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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Tracey
  • Danville, AR, United States
  • 08-05-13

Great new entry into British mysteries

I found it difficult to truly classify this book and found that to be a positive aspect of this unique new voice to British mysteries. This is part police procedural, part romance (with a slightly creepy bent) and part quasi-paranormal.

Newly promoted DC Kathleen Doyle, with her lilting Irish accent and the fey ability to "read" the truth in people becomes the protégé of DCI Michael Sinclair, an English lord called Holmes behind his back for his uncanny ability to solve the most complex of mysteries.

The mystery is moderately complex, but the true joy in this book is the unique voice of the protagonist. I look forward to reading more of Cleeland's novels, as she begins to make her mysteries more taut, because her characters are already "spot on."

Marcella Riordan's narration is superb, especially her delivery of Doyle's Irish voice!

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3 and and a half

Implausable, very disturbing situation with male and female protagonists, interesting narrative perspective, should be a real stinker, but I enjoyed it, listened to it again a week later. Still disturbing, as in an "Every Breath You Take" way.

I'm sure some women still believe stalking=devotion=love. Again, should be a stinker but I enjoyed it.

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Could Have Been Good But...

Doyle is bright young detective. Acton is a brooding enigmatic Chief Inspector. Throw in a mystery with a lot of twists and it has everything I normally like in a book. And yet - overshadowing all of it, is this very disturbing, even creepy behavior of Acton. Not only that, but Doyle's total acceptance of it, when she finds out, without even a small freak out on him. In fact, when the author was narrating some of Acton's thoughts and actions, I actually for a minute thought I was listening to the killer's thoughts. So much of that part was just way too over the top for my taste. It gets where you just can't categorize it as romantic behavior, even if you were used to old-fashioned alpha male sexist type heroes of decades past. Then back to the actual mystery, the way the killer is finally dealt with in the end and the story tie up kind of left me a bit unsettled. So if this is the first in a series, I am curious to know whether the author will tone down that disturbing behavior and reaction of the main characters and focus more on the mystery itself. So I might give the next one a try and give the characters a chance to redeem themselves.
All that aside, I did like Marcella Riordan, Especially her narration of Doyle, with her pleasant Irish accent. So here's to hoping that by the next book. Acton gets the psychiatric help he so clearly needs, and Doyle grows a pair.

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  • Cheryl
  • Petersburgh, NY, United States
  • 10-22-14

Way too creepy.

Calling this a mystery is a stretch as it is surely just a romance, and a creepy one at that. Not my genre and I certainly will not listen to any more books by this author.

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Creepy romance, tale of incompetence or?

I have trouble with "police procedurals" that are actually romance novels. I have trouble with police story plots that are furthered primarily by inane mistakes and general incompetence. This story is two for two in my book of annoyances. To add to that the relationship between "brilliant" (not very smart apparently) and the "feisty" (willing to do anything asked of her by her boss/lover) young constable is creepy from start to finish. Ugh!

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Strange romance novel not a mystery

Sadly, like others I have read, this is a romance novel trying to hide behind the genre mystery. It was not only a romance it was strange.

The guy admitted to stalking her and then asked her to marry him. He was royalty so she giggled and said "Let's date first." Odd story line.

I wish the author had concentrated more on the mystery part because it was the part worth listening to.

I returned the book.

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  • Julie
  • Apple Valley, MN, United States
  • 01-03-14

Interesting, intelligent, engrossing

What made the experience of listening to Murder in Thrall the most enjoyable?

Very well written. Suspenseful, sometimes funny with very interesting and imperfect characters. I can't wait to read the next one "Murder in Retribution."

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Thrall?

The epilogue was very clever. It could have been the first chapter, but was very cleverly written to be the epilogue.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was in the epilogue when Action first met Kathleen,

Any additional comments?

I listened to it 3 times in one week.

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SPOILER ALERT:

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Only a re-write could make this a better book for me.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great New Series

I hope this is the first of many books in this series. I haven't been this impressed with the beginning of a series since I read Sue Grafton's A Is For Alibi. The principles are intriguing and more than a little different from your usual lead characters. I didn't figure out who the villain was until the very end, which is unusual for me. I can't wait for the second book.

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  • Rickapolis
  • Annapolis, Maryland, United States
  • 04-16-14

A bit creepy, but enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

First off, Marcella Riordan's narration was excellent. I loved her accents for virtually all the characters, and hope to hear more of her work. As for the story, I feel a bit guilty about enjoying it as much as I did. That is because the second main character is a stalker. And freely admits it. Initially it reminded me of my early teens when, due to extreme shyness, I'd look up the address of my latest crush, and then ride my bike past her house to see if I would find her outside (it actually worked once!). But this goes far beyond that bit of youthful innocence, and most definitely crosses to the creepy side.The victim doesn't seem to mind, although she does have her moments. But I still was interested all the way through and find myself hoping for a sequel. The mystery was a bit overreaching, but then it did all tie together, in its way. If you're touchy about the subject you might want to give this one a miss. Otherwise, I think you'll find it a worthwhile listen.

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