Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

The vicious murder of a champion rower turns Scotland Yard inside out in Deborah Crombie’s new police procedural No Mark Upon Her.

Training for a chance at the British Olympic team, Rebecca Meredith was considered one of the favorites for a sculling medal.  Also a Detective Inspector with Scotland Yard, Rebecca hadn’t endeared herself to a number of her colleagues.  When she turns up dead, with her head bashed in with a boat oar, DSI Duncan Kincaid is left to figure out who would want to murder Rebecca Meredith.

There were disgruntled colleagues, yes, but no one with as big a reason to kill her as blustery Chief Superintendent Angus Craig. Rebecca accused Craig of rape several years before, damaging his reputation and putting his precious career in jeopardy.  Other obvious “persons of interest” in the investigation are her ex-husband and a clandestine lover.  Factor in rival rowers threatened by Rebecca’s skill as a sculler and her potential Olympic team slot, and you’ve got a long list of suspects.  With so many people under suspicion, DSI Kincaid definitely has his work cut out for him in solving this case.

For other hard-boiled police procedurals, try Beastly Things by Donna Leon and Louise Penny’s Bury Your Dead.

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