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Murder in Hindsight

(New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,167 ratings  ·  150 reviews
While Acton and Doyle, two of Scotland Yard’s finest, pursue a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner, Acton’s own questionable methods may prove their undoing…
The victims are all criminals who eluded justice—until they ran afoul of an avenger whose modus operandi is a bullet to the back of the head. The key to the vigilante’s identity lies in connecting the cold ca
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington
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There are those book series with which I’m so besotted that a new book in the series has me fairly dancing to begin. Of course, the down side is that the book only has a countable number of pages. So it began when I received my advanced reader’s copy of Anne Cleeland’s latest New Scotland Yard Mystery starring Chief Inspector Michael Acton and Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle, Murder in Hindsight. Euphoria upon opening the cover and reading this fascinating story and dreading the end, where you ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished Murder in Hindsight and absolutely loved it!

Acton and Doyle are such an unusual couple. They have unique dynamics in their relationship and I end up getting glued to the screen of my kindle every time I read a book in this series. Let me explain their appeal.

Acton is a modern "Holmes", titled, rich, highly ranked police detective...He is also highly dysfunctional. He drinks, he obsesses, he is a hermit, and he is a very dark hero, almost an antihero. When he fixates on a gree
4.5 stars.

The stars down a bit, Acton behaved like Curran in KD’s book #6 😠
The good things here, Kathleen knew very early what was going on and Michael had been open as much as he can to her, not like Kate who had been blindsided by Curran’s behavior! 😬

Still loving this one ❤️

I'm not a fan of suspense mixed with romance however I'm really enjoying the Doyle & Acton series. Glad that i found this author. ...more
Varied Books
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I feel on this one. I'm going to go w/ 4 stars. Though some parts were 2 stars.

The author is a cleaver writer. She does a good job w/ weaving dark humor into the story. I greatly enjoy that. The h is quirky & dryly humorous which is nice.

I didn't care for parts of the plot. My feelings probably wouldn't be so negative if we got some H pov. It was definitely needed.

Still fade to black sex which I guess is the author's writing style.

I do hope the author writes more books w/ Doyle
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I simply don't know what to say about books in this series. While I like them, I actually feel a little uneasy that I do. These people have enough baggage to keep a team of therapists busy for years.

DC Kathleen Doyle can tell if people are lying, an obvious asset for a police detective. Her husband, Lord Acton, also a high-ranking detective, is very intelligent - besides being titled, handsome and rich. However, these people have some serious problems. Acton is obsessed with his wife, Doyle. Be
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am hooked! I adore Kathleen Doyle and her quirkiness. It's action packed and a very entertaining read. On to book #4.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I told Kaye Wilkinson Barley that I had just finished Anne Cleeland's Murder in Hindsight, I said, "sigh", and she agreed. I've finished all three of the novels about Doyle and Acton, and it's going to be hard to let the characters go.

Make no mistake about it. The three books in the series so far, Murder in Thrall, Murder in Retribution, and Murder in Hindsight, really can be read together. And, they definitely need to be read in order. They are so much more than a continuing story of crime
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this series has gone downhill. They both (husband and wife) keep lying to the other person.

The heroine also keeps making really dumb decisions. These include: Of course I should go meet a crooked cop in my apartment lobby without a weapon or telling anyone where I'm going. Of course I should go meet a jailed Russian criminal because I want to hear what he has to say. But it turns out he just wanted me to visit him in jail so I'd be on camera there and he could frame me for murder. Aargh.

Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked this one, I just didn't love it. What I liked the most are the two MCs, Acton and Doyle. They are married and I loved their relationship interaction and the dialogue. They were fun to watch because I just don't know what they would say or do next.

What I didn't like was the constant poor decision making by Doyle, the wife. Here, she sounds so cute and darling, but she has no street smarts, or any other kind. It was always a miracle that she survived all the precarious situations, she eit
Every time one of these books comes out, I immediately drop whatever I'm reading. (My apologies to the other authors. Please stand by, I WILL get back to you). The "problem" is I've become completely caught up in the ongoing story of these two oddball British detectives & their circle of colleagues.
The third book finds Acton & Doyle happily married & on the trail of a serial killer. There's something strange about the group of victims & any answers may lie in their pasts.
In fact, keeping the pa
Jun 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I tried to give this series one more chance and now I'm sure it's not for me. Doyle is such an annoying character, I hate everything about her and she doesn't get any better with each book. I cringe so much when she talks. She is either saying something stupid or doing something stupid. Munoz is another awful character. In fact, the author writes all women with the exception of Doyle as villians. While I love Acton and his devotion to Doyle, their marriage is a mess. Both of them hide so m ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still enjoying this couple even after this third book. I did find the extensive setup a bit exasperating.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This the third book, and the story continues where it left off in book 2.
I love these books, the charectors are colorful, surprising and most of all human. I'm now starting for book 4 and can't wait to see what happens next! These books are addictive, the minute you finish you want to return to spend more time with Detestive Kathleen Doyle and her husband, Detective Inspectore Lord Acton.
I agree with other posters that anyone begin the series with the first book, Murder in Thrall. This series a
Tom Mc Kenna
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 Stars.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Newest novel in the Scotland Yard Mystery series, Murder in Hindsight, continues the amazing story of Acton and Doyle. This the best English police procedural I have read. The relationship between Acton and Doyle is enough to keep the reader satisfied, but the notoriety of being married begins to be a challenge for newly promoted Detective Sergeant Doyle. She must contend with a series of homicides where the victims are all criminals who eluded justice. But, there is an avenger who delivers the ...more
I do appreciate a series that has characters that push the envelope of what we would think a protagonist should be. Doyle in her, and I hate to say this, country bumpkin stereotypical way, has won the heart of the handsome, titled and brilliant Lord Acton (who is also a self confessed ‘Section Seven’), and when you understand his characters pathology, you see just how different that is for a female protagonist. Sorry about the vagueness, but I am trying not to spoil the surprise if you haven’t r ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What can I say? I love this series! I have listened to these books and love the narrator- but I don’t believe she’s narrating the rest of the series, so I might have to read the books - and that I will do!

Acton and Doyle are quite the team, and I must say, frequently I find myself thinking, I would never be ok with that- but, I am not Doyle. Maybe I should learn to be more like her! Anyway, they are smart and the stories are intriguing. The books reference previous situations so they must be rea
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have now read the first three books in this series and am debating if I want to bother reading any more. The first hundred pages or so of this book had me totally bored and ready to stop reading, which I try never to do once I start a book. It did pick up after that point, but I still feel that I'm being generous giving it two stars. I started this series because I thought it would be a series of murder mysteries (based on the title of the series and the descriptions in Goodreads), but so far ...more
Mari (Smut Duchess)
I didn't care much for the story line. I'm not a fan of books with other women. Even a pretend one. I think Doyle was way too forgiving. It's hard to believe Acton's obsessive love for Doyle when he's fine with schmoozing another woman. Just because he didn't have sex with her doesn't mean he isn't a cheater. I expected more consideration from Acton for his wife. If he's so smart he could have thought of other ways to take care of the reporter without the appearance of an affair and hurting Doyl ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2018
A fun story

Since I read the first two in this series, I knew I would probably like this one, and it didn’t let me down. Except for the fact that some things are repeated over and over, this is a fairly light mystery. I hope the next one has a bit more about Doyle’s unusual gifts. Looking forward to the next one. <><
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our chief inspector is a very dark character.
In an odd way, this series is mildly addictive. Either that or I have to admit I have a problem: I like Acton though I don’t care for all of his decisions in this story.
Nancy Martin
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the unique premise of these books, and I like characters. Because these novels are mysteries set in London, they appeal to me.

What I can not get used to, or understand, are Doyle's speech patterns and her lack of knowledge of basic words. "Assuaged" and "premises" are not unusual words...but Doyle doesn't know them.
And please! Her speech! I feel like I am listening to Michaleen Flynn or Father Lonnigan in "The Quiet Man"! Does any one really say "Saints", "blaspheme" "my fair self" "tis"
Vic Lauterbach
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you like a mystery heavy on romance, this melodrama passed off as a police procedural is for you. It reads like the Alleyns and Lynleys were tossed in a blender then the wit and plot strained out of the result. Hokey Irish-accented dialogue abounds along with silliness like a peerage that dates to the Norman Conquest (move over Earl of Arundal, a Baronet bumped you). This is Martha Grimes with the detectives in official togs. Our humble, plucky heroine DS Doyle is plagued by all the usual cli ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this as an e-ARC and the it sounded like an interesting read. I was disappointed. More of a romance than a mystery it read like a bad romance but was saved by having a somewhat interesting end as the mystery was solved. This is apparently the 3rd in the series and I had not read the first two. Although DS Kathleen Doyle and her boss and husband Detective Chief Inspector Michael Acton are madly in love they certainly don't trust each other. Kathleen is always keeping things from Acton ...more
This book was filled with a bunch of stuff that really bothered me. Acton takes a weird way to keep himself and his wife safe, even though it causes a lot of issues for her. This bothered me, not only because I didn't get it, it was really rather annoying and added a lot of extra drama to the story.

Also, Doyle is doing her best for Acton, and he seems to have no idea what she goes through to help him. And when he actually learns somethings about his wife he starts to realize that she is trying
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've fallen so much in love with Lord & Lady Acton all over again during my rereading. Loved everything about the story: smart & intelligent plot line, captivating HEA couple, quirky humor, and the best? satisfying triumph of true justice above all. What more could I've asked for from one of the most amazing authors?

Loved how the story engaged and captured my emotions and feelings. I was hurting and in pain with Kathleen while she soldiered on in support of Michael's end game. It's such a great
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, trl-2015
This was an odd reading experience. It was a bit like 50 Shades of Grey (the dysfunctional relationship parts without the fun, explicit, sexy bits) meets Castle (but with less funny banter). I was not so interested in the murder case (although I will say this is a personal failing - I rarely care whodunit) and was disturbed but sometimes intrigued by the codependent relationship between Acton* and Doyle - intrigued in that way that makes you slow down at accidents: grateful that you're safe, wor ...more
Amy Reed
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful installment in the Acton and Doyle saga. This book continues the twists and turns of their peculiar hide and seek relationship, yet you can feel how sincerely attached they are to each other. The various mysteries continue to baffle Doyle but she wrestles with them with her usual matter-of-fact tenacity. The only problem with reading these books is that as soon as you finish one, you are already wanting to reach for the next one!!
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Murder In Thrall (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #1)
  • Murder in Retribution (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #2)
  • 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)
  • Murder in Just Cause (The Doyle & Acton #9)
  • Murder in the Blood (The Doyle & Acton Murder #10)
  • Murder in Deep Regret (The Doyle & Acton Murder Series, #11)

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