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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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781464015724
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #14
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

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. 92 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.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"No Mark Upon Her" is number fourteen in Deborah Crombie's Gemma James/Duncan Kincaid series. The very fact that the British duo created by the Texas author has reached fourteen novels is evidence of its success and popularity. And it's here that I must admit that this is my fourteenth Crombie read.Crombie's novels are a mix of police procedural and James/Kincaid interactions. In this episode the pair have joined their households, are fostering a small girl whose parents were victims in earlier novel, and are now married. So as a backdrop to the mystery element, Gemma and Duncan are trying to cope with parenthood times three and their careers at the Met.The drowned body of a former Olympic rower is discovered by a search and rescue team. Is it an accident or murder? The case is complicated by the rower's identity. She was a high ranking Met detective who was considering a full-time return to Olympic training.It is usually difficult to begin any series at number fourteen. And "No Mark Upon Her" is no exception. The book is a stand alone read, but it's as much a chronicle of the Kincaid menage as a mystery story.That said, Crombie has written a well-paced intriguing mystery.(publisher's review copy)
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do not come to Deborah Crombie¿s No Mark upon Her as an experienced reader of her Kincaid/James mystery series. That lack of background allows me to point out that No Mark upon Her works very well as a standalone mystery ¿ so well, in fact, that I am now thinking about starting the series from the beginning. Crombie¿s character development and side plots are that good. Crombie fans, too, are probably already fairly familiar with her background, but I was intrigued to learn that, like Elizabeth George, Crombie is an American (from the Dallas area) who sets her novels in and around London. And, as with George, had I not been told that she is American, I would have assumed that she is British.Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James have more in common than the paychecks they earn from Scotland Yard. They are also a married couple trying to balance the Yard¿s insatiable demand on their lives with the personal time they need to nurture their marriage and their two young children. The family is, in fact, on holiday when Duncan is asked to help determine whether the death of Rebecca Meredith, another high-ranking Scotland Yard detective, is perhaps more than the accidental drowning it first appears to be. That Meredith was an Olympic-caliber rower intimately familiar with the section of the Thames from which her body was pulled, makes it difficult to take her drowning at face value.As his investigation progresses, Kincaid will discover that Rebecca Meredith probably had as many enemies as she had friends. Unfortunately, some of those enemies work for Scotland Yard, and Kincaid begins to suspect that his superiors are more concerned about protecting each other and the image of the Yard than they are about tracking down the young woman¿s killer. Then, when his wife¿s investigation into a separate series of crimes begins to overlap with his own, Kincaid is shocked by the number of suspects, some of them in position to end his career with Scotland Yard, he must work through.No Mark upon Her takes the reader deep into the world of competitive rowing, particularly as it involves those young men so completely invested in the annual race between Cambridge and Oxford. Most American readers will, I think, be surprised at the lifetime¿s worth of prestige accrued by the small group of men who earn the right to participate in that yearly event. Win or lose, just having participated in the race can positively influence a man¿s success for the rest of his life. Few readers of No Mark upon Her will ever again see this competition as the college lark they may have previously perceived it to be.Crombie¿s in-depth exploration of the everyday demands on, and concerns of, her main characters makes them real. These are not one-dimensional cops and robbers; they must deal with all of the complications of life that the rest of us face. It is easy to see why this series has already extended to fourteen books and is still going strong. Rated at: 4.0
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have say: well done. I'm new to this series and one of the things that I liked most about this book was that there was very little sense that we were at Book #14: protagonists feeling a bit tired and formulaic, the author assuming that the reader already knew their characters so well that he/she didn't have to flesh them out fully. It felt more like Book #2. There was just enough sense that there was some backstory that you could go back and discover if you chose, but not enough to make you feel lost.This is definitely one of those mystery/thrillers that you don't really read for the mystery or the thrills: the former isn't particularly puzzling and there is little of the latter. Instead, you read it because it has a nice cast of characters with whom you immediately feel comfortable. As Duncan and Gemma try to juggle their new marriage, the demands of police work, the mingling of their existing children plus the fostering of a third, it all feels quite real. Even the, presumably, regular supporting characters and those just-for-this-book feel lifelike. I also enjoy it when an author adds color to a story by mixing in a peek into uncommon area of life: in this case, the world of competitive rowing. During my university days, I spent an (agonizing) afternoon in a men's eight, which gave this choice a particular savor for me, but Crombie balanced well without tipping into either superficiality or pedantry, and any reader will enjoy this glimpse.My only real complaint with this book is that one of my favorite characters, Kieran, the war veteran-cum-boat builder, seems likely to be a one-off who doesn't appear in future stories. Other than that, it was a very pleasant diversion.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 two young children (each had a son from a previous relationship) along with an adopted third child. Fortunately they have a good support system, and in between story times and quick dinners and birthday parties, they are both investigating the death of a young woman rower whose body washed up on the Thames. The woman, Becca Meredith, was not only a rower of Olympic caliber, but was a police detective with the Met herself. This calls for a lot of political finesse, and Kincaid chafes at the implications of a cover-up.The police are aided in their efforts by a search-and-rescue team which includes highly trained dogs. The author spends almost as much time on the characterization of the loveable Finn (a lab) and Tosh (a German shephard) as on the human characters. Finn, in fact, could justifiably be named a major protagonist.As the investigation heats up, the red herrings come hot and heavy, and the suspense picks up as well. The ending, concerning the side characters, was so charming I found myself hoping to see more of them as well as the detectives in future books.Evaluation: Not having read any of the preceding books in the series won¿t hurt you a bit, except in the sense of triggering feelings of obsessive/compulsive regret that you didn¿t start at the beginning. The characters are charming, and while the mystery isn¿t all that much of an enigma, it doesn¿t really feel like the main point of the book. Rather, it seemed, we were there to spend more time with people we like.
brookeott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Deborah Crombie's books but she just seems to get better and better. No Mark Upon Her, the latest in her Kincaid/James series, takes a very interesting subject, the Oxford/Cambridge boat races, and gives it full personalities to flesh it out. The family story keeps getting fuller and richer in its character development. Like Elizabeth George, Crombie gives no hint of her American background, but seems to have complete mastery of the British culture. I, for one, will continue reading her novels with great satisfaction as long as she produces them.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rebecca `Becca¿ Meredith is a high-ranking detective with the Met in London. She is also an Olympic caliber rower who has decided to follow her dreams for a gold medal. So when her body is discovered in the Thames by two canine search and rescue teams, it is hard to imagine who would have wanted to do her harm. When one of the canine teams ¿ Kieran Connolly and his black lab, Finn ¿ come under attack, the mystery deepens. Duncan Kincaid is assigned the case and he immediately finds himself embroiled in much more than a murder investigation. Although Becca¿s ex-husband, Freddie, appears to be the most obvious suspect, the evidence begins to suggest that the real killer may be closer to the investigation than originally thought.Deborah Crombie has crafted an intriguing and twisty suspense-thriller set in England. Filled with interesting characters, including canine handler Tavie and her German Shepherd, Tosh, as well as Kincaid¿s feisty wife, Gemma, the novel is well paced and offers a mystery which keeps the reader guessing until the end. Crombie lives in Texas, but she deftly weaves a believable story set firmly in London and its surrounding countryside.Although it is the mystery of Becca¿s death which drives the narrative, Crombie complicates the story with underlying secrets and the prestigious world of rowing clubs and posh schools.I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller, and not just because it involved search and rescue dogs and their handlers. Crombie writes well with a good command of her story and a knack for maintaining the mystery up until the last pages. The novel is absorbing and suspenseful ¿ the perfect book to read on a wintery day.Readers should know that Crombie has written thirteen previous books in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, although it is not necessary to have read the first books to appreciate this one which stood alone just fine for me. That said, I think I may need to go back and catch up on Crombie¿s earlier works.No Mark Upon Her is highly recommended for readers who enjoy thrillers, mysteries, or anything with an English flavor.
ABookGeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of the other Kincaid/James novels by Crombie, but happily, this book can stand on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/thriller set in England. There are many things that I really loved about this book. The descriptions just pulled me into the story. I was fascinated with the world of rowing described so well by Crombie. I'm not very familiar with this sport, but it was very interesting to read about. I think my favorite part besides the actual storyline, was the vivid description of how the search and rescue teams worked with the dogs and their amazing sense of smell. I have a new perspective when my dog is sniffing around the yard now. I loved that I was never sure exactly who in the story could be believed or trusted and who was concealing things. I did not figure out the villain and that is a big change for me. I was happily surprised at the reveal. I thought the misdirection in the story was well done. I was captivated by the descriptions of the London, the surrounding areas, the pubs, the locals, everything. This was such an enjoyable book! I'm sure I missed out on some of the characters' history and didn't get some of the references from previous books, but I didn't feel lost at all. I love it when I can pick up a book in the middle of a series and still feel that I get it. I will have to read some more of Crombie's books. I would highly recommend No Mark Upon Her.
caitemaire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like smart mysteries, if you like English mysteries, if you like police procedurals, if you like a book with great characters..I have a book for you!Ok, I will warn you that yes, this is part of a series, the latest in a 14 book series. And yes,while this one can totally stand alone, you will be tempted to go back and read some more in the series. Partly because one of the attractions of this book is the now husband and wife duo of Detective Inspector Gemma James and Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. They have a long history leading up to this point, with their blended family of one son on his part, one son on her part and a newly fostered daughter from another case and their story will interest you. While the author does a great job of giving us the abridged history, they are so likable that the reader can not help but want to learn more about how they got to this point. And there are a number of fascinating minor characters who pop up in their personal lives that we would like to know more about and which do, no doubt, make appearances in those other books.But enough pinning...because there is a very good book right here to explore.The setting in Henley on the Thames and the major role that rowing plays in this book is a big plus in my book. Many of the high schools around here having very competitive rowing teams (that have competed in Henley) and I have watched them practice on the back bays since I was a kid..and it is a beautiful thing to watch. But to see the love/hate relationship the competitors have with the sport is fascinating too. It may be beautiful watching from the shore as the sculls seem to glide along, the perfect synchronization of the rowers, but from their seat it is a grueling, almost too painful, undertaking.Then we have perhaps my two favorite characters, two rescue dogs name Tosh, a German Shepherd and Finn, a black Lab. Smart, handsome, brave, obedient dogs..wow, I am in love. Woof!Ms. Crombie has given us a very good, very smart, very well paced plot all set against a background of prestigious rowing clubs and old prep school friendships. Just when you think you may have things figured out, Gemma's investigation opens a whole new avenue, a whole new cast of suspects, and the possibility that a high level police cover up may be afoot. A cover-up with serious consequences to her and her husband's career if they continue, as of course they must, to seek justice for the murdered victim. Lots of red herrings, lot of twists and turns until the very last page..and then all the thread very nicely tied up so we can happily await the next installment.And as a small aside, let me just say that I loved the drawn map, along with illustrations, that make up the endpages. It was so charming that I spent way to much time studying it.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid have finally married each other, for the third time. They have family issues, as well as a very delicate case, with complications at the highest level of the police.An enduringly good series.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have now remembered why it seems so long between Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books. Ms. Crombie takes great care in crafting the best novel possible and that takes some time. Yes, these books are mystery novels, but they really are so much more than that. The characterizations are excellently done, the plot is always intricate and the mystery is always complex. This results in a small masterpiece every time and with each new book in this wonderful series. This one delves into the world of championship rowing, and many interesting tidbits come out about this competitive sport. And I truly like Duncan Kincaid. He's a smart, intelligent copper who is not afraid to show his human side to his nearest and dearest. And Gemma is a treasure. Gemma and Duncan are now married and they are trying to maintain their high pressure jobs while trying to raise a truly blended family. All the challenges in this monumental undertaking are covered in this book. Both are trying to find the proof to convict a truly reprehensible and evil man, and both put everything on the line to do so, which in turn puts them in danger again and again. The secondary characters in this book are extremely appealing. There is first the ex-husband of the murdered rower, there are the male and female members of the search and rescue team that found the body of the victim, and there is Chief Superintendent Childs, Duncan's superior officer. Ms. Crombie is a wonderful writer, and these books are truly classics in the British police procedural genre.
LizzieD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another engaging police procedural from Deborah Crombie! In No Mark upon Her we are invited into three specialized worlds: police work in modern Britain, competitive rowing, and canine search and rescue work. Each one is peopled by characters who feel genuinely real and whom recreational readers can care about immediately.This is the first time that we see DCI Gemma James and superintendent Duncan Kincaid officially married (in three ceremonies no less!), and their relationship and their mixed family are at the center of the novel. Just before Duncan is prepared to start a stint of house-husbanding, he is on the scene of the drowning of an Olympic level sculler, also a police officer. Evidence of murder quickly ensues followed by an attack on one of the search and rescue volunteers. Gemma's sergeant, who has been working on a special project with rape victims, is drawn into the picture - and it's an ugly picture suggesting cover-ups among the higher ranks.Crombie pulls the reader along so fast that only one determined not to have a good time will balk. I hope that she is hard at work on the next volume right this very minute. I can hardly wait!
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 many characters in this established series, all with their own stories. It took a bit to keep them all straight, but I was soon on top of who was who.Rebecca Meredith, a Met detective and talented sculler has taken to practicing on off hours when there aren't many others about. Someone is though - and that someone takes her life. As Kincaid looks into the case, he finds that Rebecca was a dedicated copper, but had made some enemies along the way. Gemma is looking into some cold cases and as she digs further, those past cases may be relevant to Kincaid's case. And those higher up would seem to prefer Duncan and Gemma keep their investigations low key and protect the reputation of the Met.Crombie's plotting was intricate and believable. The secondary plot is seamlessly woven in. The list of suspects kept me guessing. Crombie's exploration of the elitist rowing world, search and rescue and PTSD added much to an already multi layered tale. But what will have me adding this author to my must read list are the characters. They're all quite 'real'. Although others may complain that the domestic details of the characters may detract from a good mystery, I found that they gave the story much more depth and made the characters 'real'. I became invested in their lives and want to see where Crombie takes them from here.No Mark Upon Her was a satisfying read on so many levels - one I would definitely recommend. Fans of Louise Penny and Susan Hill would enjoy this series.
KayeBarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series and No Mark Upon Her is every bit as deloightful as I had hoped. I have yet to be disappointed in any of the Deborah Crombie novels. I love following the personal lives of Duncan and Gemma, and find their stories to be a perfect counter-point to the police procedural which Ms. Crombie does so well. I was a bit hesitant about this one as I know nothing about rowing. No matter. This aspect of the novel was written with enough info to be exceptionally interesting, but never so much as to lose me. Highly recommended.
aardvark2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book in this series. What amazes me is the number of plot lines that Crombie can juggle in a book. Duncan Kincaid becomes the investigator in the murder of a high-ranking female police officer who is training to row in the Olympics. Her ex-husband becomes a suspect, as does another man with whom she¿s had a relationship, an army vet with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Kincaid eventually finds, with the help of his wife, Gemma, that a serial rapist may also be a suspect. A high level cover-up at Scotland Yard is unveiled by Duncan and Gemma. We also learn about the world of competitive rowing, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and search and rescue dogs. As always, Duncan and Gemma¿s family life plays a large part, as they are juggling work schedules to care for their two children and the child they are fostering. Though their domestic situation continues to evolve in each book, this one can be enjoyed without having read any of the previous books in the series.