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Monday, 25 February 2013

Deborah Crombie - No Mark Upon Her

Review live on bookshow by Babs Simpson 21st Feb 2013
This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller because it is really good!
the main characters are DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, who have featured in several of Deborah Crombies previous novels.
the story opens with a lone female setting off for a training row late one winters afternoon from the Leander Club on the Thames at Henley.  She never returns and is eventually found drowned down river, her damaged boat upstream.
The victims is a Met police officer, DCI Rebecca Meredith, and when forensic investigation proves sshe was murdered a chain of events is set off involving her ex-husband, several fellow female officers as well as members of a search & rescue team based in Henley.
The story is very satisfyingly plotted and ends with an extremely tense situation.  The river and the mechanics of competitive rowing are vividly described and the action convincing and realistic.
I'm surprised that Kincaid and James haven't been taken up by a TV company.  They are a good partnership and the stories would make an excellent series now that Lewis is sadly over.   How about it ITV?

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