Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Title: Murder in Thrall
Series: New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton #1
Author: Anne Cleeland
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From Anne Cleeland comes the first in a captivating new mystery series, following the perilous exploits of two Scotland Yard detectives as they track down London's most elusive killer. . . First-year detective Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, are a most unlikely pair. An Irish redhead of humble beginnings and modest means, Doyle is the antithesis of Acton, the British lord who has established himself as a brilliant but enigmatic figure with a knack for solving London's most high profile homicides. But Acton senses something exceptional beneath Doyle's awkward naivete and taps her to help him with his investigations. And her spot-on intuition is just what he needs to solve a chilling string of murders. . .

When a horse trainer is found dead at a racetrack, Doyle and Acton begin interviewing witnesses and the victim's associates, but the killer continues to strike and they're left with more questions than answers. Their investigation is further muddled by their colleagues at CID Headquarters, whose career-driven jealousies and workplace blunders could jeopardize the case--and their nosing into the nature of Doyle and Acton's after hours relationship could lay bare the most classified information of all. . .

Perhaps the trainer was the target of a jilted lover on a killing spree. Or maybe the victims were collateral damage in a political coup gone awry. As the murders pile up, Doyle and Acton uncover something far more sadistic than they could have imagined, and now that they know too much, they'll find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of a cold-blooded killer. . .

    

Doyle has been picked to help her superior with a case. The thing is that this superior doesn't really pay any attention to any of the first-years, and every one is green with envy because she got chosen. She knows she is good with interrogation because of her gifts, but not many other people know that. She keeps a secret. 

Also, after working with Acton for several months when the come to a new case things start to change between them, and when he tosses out a strange proposal things get even more complicated. Now, she realizes that he has many secrets, and she has only touched the surface of them. 

This book was okay. It could have been great, but I had a really hard time with some of the communication, and how some of it seemed to come from left field it was so out there. I also didn't like how Doyle's gifts weren't really explained. That was beyond frustrating, and very annoying. 

The thing I did actually like about this book was the relationship between Acton and Doyle. Now, at times I seriously was a bit creeped out by it, but also I loved how Doyle handled everything. Now, it did feel like we missed a lot of the get to know you stuff between them, but other than that I really liked it. 
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