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
Duncan Kincaid, a Detective Superintendent, and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married, and trying to juggle the responsibilities of their jobs with raising...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
I did feel slightly lost in the first few opening chapters as there are ma...more
Crombie takes her time in spinning this story. If you are looking for a fast-pace story, look elsew...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
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
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 Kincaid and James household is still getting used to the new addition to their family. Gemma's leave is almost over, and when she returns to work, Duncan will be the one staying at home with the children. However, when a search and rescue team discovers a woman's body in debris along the banks of the Thames, their plans may go up in smoke. The dead woman, Rebecca Meredith, not only was a rower training to compete in the Olympics, she was a...more
Challenge: 2012 Mystery/Thriller Challenge
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.50
Character Rating 4.00
First thought when finished: I really like Deborah Crombie's writing and didn't feel lost once even though this is the first book I have read by her.
What I Loved: Deborah Crombie was excellent at making a series book easy enough to read as a stand alone. I imagine that fans of the series will pick up on some of the character things more than I did. However, it was the mystery its...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 really struggled with this book because of the British slang. There were points where I really didn’t understand the conversation that was happening. I think the reason t...more
No Mark Upon H...more
The story goes into too much of Duncan and hi...more
Gemma is just at the end of her family...more
There is a wonderful map inside the front cover which details the area that the story covers which I loved, I found myself constantly checking this to see where the characters were and it made it all the more believable while I was reading. I really appreciate it when au...more
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.