Like many others, I always look forward a new Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James adventure by Deborah Crombie. Spending time with familiar characters and expecting a well-plotted mystery is pretty much a guarantee with each new book in this well-established series.
A weekend in the Cotswolds with DS Melody Talbot's wealthy and influential sounds like a pleasant respite for the Kincaide/James family.
Of course, you know that isn't going to happen. A deadly car crash and some unexplained deaths keep the ball rolling in this latest addition.
Chef Viv Holland's opportunity to cater a luncheon for food bloggers and critics would allow her to display her talents and enhance her reputation, and Viv personally likes Melody Talbot's mother, who is hosting the luncheon.
However, Viv is also struggling with an unpleasant visit from her past and an unhappy eleven-year-old daughter. Additionally, the deaths of two people in the car accident, followed by more mysterious deaths have connections to Viv's pub.
As the connections to both the Talbot's home and Viv's pub continue to occur, Duncan and Gemma join with the local constabulary to find the guilty party and prevent more deaths.
I'm almost tempted to start with the first book and read the entire series again because the characters are so engaging. Not just Duncan and Gemma, but their children, friends, and minor characters. In fact, I'd love to see some of the minor characters again.
This is one of my favorite series not just for the characters, but also for the police procedural aspects.
Read in May. Blog review scheduled for Sept. 16, 2019.
NetGalley/ Harper Collins
Police Procedural. Oct. 8, 2018. Print length: 384 pages.