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Where Memories Lie
by Deborah Crombie
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William Morrow, 2008 (2008)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Deborah Crombie's fans will be glad to get their hands on her twelfth novel, Where Memories Lie. This is another of the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series that will catch your attention from the first page. While the greater portion of the plot takes place in modern London, another plotline sets its story in Europe of 1938 when the Nazi were interring Jews, those that could not escape.

Gemma's friend Erika Rosenthal and her husband David were two of the luckier ones who left in the nick of time. Her father, a jeweler, was supposed to follow them. He eventually died in one of the camps. But one of his extraordinary pieces of art deco jewelry a brooch has gone up for sale at Sotheby's. Where has it been? How did it get out of Nazi Germany? Who has put it up for sale?

When a young woman working at the prestigious auction house in London is run down, Gemma asks for Duncan to work the case. Another person connected to the auction house is also run down. By this time, the author has been letting us know what had happened years ago in Germany and then wartime London.

Where Memories Lie is cleverly written, making it very hard to put the book down. I like the characters in that they live everyday lives as well as working at their chosen professions. They have the same joys and downtime that we all have. It makes them real. I'm always glad to see a new Deborah Crombie mystery.

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