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The circus is in town… When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer. Ryan and his team must break through their cl The circus is in town… When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer. Ryan and his team must break through their closed ranks to uncover a secret which has lain buried for eight years, before the killer strikes again – this time, to silence the only living witness… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


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The circus is in town… When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer. Ryan and his team must break through their cl The circus is in town… When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer. Ryan and his team must break through their closed ranks to uncover a secret which has lain buried for eight years, before the killer strikes again – this time, to silence the only living witness… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for The Moor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    DCI Ryan is at first bemused, then intrigued, when a ten year old girl rocks up on his doorstep one day, claiming her mother has been murdered, and she is a witness. The trouble is the murder happened eight years ago, when the girl was a toddler, and the victim was a member of a travelling circus. As Ryan and his team look into the girl's claims, they find that their suspects are acrobats, clowns and psychics, not to mention the girl's ringmaster father. But was the woman really murdered, as the DCI Ryan is at first bemused, then intrigued, when a ten year old girl rocks up on his doorstep one day, claiming her mother has been murdered, and she is a witness. The trouble is the murder happened eight years ago, when the girl was a toddler, and the victim was a member of a travelling circus. As Ryan and his team look into the girl's claims, they find that their suspects are acrobats, clowns and psychics, not to mention the girl's ringmaster father. But was the woman really murdered, as the girl claims? Or did she simply run off with her lover, as all the members of the circus seem to think? Ryan certainwy has his work cut out for him this time! One of my favourite series, the DCI Ryan Mysteries go from strength to strength. With wonderful camaraderie amongst the team, and ever more intriguing plots, LJ Ross has earned herself a well deserved following. Quick and easy to read, I have no hesitation recommending this book, and series, to all lovers of crime and mystery novels.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Still not sure about this one. I have loved all the books in the series so far. all easily 5 star occasional 4.5. But this one is 3.5 rounded to 4, on the basis I am not 100% what is wrong. Could be I am heading for a reading slump, but I struggled to get involved. Never really looked forward to reading some more. The basic premise of the plot was good. But it sort of felt like a transitional book, new characters developments and ... no spoilers. Hopefully next one is back to the high standards Still not sure about this one. I have loved all the books in the series so far. all easily 5 star occasional 4.5. But this one is 3.5 rounded to 4, on the basis I am not 100% what is wrong. Could be I am heading for a reading slump, but I struggled to get involved. Never really looked forward to reading some more. The basic premise of the plot was good. But it sort of felt like a transitional book, new characters developments and ... no spoilers. Hopefully next one is back to the high standards we expect.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    One thing I love about this authors books is how character driven they are. There is a great cast of main characters anyway but then along comes another fabulous character in the form of ten year old Samantha. I absolutely loved her! No doubt life in the circus is going to toughen her up but whilst she is old above her means, she is still very much a child and at times my heart went out to her. I loved the setting of the circus in the novel. This is one of your more old fashioned circuses rather One thing I love about this authors books is how character driven they are. There is a great cast of main characters anyway but then along comes another fabulous character in the form of ten year old Samantha. I absolutely loved her! No doubt life in the circus is going to toughen her up but whilst she is old above her means, she is still very much a child and at times my heart went out to her. I loved the setting of the circus in the novel. This is one of your more old fashioned circuses rather than your modern day ones. Even so, I can’t say I really envy life in one, with the constant travelling. Whilst the people in the circus tend to be close knit, there seems to be a lot of animosity around in this one. The author takes us on a suspenseful journey whilst also giving us a hint of what we can look forward to in the next book in the series. There are lots of little twists just as you think you know who the murderer is so that you are taken back to square one with absolutely no clue. The Moor is such a great read. The story line had me so engrossed that I read it in one afternoon/evening. I’m really hoping that we get to see more of Samantha in up coming books as she was to much of a great character to be confined to only one. An addictive series that just gets better and better. Brilliant! My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    And yet again five stars for Ryan & Co. A very clever murder mystery. Samantha is an endearing child. The humour is great also. They bounce off each other nicely.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    Quite a short book. Good story but not as riveting as previous books. The circus comes to town again after an absence of 8 years. Ten year old Sam, the daughter of the ringmaster, is with her horse, Pegasus, when the Tyne radio jingle comes on and she has a flashback to the night her mother was murdered when she was two years old. Sam saw it happen but not all the details although she is sure that the murderer is one of the circus people. She makes her way to the police station and begs Ryan to Quite a short book. Good story but not as riveting as previous books. The circus comes to town again after an absence of 8 years. Ten year old Sam, the daughter of the ringmaster, is with her horse, Pegasus, when the Tyne radio jingle comes on and she has a flashback to the night her mother was murdered when she was two years old. Sam saw it happen but not all the details although she is sure that the murderer is one of the circus people. She makes her way to the police station and begs Ryan to look into it. Ryan does and eventually some very uncomfortable truths are revealed. Sam will never be the same again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    4.5* Thinking he might be able to enjoy a quiet Sunday for once, DCI Ryan was lost in a peaceful moment when the door bell rang. Determined to dispatch whoever it is quickly, he was surprised and a little taken aback to see a young girl on the doorstep asking for his help…to catch a killer. O’Neill’s circus had returned to the Town Moor in Newcastle after an eight year absence. A jingle on the local radio station caused a hazy memory to surface for young Samantha O’Neill. Sam’s mother had disappe 4.5* Thinking he might be able to enjoy a quiet Sunday for once, DCI Ryan was lost in a peaceful moment when the door bell rang. Determined to dispatch whoever it is quickly, he was surprised and a little taken aback to see a young girl on the doorstep asking for his help…to catch a killer. O’Neill’s circus had returned to the Town Moor in Newcastle after an eight year absence. A jingle on the local radio station caused a hazy memory to surface for young Samantha O’Neill. Sam’s mother had disappeared when she was two. Ran off with another man and left Sam behind. Everyone said so. But Sam believed she knew different now, thanks to that jingle bringing back horrible memories of the monster she had all but forgotten. She really needed to know what actually happened to her mother and was desperately hoping Ryan would be able to find out. Easier said than done, with the code of silence and reluctance to engage with the police that was prevalent in the circus community. Sam had broken the unwritten rule and gone to outsiders—and worse still, to the police. She was scared, not knowing who she could trust. No-one out of all the people she’d lived and travelled with, even including her father and uncle. Initial research shows some relevant results from a cold case. The case is reopened and as a vulnerable minor, Sam is treated as a protected witness. Ryan and Phillips find themselves at the circus trying to navigate through the lies and subterfuge and unravel the eight year old mystery, which initially seems like a physical impossibility. Meanwhile Jack Lowerson and Melanie Yates are investigating a spate of murders occurring around the city that seem to be gangland related. Jack’s first case as acting SIO and he wants to prove he’s up to the task but forgets a golden rule (So glad we don’t have to wait much longer for the next book.) All the old favourites are back but the standout character in this episode has to be the delightful Samantha. She quickly endears herself to everyone and her interactions with with Frank and Denise bring out another side to their characters. Can’t wait to see what happens there! I really enjoy the relationships that have built up throughout the series, the closeness, the banter and how they work together. The setting is always a draw and these books have encouraged me to visit many wonderful places. The story moves at a steady pace and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep you guessing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Skyesmum

    Another fantastic 🎧 book ! I don't think that the author realises what they're doing to me! Again the partnership and the banter in the team is absolutely brilliant! This one gets quite serious though and I loved it. Looking forward to the next one from BorrowBox. Another fantastic 🎧 book ! I don't think that the author realises what they're doing to me! Again the partnership and the banter in the team is absolutely brilliant! This one gets quite serious though and I loved it. Looking forward to the next one from BorrowBox.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    “Somebody out there’s laughing at us,...”. Detective Sergeant Philips, partner of DCI Ryan, states this, and I had to chuckle as it is a favorite phrase of mine! Philips says this to Ryan as a complication, a major complication, appears in the cold case murder investigation these men are attempting to solve. LJ Ross’ The Moor (DCI Ryan Mystery #12) involves a 10 year old girl, a circus, a cold case murder mystery, and current gangland killings of men-four male bodies are presented rather quickly “Somebody out there’s laughing at us,...”. Detective Sergeant Philips, partner of DCI Ryan, states this, and I had to chuckle as it is a favorite phrase of mine! Philips says this to Ryan as a complication, a major complication, appears in the cold case murder investigation these men are attempting to solve. LJ Ross’ The Moor (DCI Ryan Mystery #12) involves a 10 year old girl, a circus, a cold case murder mystery, and current gangland killings of men-four male bodies are presented rather quickly in this story, but Sam (real name Samantha) is a delight who has a ‘hard’ life but keeps on smiling - ah, the resilience of youth! Sam literally dumps this cold case in DCI Ryan’s lap, but who could say no to this face! The author includes Ryan’s whole team in various aspects of the investigation as well as introducing the reader to circus life and life through a 10 year old’s eyes! Once again, the author does a phenomenal job of drawing the reader in from page one. This is a grand series. I am already looking forward to #13. Thank you, Ms. Ross! 5 stars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Thriller set in NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE “…fools in love were much more likely to behave irrationally in the heat of passion. More likely to make mistakes – for love, or through jealousy: More likely to kill…” It’s a Sunday evening in June at the Elsdon home of DCI Ryan and his wife, and there is a knock on the door. A young girl of around 11 or 12 is standing on the doorstep. She introduces herself as Samantha O’Neill and she is approaching him with with recently resurrected memories, triggered by a j Thriller set in NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE “…fools in love were much more likely to behave irrationally in the heat of passion. More likely to make mistakes – for love, or through jealousy: More likely to kill…” It’s a Sunday evening in June at the Elsdon home of DCI Ryan and his wife, and there is a knock on the door. A young girl of around 11 or 12 is standing on the doorstep. She introduces herself as Samantha O’Neill and she is approaching him with with recently resurrected memories, triggered by a jingle on the radio. She knows he is the man to help her. The O’Neill Circus is in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s June 2019 and it’s the first time since 2011 that the performers and their Big Top have been back on the Town Moor in the city. Samantha, a young member of the circus troupe, describes to DCI Ryan how she can dimly recollect her mother being murdered. This is in stark contrast to the story put about at the time by her father (and circus owner) – that her mother Esme (short for Esmerelda) packed up one day to be with her new lover and abandoned everyone, including her daughter. Amongst the circus fraternity there is a kind of omertà (like the silence of the Mafia). Everything is handled within the close-knit community, and anyone who takes their issues to authorities outside and beyond the circus folk is putting themselves in grave danger… and thus Samantha has put herself at enormous risk. She needs immediate protection. It soon becomes evident that a body found in 2011 was indeed that of her mother and the police investigation becomes Operation Showstopper. If you are familiar with the DCI Ryan series, the regular characters make their scheduled appearances and there is the on-going and usual banter – even an amorous liaison – which soon gets the reader back into the groove of crime fighting with DCI Ryan and his team, in and around Newcastle and Northumberland. Lowerson, however, by the end of the book has got himself into a scrape and quite how he will extricate himself waits to be seen… It is a very easy to follow plot. Would social services really allow Samantha, who happens to be an incredibly well informed and resourceful child (given her background of neglect), stay with a police couple at the drop of a hat, even if they had their DBS certificates? Location is delightful for someone who knows the area. You can follow the bodies as they turn up in the Dean Street Car Park, St Peter’s Wharf and Stocksfield, and there is even a rendezvous in the Corbridge garage. How do the murders of several seemingly unconnected characters – with the ends of their fingers missing (so they cannot be identified) – link to Samantha and her plight? This can be read as a stand-alone but the characters will gain a greater richness if the books are read in sequence."> “…fools in love were much more likely to behave irrationally in the heat of passion. More likely to make mistakes – for love, or through jealousy: More likely to kill…” It’s a Sunday evening in June at the Elsdon home of DCI Ryan and his wife, and there is a knock on the door. A young girl of around 11 or 12 is standing on the doorstep. She introduces herself as Samantha O’Neill and she is approaching him with with recently resurrected memories, triggered by a jingle on the radio. She knows he is the man to help her. The O’Neill Circus is in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s June 2019 and it’s the first time since 2011 that the performers and their Big Top have been back on the Town Moor in the city. Samantha, a young member of the circus troupe, describes to DCI Ryan how she can dimly recollect her mother being murdered. This is in stark contrast to the story put about at the time by her father (and circus owner) – that her mother Esme (short for Esmerelda) packed up one day to be with her new lover and abandoned everyone, including her daughter. Amongst the circus fraternity there is a kind of omertà (like the silence of the Mafia). Everything is handled within the close-knit community, and anyone who takes their issues to authorities outside and beyond the circus folk is putting themselves in grave danger… and thus Samantha has put herself at enormous risk. She needs immediate protection. It soon becomes evident that a body found in 2011 was indeed that of her mother and the police investigation becomes Operation Showstopper. If you are familiar with the DCI Ryan series, the regular characters make their scheduled appearances and there is the on-going and usual banter – even an amorous liaison – which soon gets the reader back into the groove of crime fighting with DCI Ryan and his team, in and around Newcastle and Northumberland. Lowerson, however, by the end of the book has got himself into a scrape and quite how he will extricate himself waits to be seen… It is a very easy to follow plot. Would social services really allow Samantha, who happens to be an incredibly well informed and resourceful child (given her background of neglect), stay with a police couple at the drop of a hat, even if they had their DBS certificates? Location is delightful for someone who knows the area. You can follow the bodies as they turn up in the Dean Street Car Park, St Peter’s Wharf and Stocksfield, and there is even a rendezvous in the Corbridge garage. How do the murders of several seemingly unconnected characters – with the ends of their fingers missing (so they cannot be identified) – link to Samantha and her plight? This can be read as a stand-alone but the characters will gain a greater richness if the books are read in sequence.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Another winner, although i actually guessed the baddie for once! Roll on July for book 13!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    Oops I read it in a single sitting. The series is definitely getting a little bit fantastical in what the characters get away with, but I'm addicted anyway. It's indulgent escapism. Oops I read it in a single sitting. The series is definitely getting a little bit fantastical in what the characters get away with, but I'm addicted anyway. It's indulgent escapism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I absolutely loved this instalment. The characters introduced are brilliant and o can’t wait for book 12

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    This wasn't my favorite in the series. Detective Ryan is surprised when a young girl knocks on his door and says she witnessed her mother being murdered and wants him to find out who did it. Even though Samantha was so young when it happened a song on the radio triggers all kinds of memories about that day. Ryan and his team take on the case which involves them investigating the circus in town where Samantha's father works. This one seemed to drag at times. I managed to finish it but it didn't ca This wasn't my favorite in the series. Detective Ryan is surprised when a young girl knocks on his door and says she witnessed her mother being murdered and wants him to find out who did it. Even though Samantha was so young when it happened a song on the radio triggers all kinds of memories about that day. Ryan and his team take on the case which involves them investigating the circus in town where Samantha's father works. This one seemed to drag at times. I managed to finish it but it didn't capture my attention like some of the others.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bexar Smith

    Just read this in one sitting. Can't wait for the next one already! Just read this in one sitting. Can't wait for the next one already!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Alber

    L. J. Ross never fails to impress. Loved the latest in the Ryan and Co series! And, Sam is an excellent addition! Can't wait for the next one. Thanks to Mrs. Ross for keeping me so entertained!! L. J. Ross never fails to impress. Loved the latest in the Ryan and Co series! And, Sam is an excellent addition! Can't wait for the next one. Thanks to Mrs. Ross for keeping me so entertained!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    M R B Davis

    Gripping from the beginning Having read all the DCI Ryan stories in order, this is refreshing. Unlike other detective murder mysteries, this had me gripped from page one. And Ludo is back! I expect the next from LJ Ross to see his come-uppance. Hope it's not long coming? Gripping from the beginning Having read all the DCI Ryan stories in order, this is refreshing. Unlike other detective murder mysteries, this had me gripped from page one. And Ludo is back! I expect the next from LJ Ross to see his come-uppance. Hope it's not long coming?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hunter

    The circus has come to town in Newcastle and DCI Ryan and the team investigate a complicated and heartbreaking cold case, connected to the circus. This series is so much more than just DCI Ryan, the rest of the team are just as important. Once again a fantastic book in this series and The Moor, I thought was very different. The humour and the banter between Phillips and Ryan is priceless. Desperate to read the next in series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    “Look, I need to know if this is the right place,” she said, unconsciously mirroring his stance. “You look like him.” Ryan’s lips twitched. “Like who? Because, unless it’s James Bond, I’m not sure I’ll be flattered.” She flashed a smile, which was gone just as quickly. “Detective Chief Inspector Ryan,” she said. “I saw him—I saw you—on the news a while ago. You’re supposed to be the best.” “At what?” “Catching killers.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of the DCI Ryan series. Author LJ Ross would have to be going some and suffering the world biggest and longest brain fart when it came to plotting and storytelling to write a book that I didn't enjoy. Happy to report that The Moor is not that book and, as always, our favourite author is on top form. Not going to lie - it still makes me chuckle to see my namesake mentioned, even if only in passing - but those brief moments aside, this book is no laughing matter. Not a I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of the DCI Ryan series. Author LJ Ross would have to be going some and suffering the world biggest and longest brain fart when it came to plotting and storytelling to write a book that I didn't enjoy. Happy to report that The Moor is not that book and, as always, our favourite author is on top form. Not going to lie - it still makes me chuckle to see my namesake mentioned, even if only in passing - but those brief moments aside, this book is no laughing matter. Not at all.

In a slight change of pace to some of the preceding books, DCI Ryan is faced with a rather unusual case. This is a case which find him, the star witness quite literally turning up on his doorstep, unannounced and uninvited. Young Sam O'Neill claims to have witnessed a murder. Only there is one small detail which may make her story a little hard to digest ... and it's not just because she is only ten yers old. Her statement takes Ryan and Phillips on a trip to the circus, a place where they are far from welcome and trust for the police is spread extremely thin. But is Sam telling the truth, and what do her friends and family really have to hide?

Alongside this, Jack Lowerson takes on his first case as Acting SIO, ably assisted by Melanie Yates. A number of puzzling murders are happening across the city, some of them having all the hallmarks of a professional hit. But by whom and what did the victims do to deserve their fate? 

The Moor is another absolutely cracking story, blending everything that makes this series so special. From the banter and easy friendship which exists between the central characters, through to the sublime way in which the author brings the area to life, this has all fans will need to keep them turning the pages long after they should have gone to bed. It certainly did me. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down and if it wasn't for that pesky thing called work, I'd have likely read it in one sitting.

Now the murders in this book aren't as grizzly as some have been in the past, not that this is a series known for any gratuitous violence - it's never been needed. But certainly the murder case which Ryan and Phillips are trying to solve - a rather cold case as it happens - is full of mystery. To start with, no-one is absolutely certain that it is actually a murder case, and once they do get on the trail what they discover only leaves them with more questions. And things happen that baffle even Ryan's logic, even of he can feel that little itch under his skins that tells him that nothing as straightforward as it appears.

What really makes this series for me is the characters. Yes we love Ryan and Anne, Frank and Denise, even Jack (bless him) and Melanie, a pair whose frustratingly misread mutual attraction starts to fizz a little more this time around. They are all brilliant characters who keep readers coming back for more, invested in their lives and their successes as much as in the need to know whodunnit and how. But there is someone in this book who steals the show. Not the killer, although god knows there have been some deliciously wicked and undeniably loathesome baddies that we all love to hate. No - this book belongs to Sam. Wise beyond her years she makes an immediate impression. Confident yet vulnerable, mature in her outlook and yet as full of childlike wonder as you could imagine, straight talking and yet inquisitive, you cannot help but smile when she is around, even in her most emotional moments. She brings big disruption to our beloved protagonists lives, but in a good way. She's a pretty special character.

And I really don't like kids. Not even fictional ones ...

And then those closing chapters ... Oh my life. Not quite a cliffhanger ending, but only because the real da-da-daaaa moment actually comes a couple of chapters earlier, with Ryan's very final comments leaving you with a very ominous feeling about what comes next. It's going to leave readers desperate for the next book, believe me.

This is classic Detective fiction at its best. Emotional at times, brimming with brilliant characters, richly drawn landscapes and more that its fair share of mystery and suspense, I loved it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    LJ Ross has done it again! I could not put The Moor down and finished it in one sitting. When the circus comes back to The Moor, Samantha turns up at Ryan and Anna’s house asking for his help in finding her Mum. Due to flashbacks, she knows her Mum was murdered when she was a toddler, even though everyone at the circus states she ran away. Can DCI Ryan and the team help Sam to find out if her memories are correct? Jack Lowerson and Melanie Yates are left to work together to see if they can solve LJ Ross has done it again! I could not put The Moor down and finished it in one sitting. When the circus comes back to The Moor, Samantha turns up at Ryan and Anna’s house asking for his help in finding her Mum. Due to flashbacks, she knows her Mum was murdered when she was a toddler, even though everyone at the circus states she ran away. Can DCI Ryan and the team help Sam to find out if her memories are correct? Jack Lowerson and Melanie Yates are left to work together to see if they can solve the gangland killings that are happening in the area. Will these 2 ever get their act together and admit they like each other in more than a professional way? I have thoroughly enjoyed having DCI Ryan and the team back again. This story has put me through the wringer with my emotions, the book has everything. I have cried, laughed and boiled with anger. The ending of this story has me desperate for the next book in the series to come out! I highly recommend this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I've missed this cast of characters. The identity of the murderer was a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed the reading experience. The developments between the couples were sweet, but that cliffhanger was really uncool. Other than that, the fact that Ryan was good looking was still mentioned way too many times. Seriously, Ms. Ross. I think we all get it by book 11. He's a good looking guy. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Jack. I've missed this cast of characters. The identity of the murderer was a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed the reading experience. The developments between the couples were sweet, but that cliffhanger was really uncool. Other than that, the fact that Ryan was good looking was still mentioned way too many times. Seriously, Ms. Ross. I think we all get it by book 11. He's a good looking guy. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Jack.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Another great book with Chief Detective Maxwell Ryan, his colleagues Phillips, Denise and Lowerson. In this one there was 2 stories that were both interesting and mysteries. Lots of murders going on. And now it looks like Lowerson has got himself in trouble again and I’ll have to read Penshaw to find out what’s going on. No swearing to speak of and no sex. Just a good clean murder mystery. As to the narration: As always Jonathan Keeble is awesome! I love everyone’s totally different voice and his Another great book with Chief Detective Maxwell Ryan, his colleagues Phillips, Denise and Lowerson. In this one there was 2 stories that were both interesting and mysteries. Lots of murders going on. And now it looks like Lowerson has got himself in trouble again and I’ll have to read Penshaw to find out what’s going on. No swearing to speak of and no sex. Just a good clean murder mystery. As to the narration: As always Jonathan Keeble is awesome! I love everyone’s totally different voice and his emotions when he reads.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elspeth Cooper

    The DCI Ryan mysteries are always reliable for a fun read that just zips along, and this one is no exception. Loved the unusual setting, and the cast of characters are so warm, familiar and human now that you almost want to add them to your Christmas card list.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    As usual I binged this book, as I have done with all the DCI Ryan books. Kept me guessing all the way through. Lovely character arc development with Phillips and Mackenzie. I just adore this series, and the main characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    Another fabulous addition to the brilliant series. Kept me hooked and intrigued from start to finish. Highly recommended!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Coulthard

    Another great read I loved this book as I have the whole series, I read it in one sitting Samantha is a great addition to the series, I have already started Penshaw and look forward to following the lives of the whole team for a long time,

  27. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I love these. I can happily spend the day listening to them. I adore the narration, humour and whodunnit-ness. I’m not the only fan as I now have a month til the next is available.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    Coming back to DCI Ryan and his sidekicks is like returning to family and LJ Ross keeps delivering unique storylines centered around one major crimes unit. Her books flow effortlessly and are such easy reading despite how intricate they are. I cannot wait for the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    One or two little irritations with the story line, otherwise another good story in this series !

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gail Walter

    This series just keeps getting better & better. I received this book on my Kindle this morning having pre-ordered it some time ago & literally had to keep reading to the end. LJ Ross treats us to really believable characters whose personalities grow with each book. I recommend the whole series to lovers of a well researched and brilliantly written police procedural. I now have to start waiting for the next episode.

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