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. As the body count climbs, Doyle uncovers a seedy world where fractious members of the Russian Mafia and an Irish terrorist group are fighting for control of a lucrative underground business. But their crooked deals and volleying acts of revenge are almost too much for Scotland Yard to keep up with, and when Doyle notices that Acton seems unusually troubled by the crimes, she begins to wonder what sparked the conflict in the first place.
Perhaps there's nothing more to the murders than under-the-table business dealings gone awry. Or perhaps a single act of vigilante justice fanned the flames that ignited a vicious turf war. As Doyle and Acton fight to not become the next victims, they'll find that the truth may be best left unspoken and retribution may be best left to fate.
©2014 Anne Cleeland (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Heavy on drama, light on mystery"
I really enjoyed the 1st in the series and anxiously awaited this sophomore effort. However, as a mystery lover, I felt this book fell a bit flat. The mystery was tertiary in the book, following the relationship drama of the newlywed protagonists, Acton and Doyle, and the internal politics at the police station. Cleeland makes up for the thin mystery with wonderful writing (although Doyle has a few too many internal monologues, I found those to be the most amusing bits in the book.)
Overall, I enjoyed this book and loved "visiting" again with these characters, but I hope we see more police procedural in the 3rd entry in this series and less family drama.
Marcella Riordan is FABULOUS. She handles a range of voices, male and female, with aplomb. I plan to see out other books she has narrated.
"Obviously a continuation"
This book was just a tad repetitive, in part. You absolutely need to have read the first book to appreciate the background of this one. Additionally, it "ends", but without an ending. I feel as though the book was written to be part of a tied in series.
"Murder in Retribution" was a little bit of a slog, at first, as I needed to tie in the first of the series, which I had read some time ago.
I did enjoy the narration. Marcella Riordan does a very good job of changing accents, between the Irish, Oxbridge, and "lower class". In the same vein, the author manages to mix in quite a number of Irish phrases to provide a real sense of place.
Frankly, I can't wait for the next chapter.
"Mother Theresa meets Dexter"
Okay, I found book one more than a bit odd, but these two police officers are not at all believable characters. I am done.
"Fun Psychopathic Romance & Mystery"
Listen to first book first. Enjoyable off kilter detective & romance novel. Really enjoyed. I can't wait for the fourth installment. The first 3 left me wanting more.
"I liked the first"
This is the second in the series, just terrible, completely and totally terrible. A clone of the first making what was a little quirky and potentially interesting if developed, completely boring and creepy.
"Not as Good as the First"
Yes, I would try another book because I love the first book. But this one just didnt hit the mark for me. I want them to solve crimes that don't circle back to them.
No, but I would recommend Murder in Thrall
I enjoy her voice and the life she brings to each person.
"Delightful narrator but weak mystery plot"
The narrator does a delightful job of enlivening the characters, but the mystery plot is exceptionally weak and clings together with nearly imperceptible threads.
"Weird premise, but it works."
Excellent second book in the series. Like another reader, I am hoping Lord Acton doesn't veer off into being a "bad" guy for real. I'll be disappointed if he does. But, for now I'm giving him the benefit of a doubt. I find the characters and the story to be engaging and interesting. I've downloaded book 3 and can't wait to start.
"Marcella Riordan's performance delights!"
I always like to read the book before listening to it. This is the second book in the series. Because I listened to (and read) the first book in the series , as I was reading the second book I could HEAR the voices of each character that Marcella Reardon had brought to life through her reading of the first story. This second story of the series (as well as its predecessor) itself is gripping and suspenseful and keeps one interested until the very last moment. It is one of those stories where you don't want the book to end while at the same time you feel compelled to keep on reading. It is a page turner! A fascinating mystery combined with a gentle love story create an atmosphere of verisimilitude where endearing characters work to gradually spin an enchanting tale of breath-taking intrigue. Anne Cleeland and Marcella Riordon are the perfect pairing of author and reader.
"The power is in the characters and story telling."
Solving the Yards murders has been taken a level higher in solving the main charecters past,present,future.
I was wonderfully invested in outcomes. Author has left the series full of possibilities in next book and series.
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