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Murder in Hindsight: A New Scotland Yard Mystery

Anne Cleeland

ISBN 9780758287946
Publish Date 3/31/2015
Format Hardcover
Categories General, Kensington
List Price: $25.00

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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. . .

The notoriety of being married to the enigmatically brilliant Lord Acton presents its own challenges as newly promoted Detective Sergeant Doyle contends with a series of homicides that seem to point to a vigilante killer. The victims are all criminals who eluded justice--until they ran afoul of an avenger whose modus operandi is a bullet to the back of the head. The key to the vigilante's identity lies in connecting the cold cases and searching for an event that may have triggered retribution after all these years--a daunting task.

Meanwhile, Doyle finds herself shadowed by a mysterious figure. After the man steps forward to rescue her from harm, she wonders why he is invested in protecting her. But when she learns he's in contact with Acton's nemesis, she fears she's being used in a plot against her husband, whose personal code of justice has the potential to put his reputation--and his life--at risk.

For his own part, Acton must outmaneuver an unscrupulous reporter being fed information from someone within the ranks of Scotland Yard. The stakes are high, and both Doyle and Acton must work independently to outwit the players--before their lives are brought crashing down like a house of cards. . .

Praise for Murder in Thrall

"Thrilling...will keep you guessing until the very last page!" --Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author of Murder in Chelsea

"It's been a long time since I encountered two characters this charming and engaging. I look forward to more of their adventures." --David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art

"The test of a good book is always how much one thinks about the characters when the book is done, and I am still wondering what would happen next." --Suspense Magazine

"Cleeland has a smooth way of dialogue and many of her characters' conversations play like subtle games of reason and wit." --Daily Pilot

"[T]his entertaining pair will linger in readers' imaginations, making them want more." --Booklist

About Anne Cleeland:

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a law degree from Pepperdine University. She worked as a research attorney for federal and state court judges, a legal writer in private practice, and a guest lecturer at several universities. She is currently at work on her next Acton and Doyle Scotland Yard mystery. She lives in California and has four children.

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A cracking good mystery and a marvelous new pair of detectives (Monday, July 21, 2014)

I found this book from an online mystery newsletter and gave it a try. I read hundreds of mysteries a year, and my favorites are usually historical, but this contemporary police procedural grabbed me from the first chapter and took me on a most unexpected ride. The lives and backgrounds of these utterly unique main characters are cleverly unveiled to the readers layer by layer while the bodies pile up and the suspects go missing or seem to have alibis. I was enthralled by this book and can't wait to see what happens to and between Doyle and Acton in the next book. One of the most fascinating pair of protagonists I've run across in many a year.

Cracking good mystery with unique protaganists (Monday, July 21, 2014)
Reviewer: A Wright

I found this book from an online mystery newsletter and gave it a try. I read hundreds of mysteries a year, and my favorites are usually historical, but this contemporary police procedural grabbed me from the first chapter and took me on a most unexpected ride. The lives and backgrounds of these utterly unique main characters are cleverly unveiled to the readers layer by layer while the bodies pile up and the suspects go missing or seem to have alibis. I was enthralled by this book and can't wait to see what happens to and between Doyle and Acton in the next book. One of the most fascinating pair of protagonists I've run across in many a year.


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