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Murder in Retribution

(New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,781 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 l ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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, bu
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars.

I’m on holiday, will write the review after I return home! ❤️
One of the most thrilling discoveries for a mystery genre reader is that of a new series. That has indeed been my pleasure with the New Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland. I was most fortunate to receive an advanced copy of the second in this series, Murder in Retribution, and reading it has cemented my addiction to the characters of Chief Inspector Michael Acton and Detective Constable Kathleen Doyle as they work together both professionally and personally. I think Cleeland's real gift in th ...more

The detective duo New Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Lord Acton and young Detectice Constable Kathleen Doyle braces the underworld to find the killers in a turf war between rival Russian and Irish organized crime syndicates in London.

Wealthy (Lord) Acton and charming Irish girl Kathleen Doyle also were initially secretly married. He is much older than her, to start off with, and then their class difference leads to severe opposition in the ranks of friends and foes alike when the news of their ma
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I absolutely love the heroine of this book. She is funny, intelligent, intuitive and discerning. While Acton is not funny, cunning and is a law on to himself. They make a good team as crime fighters and as a husbsnd & wife. The writing and the mystery is well crafted and very engaging and entertaining to read. ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Cleeland continues one of the best mystery series around today with her second novel following the introduction of Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle in Murder in Thrall. The two main characters are the most engaging couple I have met in a long time. The two are married after a cataclysmic meeting when Doyle was shot and her wayward father murdered. Now, they must let the rest of the team in on their secret. Office politics quickly become secondary when a r ...more
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Acton does not play when it comes to avenging his wife. I do love that. Acton & Doyle make a good pair. Mystery was good. I enjoy the closeness between them (sex still fade to black).
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
** 3.5 Stars **

I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first book, sometimes the heroine can be a tad annoying with the way she reprimands herself constantly in her head for doing normal things and how she is portrayed as a devout Catholic but seems to have no issue with her husband killing people and doing illegal things.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I didn't read the first book, so maybe I am missing something, but I thought this book was awful. I abandoned it after the first couple of chapters. Hated the female characters and thought they were just too deferential to the feelings of the make characters.

The female leads just were not strong, and it irritated the crap out of me. Not plausible and some of the scenes were so poorly done it was laughable.
*The Angry Reader*
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2019
This little book gets 5 stars because I read the first half of it yesterday. On the couch. While the window installers made the most unholy racket with drills and a sawzall. With all that’s going on in this chaotic house this book was an oasis.

At first I wasn’t into it. Wasn’t sure where the story was going. I totally solved the murder out the gate. But Acton’s actions were much more interesting than any murder. Truth be told - I thought Cleeland would rein him in. I’m insatiably curious about
I was a big fan of "Murder in Thrall" so couldn't wait to get my hands on book #2. Police procedurals are my favourite genre & the ones I've enjoyed the most have a couple of things in common: a smart, complex plot & characters that are interesting & fully realized. This series delivers.
DC Kathleen Doyle & DCI Michael Acton are the most compelling pair/detectives I've come across in a while. In this instalment, news of their quicky wedding is out & the reaction from her colleagues is just one mo
Byron Lord
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from First Reads and this is my honest review:
Anne Cleeland has another winner in the second book in the Scotland Yard Mystery series, Murder in Retribution. The reader is treated to an excellent, multi plot mystery thriller; insights into the crime analysis and detection process; the building relationships of a newly formed “marriage of Detective Chief Inspector Lord Ashley and Detective Constable Doyle and their Scotland Yard team. We see Lord Ashley as a mentor to his new wife
oh my....Acton will slay dragons for Doyle....daaaaayyyyuuuummmm.....Love this book and Acton
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm in agreement with the reviewers who call Anne Cleeland's New Scotland Yard mysteries original. These clever stories feature two fascinating, reclusive police detectives whose personal lives are even more intriguing than their cases. And, the more Doyle learns about her enigmatic husband, the more she fears for his safety, not her own. In Murder in Retribution, though, she needs to watch out for herself.

The marriage between the Irish Kathleen Doyle, a first-year detective, and Chief Inspector
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first in this new series I was almost desperate to get my hands on an ARC of the second book when I attended Left Coast Crime and saw some book bags included Murder in Retribution. Fortunately my wish was granted and I was able to read this in ARC form.

My feverish desire for this book were rewarded with an excellent read. Lord Acton and Doyle are truly unique characters and that is saying something from someone who has read mysteries for over 50 years. I love how this series seem
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how incredibly annoying and dislikable Doyle is. She is an awful h, just awful. I tried so hard to like her but she sucks. As a police officer, she is totally incompetent. As a wife, she does nothing but tell Acton he is overreacting. Her inner musings are painful to listen to because they are just complaints about everything. When you need her to stand up for herself, she does nothing but when she needs to use more finesse, she is blurting out ridiculous and inappropriate commen ...more
Shirley Mckinnon
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
They're back! The endearing Doyle and the distant and increasingly 'hot, hot, hot' Action. To say that I have been charmed by Doyle is an understatement. Her internal dialogue is amusing, real and shows the vulnerability hidden behind her abilities as a police woman. Her sense of humour is wonderful. The intimate side of their relationship is a fresh approach on obsession. Acton's obsession for Doyle is intense but tender and caring.

Oh, yes, and did I tell you that there is also murder and mayh
Sabrina Flynn
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
So glad I received an ARC for #2. After finishing the first, I immediately opened Murder in Retribution and started reading. Acton and Doyle's unique relationship develops, and so does the over arcing mystery. It will be interesting to see how the story develops, since Acton is not your ordinary Scotland Yard detective. He skirts a very line, in personal and professional. Looking forward to the next in the series!
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I put myself through this. The author clearly thinks she's still writing Regencies. The odd, obsessive relationship of the main characters completely overshadows the "mystery" to the point that you totally lose track of the plot - and I won't even talk about our hero's occasional forays outside the law. There's a third one of these in the works, but I think I've had enough.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The books in this series are getting better and better.
Drew Doll
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy this book is out, I'm so happy this book is out!

Second book in the series, and better than the first, which is saying quite a lot. We see more of the relationship between Doyle and Acton while they deal with a rash of murders and a domestic mystery. It's nearly impossible to talk a lot about the book without being very "spoilery", so I'll just say you need to pay very careful attention to what is said by all the characters to figure out the mystery early.

I loved the plot and pacing.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-2018, read-2018
In Anne Cleeland's book, Murder in Retribution, Kathleen Doyle and Lord Acton find out that 'retribution may be best left to fate'. When a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere facade, Doyle sets out to investigate the escalating turf war. Doyle uncovers a seedy world where fractious member of the Russian mafia and an Irish terrorist group are fighting for control of a lucrative underground business. Doyle and Acton's married relationship has now come to light at the CID ...more
Janet Schneider
A satisfying, exciting followup to Murder in Thrall, Murder in Retribution is a traditional detective story featuring the terrifically appealing duo of New Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Acton and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle. These two characters are complex, sympathetic and have a fresh appeal. With the now-married crime-solving team tasked with solving a set of underworld murders, their personal relationship comes under new pressures from both friends and foe alike. As before, there is some ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Well, I’m hooked 🎣

It surprises me that a character with a very rigid personal code can be surprisingly flexible with their moral code (to a degree. He’s not a cheat or lech). Acton truly is a surprising character. By rights, Doyle, a very moral person, should have run for the hills when Acton’s secrets come to light. But for whatever reason, they work as a couple and I am here for the drama.

Although there is a somewhat interesting premise, this book focuses on the relationship between Acton and
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
What to say.....ok, I loved it! The audio is freaking awesome. The books are quirky- the characters are quirky- and I love them. Acton is not exactly law abiding and has his own code of justice. Doyle is his rock and she understands him. In this book, there were a couple of things that went unanswered for me but I can’t tell you without spoiling, so I won’t. 😋.

In case you are wondering, these aren’t stand alone. You definitely have to read the others to understand who’s who and to get the whole
I decided to give the second one in the series a try, hoping the Cleeland would've written Achton out of his murderous obsessive ways. She didn't. Enough time wasted. Without that and Doyle's stupidity regarding Achton, there might be worth to the series but then it is more or less the backbone of all the storylines so no go.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I love the series and the characters. This is the 2nd in the series... and now I amgoing to begin the 3rd. The main characters are DSI, Lord Acton, and his wife Constable Kathleen Doyle ( an Irish lass). They both have flaws of character, and they both have interesting ways of thinking. Doyle can tell if people are telling the truth or lying - which is a huge asset in the police
It is light, fun reading

Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was seriously bizarre. I do not understand Doyle at all. She was naive and went along with just about anything unless her intuition tingled. Very little analytical thought. And Acton is kind of creepy!!!! He was semi-normal in the first. Now he’s just a psychopath! But Doyle is still just like “this is what marriage is! I love him!” I don’t understand at all. Could’ve have been a good mystery but I can’t stomach “retribution killings.”
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Anne Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon top 100 best sellers. She also writes a historical series of stand-alone books set in the Regency period. A member of International Thriller Writers, The Historical Novel Society, and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.; @annecleeland.


Other books in the series

New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton (10 books)
  • Murder In Thrall (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #1)
  • Murder in Hindsight (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #3)
  • Murder in Containment (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #4)
  • Murder in All Honour (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #5)
  • Murder in Shadow (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #6)
  • Murder in Misdirection (The Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series Book 7)
  • Murder in Spite (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #8)
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