Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: No Mark Upon Her

I've started to write and deleted my book summary several times now, so I'm throwing in the towel on original plot summary.  I leave in the morning for LA and I'm in a state of panic that is so profound that thinking creatively is almost impossible.  Thankfully, my critiquing skills are still on track.  Here's what the publisher has to say about the plot:

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman’s body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers—and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met—a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.
To further complicate the situation, a separate investigation, led by Detective Inspector Gemma James, Kincaid’s wife, soon reveals a disturbing—and possibly related—series of crimes, widening the field of suspects. But when someone tries to kill the search-and-rescue team member who found Rebecca’s body, the case becomes even more complex and dangerous, involving powerful interests with tentacles that reach deep into the heart of the Met itself.
Surrounded by enemies with friendly faces, pressured to find answers quickly while protecting the Yard at all costs, his career and reputation on the line, Kincaid must race to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost—including his own.
The writing was fine - nothing exceptionally amazing or terrible.  Standard mystery fare.  I loved the setting and I actually enjoyed the rowing theme throughout, which is unusual because I'm not typically into the whole sports atmosphere.  However, I think the author did a really good job of combining the setting and the details about the sport with the plotting.  
Entertainment value
Unfortunately, this was also kind of a "meh" for me as far as entertainment goes.  I wasn't bored.  I didn't dislike it.  But I also didn't love it or find myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading.  I thought I'd like the search and rescue dogs aspect of it more, but I just couldn't get into that part of the story.  It was also much more cozy mystery than a thriller, which is what I expected based on the cover.  
And, finally, this is a series book.  There's no indication anywhere on the cover or in the publisher's information or anywhere else that this is a series book, but it is.  It can certainly be read as a stand-alone. There wasn't anything taken away from the story because it's a series, but I knew.  It took me a few chapter to realize it and then I had to do some investigating to figure it out, because it's marketed as "a novel" not "a name of series novel" or "book x in name of series".  For a lot of people it wouldn't have mattered at all, but I have a THING about series books.  I HAVE to read them in order, even if they are fine as stand-alones.  So realizing that totally threw me off.  But like I said, it IS fine as a stand-alone, I just felt off through it because I wanted to know the characters' back stories.

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand your thing about books in a series ... I'm exactly the same way.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!