel have gone to Scotland for a cooking class over a long weekend. This is actually a homecoming for Hazel, and a chance to reconnect with her former lover, who is found shot to death, with Hazel a preliminary suspect. Gemma can't help but try to help with the investigation, and of course the local police don't appreciate her interference, a situation common to murder mysteries, but I often wonder how common in real life. The setting comes to life as we learn about the dis ...more
Jeannine Stewart
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Gemma recently suffered a loss and was looking forward to a trip to a Scottish Inn for some cooking classes with her friend Hazel, however, Hazel had other reasons for this trip. Meanwhile Kincaid is home with the children and dealing with new drama on the home front. Of course there is a murder and everyone at the inn is suspect, even Gemma for a while. Lots of whiskey drinking, brewery history and distilling data...….perhaps too much info. And a back story, a family history from an old journal ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this series. Gemma takes the reins in this outing which finds her in the highlands with a friend who is toying with rekindling an old love. The only problem is she is still married and Gemma is less than happy to have been brought into the middle of this get away weekend. They are supposed to be at a B & B attending a cooking classes. When the boyfriend is found murdered the suspects are numerous. The local police take charge and Gemma is soon butting heads with the inspector! Duncan is ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was disappointing compared to the other Kincaid & James books I've read. It was more soap opera than mystery and centered around the life of Gemma's friend Hazel. The murder didn't happen until a third of the way through the book, and the investigation seemed to play second fiddle to the ins and outs of the character's dramas. In fact, neither Gemma nor Duncan were actual official investigators, since it took place in Scotland, and they sort of just poke around a little bit. In the end, ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The more I read the books in this series, the more I enjoy it! Gemma accompanies her friend Hazel to a cooking weekend in Scotland, not knowing that Hazel is returning to her former home, and that Hazel's first love would be there. Of course, tragedy happens when Donald is murdered during the weekend. Gemma calls upon Duncan for help...Meanwhile, at home, Kit refuses to submit to a paternity DNA test to prove Duncan is his father when Ian calls from Canada and changes Kit's summer holiday plans. ...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.

Other books in the series

Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #1)
  • All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #2)
  • Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #3)
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