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Murder in Thrall Audiobook

Murder in Thrall

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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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    Stephanie 06-14-17
    Stephanie 06-14-17
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    "Definitely not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The entire book would have to be rewritten for this to occur. The main character, Doyle, comes off as weak and doesn't appear have any self-esteem. Acton stalks her and takes over her life professionally and personally. She is completely okay with everything, and goes along with as if this relationship is normal. I ended up skipping to the last chapter to find out how it ended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beren001 04-30-17
    beren001 04-30-17 Member Since 2011
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Washington, PA, United States 02-13-17
    Sue Washington, PA, United States 02-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    Moved too slow and not believable. Characters not developed enough. I was very disappointed in the overall story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pin West Kempsey, Australia 01-28-17
    Pin West Kempsey, Australia 01-28-17
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    "written by a yearning 14 year old"

    Hills and Doon meets Maigret. Old fashioned police procedures told in a breathless, kittenish, naive voice. It had the yearnings of a 14 year old's dreams. I only made it to chapter 10 before my ears ran away screaming from my head. The narrator did her best with a very silly piece of work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kelemiller 01-22-17
    kelemiller 01-22-17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Akela 01-03-17
    Akela 01-03-17

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    "it's "promoted", not "promoshed""
    Where does Murder in Thrall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unexpectedly I liked it. Some of the reviews were ...disturbing (actually calling the book that) and I can see why some people would see it that way. Personally I was quite happy to read about a couple of rather well grounded and funny border line sociopaths who - after killing some major SOB - do not spend the next 20 pages lamenting a loss of human life. Good riddance, I rather agreed with the heroine on that matter.It is not for the lovers of a classical romance though, this much is obvious. I'd say if you liked the TV show Dexter you might like these books.


    What three words best describe Marcella Riordan’s performance?

    It is bad. She pronounces "promoted" as "promoshed" (not being a native English speaker I was rather baffled and had to go to Merriam-Webster to make sure it was not some obscure but tolerated pronunciation that I somehow missed in my life). She pronounces a Spanish name "Munoz" (Moon-yoz, which actually has to have a ñ (Spanish soft n with a tilde) as Munaaz. Unfortunately such irritating mistakes are more and more common recently.Again, I am not an English speaker but I am pretty sure that talking in lisping baby-voice does not equal Irish accent. It is a pity as the heroine is quite funny and street-smart but unfortunately, in audio version she sounds whiny and stupid most of the time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole post-killing scene - all very reasonable and practical, without hysterics and self-pitying. I do like Constable Doyle ))


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given the book an extra star if it wasn't for that irritating narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Episteme 12-29-16
    Episteme 12-29-16
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    "Way too creepy"
    If you could sum up Murder in Thrall in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy sexual fantasy


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, but likely an honest mystery.


    What does Marcella Riordan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lovely Irish accent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Since I quit after 9.5 chapters and will not finish it, heck no.


    Any additional comments?

    Unbelievably inappropriate stalker behavior and sexual harassment in the workplace being served up as some kind of modern Harlequin romance/bodice ripper. Seriously gave me the creeps, and makes me think perhaps Ms Cleeland would better spend her time in therapy than writing this sort of thing. The murder mystery element is there only to provide an excuse and context for the sexual fantasy. Yuck.

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    Rhiannon Ohio 02-26-16
    Rhiannon Ohio 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stalking and love are not the same thing"
    Would you try another book from Anne Cleeland and/or Marcella Riordan?

    Narrator was excellent, love to hear her doing a book I actually enjoy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Cleeland again?

    probably not. If I was assured up front it had no awful abusive creepiness dressed up as romance in it I might.


    Have you listened to any of Marcella Riordan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have heard this narrator before, but I enjoyed her.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The murder mystery part was ok, but it just was not enough to keep me listening as the creepy stalker awfulness of the main characters' "relationship" developed. I did not finish, I take my cues on the lack of satisfying outcome as far as Lord Ashton's behavior from the fact his name is part of the series title.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like romance/mystery and 50 shades of grey by all means pick this book up it may be your thing. I personally prefer books where the stalker is the antagonist, and ends up being punished for his crimes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lemuel G. 09-14-15
    Lemuel G. 09-14-15
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    "Preposterous love story, great narrator"

    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.

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    Sharon 01-02-14
    Sharon 01-02-14
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    "I'm returning it."

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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