Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie


Now May You Weep
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9
Genre: Mystery (police procedural)
Published by William Morrow & Company
E-book, purchased
416 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: 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 her former lover, Donald Brodie, now the owner of a well known local distillery. Their relationship had ended abruptly years before, when they had been driven apart by their parents. Now he is determined to win her back. But the lovers’ reunion yields shocking – and mortal – consequences. Suddenly all too aware of the distance between her and Kincaid, Gemma must come to terms with what she has learned.

It was a cold-blooded business, policing, thought Gemma, and for the first time, the knowledge that it had to be done did not make it seem more palatable.


“Hullo, love.” he said against her hair, his voice gentle. “I can’t let you out of my sight, can I, without your getting into trouble?”


  • Such a good book!
  • I loved reading about the whiskey making in Scotland. I really felt like I was at a distillery smelling the angels’ share! (The angels’ share is the amount of alcohol which evaporates from casks while they mature.)
  • Scotland is also described lyrically. The quotes from Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson are especially evocative.
  • In some ways the writing in this book reminds me of Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea–also about Scotland and also a book I loved.
  • The mystery is good, but almost overshadowed by the personal events in the book.
  • Gemma discovers she doesn’t know nearly as much about her friend Hazel as she thought. Hazel has always been so calm and competent and so helpful with her insights and advice…a good therapist. We sometimes forget the people who help others are also human and make mistakes in their own lives. It’s easy to put people on pedestals and if they fall to feel betrayed.
  • Once again, the past affects people’s lives and we learn a bit about what happened in Scotland in the late 1890’s and the effects on the characters in the story. Though the effects were not exactly what I thought they were as I was reading. There were a few red herrings in this story!


  • I don’t like reading about infidelity in marriage, but this book doesn’t glorify it. The ramifications and heartbreak are shown.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • As many of my blog readers know I’ve loved discovering and reading Deborah Crombie’s mysteries. Since September this is the ninth book I’ve read!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie”

  1. I think this was my least favorite in the series. I didn’t like the infidelity aspect or what we learned about Hazel who was a character I had always liked. I didn’t dislike this one but my standard for Crombie’s books is really high and this one just didn’t quite live up.


    1. I totally understand what you mean, Katherine. I was disappointed with Hazel, too. But I thought the author handled it realistically. . . not everything came out okay. Our actions have consequences. I also thought it was a wake-up call for Duncan and Gemma and they realize they need to keep working at communication in their relationship.

      Also I love the Scotland setting!


  2. Excellent review! The infidelity by a character I really liked was very hard for me, and caused me to DNF this book and pause in reading the series for over a year. It’s a bit of a trigger for me, as is any kind of serious betrayal by sympathetic characters. I do agree that Crombie shows the negative ramifications, which helps. And the book is, as all her books are, well-written. I may give it another try, or I may just plow ahead with the series without finishing this one; I’m definitely planning to continue with them this year.


    1. Thanks, Lark. I can understand not wanting to finish this. Betrayal in a book is hard to read about especially in an ongoing series. I would probably just move on to the next book, Lark, rather than trying to read this one again.


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