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Mystery Thriller Early Review: Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland

Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland (Scotland Yard #2)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Doyle is assisting Acton in investigating a turf war between the Russian mafia and a Sinn Fein splinter group, with the warring sides in a fight to the death over who will control a money-laundering operation at the local race course. The London CID is racking up a body count and Doyle can dredge up little sympathy for the victims—that is, until she notices there is very little forensic evidence at any of the scenes.

In the second book of the Murder series, Doyle and Acton find themselves trying to outwit enemies foreign and domestic as they work to untangle the reason that the underworld war has spun out of control.

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 9/10

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*SPOILER FREE*

 If you remember my review of Murder in Thrall last year, you know that I rated that book one of my best reads of 2013.

Acton and Doyle despite their vague resemblance to Sherlock and Watson are one of the sexiest, most dysfunctional and scariest couple there is in fiction, and that sh*t is only gonna get darker in Murder in Retribution, ladies and gents.



I still have goose bumps thinking about this book. Kathleen and Michael's romance might not have been conventional previously, but now... In some parts of the book it left me speechless. Acton is a psychological dark and twisted pit, the depth of which we're only just starting to uncover along with Doyle. He is a sociopath, there is no doubt of it, maybe a psychopath, and he has an unshakeable fixation on Doyle. God help them both! 

On the other hand, their dynamics keep reminding me of Nora Roberts' In Death series, maybe because the sheer magnetism of this couple is akin to Rourke and Eve's?

Murder in Retribution is a sinister book, which is underlined even better by Doyle's peculiar way of handling Acton and by his way of taking care of any threats to his beloved. Even Mundoz and Williams don't make it that much lighter although they are a pair of wonderful secondary characters. As usual, the police investigation into mafia wars in London connects all the dots perfectly in the end and stays secondary to the main focus on Acton and Doyle's personal development.

Perhaps the only thing I was missing here was the insight into Acton's mind which we had in the beginning of each chapter in Murder in Thrall. Please, Anne Cleeland, bring my favorite psycho back! A superb, albeit disturbing read, not for the fainthearted but highly recommended!

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Я уже упоминала, что первая книга серии оказалась одним из лучших произведений, прочтённым мной в прошлом году. Что я могу сказать, дамы и господа? Готовьтесь к ещё более тёмной и изощренной истории отношений между моим любимым психопатом и социопатом детективом Актоном и его партнёршой и женой Кэтлин Дойл, ибо это одна из самых харизматичных, дисфункциональных и неожиданно сексуальных пар в детективах-трилерах, о которых я когда-либо читала.

У меня от них мурашки по коже бегали, а иногда и терялся дар речи. 

Как обычно у Анн Клиланд, само расследование в территориальную войну между русской и ирландской мафией в Лондоне остаётся на заднем плане и служит хорошим фоном развитию отношений между Майклом и Кэтлин. Второстепенные персонажи, Уильямз и Муноз, тоже прекрасны и вносят такую необходимую лёгкость в остальном напряжённые диалоги между героями.

Сами Актон и Дойл настолько харизматичны, что читатель разрывается между притяжением к ним и чувством того, что их отношения опасны и просто душевно больны. Я конечно подозревала, что у Актона с головой было не всё в порядке, однако я не знала степень его душевного состояния и фиксации на Кэтлин. Эта книга  серии как раз показывает на, что он способен, и что ещё страшнее, насколько его стоит Дойл.

Единственное, о чём я сожалела, это об отсутствии проблесков того, о чём думал Актон, как мы могли это видеть в начале каждой главы предыдущей книги. А так, очень рекомендую! Блестящая проза, хоть и не для всех.




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