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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I bought this book because I thought it was supposed to be mystery thriller with a male and female Scotland Yard team investigating the crime. But I couldn't figure out if it was a crime novel or a romance novel. The female's constant inane banter about dumb stuff made my mind glaze over at some point and I totally missed what the actual crime was! But I hung in for 8 chapters, about to kill myself with boredom, until suddenly out of nowhere, the senior experienced DCI proposes to the rookie female constable! No warning, no kiss, no nothing! There was still 7 hours to go but I had to end the madness! I'm glad I didn't buy the second in this series because the reviews indicate that this one better. The question is "Better than WHAT?!" I'm returning this hot mess!
A DCI with an obsession and an intuitive DC, he an English Lord and she an Immigrant from Dublin. They become a formidable detective team and an undevidable love
I really liked the protagonist, Kathleen Doyle, at first. Doyle is a young Irish woman at the bottom rung of the detective ladder at Scotland Yard. She's bright, pert, and eager to learn and advance. She partners with an older, more experienced detective, Michael Acton--one of those strong, silent genius detective types. Doyle is highly intuitive, and this is something Acton values. He's also a baron, or some such, which struck me as derivative of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley, who's an earl. (How many members of the House of Lords could possibly be prancing around CID doing detective work?) Doyle has an endearing habit of trying out new vocabulary words on him; she's self-conscious about her lack of education and wants to improve. However. it appears that Acton is stalking her, something he confesses to after proposing marriage in one of fiction's least-romantic proposals ever. Despite the fact he never mentions love, and has confessed to stalking her, she is delighted. Later, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, she decides he's mixed up in Russian arms smuggling. I don't happen to know any Scotland Yard detectives personally, but I'd be willing to bet that if one of them found that her fiance had been stalking her and dealing arms, I don't think she would be dreaming about wedding bells. The fact that he never mentions the word "love" when proposing to her would turn most women off completely, but she doesn't seem motivated at all by his money or position. Long story short: I ceased to believe in her as a character and could not finish the book. the narrator was lovely, though, and did an excellent job of switching between Irish, plummy upper-class, and East End accents.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The performance was spot on and the various accents and voices were well done and each was distinct. However, I kept thinking that I must have missed either several chapters or a previous book to explain some of the references and conditions brought up throughout the story. While that didn't stop me from enjoying the book, it did jar me out of the story many times.
A total re-write; This reader had no sense of the alleged attraction of the male to female lead. Story read by a female Brit and in a range I found 'difficult' to understand.
No, but I shall not try this author - or the reader again.
No idea: Kate Redding reads superbly. But! A poor story is not saved by a reader, no matter how good.
Boredom. Three murders, yawn. Boy/Girl relationship as exciting as used bread.
The 'plot' is 'who done it'. The story as told (wrote) was almost exciting as an indifferent yawn.
Narrator was excellent, love to hear her doing a book I actually enjoy.
probably not. If I was assured up front it had no awful abusive creepiness dressed up as romance in it I might.
I don't believe I have heard this narrator before, but I enjoyed her.
The murder mystery part was ok, but it just was not enough to keep me listening as the creepy stalker awfulness of the main characters' "relationship" developed. I did not finish, I take my cues on the lack of satisfying outcome as far as Lord Ashton's behavior from the fact his name is part of the series title.
If you like romance/mystery and 50 shades of grey by all means pick this book up it may be your thing. I personally prefer books where the stalker is the antagonist, and ends up being punished for his crimes.
This was one of the silliest books I've listened to, ever. The story was hard to hold on to, and the love story was both creepy and unbelievable-as in I can't imagine the characters as real people, and there is no nothing in terms of the feelings stirred, or not, stirred up by their relationship. The narrator was great, but I won't bother to read the others in this series.
I was surprised to find out this book, in my estimation, is really 70/30 romance/mystery. I enjoyed it but if you are really More of a mystery buff, I'm not sure it will satisfy. I read everything including George, Penney, Nesbo, MCKinty, McBride, Rendell/Vine, Perry, Carofiglio, and many, many more but this is definitely not your typical mystery novel. That being said I'm reading the second book on kindle - I just had to see where all this obsessive behavior was going. So far I think a little added complexity to the plot would have gone a long way in making this a more well rounded mystery. Ms. Riordan does an excellent job.
The narrator did a good job with this one but the storyline was a tad creepy - the murder line was alright but the relationship between Acton and Doyle I felt was really weird. I dont know that I will be trying any more - if there are any more Acton and Doyle novels
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