Saturday, October 15, 2016

Murder in Containment

With: Anne Cleeland

Congratulations to "Taurus", and "Jonetta", the winners in Anne's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Murder in Containment:  Doyle, Acton, and the joys of an unconventional romance

Every romantic suspense story features an unconventional romance almost by definition—the couple has to fall in love quickly, and under hazardous conditions.  So what happens when there’s a sequel, or even a series? The couple can’t fall in love again, so the relationship has to sustain the reader’s interest in some other way.  

If you are familiar with my books, you know that my favorite plot device is the hidden identity—and in this series, neither Doyle nor Acton are at all what they seem. Although Acton is a well-respected chief inspector, he’s actually a vigilante, manipulating evidence behind the scenes, and making sure the villains don’t get away with murder. Fortunately for the general London population, he loves Doyle, who tries to steer him toward the straight-and-narrow with only mixed results.  Although they’re an unconventional pairing, the relationship between the naive Irish rookie and the dangerous aristocrat is every bit as intriguing as the murders they investigate.

In Murder in Containment, Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle realizes that several apparently unrelated murders are actually “containment” murders—murders to contain an ominous scandal that could reach into the highest levels at the CID.  In the process of tracking down the killers, however, she comes to the unsettling realization that Chief Inspector Acton has committed a containment murder or two of his own.

Anne will be giving away two print copies of MURDER IN CONTAINMENT to two lucky readers leaving a comment or email entry.

Author Bio:

Anne Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard series that features detectives Acton and Doyle, and 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.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 16th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. This is one of my favorite mystery series. I love the characters of Acton and Doyle. So happy to be able to catch up with them!

  2. Wow! Talk about your unconventional "heroes" and "heroines." Sounds delicious.

    jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks so much, everyone! I love the combination of the dangerous man, and the heroine who can't resist him. :)

  4. sounds interesting

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  5. Anne, I am so very happy to have "met" you on the JRS blog today! I don't know where I've been not to have read any of your books so far...but I can tell that's going to change quickly. :-) Romantic suspense is what I thrive on and I am definitely looking forward to reading one of your stories. Thanks for the introduction!

  6. Thanks Janice, I hope you like them!

  7. I discovered the first three Acton & Doyle books about a year ago, and quickly devoured them. So looking forward to the continuing story!

  8. I too enjoy the "hidden identity" concept.


  9. I am so glad that I found you in the local library. Have enjoyed every word you write. Thanks for the next one. Don Clarke

  10. Looking forward to reading the latest Acton and Doyle book.

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  11. Having read all 3 of the previous books in this series and having met you at Left Coast Crime this year, the new book is a must-read!

  12. I have read all the books in this series and I just love Cleeland as an author and as one of the kindest human beings I know. I can't wait to read Murder in Containment. Rae

  13. This is such a remarkably fresh and different series with interesting characters. I can't wait to read book 4.