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Murder in Misdirection by Anne Cleeland

Murder in Misdirection: A Doyle & Acton Mystery (The Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series Book 7)Murder in Misdirection: A Doyle & Acton Mystery by Anne Cleeland

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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Tracy & Barbara’s Mystery, Suspense and Other Favorites for 2017

Yesterday, we shared our favorite Historical Romances published in 2017.  Today, we’d like to share our favorites from other genres and novellas that were published in 2017.  Just click on the picture of the cover to see our review of the book!

Barbara’s Favorite Mystery and Suspense for 2017

Where The Dead LieMurder In MayfairMurder On Black Swan LaneThis Side Of MurderMurder In ShadowMystery At Carlton HouseSecrets In DeathThe Detecting DuchessOnce Upon A SpineEchoes In DeathDeath In St. Petersburg

Tracy’s Favorite Novellas & Subgenre Favorites for 2017

Tracy - A Love To RememberTracy - How to tame a beast in 7 daysTracy - The Mad CountessTracy - So I Married A SorcererTracy - MorganTracy - A Thostly Tale Of Forbidden LoveTracy - With This Christmas RingTracy - Mistletoe And The MajorTracy - A Talent For TemptationTracy - The Proper Way To Stop A Wedding

Murder in Shadow by Anne Cleeland

Murder in Shadow (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #6)Murder in Shadow by Anne Cleeland

Barbara’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton #5
Publication Date: 8/27/17

Another exciting addition to the Acton and Doyle series. The characters keep growing and evolving with each new book and the stories just keep getting better and better. This book will keep you up all night because you just can’t put it down for wondering what will happen next and what Acton is up to – because you just know he is up to something.

I love that this author is so adept at showing Acton’s darkness and Doyle’s sunny, bright light. Yes, Acton is dark, controlling and manipulative, yet he truly loves Doyle and does all he can to care for and protect her.

The story starts with Doyle being forced to be the lead on a murder case because both Acton and Williams are mysteriously ‘otherwise occupied’. What are they doing? What giant game of chess does Acton have going and will he survive it? There are so very many clues and so much confusion surrounding the case that Doyle just can’t make any headway. What will she do? Can she actually solve the case on her own?

There are so many twists and turns that you’ll just have to read the story for yourself to see what happens. I can tell you that it is intriguing, interesting, exciting and just plain riveting! I highly recommend it for a great read.

“I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.”

About Anne Cleeland:
She holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a law degree from Pepperdine University. She worked as a research attorney for federal and state court judges, a legal writer in private practice, and a guest lecturer at several universities. She is currently at work on her next Acton and Doyle Scotland Yard mystery. She lives in California and has four children.



The Barbary Mark by Anne Cleeland

The Barbary MarkBarbara’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: None – Standalone
Publication Date: July 1, 2017

What a heroine!! What a story!! I love Anne Cleeland’s Acton and Doyle series and the heroine in this book is an ancestor of Doyle. I believe this book actually began as a serial on Cleeland’s website and was so popular that they published it. So, let me be honest – this is a book I would not normally have chosen for myself. Not even close. It doesn’t take place in England, Scotland or Ireland and it isn’t about a polite subject. However, I am so glad I have it and I think you will also love it if you give it a try!

Sionnan (Nonnie) Rafferty (yes, she is Irish) is washed ashore in Algiers and is taken to the Dey where she comes into contact with some good people and some very bad people. She meets the necromancer and there is definitely more to him than is apparent at first glance. Then, there is the Agha who is cruel and evil. The necromancer, of course, is another story. He is enigmatic and mysterious – and very, very enticing.

Nonnie and her friend Jamie have been sent to Algiers by the English Crown to find and eliminate whoever is funding and abetting Napoleon in escaping his imprisonment on Elba.

You’ll find Nonnie is fearless, brave and very intelligent in trying to keep herself (and others) out of the hands of the slave traders and to complete her mission. Then, we’ll have to add love into the picture for there is indeed love abounding in this book – we end up with more than one HEA.

It is an intriguing and interesting tale of the slave trade and the journey to its end. There are many twists and turns, but you’ll always find your way through. Also, be prepared for great waves of sympathy for the back stories of both Nonnie and Jamie.

An all-around interesting read and I hope you’ll give it a chance.

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