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.
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.
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.
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!
I loved the narration with the Irish brogue. Intriguing story. But disposal of dead body at end not believable. Also more discussion about sex than needed
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was excellent and I got caught up in the story. When you realise that Kathleen is being stalked by her boss it is quite shocking. We all know the wrongness of this situation, but Kathleen takes it in her stride due to her particular personality and her 'gift' Instinctively you feel that she should be running from Acton and his obsession but I found myself accepting their relationship despite my personal opinion about it.
In no way do i believe stalking equals love. This book also portrays 'bad' stalker and 'good' stalker. In a less well done novel this would make me hate this book. Kathleen is not portrayed as a really dumb victim and Acton is well aware of his wrongness Because of the strong characters the story works, and I couldn't put it down Looking forward to the next book.
I picked this up in the 2 for 1 sale, one book was dreadful but this made up for it
I like the story, but if the "epilogue" had been presented as the prologue that it truly was, the story would have been better. It would not have reduced the mystery, but would have enhanced it.
The narrator left off way too many word endings, which made for distractions in listening and is unlike any other Irish accent i have ever heard.
I will give the next in the series a go, with caution.
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