Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Mysteries

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,285 ratings

Murder in Thrall 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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  • Book 1

    • Murder in Thrall

    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 555

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great new entry into British mysteries

    • By Tracey on 08-05-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Murder in Retribution

    • Scotland Yard, Book 2
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    Despite their investigative prowess, Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle stir more than a few feathers at CID Headquarters when their relationship comes to light. But office politics quickly become trivial when a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere façade. With a growing list of successfully solved cases to her name, the ever-dauntless Doyle shakes off the gossip and sets out to investigate the escalating turf war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heavy on drama, light on mystery

    • By Tracey on 08-02-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 3

    • Murder in Hindsight

    • The New Scotland Yard Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Chief Inspector Acton and Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle know firsthand how the administration of justice can often follow a labyrinthine path. As they pursue a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner, Acton's own questionable methods may prove his undoing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best one in the series

    • By Katerina on 04-06-15

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 4

    • Murder in Containment

    • Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marnye Young
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    In this, the fourth installment of the Doyle and Acton mystery series, Detective Sergeant Doyle realizes that several apparently unrelated murders are actually "containment" murders - murders to contain an ominous scandal that could reach into the highest levels of Scotland Yard's CID. In the process of tracking down the killers, however, she comes to the unsettling conclusion that Chief Inspector Acton has committed a containment murder or two of his own.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun story!

    • By Susan Reese on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Murder in All Honour

    • Doyle and Acton Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marnye Young
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Things are a bit grim at Scotland Yard this Christmas. On the heels of a nasty corruption scandal, the CID must now contend with a killer who is murdering pregnant women, so as to steal their babies. Chief Inspector Acton doesn't want Doyle anywhere near this case, of course, but she can't shake the feeling that there is more to his concern than his usual over-protectiveness - and more to this case than the usual psycho-killer.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Doyle and Acton Series Continues

    • By June J on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Murder in Shadow

    • The Doyle and Acton Murder Series, Book 6
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marnye Young
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    It seemed a little strange that Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle wound up being the ranking officer on this particular homicide scene. It was true that DCI Acton was off somewhere, testifying, and DI Williams was chasing down witnesses on the latest Santeria murder, but Doyle couldn't shake the feeling that she was being manipulated by one or both of them. But to what end? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A first-class whodunit with perfect pacing.

    • By Piaras on 12-08-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • Murder in Misdirection

    • A Doyle & Acton Mystery (The Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Series, Book 7)
    • By: Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated by: Marnye Young
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    It was a bit puzzling, that Chief Inspector Acton hadn’t mentioned the body they’d discovered in the burnt-out church, even though he must have known that Doyle would find it of great interest. Was the arsonist caught up in her own fire, or was there a deeper, more sinister tale told by the blackened rubble?

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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