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Murder in All Honour by Anne Cleeland
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it was amazing
bookshelves: crime-thriller, england, favorite-authors, favorite-covers, highly-recommend, mystery, series

One of the great joys of reading is finding a series that is one thrilling book after another. My devotion to the Doyle and Acton series was cemented in the very first book, Murder in Thrall, and each subsequent tale has been a complete experience of reading euphoria. Kathleen Doyle and Michael Sinclair are the most mismatched, perfect couple in fiction. Kathleen, with her Irish commoner's background and touch of fey and Michael, with his Lord of the manor and touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder prove that love and humor can conquer all. Their positions at Scotland Yard are reflective of their social order/disorder, and they have an uncanny knack at solving the most complicated of cases, even when Acton is withholding vital information. Murder in All Honour is a most personal tale for both Kathleen and Michael, with all they hold dear and important at stake.

Someone is killing pregnant prostitutes and removing the babies without a trace of where those babies have gone. Are they dead, too, or have the babies been spared to live a better life? Although Acton doesn't want Doyle anywhere near a case where mothers-to-be are killed, since Doyle herself is pregnant, but with the lingering business of corruption at the highest levels of the Met, investigators are short-handed and Doyle is ever wily about inserting herself into the most complex crimes. Of course, with her scalp-tingling and undeniable intuitive skills, Doyle is a definite asset in investigations. When a murdered nun is also discovered, Doyle's antennae are on high alert. As is usual with Acton, he seems to be dealing with other matters and dark dealings which he is keeping from the fair Doyle, but Acton's secrecy never discourages Doyle from digging for answers in both their professional and personal lives. There are revelations in this 5th book that have been brewing for some time, and some intriguing new developments that will affect the new heir, Doyle's and Acton's offspring.

While the series always delivers with the characters of Doyle and Acton, and their witty conversations are a highlight, the supporting cast of characters is as cleverly drawn. Detective Inspector Thomas Williams is forever devoted to both Kathleen and Michael, and like Kathleen, I am always buoyed by his appearance. Doyle's somewhat nemesis, DS Isabel Munoz, continues to bait Doyle about her good fortune with Acton and dismiss Doyle's detective skills. But, Munoz has a personal stake in the current crime wave, which may serve to humble her a bit. Doyle's and Acton's butler Reynolds is always in fine form and quite the purveyor of tradition and useful information. Doyle's criminal friend Savoie plays an extensive role in this story, too. Savoie, with his contradictory traits of ruthlessness and caring, makes for an interesting ally in Doyle's life.

Anne Cleeland is an author of exquisite imagination and cleverness. The plots of her stories never fail to captivate me, her characters entertain and thrill, and her dialogue delivers in delightful abundance.
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Reading Progress

March 4, 2017 – Started Reading
March 4, 2017 – Shelved
March 6, 2017 – Finished Reading
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: crime-thriller
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: england
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: favorite-authors
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: favorite-covers
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: highly-recommend
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery
March 7, 2017 – Shelved as: series

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