Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The roots of the mystery in this, the 12th book in the Gemma Jones and Duncan Kincaid series by Deborah Crombie, lie in Nazi Germany and the escape from the Nazis of Gemma’s friend Dr Erika Rosenthal and her husband David. Her father was a well-known jeweler and he sent with her his masterpiece, a diamond brooch, which disappeared during the escape.
When a friend spots this diamond piece in an auction house catalog, Erika calls her friend Gemma to ask a favor: find out how the brooch came to be for sale. When the young clerk who introduced the current owner to the auction house is killed in a hit-and-run accident that was no accident, Gemma becomes interested in the murder of Ericka’s husband years ago.
This is a fine example of Crombie’s skill at pacing the plot and developing her characters without slowing down the story.
A particularly good review of the book is here at Nan’s blog, Letters from a Hill Farm.
2011 No 124