Laura Hartman Maestro,
Deborah Crombie and Laura Hartman Maestro began collaborating on illustrated maps for the series novels in 1999. Laura’s illustrations have graced seven inside covers of Deborah’s books: Necessary as Blood, Where Memories Lie, Water Like a Stone, In A Dark House, Now May You Weep, A Finer End , and Kissed A Sad Goodbye.The map for the upcoming No Mark Upon Her will undoubtedly be the best yet!
Before the first drop of ink touches the paper, Deborah sends Laura an advance copy of the manuscript tagged with suggestions for emphasis, maps of the area, and photographs of recognizable landmarks that are featured prominently in the book.
After conferring with Deborah, Laura submits a preliminary pencil drawing. Because Laura draws the maps by hand, rather than digitally, she takes great care in the preparation of the illustration. Once Deborah reviews the penciled illustration and they discuss the final details, Laura begins the ink version. The creation of these charming maps takes about three weeks.
With the help of Laura’s maps, readers have retraced Duncan and Gemma’s footsteps throughout the environs of east, south, and west London, Glastonbury, the Scottish Highlands, Cheshire, and now Henley-on-Thames, visiting the scenes of the crimes and the landmarks that figure prominently in the books .
Now May You Weep
Situated in the Scottish Highlands, Aviemore boasts a ski and hiking center and doll-house railway station.
Innesfree, Bed & Breakfast Inn, a comfortable and welcoming converted farmhouse and barn, is where the story is anchored in modern day. A pun on the owner’s name, John Innes serves as chef, along with his wife, Louise, who runs the house and does the gardening.
MacGillivray’s Stables is the home and business of sister and brother Janet and Tom MacGillivray, Tom’s son Callum, his black Lab Murphy, and a stable of hill ponies. The stables business is dependent on the trekking trade and the occasional riding classes for novices.
Benvulin, home of Donald Brodie, was built by his great-great grandfather and is the site of the Brodie family Highland whiskey distillery. From the Gaelic meaning mill hill, this fairy-tale design of twin pagoda-roofed kilns was made popular by Victorian architect Charles Dig.
Rothiermurchus Estates – the famous estate of the Grant family, and former home of Elizabeth Grant, who chronicled her life in Memoirs of a Highland Lady, published in 1898.
Nestled in the Braes of Glenlivet, Carnmore was Hazel’s childhood home until at 14, her family moved to Newcastle and she was shipped off to school in Hampshire. 1980 was the last year the whiskey distillery operated.
The cover photo featured on the William Morrow hardcover edition ( U.S.) is the historic Speyside distillery, Cardhu.
A Finer End
Gemma and Duncan explore the environs of Glastonbury in A Finer End.
As Faith’s delivery draws closer she is magnetically pulled to the ever- vigilant Tor.
Edmund, a young 12th century monk, speaks from Glastonbury Abbey throughout the book.
Garnet’s familiar, the calico cat Dion, faithfully sleeps at the foot of Faith’s bed.
The Abbey Ruins find their way into the unconscious thoughts of artist Fiona, as well as Gemma and Winnie.
Standing high on the western flank of the Tor is Garnet’s ramshackle farm, where she prefers the ochre warmth and comforting shadows of lantern light rather than electricity, and the spring water that bubbles right up from the heart of the sacred hill to the chemically poisoned water the town pumps out of its tanks. As a ceramist, she restores tile flooring: often for churches, using only the materials and techniques available to the original artisans.
Buddy, the Texas Hill Country proprietor of the Dream Café, employs Faith to look after customers serving tea and soup in the café that is built into the base of the Tor. His history reaches back to the days of the first Glastonbury festival.
George & Pilgrims is the pub at Market Cross where Nick Carlisle, who works in the New Age bookstore upstairs from architect Jack Montfort’s office, meets Jack as Jack experiences his second episode of automatic writing.
Books by Deborah Crombie
In a Dark House (Morrow, 2004)**
The Game, by Laurie King (Bantam, 2003)*
Ya Yas in Bloom, by Rebecca Wells (HarperCollins 2005)**
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America, by Russell Shorto (Doubleday, 2004)**
The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion (Countryman press, 2004)
Ella in Europe: An American Dog’s International Adventures, by Michael Konik (Random House 2005)**
The Fat Free Truth, by Susan Canavan (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
How to Speak Dog, by Stanley Coren (Free Press, 2000)