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.
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While the narrator was very good at portraying the feelings and intent behind the words, I was not super impressed with the story. The central romance was a little disturbing in the implications. Not exactly the picture of a healthy relationship and I guess it just didn't suit my idea of romance and so ruined the rest of the book for me.
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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!
I'm taking down the Christmas decorations, not exactly a distracting process. But after less than 3 hours in, I have had to rewind a dozen times. Ms Riordan has a very pleasant voice, but her characterizations are lousy (the men often sound more like women than the women do) and inconsistent; I keep losing track of who is speaking. Her narration is also rather lifeless, which made it hard to determine if the story is any good. It certainly did not hold my attention. Going to have to exchange this one, because finishing it is out of the question.
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.
The unpredictable denouement.
Yes, I would like to see more of the main characters from this book.
Doyle & the murderer.
DCI Acton is an odd but believable character. British aristocrats are notoriously eccentric so his strange behaviour is not all that unusual in the context.
The performance is fine. But....
This is a rather silly romance story. Not at all suitable for someone who likes and is looking for a good mystery.
When one of the protagonists is more psychopath than hero, and the other protagonist seems okay with that, it's hard to know who to cheer for. I will give the second book a whirl to see if things become clearer, if not, I am done!
Moved too slow and not believable. Characters not developed enough. I was very disappointed in the overall story.
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