Connie Gillam stopped by to share a review of a book she read. You might want to add it to your list.    
       Murder in Thrall

I’m a mystery writer, and I love finding well written mystery or suspense books. Today I’m spotlighting, Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland. I enjoyed this book immensely because it was a great blend of character, mystery and love story.

Published by Kensington Press, Murder in Thrall is a new Scotland Yard series. The main characters are a rookie DC (Detective Constable) Kathleen Doyle and DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) Michael Sinclair. Doyle is of humble Irish ancestry (with an accent as thick as cream) and Sinclair, Lord Acton, is of the English aristocracy. 

Because I have limited time to read, I listen to audible books while I drive to and from work. The book’s premise sounded promising, and when I heard the sample audio, it sealed the deal. The actress’s command of the Irish dialect was dead on. The actress’s performance combined with the author’s plot and mastery of character made the experience very enjoyable.

Doyle catches the eye of Sinclair, a brilliant Inspector who has lost his joy of life (if he ever had it). He’s great at his job (the other constables call him Holmes) but there’s nothing outside of his work. He drinks heavily and the reader wonders (at least this one did) how long it will be before he “eats his service revolver.” 

Then along comes Doyle. Sinclair is fascinated by her freshness, her dedication to the job and her intuitiveness. They’re both closed off and reserved individuals who, because of their similar natures, work well together.

 Because she’s fey, she senses others' feelings. The constant bombardment of others' emotions is draining, so she doesn’t allow anyone to get too close. Sinclair, heir to a vast fortune and brought up in an unloving, “stiff upper lip” English household is unable and unwilling to open himself up to others.

He’s obsessed with Doyle and manipulates the system to get her assigned to work with him. He has no idea at the beginning how good she is at her job. The two prove to be an unbeatable team.

Check out this book by Constance.

Lakota Dreaming

Fired from her job as editor-in-chief of a New York fashion magazine, Zora Hughes makes a desperate trip to an Indian Reservation. She hopes to find answers to lifelong dreams her psychiatrist calls genetic memories.  Zora dreams of a female ancestor who fled life as a slave and was aided in her journey to freedom by a Sioux warrior who would become her husband.
On the reservation, Zora meets Sheriff John Iron Hawk who aids and sometimes hinders her in her quest to finds answers to the murder of her forebearer. Zora sees the parallel between her life and that of her long dead loving John Iron Hawk, a contemporary Sioux warrior. But someone will do anything, including murder, to stop Zora from digging up the past.
Connie has worn many professional hats in her working career-from phlebotomist to Life and Health Underwriter but none she’s enjoyed more than being a writer.
Connie Gillam writes mystery and suspense for both adults and teens. Her current book is Lakota Dreaming, a contemporary romantic mystery set on an Indian Reservation.Connie resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband.

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Look for a yet untitled historical prequel novella to Lakota Dreaming coming in October 2014.


  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM  

    Connie, welcome to the fuzzies! I am always glad to discover a new author. I will put this one on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Marvella // August 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM  

    Hey, Connie! The mystery sounds like a good read and yours is awesome! Love the cover.

  3. Mary Ricksen // August 25, 2014 at 8:26 PM  

    Welcome! This book sounds terrific to me. I have no ability to write a mystery and have great respect for someone who can do it well!! On my TBR list looks good!

  4. Connie Gillam // August 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM  

    Thank you, ladies. I hope you enjoy the book. I did.

  5. Barbara Monajem // August 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM  

    I loved Murder in Thrall. The sequel, Murder in Retribution, is also very good.

    I also read Lakota Dreaming, and was impressed by the awesome job you did of evoking the atmosphere of an Indian reservation.

  6. Beth Trissel // August 26, 2014 at 7:36 AM  

    Hi Connie! I've been down with a bad cold and late to the party. I love mysteries and already know you are a terrific writer. Thanks for being here.

  7. Connie Gillam // August 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM  


    Thanks for the kind words about Lakota Dreaming.
    Glad you enjoyed Murder in Thrall. And yes, the sequel was also good.

  8. Connie Gillam // August 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM  

    Hope you'll feeling better, Beth. And thank you for the vote of confidence. It's always good when your peers say your work doesn't stink. LOL

  9. debjulienne // August 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM  

    I love the sound of the book, I'll be looking for it myself.

  10. Josie Riviera // August 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM  

    Welcome to the Pink Fuzzies, Connie, and thanks to MM for inviting you.

    Your book sounds like a great read. I love mysteries and also looking forward to reading Lakota Dreaming.