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No Mark Upon Her (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #14)

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New York Times Notable author Deborah Crombie is regularly named among the greats of British-set crime fiction (P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George et al) for her riveting police procedurals featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Scotland Yard partners as well as devoted life-mates.

A brilliantly conceived and executed, deeply atmospheric mystery, No Mark Upon Her
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by William Morrow (first published October 1st 2011)
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Dec 15, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of enjoyable mysteries of late, but this one . . . Oh, how I love thee, Deborah Crombie! Where have you been all my life and why haven't I read anything by you before? No Mark Upon Her is the 14th book in the series, I believe, but my first one by the author. It didn't matter that I didn't know the history of the characters (although, I am infinitely curious now and must know all!). The author offers enough background story to give the reader a good feel for the characters a ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend order this book for me from Amazon, and it was a lovely surprise.

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
Terri Lynn
It's hard to say why but this book just didn't resonate with me. I found it hard to care about the story and the murdered Olympic hopeful. Also, the family situation with Gemma's family, her and Duncan's home life, and with his cousin Jack and Jack's wife Winnie sort of grated on my nerves. Gemma is now married to Duncan but had to go through 3 weddings to satisfy everyone which was stupid beyond belief. Apparently they must take in every stray cat, dog or kid they encounter. The newest is 2 yea ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story, the fourteenth in the series that Deborah Crombie has spun around Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James, opens with a compelling piece of writing:

“Heart thumping, she moved across the cottage’s shadowy garden and through the gate that led out onto the Thames Path. Tendrils of mist were beginning to rise from the water. The river had a particular smell in the evenings, damp and alive and somehow primeval. The gunmetal surface of the water looked pl
Mar 18, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the 14th in the Kincaid/James police procedural series by this author, I had not read any of the previous books. The author does a nice job of providing background on the series, as well as on setting her stories in Britain (in spite of being an American), with the married protagonists both having jobs in Scotland Yard.

Duncan Kincaid, a Detective Superintendent, and Detective Inspector Gemma James are married, and trying to juggle the responsibilities of their jobs with raising
Dec 04, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All mystery lovers
Every time I read one of these books it is as though I am reunited with family...Gemma, Duncan, Kit, Toby and now sweet Charlotte.

It's English, there are lots of pubs and gardens and tea and there is a fascinating complex murder or 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...
Gloria Feit
Dec 16, 2011 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the opening pages of Deborah Crombie’s 14th novel, DCI Rebecca [“Becca”] Meredith, an Olympic contender and a senior officer in West London’s Major Crimes unit, is found dead in the waters of the Thames near her home in the town of Henley, 35 miles from London. The events that follow take place, amazingly, over a period of about a week. I say ’amazingly’ because so much happens, in a terrifically plotted novel. The case falls to Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, of Scotland Yard’s Murd ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You would be hard pressed to find an author who can create such a tightly plotted and richly detailed mystery than Deb Crombie. No Mark Upon Her is another hit by this fantastic author showing that she's still got plenty of ideas left in her bag of tricks for Duncan, Gemma and company as well as the skills to pull them off.

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
Es ist wohl immer ein bisschen kritisch mit Band 14 einer Reihe anzufangen, aber manchmal kann man es sich nicht aussuchen, was einem im öffentlichen Bücherregal vor die Füße fällt. In dem Fall wurde die Vorgeschichte in knappen Sätzen miterzählt, sodass man nicht den Eindruck hatte, man würde etwas für die Story grundlegendes verpassen.
Die Story an sich war spannend, wenn auch nicht episch - zumindest kann ich jetzt mit Fachwissen über den Rudersport angeben. Die Autorin und ihr Stil gefalle
Carolyn Hill
Jul 07, 2016 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really excellent! I love Deborah Crombie's mysteries. She is one of three mystery writers whose series I have read and keep reading, the others being Louise Penny and Jacqueline Winspear. Crombie is American, with her setting and characters being very British; Louise Penny is Canadian; and Jacqueline Winspear is English living in America, with her books primarily set in England. For me, these writers strike the right balance of having engaging characters, intriguing plots, and interesting settin ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Crombie is the remarkable author from McKinney TX who writes a perfectly British murder mystery, and to prove it's not a fluke, she does it over and over and over.

This time Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kinkaid and his long time partner and newly minted wife Gemma James must resolve the mysterious death of long odds Olympic hopeful Rebecca Meredith. Ms. Meredith is a world class rower who missed her first shot at an Olympic medal when a skiing accident resulted in a broken wrist.
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 01, 2014 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Deborah Crombie lives up to her reputation as one of the modern day masters of British police procedurals with another Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid book in this continuing series. Gemma is on family leave as she and Duncan are in the process of adopting a three year old whose parents were murdered. But she just can't quite keep away from the lure of police work when Duncan gets involved in a homicide investigation of another member of the force. The murdered police officer is a world class rower a ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016, july-2016
Ok, first off let me admit that I really enjoy this series. I like the writing, the characters have become old friends, and the plots are always interesting. The only thing that disappointed me about this story was that I had to read it in my kindle app, cause I couldn't get hold of the audio version. Ah, well, at least I know I haven't forgotten how to read. Like its forerunners, this one is excellent - lots of story lines twining around each other all leading back to one plausible believable e ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery
After reading Sounds of Broken Glass, I had to go back and try to catch up on the Crombie mysteries I've missed--even though it was just one. (Surely one day there will be world enough and time...) In this, Gemma Jones is on family leave after she and Duncan gained custody of a young girl from an earlier case, which I also seem not to have read. So it's Duncan who gets the case of the rower found tangled in weeds on the Thames--a suspicious death. And the fact that she was also on the police for ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 05, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew Deborah Crombie's name and was aware that she wrote a British based detective series, but she was an author I hadn't experienced - until I raced my way through her latest book - No Mark Upon Her. And I'm kicking myself - I truly wish I had picked her up earlier - I really, really enjoyed this book. It's the 14th book to feature her recurring characters Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, both who work for Scotland Yard.

I did feel slightly lost in the first few opening chapters as there are ma
Dec 18, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Deborah Crombie’s 14th outing, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard's Murder Investigation Team is called to a scene when it is determined that the dead woman is a senior member of the Metropolitan Police department’s West London's Major Crimes unit and an accomplished rower and aspiring Olympiad. It soon becomes evident that Becca Meredith had been killed. But why? And how?

Crombie takes her time in spinning this story. If you are looking for a fast-pace story, look elsew
Feb 14, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Supt. Duncan Kincaid and DI Gemma James
SERIES: #12 of 12
RATING: 3.75

Rebecca “Becca” Meredith is a hard charging detective chief inspector who is also an accomplished rower. Although she is older than is optimal, she has begun rigorous training to qualify for the Olympics. When she doesn’t return from an evening practice, her ex-husband, Freddie Atterton, reports her missing. Shortly thereafter, her boat is found capsized with evidence of foul play. A local search-and-resc
Mar 12, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to discover that Deborah Crombie, author of No Mark Upon Her, the 14th in her Duncan Kinkaid/Gemma James Scotland Yard detective series, lives in Texas. This is the first of her books I have read, I would have bet my bottom dollar that the author was as British as Queen Elizabeth and scones with clotted cream. I would have lost that bet.

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
Mar 09, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duncan Kincaid Superintendent at Scotland Yard and his now thrice married wife Detective Inspector Gemma James have sustained many changes lately personal as well as professional. Along with his son Kit and her son Toby they’ve recently taken a foster daughter Charlotte whom they hope soon to adopt, but she needs special care because of the circumstance of her becoming orphaned so Gemma and Duncan agree to each take family leave to care for her, Gemma’s is just about over and Duncan’s is just ab ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never, ever read a book in a series out of sequence, but I'd never heard of this author or this series & I started reading it before I knew any background info on it so I was stuck. I was in the right mood for a thriller/mystery story & so I couldn't put this down to go look for the first book in the series though it doesn't seem to matter much as the books can stand alone from what I gather. Still, I did feel sometimes that I was missing something, the way the characters were mentione ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mystery abounds with complications and reversals. With a spooky opening, difficult politics within Scotland Yard, and a killer apparently intent on striking again, it is a relentless page-turner.

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
Cathy Cole
Nov 25, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: A glance at the sky made her swear aloud.

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
Feb 08, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Received for Review
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
First Sentence: A glance at the sky made her swear aloud.
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
I'm half afraid when a new story comes out in a favorite series. No reason to worry with the latest from Deborah Crombie! I'm a little past half-way through and refuse to rush to the end, although I am tempted. I want my visit with Duncan and Gemma to last as long as possible. I am so enjoying working another case with them and visiting with them and their family and co-workers. It has been too long, but the wait has been worth it!
Worth the wait, indeed! What a completely satisfactory read! A
May 21, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! I love Deborah Crombie's plots! Even though I'm not interested in rowing or boat races, and even though this book took a bit of time in the beginning to build up my interest, I can only give it 5 stars because it is beautifully written and kept me guessing until a new name cropped up at about 80%. And with Duncan and Gemma's family thread intertwined, and the other now familiar characters appearing here and there, it is pure enjoyment.
Jun 21, 2016 Joanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Oh bliss! I have not previously come across this author so delighted with my discovery. No Mark Upon Her is the 14th book in the series and I am hooked on the characters. I will now have the pleasure of reading all the other books in the series.
May 17, 2015 Claude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The problem with the books in this series, is once I start, I cannot stop. Another excellent Gemma James / Duncan Kincaid. I was a bit doubtful at the beginning, since I'm not particularly keen on rowing, but I was soon completely taken in.
On to the next episode.
Jan 01, 2012 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A great addition to an excellent series. I love the way Deborah Crombie focuses on a very English theme in her mysteries (this time it's the prestigious sport of rowing) and develops a complex mystery around that. This is a long-running series and the two main characters are now married and have a blended family, so the details of home life add great depth to the police business. Reading this while in the UK made me aware of certain aspects of the story like Tesco Express and Sainsbury's (grocer ...more
Connie Wisniewski
Apr 13, 2014 Connie Wisniewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful plot, and great characters. This is a real murder mystery if there ever was one.
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Deborah Crombie is the author of 15 novels featuring Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James. The 16th Kincaid/James novel, To Dwell in Darkness, will be released by William Morrow in September, 2014.

Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.
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