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.
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!
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
A relationship developed between the two main characters. I never believed the love was real it was never developed and I didn't believe it. The development also of her ability to tell if someone was lying. It was just stated and nothing developed about it. It could have been an interesting supernatural twist but I'll never know because I won't listen to another. The murders were also not interesting and I didn't care what happened until then end when someone was trailing her and I thought finally some action!
No I will just read a different author
Authentic to the setting
Not sure what others saw in the book but there is always something for everyone
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