In most respects, I've found Deborah Crombie's latest mystery quite satisfying, especially in its disentangling of a conspiracy with deep and wide-spreading roots. Unfortunately, that narrative is far more interesting and suspenseful than the other story-line, about a murdered nanny.
I have one other, minor quibble about this series. Especially in the cases involving Gemma, who is quite a strong and likable character in general, Crombie spends an inordinate amount of copy describing the superficial details of the homes and clothing of even minor figures -- color schemes in every room, brand-name kitchen appliances, in fact brand-name-dropping everywhere, furniture styles, pictures on the walls. I feel like I've just been to a decorator's shop.
While an occasional visual can furnish a clue to character and motivation, Crombie's overuse tends to bury the plot in fabric swatches. The fact that this tic occurs primarily in scenes from Gemma's perspective also tends to trivialize her with old sexist messages (girls are just interested in clothes and decorating). Gemma deserves better.