No Mark Upon Her (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #14)
"Crombie keeps this series on its toes with her smooth procedural techniques and engagingly eccentric characters."
--New York Times Book Review
"Seamlessly British murder mystery in the tradition of P.D. James and Barbara Vine."
--San Antonio Express-News
New York Times Notable author Deborah Crombie is regularly named among the greats of British-set crime fiction (P.D. Jame...more
First off, I was so amazed that a Texan could write, as if she were a Native, and so well about Leander and Henley. Well done Ms. Crombie. You are a smashing story teller. Two of my family members worked at Leander, so I am familiar with the club and also the local area, and of course Sonning on the Thames. The authors detailed description of Leander and the area is brilliant in itself. She transported me right back there...more
As ever with Crombie's work, even the secondary characters are lively and 3-D, the twists and their solutions feel natural (no "plot-pretzels" to make it work, as we sometimes see with other authors), and the thrilling ending kept me guessing all the way.
Kincaid and James, now married, continue th...more
The next few chapters provide a lot of background story for the characters. For t...more
The story goes into too much of Duncan and hi...more
Each one of her novels holds a different flavor. This time she combines her well thought out and well told police procedures along with K9 rescue teams and the cherished herit...more
I admit that...more
Everything is set in motion when Becca, a Metropolitan Police officer who had a chance at the Olympics in single shell fourteen years ago, decides to stage a comeback and make another try. Her previous attempt at the games was aborted un...more
This is the 14th in the Duncan Kincaid Gemma James series. It’s the first one to be narrated by a male narrator. This to me has an interesting effect. Most of the earlier ones were narrated by Jenny Sterling, and I felt were particularly tuned in to Gemma James. This one, with Doyle narrating, seemed more tuned in, at least so far as the narration went, to Duncan. I thought th...more
The setting for the murder is rowing and in England, particularly at Leander, it is serious business. Rowing that is. Sculls are described in detail and made to seem desirable. Rowers are a tightly...more
Duncan Kincaid, a Detective Superintendent, and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married, and trying to juggle the responsibilities of their jobs with raising...more
How could any author who peppers her novel with such phrases as "taking the mickey" out of someone, which means to tease, and "dab hand in the ki...more
Police Det. Chief Inspector Rebecca Meredith, also an Olympic rowing contender, has gone missing. When a K9 team locates her body, it is clear her rowing accident was no accident. Pressure in brought to bear on Det. Super. Duncan Kincaid to solve the case quickly and quietly but things are not as simple as they appear.
On a personal level, one thing I enjoyed about this particular book is the setting; it’s one of the few areas of England...more
I did feel slightly lost in the first few opening chapters as there are ma...more
Although this is supposed to be part of the Gemma series, it actually features her husband, Duncan Kincaid as the lead detective. The mystery revolves around the goings on at a very exclusive rowing club, Leander. The victim, Becca, her ex-husband and her current boyfriend are all rowers, a sport that is apparently pretty big in England, where being an Oxford Blue ensures a successful...more
Crombie takes her time in spinning this story. If you are looking for a fast-pace story, look elsew...more
No Mark Upon H...more
It's English, there are lots of pubs and gardens and tea and there is a fascinating complex murder or two...to figure out.
I read everything that this author writes. Each book has been sheer bliss and joy for me. Gemma and Duncan have been in every book that I have read along with their ever evolving family.
Relationships, children, dogs ,cats, friends, colleagues......more
Gemma is just at the end of her family...more