MURDER IN THRALL
An unexpected villain and an atypical protagonist lull the reader into the startling and eerie conclusion of this fascinating first in a series. The early expression of love between the innocent Doyle and the experienced Acton is rather unusual but sets the stage for meaningful progression in the story.
Kathleen Doyle is a first-year detective who has been recruited by the mysterious Chief Inspector Lord Acton for her intuitive abilities during an investigation. A disturbing group of murders puts them in the field together, but the different pathology of the cases has them stumped. As the investigations proceed, so does their personal relationship. When Acton believes Kathleen’s life is in danger he pulls her out of the field. She learns his life is in danger as well and strikes out on her own. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 352 pp., $24.00)