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Would you listen to No Mark Upon Her again? Why?
Definitely I will listen to it again. Very good story, great characters main and secondary,and good plot
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character is Gemma James although I love Duncan Kincaid too. I really enjoy the way the author combines domestic life with crime investigation
Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, I like the way she performs, Not too dramatic with nice accent
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Great mystery novel.
Any additional comments?
I strongly recommend the series.The novel stands on itself but I think it is more enjoyable if you read at least the second or third book before this one.
If you could sum up No Mark Upon Her in three words, what would they be?
Deborah Crombie, along with Louise Penny, is certainly on the list of my favourite detective writers - and she does not disappoint this time. Each of her books usually has a new theme, a twist, a focus - opera, antiquities, history of London Docks etc. In this case, it is rowing. Narration is very pleasant as well, no criticism here. If you are a fan of cosy British mysteries with flavour of local history, I highly recommend this book
The story is seemingly set in 2011 as it refers to the 'Olympics' next year. However, throughout, I just thought of the 1950s. Whether this is due to the narrating or the writing I am not too sure. The story is not bad and you certainly learn a lot about rowing, however, it was so middle class I felt ostracised from the characters.They are generally privately educated at Eton, rowed for Oxbridge, live in Nottinghill and have Agas as well as being relentlesly 'PC'. The police investigating the crimes had all the rowing terminolgy and this seemed unrealistic.
Some of the characters voices were so cut glass they actively grated on my nerves as they bordered on arrogant. It was a shame as one of the main characters I really disliked whereas, had I stuck to the written word, I probably would have liked him. The principals' backgrounds are twisted but I just was not interested.
The other ratings for this book are high so my view differs from others, however, for me the book dragged and I was half inclined to leave it before the end. I may try another by this author in paper format rather than audio.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The story draws you in and quotes are used effectively at the start of chapters.
What other book might you compare No Mark Upon Her to, and why?
Ruth Rendell books are similarly intriguing
What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?
The voice was a great fit for the characters and very absorbing
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It needed a few sittings due to its length, but it was hard to put down
Any additional comments?
Sometimes I felt as though I wanted to speed up the narration to get to the next dramatic scene.
I got a bit tired of the happy family thing. Not a bad story but somehow just missed really engrossing me. Guessed who 'dunnit' early on but only because it was made obvious, one line gave it away. Not sure whether I like this series or not. Maybe not quite gripping enough for me