I have read the 108th book for the book challenge. It was Now May You Weep (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James) by Deborah Crombie.
In this book in the series, Gemma and Duncan are living together but have still not decided on marriage. Gemma has agreed to go for a long weekend to Scotland with her friend Hazel Cavendish. They are going to a cooking weekend, to a bed-and-breakfast where they will participate in cooking classes.
Gemma and Hazel arrive in North Scotland and Hazel is reunited with an old boyfriend, Donald Brodie, at the cooking classes. It becomes obvious that the cooking classes were just an excuse for Hazel to meet Donald. Gemma is upset, as Hazel is married to their friend Tim. The owners of the B & B are John and Louise, also friends of Hazel. Louise has known Hazel since they were girls. Also at t the B & B are Heather, a cousin of Hazel’s who works for Donald in his whiskey distillery; Pascal, who wants to buy the distillery; and Martin, the brother of John.
The weekend begins with a cooking class and Hazel and Donald meeting each other clandestinely. Then on the second day, Hazel gets up early and is gone when Gemma get up and goes walking. Gemma hears a gun shot. She goes to investigate and finds Donald Brodie shot dead by the stream. Hazel is suspected.
The local investigators are called. Hazel is the prime suspect. She had quarreled with Donald the night before. Also the night before, an old girlfriend of Donald’s had shown up at the B & B and there was a scene. Hazel swears she was at the train station this morning planning to go home when Donald was shot.
Meanwhile, back in London, Kit has run away from home when he hears that his adopted father is remarrying. Duncan is frantic to find him and finally does but does not want to worry Gemma. Gemma tells him about Hazel and he goes to talk to Tim and find he cannot find Tim. Tim has disappeared, too.
Gemma is doing her own investigating. It appears that John’s gun was used to kill Donald. The gun cannot be found. Then the man who came with Donald’s old girlfriend is poisoned. It is found that Hazel’s story about being at the train station is true. She is let go. The man who was poisoned was poisoned with pills from someone at the B & B.
Then the gun is discovered in the stream. John is suspected. So is Martin and Pascal. Hazel has been the left the bulk of Donald’s inheritance. She has been left his whiskey distillery.
Duncan comes to Scotland to help Gemma after he finds Kit. He also learns that Tim had come to Scotland looking for Hazel. He had been at the B & B, too.
There are no shortage of suspects. But the motive of murder is jealousy. And it is a long-held motive, as Gemma learns.
I’ll not give away the plot as it is a good one and it involves the whiskey distillery and long-lost loves. This is a mystery that Gemma and Duncan do not solve on their home patch but in the wilds of Scotland. And they have to be careful not to step on the toes of the local police. It is a convoluted but good story.