- Series: A New Scotland Yard Mystery (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Kensington; 1st Edition edition (July 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758287917
- ISBN-13: 978-0758287915
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 328 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chief Inspector Acton of Scotland Yard, a British lord, and his protégée, first-year Detective Constable Kathleen Doyle, an Irish redhead of humble origins, definitely rate readers’ attention. Doyle’s gift for reading people makes her invaluable to the veteran inspector, yet she struggles to keep her coveted entry position and build on her meager education by using multisyllabic words she’s researched and practiced to enlarge her vocabulary and impress Acton. Their growing bond is deftly depicted by Cleeland as Acton quietly offers a loan to Doyle, who is trying to make ends meet. From pride and professionalism, she declines, but the telling incident lingers powerfully for her, just as this entertaining pair will linger in readers’ imaginations, making them want more. Their first venture in a planned series involves a racecourse trainer, possibly involved with dangerous underworld types, whose murder is quickly followed by his girlfriend’s. Hopefully, the sequel will follow quickly, too. --Whitney Scott
About the Author
ANNE CLEELAND holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a law degree from Pepperdine and is a member of the California State Bar. She writes historical fiction set in the Regency period and contemporary romantic suspense. A member of the Historical Novel Society, she lives on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California, and has four children. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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“Murder in Thrall” is a fascinating read, it is, as Kathleen Doyle, a young detective constable for New Scotland Yard, would say (she hails from Dublin). A senior officer in the detective corps, initially only referred to as Acton, requests that she be assigned to him. The team investigates the murder of a trainer at a racecourse. Then a woman, a friend of the trainer who might have information, is murdered. And the deaths don’t stop there.
Acton, whom, we eventually learn, is Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton and a peer of the realm as well as a detective chief inspector, is far more aware of what’s going on than the neophyte Doyle. After all, he’s been stalking Doyle (in a good kind of way, if that’s possible) and he knows that someone else at the Yard has been looking at her file and background records.
It’s perhaps inevitable that the professional relationship of Acton and Doyle also becomes a personal one, despite the almost 14 years difference in their ages. As their relationship grows, so does the certainty that they are the ultimate targets of the murderer.
“Murder in Thrall” is the first of five Acton and Doyle mysteries published by Cleeland, and a sixth is due in September. She’s also the author of three historical novels.
Her detective duo at first sounds like the Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers novels of Elizabeth George, but the similarities are superficial – Acton and Doyle are quite a bit different.
“Murder in Thrall” is a hair-raising introduction to Anne Cleeland and her New Scotland Yard detective series.
The writing makes me think of a young teen trying to copy writers who actually know what they are writing about and getting it all wrong. I love British mysteries,but this is beyond terrible. Save your time and money. There are many good writers who deserve your time.