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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 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


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 embroils Kincaid and James in the case of the puzzling drowning of a rower, a Met detective, on the Thames. A finely-hued and twisting tale of psychological suspense—a story rich in deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals—No Mark Upon Her is everything Crombie’s fans have come to expect from this exceptional writer…and more.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.)
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.
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.

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Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

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No Mark Upon Her 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right blend of crime mystery and personal life to keep me interested and buying the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book with wonderful descriptions of the life style of rowers and surrounding landscape. I recently saw the boat race between Oxford and Cambridge on BBC and she sure does her research for her books. Found the plot original and it keep me guessing to the end. Love her books.
MarjorieofConnecticut More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic edition to the series by Deborah Crombie that is always intelligent and gripping and lets us into the lives of London police officers Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James in a perfect balance of mystery and the personal lives of the characters. This one made it onto the NewYork Times bestseller list and it deserved to be there. Now I just have to be patient and wait for the 15th book in the series to be published. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. These two detectives never fail to deliver. Action packed, people friendly, great story.
bootsdtr More than 1 year ago
I love every one of Ms Crombies' Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Mystery, relationships, family...she weaves the reader into the lives of these characters until you feel they are part of your own family--or wish they were. I've read every last one of them and can't wait for the next...hoping there is a next!!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Looking for a great Scotland Yard mystery that will keep you guessing just who did it til the very end and keep you turning pages faster and faster until you finally know who did it? Then look no further. In her latest book, No Mark Upon Her, Deborah Crombie takes her readers in depth into a rowing missing persons crime initially which will later prove that a murder has taken place. One by one the pieces of the puzzle seem to fit seamlessly together until you realize that not all pieces that fit together form the perfect picture and you have it all wrong. I thought I had this one down pat until about 7/8ths of the way through the book and realized that I had been going on a wild goose chase and not everything was adding up the way it should have been. I guess in my opinion that's what makes for an excellent murder mystery is if the author can keep the identity hidden til the very end. Masterfully done and this is my first book review for Deborah Crombie but definitely will not be my last. Love her characters, dialogue and her writing style. A perfect blend in my opinion and well rated at 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. Book Synopsis: 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read!!! Highly, highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent Crombie mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading this author and it was great! The characters were developed so well, it was like they were old friends and i loved the dogs! I plan to read more of these
sharynVA More than 1 year ago
I have spent the last month immersed in the Gemma and Duncan series. I just finished No. 14 No Mark Upon Her. Although I have taken issue with the fact that they always tend to put the job above family - I will never quite get over Duncan missing the custody hearing to go look at a dead body - I have grown to enjoy their efforts at family life, the passion they have for their jobs and the uncertainty they always face. I am not reading the No. 15 yet as I am reluctant to finish the series without knowing when No. 16 will be released. I don't want to be left hanging! love the series and encourage everyone to start with No. 1 and work their way through. It is a series well worth reading.
Carol_D_Tucson More than 1 year ago
This is a great book in a great series. Kept me up till 3:00 a.m., which doesn't happen often.
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What seemed to be a boating accident became so much more. This story had more twists and turns than a mountain road. And that road led to redemption for two very unlikely partners. I loved it.
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Have enjoyed all of the books in the series. Her knowledge of London is remarkable and to think she is a Texas girl like me.
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
My blog didn’t start off as a YA mostly blog, I used to do a lot of adult books, but my life has become consumed with teen angst and drama. I do however enjoy a good Adult book once in a while, and this book filled that void mostly. It was a solid murder mystery with a lot of twists and turns that I couldn’t have seen coming. 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 that this was most annoying was because I get that its originally published in England, but there was no reason that the slang had to be so heavy. I guess I can forget it to come extent. I tried really hard to read the book thoroughly, but the first 150 pages were a little rough for reasons other than the slang. This book is #14 in a series about these two cops. That means that there is a lot of backstory that the author is trying to clue you in on, alright fine, I get that too, but there were some scenes that didn’t seem to further the plot or the character development that I started skimming until something prudent to the case was mentioned or we learned something meaningful about a character. I really enjoyed the murder mystery and the different clues that we were left throughout the book. I have to say that I was really surprised when they announced who the killer was. That came totally out of left field. I really liked thought that it wasn’t super predictable, and that they slowly progressed to finding out who it was instead of having it in your face the whole time. It made me feel better when they did catch the person responsible because it didn’t feel like they were bumbling around without a clue. I also liked the personal back story that we had for Duncan and Gemma. Like I said, this is book 14, so there is a lot that we don’t get to see and explore, but the back story that we were provided with as a reader made me feel that it wasn’t a middle of the series book. Their scenes were actually the ones that I looked forward to the most other than the murder mystery because they were interesting. The other parts were less so, but I wanted to know about them and the Murder mystery. I wasn’t thrilled with the naming of the characters. The naming wasn’t so bad but at times I felt like she was intentionally trying to confuse us by calling Duncan Kincaid, Kincaid when he was talking to another character named Kieran, and she would refer to him as Duncan when he was talking to another person named Doug. Alliteration is fun until it confuses your reader. Which it did at points because I never knew who was talking. In the end, this book was a really interesting mystery. I enjoyed the little blurbs at the top of each paragraph that related to some information during the book and I also liked the info about Rowing that I had no idea about. I would probably recommend starting the series from the beginning, there was a lot that I felt that I was missing between characters like Doug and Melody and the background about Gemma and Duncan’s daughter, Charlotte.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this series earlier this year and have now read them all. Can't wait for the next one to come out!!
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