A Bitter Feast

Morrow. (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Bk. 18). Oct. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780062271662. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062271686. M
The chance to spend a quiet weekend at Beck House, a country estate in the Cotswolds, soon turns into a “working” holiday for Scotland Yard detectives (and husband and wife) Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James when a fatal car accident is quickly followed by several other fatalities. The deaths all seem to link to local chef Viv Holland. Viv, who’s returned to her hometown after years in London, has been hired to cater a charity luncheon being sponsored by Duncan and Gemma’s weekend hosts. In the 18th elegantly written installment in her long-running series featuring Kincaid and James (after Garden of Lamentations), Crombie gracefully puts a modern spin on the quintessential British Golden Age village mystery.
VERDICT This superbly entertaining crime novel will delight mystery fans who crave character-rich, classically composed mysteries in the style and manner of those written by the late, great P.D. James. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]

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