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No Mark Upon Her [Format Kindle]

Deborah Crombie
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“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.... Crombie gives an insightful look into British police procedures as well as a vivid view of the vagaries of London neighborhoods.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

...[R]eaders who savor excellent writing will find that Ms. Crombie delivers it again. (New York Journal of Books)

“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 Post)

“Ms. Crombie again has turned out a gripping and nicely tailored mystery and added another chapter to her chronicle of Kincaid and Jones.” (Washington Times)

“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.” (Miami Herald)

“Her writing is sophisticated and her suspense taut.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

[A] psychological thrill-ride that explores the allure of power, the pull of jealousy, and the seduction of greed. (The Tuscon Citizen)

This is a lovely, satisfying British police procedural with many relationship subplots that lend texture. (Suspense magazine)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith goes out alone to train on the river in Henley on a dark afternoon in late October – and doesn’t return. When a desperate search by the police and a K9 team reveals the possibility of foul play, Scotland Yard wants one of their own on the case. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, returning from celebrating his marriage to long-time partner Detective Inspector Gemma James, is called to Henley to investigate. He soon finds that the world of elite rowing can be brutal, and that Rebecca Meredith’s ex-husband was not the only person with good reason for wanting her dead.

Then, when a search-and-rescue team member is threatened, Kincaid realizes the case may be even more complex and more dangerous than he believed. But it is only when he enlists Gemma’s aid that they find that the answers lie closer to home than they could have imagined – and are infinitely more deadly. It seems that more than one innocent life depends on their ability to track down the killer.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 579 pages
  • Editeur : Pan; Édition : Main Market Ed. (5 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005BOHZ1W
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 no mark upon her 19 janvier 2013
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Très bien. plaisir de lecture amplifiée avec la lecture en anglais. L'intrigue est palpitante dans un milieu sportif specifiquiment anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 High Marks for Crombie's Latest 30 novembre 2011
Par L. M. Keefer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of smart English Scotland Yard procedurals, you should enjoy this latest by Deborah Crombie which explores the competitive world of rowing. The moody, murky Thames River creates the book's atmosphere and is the backdrop for the mysterious death of an Olympic-caliber rower who was practicing to compete for England in the upcoming Olympics. Complicating this? She was also a senior female Met officer, West London, Major Crimes.

The case demands finesse to protect the reputation of the Met, and Scotland Yard's Duncan Kincaid is called on holiday by his boss to intervene and investigate the possibility of a suspicious death. Kincaid and his partner, Cullen, soon discern that the victim's life appears "as if she had something to hide." Old rivalries, hushed-up crimes and possible crooked cops are encountered as they sort through the different strands of her life trying to uncover motive and means for murder by those who knew her. There are ample suspects among police colleagues, Olympic aspirants, old friends, and even a coach, ex-husband and lover among others.

Devotees of Crombie will find this an especially taut mystery with amped-up tension. More crimes are attempted and the pace accelerates. Plot lines intertwine to create a sophisticated and complex mystery which has a riveting and ultimately satisfying conclusion. I had several suspects in mind as the villain. As customary with Crombie, secondary characters aren't flat, and are as believable as Kincaid and his wife Gemma, who also works for the Met and assists Kincaid in this investigation. The search and rescue dogs and their owners add to the dramatic tension and warmth of the story.

You sense while reading this book that Crombie enjoys writing and experimenting with her craft. She has a natural, fluid prose with occasional cul-de-sacs of poetic description which elevate her mysteries above the average mystery fare. She takes care constructing the story and writing it as the quality of writing is even throughout the book. The plot is well-conceived and paced. Although Crombie is American, she has lived in England and Scotland and may be as American writer Henry James described himself 'more English than the English'. There's plenty of tea-pouring, being gobsmacked, finding "no joy", dogsbodies and Governor's for Anglophiles.

Loyal readers of hers will enjoy the advancement of Duncan Kincaid's and Gemma James' family's progress and familiar characters (Hazel, Wes etc.) from prior books who make cameo appearances. I particularly enjoyed DI Singla's humorous description of what is usually in his wife's handbag as a character study--it's these human interest asides that color Crombie's books, attracting loyal readers. If you are new to Crombie, this book can be a stand alone--it will probably tempt you to sample her first in the series A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) and read through the entire series.

Every book of Crombie's has a unique flavor--she seems to continually challenge herself to progress as a writer and create something fresh. This book successfully accomplishes that and should delight her reading admirers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deborah Crombie's Latest Success - No Mark Upon Her 4 août 2011
Par martísima - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was about to start rereading all 13 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels in preparation for the 14th, "No Mark Upon Her". Alas, I got this one from the UK before I could get "restarted". I could not ignore it, and I dug unto it with gusto. I finished it in two days - all 468 pages (plus the two for acknowledgments).

The plot is topnotch, not predictable at all, and it starts getting faster an faster so that we cannot stop reading. It makes us feel as if we are in one of those shells, gliding along the Thames, and the current keeps taking us downstream forcefully.

The backdrop is the river, its bridges, its people. The core is really Duncan, Gemma, and Charlotte. Kit and Toby are their usual lovely selves. But then there's Charlotte, and she is special. She draws everyone to her and her favorite character, Alice (in Wonderland).

Surrounding a wedding, a birthday, Halloween, are real people, not puppets. We recall the ones from way back, but the "newcomers" are all very original and we remember them clearly.

And we also learn about the top guys in the Yard, and how they go to great lengths to protect each other, much to Kincaid's anger - but there is nothing he can do about it. At least, he was able to solve the mystery, even though he feels he has not done his best. He is left with some reconciliation, a two month leave, and he will now be in charge of the household.

Will Gemma be as successful as Duncan in the next novel? I, for one, am eagerly awaiting it. And now, I will go back and reread all 14 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This series is starting to make me feel like W. C. Fields 11 décembre 2011
Par Maine Colonial - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Of W. C. Fields, Leo Rosten once famously said: "Any man who hates dogs and children can't be all bad." Well, I love dogs and enjoy kids (at least most of the time), but Deborah Crombie is making her books so much about kids, dogs, and home life in general that it's making me feel increasingly like Fields.

When protagonists Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid stopped being detective partners a few titles ago, I suppose Crombie figured she needed to increase her quotient of the domestic setting, since that's a scene the two still share, particularly now that they are married. But I have minimal interest in Duncan's son, Kit, and Gemma's son, Toby, and now that they've taken in a young girl, Charlotte, it's pushed me to the limits of my tolerance.

When I pick up a book of crime fiction, the last thing I want to read about is kids squabbling in a car, parents negotiating child care arrangements, and a birthday party for a three-year-old. But there's a whole lot of that kind of thing in this book which, for me, comes close to ruining a good mystery story.

Fortunately, when Crombie does focus on the criminal investigation, it's a tight, twisty, and often tense plot. The book begins with a missing rower, Rebecca Meredith, who is thinking about making a try for the Olympics. She is also a Detective Chief Inspector with London's Metropolitan police. When she is found dead after being reported missing the day after she went rowing on the river, the investigation finds there is a dark side to the world of competitive rowing, and an even darker aspect to the police world and its internal politics.

My three-star review is a compromise, reflecting my positive feelings about the plot, on the one hand, and my dislike of so much domestic detail on the other. It isn't that I don't want to know about Gemma and Duncan as people; I just don't want to spend my time reading about the minutiae of their kids' lives. But if you're a fan of this series and you can't get enough of Gemma and Duncan's home life with the kids, this will be a four- or five-star book for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good 14th in British Police Procedural Series 11 décembre 2011
Par Anne M. Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The fourteenth in the Gemma Jones/Duncan Kincaid modern British police procedural series, this one starts off with a wedding marred by racism. The crime is set in the posh rowing world of Henley, and involves a lot of upper-crust British nobs of the Oxbridge set, plus some people from lesser backgrounds they've accepted into their number. I found the new characters extremely well-drawn, distinctive, and specific and I wish that some of them could continue in successive books in the series. The mystery is well-hidden; with several red herrings; I didn't know who did it until almost the end of the book, which is gratifying.

This is definitely not the place to start this series, as Gemma and
Duncan's friends, colleagues, and the children in their household
would be mystifying to the newcomer. Go back to "A Share in Death", and enjoy the series as it develops.

While I'm not sure this is the absolutely the best book in the series, (perhaps "Necessary as Blood"?) it's definitely an excellent addition that had me fully engaged and wishing I could sit and read it all the way through in one sitting.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good mystery but too much personal life. 8 mars 2012
Par L. J. Roberts - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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've been fortunate enough to visit and come to know. I've always appreciated Ms. Crombie's vivid descriptions, but this was especially fun for me.
Although I am glad to move away from the angst-driven detective to those who have families and personal lives, there can be way too much of a good thing. The case and the mystery were very nearly drowned in details of Duncan Kincaid and his wife Gemma's life. While that adds veracity to the characters and story, I found it overwhelming and distracting to the point where I was close to not finishing the book.
What saved it, for me, is that Ms. Crombie does write a very good police procedural. There is good tension and some very well-done plot twists. Sadly, I correctly identified the killer almost from the first appearance in the story.
Ms. Crombie is a wonderful writer. Unfortunately, "No Mark Upon Her" was, for me, far from her best book. I'd prefer to see her leave the kids and the dogs more in the background and focus on her fine ability to write a really good mystery.

NO MARK UPON HER (Pol Proc-Det. Super. Duncan Kincaid-England-Contemporary) - Okay
Crombie, Deborah - 14th in series
Wm. Morrow, 2012
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