A Finer End
The seventh book in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery series maintains the high standard of the previous entries. Jack Montfort, Duncan’s cousin, asks him if he can come to Glastonbury and delve into the hit and run accident that has put his lover into the hospital. Duncan asks Gemma to come with him for a leisurely weekend, which turns out to be anything but. Jack has been experiencing odd bouts of auto-writing in Latin, supposedly messages from a medieval priest from the Abbey. Through this, he has become linked with a number of people who have ties to Glastonbury’s potent history and legends. This is where Joseph of Arimathea arrived 30 years after the Crucifixion and buried the Holy Grail, where King Arthur’s and Guinevere’s supposed bones were discovered, and where pagan religion exerted and continues to exert a strong force. Glastonbury’s past plays a very powerful role in the novel, though the action all takes place in the present. Duncan and Gemma’s relationship continues to evolve, and the characters we meet for the first time are convincingly drawn — and a pleasure to spend time with.