Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

no-mark-upon-her-kindleNo Mark Upon Her
by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series #14
Genre: Mystery (police procedural)
Published by Macmillan, 2011
E-book, purchased
480 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: 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.

He felt stained by others’ grief, as if it had steeped into his skin, like old tea. He had never, in his more than twenty years of police work, become inured to watching people absorb the shock of death.


Surely he had misinterpreted what he’d heard. Because he could have sworn that his guv’nor had just suggested that he fix the outcome of an investigation.


  • This is the first book after Gemma and Duncan’s wedding and they are celebrating their marriage as the book opens–for the third time! The first time was in the garden of their London home; the second in a register office and now the third time was with Winnie and Jack and all their families so they could have a formal celebration in Winnie’s church.
  • Gemma and Duncan have become foster parents to Charlotte after their investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte’s parents. As the book opens Gemma is finishing up family leave she and Duncan have both agreed to take until Charlotte is secure enough to attend child care.
  • Gemma admits to herself as much as she loves their children she’s looking forward to getting back to work. Now a new case has come up and Duncan has to work it even though he’s supposed to start his family leave in a few days. Gemma is not happy!
  • I really like the way the author writes about Gemma and Duncan’s children and family. They are very realistic. They have problems and worries, but they love each other and I love seeing that.
  • Charlotte’s “Alice” birthday party was so much fun to read about.
  • Much of the book takes place on the Thames with lots of rowing. I enjoyed learning more about the sport.
  • The mystery was good and as always I like reading about the procedures of finding the criminals.
  • I love the way Ms. Crombie writes about her settings. I always feel like I’ve visited the area.
  • I really like reading about search and rescue dogs. I think they are wonderful!
  • I like the integrity Duncan and Gemma show.


  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • The books really should be read in order since things which happen in earlier books have far-reaching ramifications.
  • I continue to love this series. It’s my favorite police procedural mystery series at the moment. I like the mysteries and I like the relationship between Gemma and Duncan and their children and how it grows and develops.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • A trip to Yorkshire inspired Deborah Crombie’s first Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery. She’s a Texas native who still lives in Texas though she spends time in England every year.

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