Murder in Thrall-Anne Cleeland

Murder in Thrall
Anne Cleeland
Kensington, Jul 30 2013, $24.00
ISBN 9780758287915

Renowned by law enforcement and the public for solving homicide cases, Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Lord Acton, Michael, selects from the department’s lowest ranks Detective Constable Kathleen Doyle as his assistant mentee. When she loses Danny Capper, he remains calm while she feels embarrassed. Michael with so much experience is honing her innate skills knowing Kathleen will be a top investigator.

As the veteran and rookie work the murder of a horse trainer, Kathleen continues to err while Michael continues to forgive; and more homicides follow. Attracted to his apprentice and feeling she reciprocates; Michael becomes concerned with her safety as a viable threat to her surfaces so he grounds her to office duty. Attracted to her teacher and feeling he reciprocates; Kathleen becomes concerned with his safety as a viable threat to his life surfaces so she sets out on her own to keep Michael safe.

The first Acton and Doyle Scotland Yard mystery is an engaging whodunit though the romance supersedes the investigation. Still the storyline engages the reader as bumbling Doyle makes rookie mistakes while learning how to stay alive and avoid friendly fire accidents. With a surprising killer adding tension, fans, especially of romantic suspense, will enjoy this British police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

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