Wednesday, February 15, 2012

No Mark Upon Her

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie
review copy provided by Harper Collins
Description from Goodreads:
New York Times Notable author Deborah Crombie is regularly named among the greats of British-set crime fiction (P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George et al) for her riveting police procedurals featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Scotland Yard partners as well as devoted life-mates. A brilliantly conceived and executed, deeply atmospheric mystery, No Mark Upon Her embroils Kincaid and James in the case of the puzzling drowning of a rower, a Met detective, on the Thames. A finely-hued and twisting tale of psychological suspense--a story rich in deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals--No Mark Upon Her is everything Crombie's fans have come to expect from this exceptional writer...and more.

My take:
I haven't read any of the other Kincaid/James novels by Crombie, but happily, this book can stand on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/thriller set in England. There are many things that I really loved about this book.  The descriptions just pulled me into the story. I was fascinated with the world of rowing described so well by Crombie. I'm not very familiar with this sport, but it was very interesting to read about. I think my favorite part besides the actual storyline, was the vivid description of how the search and rescue teams worked with the dogs and their amazing sense of smell. I have a new perspective when my dog is sniffing around the yard now.

I loved that I was never sure exactly who in the story could be believed or trusted and who was concealing things. I did not figure out the villain and that is a big change for me.  I was happily surprised at the reveal. I thought the misdirection in the story was well done.  I was captivated by the descriptions of the London, the surrounding areas, the pubs, the locals, everything. This was such an enjoyable book!  I'm sure I missed out on some of the characters' history and didn't get some of the references from previous books, but I didn't feel lost at all. I love it when I can pick up a book in the middle of a  series and still feel that I get it.  I will have to read some more of Crombie's books.  I would highly recommend No Mark Upon Her.





Friday, February 3, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday


Good Friday morning! Friday morning means it is time for Feature & Follow fun!  This meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. If you want to participate, be sure to follow them as well as this week's featured blogger.

Our Feature -Progress & Procrastination

Screen shot 2012 02 01 at 4.02.50 PM 300x44 Feature & Follow #82

Hey! I’m jfeldt. I love to read – duh! And this last December I set a goal to read a bunch of books off a Face Book challenge. I decided the best way to keep track was start a blog. BOY I’ve been hurled into the world of crazy.
I’m 50% through and hooked on blogging. Stop by and check out my journey. I’m slightly self-deprecating; totally laid back; and mostly un-organized. Also, I sort of make up the rules as I go along; but hey, I have fun, and who doesn’t like fun? Hope to see you around.

Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?
Well, naturally, I like kick ass heroines. I like strong women in the books I read. I don't relate to weak, simpering, submissive women.  But I also like it when the female and male characters are equally strong.  I tend to find slightly mouthy, sarcastic characters to be my favorites. A great example would be Georgia Mason from FEED by Mira Grant.