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.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
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!
Only a re-write could make this a better book for me.
A sexually charged scene AT a crime scene between the 2 investigating officers??? Really??? I stopped reading / listening at that point and returned the book.
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.
This was well narrated which is the only reason I completed it. Weak female lead happy to give into her over-bearing, obsessive, stalker male lead. More romance than detective novel. Very disappointing.
The story still haunts me...yet I love it. Intrigue is gripping from the very first chapter. The characters are drawn in detail, their strengths and their foibles well painted. The writing style leads the reader into the mind of each character, affording the ability to view circumstances from distinct viewpoints. For me, this story was a true "page-turner", so much so that on several occasions I did not stop reading even to answer phone calls; in fact, the ringing of the phone annoyed me, for it impinged on the magic of the spell cast by the story. I loved the characters, the psychological detail and the whole of the story itself. I hope Anne Cleeland writes many, many more books in this series. I envy you the discovery of this mesmerizing tale.
P.S. I should probably add that I read the book first, then purchased it in its Audible form. I enjoyed reading it so much that I wanted to hear it read to me.
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.
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