Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton #7
Publication Date: 2/8/18
I love this series – mostly because it is filled with quirky, warped and wonderful characters. The story is well plotted, the writing is superb and the characters – well – I just love them all.
Acton, the anti-hero, is up to his antics again. Given his upbringing and what he THINKS is his family history, he has never felt comfortable with where he is and what he has. Since he’s fallen head-over-heels, hopelessly in love with the fair Doyle, he has become obsessed with seeing that she is well cared for and is safe. He’ll do anything, absolutely anything, to assure that all is well in Doyle’s world and now with Edward’s birth nearing, he’s engrossed with assuring there is nobody that can hurt them and they’ll always be financially secure.
Doyle is hugely pregnant, uncomfortable, unhappy to be on leave from work, and she’s absolutely sure Acton is up to something – and that something is not good. Doyle is Irish and a bit fey. She gets visits from ghosts in her dreams, gets tingly feelings when important points are mentioned and can always tell when someone is lying. She’s picking up some strong vibes from Acton and knows that she has to take action to save him from himself. She’s trying her best to be a good influence on him and turn him from his nefarious ways, but she often feels it is pointless. It is a good thing she loves him.
Acton always manages to underestimate Doyle. You would think he would have learned by now, but he always makes the same mistakes in underestimating her. As always, she’s puzzled out his plot and gets herself into a mess while she’s trying to save him – all while she’s in labor. What exciting action!
Reynolds, the butler, is one of my favorite characters. He takes everything in stride. I get the feeling that there is more to him than meets the eye – as there is with all of Acton’s employees – but I haven’t figured out what it is. Maybe we’ll learn more in another book.
Williams is back, of course, but with a smaller role this time. Poor boy, you can only hope his love life will take off one of these days. He’s a bit of an Acton clone – but much more mellow.
One of my favorite scenes is the quasi-reconciliation with Lord Aldwych and Acton. Aldwych is very, very old and won’t be around much longer, but I’d like to know what prompted his visit and what he had to say. I’d think maybe there was more to it than just that he knew he wasn’t long for this world and he wanted to meet his great-great-grandson. I hope there is a full reconciliation before he passes.
I can’t wait for the next book!
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