Murder in Retribution (Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Series #2)

Murder in Retribution (Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Series #2)

by Anne Cleeland


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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 facade.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758287977
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University and is a member of the California State Bar. She writes a historical fiction series set in the
Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland
Yard. A member of the Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America,
she lives in California and has four children.

Marcella Riordan began her career at the Abbey School in Dublin and has worked in theaters throughout Ireland and the UK, including Druid Theatre and Lyric in Belfast. She has worked extensively on BBC Radio and RTE in Dublin. She was awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of Nancy Gulliver in a BBC Radio adaptation of Jennifer Johnston's The Old Jest.

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Murder in Retribution 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Murder in Retribution is the second book in the series of author Anne Cleeland’s New Scotland Yard mysteries! Another excellent read! We once again find ourselves enraptured by the return of first year Detective Constable Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair aka Lord Acton, also known throughout the “yard” (behind his back no less) as “Holmes”. Doyle now finds herself in a position of silent perusal and scrutiny as news spreads throughout the yard of her new status. Foremost in vocalization and totally predictable is Nunez who certainly cannot discern what possessed their inspector, but Kathleen’s uncanny ability to read people provides her with added insight as to the many others who also have their own personal reasons to ponder what Acton could be thinking to have so uncharacteristically acted in such extreme manner. Murders being committed by what appear to be opposing entities should be enough to keep New Scotland Yard busy for if the activity were to continue in the manner it has been recently, maybe both sides will bring an end to each other. However, something tells Kathleen what appears on the surface may not necessarily be what is actually happening and as such is determined to help bring the truth to light. Fearing perhaps Acton and ulterior motives may be at play Doyle is cognizant that finding the answers may shed light where it is best kept hidden. Never the less Doyle will use her exceptional skills in deduction along with her uncanny ability to read witnesses and suspects alike to follow where the trail leads. The ever stalwart Acton will go to any extreme to ensure Doyle’s safety but will soon discover the red-headed brash Irish girl has a will and strength all her own. Captivating from the first page this series will leave you wanting for more.
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Joanie2016 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Cleeland Delivers Another Outstanding Adventure with team of Acton and Doyle. Murder in Retribution is the second book in the Scotland Yard Mystery series and this second book is as outstanding as the first book, Murder in Thrall. I loved the unique blend of murder mystery and detective procedural that firmly stays focused on the detective skills and relationship between the intriguing main couple, Kathleen Doyle-Sinclair and Michael Sinclair (Lord Acton). No two people could be such polar opposite yet be perfect for each other. The revelation of the killer(s) was a shock and reveal left me speechless and sadden for a major loss for this couple. Nevertheless, I relished every moment spent with Acton and Doyle, as well as some of the secondary characters. I consider myself lucky to have stumbled across such a gem of a series. I hope that nothing happens to force Acton and Doyle apart. I adore them as a team and as perfect partners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has 269 pages not 1000!!!
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing series. By all rights, I shouldn't like the main characters. They are flawed, to the point of illegality and amorality. And yet, with all their foibles, they are immensely interesting and engaging. The depth of their connection, one to the other, is marvelous. They are working/living in a world of grey, very little is black or white. The layers of storyline that this creates are marvelous. I must have more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a 1000+ page book of dribble it is a collection of very poorly written harlequin romance novels. Characters are poorly developed with no discernible plots and of course the obligatory sex scenes thrown in for the dirty minded. Please do not waste your money. Save it for a real book. I for one will be deleting it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rated this a 4 star because it kept me reading and involved. But I have to say this is one very weird love story with totally strange characters. Okay SPOILER ALERT...the leading male character is a stalker who commits cold blooded murder in front of the leading woman character and she just throws her hands up in the air and asks what is she to do with him? The dynamic between them is crazy and unsexy in the extreme and she is only 2 IQ points above an idiot. Also, her constant Irish dialog is grating and makes her seem even dumber. I don't know why I like this series, but I'll continue to read it even though it's pretty creepy.
JKW24 More than 1 year ago
What a great second book. Acton and Doyle are a force to be reckoned with. Newly married they are having to adjust to communicating and reacting with, not only each other, but their surprised co-workers. This intricate interaction is as unique as they are.  Their work relationship is astonishingly accurate in that the meshing of their talents enable solutions and results.  While he figures out the bad guys, the whys and the wherefores; she intuits when someone is telling the truth or not (even her new husband) and then they, as a team, put all those pieces together. I like that we always know her characters thoughts throughout the book.  This enhances the mystery and intrigue of the story.  So many surprises throughout the book that kept me turning the pages.  I went back to read the first book (In Thrall) now that I know more about these intriguing and unique characters. It is just as good the second time around.  I am so glad Ms. Cleeland has given us these particular characters, who are like none other, for her mysteries.