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- Print Length: 579 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2012
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HFI8YS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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...[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) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I also learned a lot about the drive and training that pushes competitive rowers. The book was very well researched. I also thought the author's realistic description of how a police (or any) institution can be affected by "old boy" networks and a driving need to close ranks rather than admit to any flaws or weaknesses was a particular strength of this book.
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!
Really enjoyed this one, 5 Stars. Three books left until the new one comes out ( but I'll be rereading for sure.)
The characters and the mystery behaved impeccably with lots of twists and turns. Happily the newer folks in the cast of characters "buddied up" at the culmination which builds anticipation.
Every new book has a different theme which creates the learning curve that makes them so special.(for me, why I read this type of mystery)
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This one's a story about a murder with quite a few potential suspects. A metropolitan police officer and rower, in training for the upcoming Olympics, is found dead on the banks of the Thames at Henley. As usual, suspicions fall on the ex husband, but Kincaid isn't ready to buy that, at least not yet. Well then, how about her former coach, who may not want a rower of Becca's caliber competing against his current crew of rowers? Or her current lover, the former oarsman and Iraq combat medic who's now involved in search and rescue work? Or the high echelon copper who's rumored to have been molesting women officers for years and blackmailing them into not reporting it? Or none of the above? And how does one of the four dogs in this novel become instrumental to its solution?
Of course, as always, this is also a story that gives equal time to the personal lives of the just-married and merged Kincaid-James family, which has now been joined by young Charlotte, who was left orphaned in their previous case. Because the course of the characters' personal lives in a Crombie novel is equally as important as their crime solving, I strongly recommend reading this series from the beginning. Here's the list, in order: 1. A Share in Death, 2. All Shall Be Well, 3. Leave the Grave Green, 4. Mourn Not Your Dead, 5. Dreaming of the Bones, 6. Kissed a Sad Goodbye, 7. A Finer End, 8. And Justice There Is None, 9. Now May You Weep, 10. In a Dark House, 11. Water Like a Stone, 12. Where Memories Lie, 13. Necessary as Blood and 14. No Mark Upon Her.
Sidenote: Last month, I just missed grabbing a pre-publication advance readers' copy of this novel via the U.S. Amazon Vine program, so I decided to give myself an early Christmas present of the British edition. First time I've ever done that, so I don't know if it's unusual or not, but the version I've just read is set in much larger type than I'm used to seeing from American publishers--so much larger, in fact, that it runs 86 pages longer than its upcoming U.S. counterpart. To my surprise, the book that Amazon.uk said would get to me here in Washington in about three weeks or so, actually arrived via Royal Mail in just over a week.
*If you like Crombie, you might also like Louise Penny
I would highly recommend the entire series -- though the first in the series is a bit heavy going.
Would recommend both to "Crime readers".
Real thrilling read.