No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #14)
  • No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #14)
  • No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #14)

No Mark upon Her (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #14)

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by Deborah Crombie
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense—a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a Met detective—an accomplished rower—on the Thames.

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New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense—a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a Met detective—an accomplished rower—on the Thames.

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers—and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met—a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.

To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid's wife, soon reveals a disturbing—and possibly related—series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca's body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself.

Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost—including his own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Macavity Award–winner Crombie examines the corrupting nature of power in her riveting 14th novel featuring Scotland Yard Supt. Duncan Kincaid and Det. Insp. Gemma James (after 2009’s Necessary as Blood). When Rebecca Meredith, a detective chief inspector with the Metropolitan Police and an Olympic rowing hopeful, drowns under suspicious circumstances during an evening training session on the Thames in historic Henley, the newly married Kincaid and James investigate what turns into a homicide case. Suspects include Meredith’s overly friendly ex-husband, a K9 search and rescue volunteer who was in love with her, her old rowing coach, and even a police officer. Meredith had accused Deputy Asst. Commissioner Angus Craig of rape, and hers was not the only accusation. Crombie gives an insightful look into British police procedures as well as a vivid view of the vagaries of London neighborhoods. Kincaid and James’s chaotic, happy home sharply contrasts with the often messy police business. Agent: Nancy Yost. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Crombie's 14th police procedural (after Necessary as Blood) featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James further develops their personal and professional relationship. Rebecca Meredith, their colleague and an avid rower with Olympic potential, drowns while practicing along a familiar route on the Thames. Because of Rebecca's competitive and abrasive personality, the list of potential suspects becomes lengthy and complicated as Kincaid interviews her fellow athletes and detectives. Through their relentless efforts, Kincaid and James uncover a politically astute suspect who could permanently damage the reputations of numerous professional associates. VERDICT Those familiar with Crombie's works will welcome another episode deepening the ongoing Kincaid-James relationship and enjoy the lengthy discussions about family happenings. Newcomers, however, will find that such details distract from the central plot. Although Crombie's novels have garnered her international acclaim, particularly in Germany, her multilayered and heavily textured style dampens the fluidity of a thrilling detective tale. [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/11.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A Met officer loses her scull. Becca Meredith could have been an Olympic contender in rowing before she snapped her wrist in an accident. Leaving the university, she eventually joined the Met and worked her way up the ranks to DCI, West London Major Crimes. Along the way she married, divorced, fell out with a uni friend who later joined the Met, began an affair with Kieran, an emotionally overwrought war veteran doing canine search-and-rescue work, and became known as rather solitary—and a bitch. When her body is found trapped in Thames weeds and her scull some distance away, it becomes apparent that she was rowing again, secretly training for another go at the Olympics, and that her death was no accident. The Yard's Det. Supt. Duncan Kincaid is asked to investigate and concentrate on Becca's ex, Freddie Atterton. Unwilling to focus his queries on Freddie alone, Kincaid—aided by colleagues Cullen and Bell, and with input from his wife, Det. Insp. Gemma James, now on leave to settle 3-year-old Charlotte into their household—uncovers a series of rapes that lead to a now retired Met bigwig. A petrol bomb is lobbed into Kieran's boatshed and his rescue dog Finn goes ballistic at the scent of a former uni rower. Is Becca's assailant one of these two men? More will die before matters are resolved and the beautiful scull hand-built for Becca can be taken out for a memorial row. To the customary pleasures of the Kincaid/ James ménage (Necessary as Blood, 2009, etc.), Crombie adds the interest generated by the history of the Henley Regatta pitting Oxford against Cambridge and the relationship between canine search-and-rescue handlers and their animals.
Steve Donoghue
…Crombie is very talented at putting together a richly atmospheric whodunit. Her speciality…is picking slices of society that most of us overlook and exploiting them for all their dramatic potential, and her latest, No Mark Upon Her, centers on the world of competitive rowing…[Crombie] energetically inhabits the many strange worlds she shows her readers, and that kind of enthusiasm covers a good many sins. Her characters routinely explain too much, but they care about what they're saying, and so we do too.
—The Washington Post
New York Journal of Books
...[R]eaders who savor excellent writing will find that Ms. Crombie delivers it again.
Washington Post
“Crombie is very talented at putting together a richly atmospheric whodunit.... [A]s a creator, she energetically inhabits the many strange worlds she shows her readers....”
Washington Times
“Ms. Crombie again has turned out a gripping and nicely tailored mystery and added another chapter to her chronicle of Kincaid and Jones.”
Miami Herald
“No Mark Upon Her is again deserving of fans’ devotion due largely to her intelligent, subtle wit and above all, her meticulous attention to detail, from sculling equipment and competitive jealousy to a 3-year-old’s birthday party meltdown to the deep bond between a man and his dog.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Her writing is sophisticated and her suspense taut.”
The Tuscon Citizen
[A] psychological thrill-ride that explores the allure of power, the pull of jealousy, and the seduction of greed.
Suspense magazine
This is a lovely, satisfying British police procedural with many relationship subplots that lend texture.
Suspense Magazine
This is a lovely, satisfying British police procedural with many relationship subplots that lend texture.
...[R]eaders who savor excellent writing will find that Ms. Crombie delivers it again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990618
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series, #14
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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