From Anne Cleeland comes a captivating new mystery series following the perilous exploits of two Scotland Yard detectives as they track down London's most elusive killers.
First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.
Acton and Doyle are sent to investigate the murder of a trainer at a racetrack, and soon new killings related to the first start unfolding, dragging the two investigators into ever more perilous situations. But the real danger is the unlikely attachment that develops between the ultra-reserved, aristocratic chief inspector and his spirited, working-class sidekick... a relationship that will raise plenty of eyebrows - and hackles - among their colleagues at the Yard.
©2013 Anne Cleeland (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Great new entry into British mysteries"
I found it difficult to truly classify this book and found that to be a positive aspect of this unique new voice to British mysteries. This is part police procedural, part romance (with a slightly creepy bent) and part quasi-paranormal.
Newly promoted DC Kathleen Doyle, with her lilting Irish accent and the fey ability to "read" the truth in people becomes the protégé of DCI Michael Sinclair, an English lord called Holmes behind his back for his uncanny ability to solve the most complex of mysteries.
The mystery is moderately complex, but the true joy in this book is the unique voice of the protagonist. I look forward to reading more of Cleeland's novels, as she begins to make her mysteries more taut, because her characters are already "spot on."
Marcella Riordan's narration is superb, especially her delivery of Doyle's Irish voice!
"Could Have Been Good But..."
Doyle is bright young detective. Acton is a brooding enigmatic Chief Inspector. Throw in a mystery with a lot of twists and it has everything I normally like in a book. And yet - overshadowing all of it, is this very disturbing, even creepy behavior of Acton. Not only that, but Doyle's total acceptance of it, when she finds out, without even a small freak out on him. In fact, when the author was narrating some of Acton's thoughts and actions, I actually for a minute thought I was listening to the killer's thoughts. So much of that part was just way too over the top for my taste. It gets where you just can't categorize it as romantic behavior, even if you were used to old-fashioned alpha male sexist type heroes of decades past. Then back to the actual mystery, the way the killer is finally dealt with in the end and the story tie up kind of left me a bit unsettled. So if this is the first in a series, I am curious to know whether the author will tone down that disturbing behavior and reaction of the main characters and focus more on the mystery itself. So I might give the next one a try and give the characters a chance to redeem themselves.
All that aside, I did like Marcella Riordan, Especially her narration of Doyle, with her pleasant Irish accent. So here's to hoping that by the next book. Acton gets the psychiatric help he so clearly needs, and Doyle grows a pair.
"Interesting, intelligent, engrossing"
Very well written. Suspenseful, sometimes funny with very interesting and imperfect characters. I can't wait to read the next one "Murder in Retribution."
The epilogue was very clever. It could have been the first chapter, but was very cleverly written to be the epilogue.
My favorite scene was in the epilogue when Action first met Kathleen,
I listened to it 3 times in one week.
"3 and and a half"
Implausable, very disturbing situation with male and female protagonists, interesting narrative perspective, should be a real stinker, but I enjoyed it, listened to it again a week later. Still disturbing, as in an "Every Breath You Take" way.
I'm sure some women still believe stalking=devotion=love. Again, should be a stinker but I enjoyed it.
"Way too creepy."
Calling this a mystery is a stretch as it is surely just a romance, and a creepy one at that. Not my genre and I certainly will not listen to any more books by this author.
"Great New Series"
I hope this is the first of many books in this series. I haven't been this impressed with the beginning of a series since I read Sue Grafton's A Is For Alibi. The principles are intriguing and more than a little different from your usual lead characters. I didn't figure out who the villain was until the very end, which is unusual for me. I can't wait for the second book.
"A bit creepy, but enjoyable."
First off, Marcella Riordan's narration was excellent. I loved her accents for virtually all the characters, and hope to hear more of her work. As for the story, I feel a bit guilty about enjoying it as much as I did. That is because the second main character is a stalker. And freely admits it. Initially it reminded me of my early teens when, due to extreme shyness, I'd look up the address of my latest crush, and then ride my bike past her house to see if I would find her outside (it actually worked once!). But this goes far beyond that bit of youthful innocence, and most definitely crosses to the creepy side.The victim doesn't seem to mind, although she does have her moments. But I still was interested all the way through and find myself hoping for a sequel. The mystery was a bit overreaching, but then it did all tie together, in its way. If you're touchy about the subject you might want to give this one a miss. Otherwise, I think you'll find it a worthwhile listen.
"5 Star Story"
I would enjoy nothing more then
Iistening to Murder in Thrall. The story is great and very well written. I can't wait for the next book! I really hope there is a next book!
The reading took a chapter or two to get adjusted too. But once more characters were introduced she hit her stride.
Will follow this author in the future, enjoyed the characters and story line, enjoyed the narration.
"OUTSTANDING ROMANTIC MYSTERY"
Anne Cleeland is a truly gifted author and she has penned an unusual British police procedural.
This is the first book in A New Scotland Yard Mystery Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but you won't be able to stop after just one. I have read the ebook several times, and listened to Audible's audiobook several times. The narrator, Marcella Riordan, does a good job with the "Irish" of the main character.
Kathleen Doyle is an Irish redhead British detective who is still grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. As a rookie detective, she would ordinarily not encounter Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair (Lord Acton) but he sees her and is instantly intrigued. He becomes obsessed and arranges for her to assist him with one of his murder cases.
Thus begins a deeply unusual love and great mystery. Although he has violated her privacy by delving into her financial and other personal records, and entered her dreary apartment without her knowledge, he isn't the crazy scary kind of stalker. He adores her and is over-protective of her. He tells Kathleen almost immediately that he has "stalked" her but she realizes he is no threat. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have someone love you that thought you could do no wrong, put your interests above his, and loved you beyond reason? Yummy.
This book gives you so many layers, nothing superficial here.
There's the development of clues, police procedures, forensics, danger, suspense, friendship. Nothing is overlooked or omitted.
Each character is developed to the fullest extent, you are walked through crime scenes, follow-up, witness interrogation. When the final clue is uncovered and the puzzle is complete, it all comes together and you get that "Aha" feeling.
Doyle and Acton are two of the most enchanting characters I've encountered in all my years of reading. I'm now a forever fan of the Doyle/Acton series and the author, Anne Cleeland.
I strongly recommend this audiobook. I'd give it 10 Stars if possible.
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