Christine Morris has been sent to Edinburgh to attend a conference on the latest in police methodology. There she is tracked down by the Northern Constabulary, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, who inform her that her estranged mother has been involved in a vehicular homicide and has gone missing. Reluctantly, Christine agrees to fly up to Stornoway, where her mother was last seen. Her arrival is followed by the suspicious death of one of the islanders. What unfolds is a deepening involvement in the life of the community, an unexpected reconnection with her mother, and a nefarious plot against one of the young princes, who is planning a visit to the island.
Set against the backdrop of a breathtaking landscape and a people who are fiercely proud of their traditional way of life, Does Your Mother Know? races along to a galloping finish in this complex tale of suspense.
Maureen Jennings is the acclaimed author of the very successful Detective Murdoch mysteries, set in Victorian Toronto. Except the Dying, the first in the Murdoch series, was nominated for many awards and won the prestigious Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto, whose past winners have included Michael Ondaatje and Anne Michaels. Three of Jennings' books have been filmed by Shaftesbury Films and have been broadcast around the world to rave reviews. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband, Iden Ford, and two dogs, Jeremy Brett and Varley.
... the sense of place and how that setting is integrated into each character's soul is Jennings at her best.
... the writing is easy, light, wryly humorous. The action is quick-paced, the plot just complex enough.
Jennings' tale is a clever, progressively complex one.
Jennings makes the most of Morris's conflicted history and current dilemma. As always, she's brilliant at the small details that give a setting life, and a dollop of potential romance with a handsome Scottish cop works nicely.
What Jennings does best is characterization and the people of Stornoway … come off here as real folks with real feelings and problems. Morris herself has the makings of a good continuing main character.
She blends the professional and personal in deft, balanced fashion, brings her murderous plotting to a reasonable if not entirely unexpected conclusion, and along the way makes both the geography and the people vividly real. ... Does Your Mother Know? is a page-turning introduction to Christine Morris in the 21st.