Newcomers to Deborah Crombie's mystery series agree that it is not necessary to have read the previous books to appreciate No Mark Upon Her, but for those who like to read in series order, or who at least would like to know what came before, here's a quick overview:
Born and raised in and around Dallas, Texas, Deborah Crombie (b. 1952) fell in love with Britain during a post-university trip. Later, having married her first husband, Scotsman Peter Crombie, she spent some years living in Scotland and England before returning to Dallas. She wrote the first Kincaid/James novel in 1993 while working in the family business and raising her daughter. She still lives in Texas with her husband Rick Wilson and travels to England several times a year.
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. Their professional and personal relationships evolve with the series.
The fourteen books to date have seen Kincaid and James travel all over the United Kingdom from rural Yorkshire to surburban Surrey, by way of locations such as Cambridge, Glastonbury, the Scottish Highlands and various parts of London.
This article was originally published in February 2012, and has been updated for the
February 2013 paperback release.
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