Duncan, Gemma, their children, and their friend Doug Cullen are guests at Beck House, the family estate belonging to Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant, in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter. The centerpiece of the weekend is a a posh charity luncheon catered by rising local chef Viv Holland, a Glouscestershire native freshly returned from London. Attended by elites and critics, the event could make Viv a culinary star. But when things go terribly wrong, the detectives are pulled into the investigation, and each new piece of information makes it clear that the killer has a connection with Viv’s pub—or, perhaps, with Beck House itself.
"This character-driven series just continues to get better." Booklist (starred review)
"Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James characters are rich, emotionally textured, fully human. They are the remarkable creations of a remarkable writer."—Louise Penny
"A Bitter Feast is a rich banquet for mystery lovers. Three cheers for the chef, Deborah Crombie!"
(Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author)
"Nobody writes the modern English mystery the way Deborah Crombie does—and A Bitter Feast is the latest in a series that is gripping, enthralling, and just plain the best.” (Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Ascot and A Cruel Deception)
"One would expect a writer of a successful series to rest on her laurels after eighteen books. But Deborah Crombie continues to push the envelope, writing books that are new, different and better and better. Richly layered, character- driven and with an evocative sense of place, A Bitter Feast truly transcends the genre." (Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness series and the international bestseller The Tuscan Child.)
"The eighteenth entry in this best-selling series is notable for its portrayals of Duncan and Gemma’s children (especially the oldest, Kit), and for the addition of food as an item of interest, a factor that will extend the appeal from the series' procedural-loving fan base to the foodie mystery crowd." (Booklist, starred review)