I read Murder in Thrall in 2013, and when NetGalley offered Murder in Hindsight, I requested it. But I had missed the second in the series, Murder in Retribution, so I decided to order it. Mind you, my opinion of the first novel was mixed because of a certain element of obsessive behavior. Yet, I found Murder in Thrall interesting in all other ways...except for that one element.
Murder in Retribution
I don't know. There are parts I like, but the characters are really kind of creepy and obsessed with sex. Acton is a kind of Heathcliff character and Kathleen is a willing Kathy.
Kathleen's pious Catholic upbringing and remarks about right and wrong contrast with her acceptance of her husband's behavior. The two have a weird co-dependent relationship that requires Kathleen to be willing to have sex anywhere, any time. Ugh.
Yet, the crime plot about a turf war is interesting. If the author would only stick to that. I also like Kathleen's ability to spot lies.
Read in February. Delayed review because I couldn't decide what to say about the creep factor, which is much worse in this one than in the first one.
Crime. 2014. Print length: 304 pages.
Murder in Hindsight
Kathleen reviews cold cases and suspects a serial killer is acting as a vigilante. There is a conspiracy against Acton that Kathleen unwittingly contributes to.
More "romance." More creepy obsession and over-protectiveness by Acton.
Whew. I wish the author had not decided to focus on the weird relationship so wholeheartedly. The police procedural elements and essential plot are interesting, but....
I am distinctly uncomfortable with Acton's "condition" and the freaky nature of the relationship.
I checked reviews of the novels and found that most of those reviewing the books, loved them.
Read in February.
Crime. April 1, 2015. Print length: 352 pages.