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A SECRET KEPT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS... After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his tea A SECRET KEPT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS... After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his team begin to unravel the truth behind the spate of mysterious thefts, something even more priceless is stolen—something that can never be replaced. As the nationwide manhunt continues without success, Ryan is thrust into despair—until he realises the answer lies not in modern policing but in an age-old secret known only to a chosen few. To recover what’s been lost, he must first crack ‘Cuthbert’s Code’, following the trail of a long-dead saint across the wild, unpredictable hills and valleys of the borderlands. Can Ryan find what he’s looking for, before it’s too late? He’s going to need a miracle… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


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A SECRET KEPT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS... After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his tea A SECRET KEPT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS... After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his team begin to unravel the truth behind the spate of mysterious thefts, something even more priceless is stolen—something that can never be replaced. As the nationwide manhunt continues without success, Ryan is thrust into despair—until he realises the answer lies not in modern policing but in an age-old secret known only to a chosen few. To recover what’s been lost, he must first crack ‘Cuthbert’s Code’, following the trail of a long-dead saint across the wild, unpredictable hills and valleys of the borderlands. Can Ryan find what he’s looking for, before it’s too late? He’s going to need a miracle… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for Cuthbert's Way

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Wow! Can it get any better?! A superb suspenseful addition to this wonderful series. With a deep insight in the private lives and feelings of all the protagonists. This is what makes couples tick! More DCI Ryan please!

  2. 4 out of 5

    mrs m a l lewis

    Short and underdeveloped. Feels like a money spinner to publish so many short novels so rapidly. This was half a story; right? I do like the characters and the authors narration skills are excellent. Personally, having studied archaeology at Durham, these stories are a bit nostalgic. I do think that the earlier books in the series are better: complexity, character development etc. I agree with earlier reviews, that there is too much personal drama. I don’t need to read about the same characters Short and underdeveloped. Feels like a money spinner to publish so many short novels so rapidly. This was half a story; right? I do like the characters and the authors narration skills are excellent. Personally, having studied archaeology at Durham, these stories are a bit nostalgic. I do think that the earlier books in the series are better: complexity, character development etc. I agree with earlier reviews, that there is too much personal drama. I don’t need to read about the same characters being kidnapped or attacked again and again. It’s starting to feel a bit like a soap opera and could be less sensational. That said, a very quick easy read. Ideal for a flight or something like that. Sorry not to like it more, I used to really look forward to this series, I have been disappointed latterly. I enjoyed the development of Ryan’s fathers character, but it was probably a bit rushed, it didn’t need to all happen in a few chapters, when he has been aloof with the reader for so long. The reintroduction of an old character at the very end feels like it is paving the way for the next ‘episode’. Again, it feels like a rushed and fleeting reacquaintance with an excellent character. The novels now read like hour long tv dramas, rather than the intriguing complex stories with fascinating and many faceted characters that they started off as.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Not everyone understood such greatness, but there was a chosen few who did. They were the true believers…the true guardians of Cuthbert’s way of life, and only they, through him, could benefit from his miraculous power.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C. Roberts

    Wow! As usual with Ross books I could not put it down. The suspense had this short, fat old lady begging for mercy. I have loved Ryan's character from book one. Now I love all of the characters. I feel like I am in the room with them. I don't know much about modern North England but after read this book I am enchanted with Northumbria. I checked it out on Google. Lovely. It would not have been as much fun for me if I had not read them all. Don't miss this one. Don't miss ANY of them! Wow! As usual with Ross books I could not put it down. The suspense had this short, fat old lady begging for mercy. I have loved Ryan's character from book one. Now I love all of the characters. I feel like I am in the room with them. I don't know much about modern North England but after read this book I am enchanted with Northumbria. I checked it out on Google. Lovely. It would not have been as much fun for me if I had not read them all. Don't miss this one. Don't miss ANY of them!

  5. 4 out of 5

    gill p

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Can we PLEASE have a book where Anna isn’t put into mortal danger? Please? Exciting the first two times... now it’s reading going ‘how long until Anna gets kidnapped, blown up or hurt?’ She’s an amazing character and vital to the plots with her knowledge - but why the constant plot get out of ‘oh. Anna is hurt. It’s personal to Ryan’. It made no sense in this book either.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maria Robinson

    Disappointing I normally enjoy the series very much but am getting a bit fed up with the crimes being so personal. I love the fact that Ryan is happily married, that his team are lovely and loyal but would just like Ryan to investigate a nice, juicy macabre crime which doesn't involve any of his family, himself or his team. I have had enough of him being agonised!!! Disappointing I normally enjoy the series very much but am getting a bit fed up with the crimes being so personal. I love the fact that Ryan is happily married, that his team are lovely and loyal but would just like Ryan to investigate a nice, juicy macabre crime which doesn't involve any of his family, himself or his team. I have had enough of him being agonised!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    Another wonderful instalment in the DCI Ryan series. If there is one thing I love about this authors work, it’s the descriptive writing. You feel as though you are there, you can see the places clearly in your head and for me, this just keeps on getting better. Yet another fantastic plot that keeps you on your toes throughout. I will admit that there were a few times that I had a tear in my eye, I found parts of the storyline quite emotional. There were also some moments that had me laughing lou Another wonderful instalment in the DCI Ryan series. If there is one thing I love about this authors work, it’s the descriptive writing. You feel as though you are there, you can see the places clearly in your head and for me, this just keeps on getting better. Yet another fantastic plot that keeps you on your toes throughout. I will admit that there were a few times that I had a tear in my eye, I found parts of the storyline quite emotional. There were also some moments that had me laughing loudly, the odd bits of humour were great. The bonds, camaraderie and respect all shone through. I love this series and if you haven’t read any of the series yet, I can highly recommend them. I am fortunate enough to live in Northumberland where the series is set and feel we are really lucky to have a talented author who writes about what she knows so well. I cannot wait for the next instalment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mel Richmond

    What a way to end the year! LJ Ross has done it again, as usual, as always! I’m so glad I chose this as my last book of the year. I don’t think I will ever get tired of the DCI Ryan stories, each one is perfect in its own way and the world she has created for this cast of lovable characters is immense! Cuthberts Way follows on from The Shrine perfectly with a rich involvement of local history alongside the heart pumping chase to bring a criminal to justice. I adore history and reading about my l What a way to end the year! LJ Ross has done it again, as usual, as always! I’m so glad I chose this as my last book of the year. I don’t think I will ever get tired of the DCI Ryan stories, each one is perfect in its own way and the world she has created for this cast of lovable characters is immense! Cuthberts Way follows on from The Shrine perfectly with a rich involvement of local history alongside the heart pumping chase to bring a criminal to justice. I adore history and reading about my local history through the stories Ross gives us is now one of my favourite things. I won’t delve into the plot anymore than I have to because I’d hate to ruin the suspense for anyone. In simple terms, this series just gets better and better!! I’m very patiently waiting for Ross’ next masterpiece and can’t wait to see what beautiful stories she creates for us in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bryce BENSEMA

    A thrill ride with old friends I always look forward to a new release from Ms Ross because my heart will race and my heart will melt and sometimes it will break. Ryan and his team aren't sure who they are looking for or why and the action speeds up as they discover the answers. Then a character will do something (Phillips slowing down for Mackenzie) that will allow you to take a breath and reminisce about a previous book before jumping into the whirlwind again. A thrill ride with old friends I always look forward to a new release from Ms Ross because my heart will race and my heart will melt and sometimes it will break. Ryan and his team aren't sure who they are looking for or why and the action speeds up as they discover the answers. Then a character will do something (Phillips slowing down for Mackenzie) that will allow you to take a breath and reminisce about a previous book before jumping into the whirlwind again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.75 stars. I have to admit that this isn't my favourite of the DCI Ryan series. However, it was nice to visit with all the different characters, and have some good development in their relationships with one another. The nature of this book, being a continuation of the previous book (which ended rather abruptly), felt rather incomplete, which I guess in essence it was. Unfortunately, the conclusion and villain were underdeveloped as well. 2.75 stars. I have to admit that this isn't my favourite of the DCI Ryan series. However, it was nice to visit with all the different characters, and have some good development in their relationships with one another. The nature of this book, being a continuation of the previous book (which ended rather abruptly), felt rather incomplete, which I guess in essence it was. Unfortunately, the conclusion and villain were underdeveloped as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    darren

    What a read omg Louise you have done it again, this is one heck of a heart pounding breathtaking ride of a read, the tension starts to build within the first chapter and continues throughout the book culminating in a ???????? Will not spoil it for those who have yet to read it, I have had the greatest pf pleasure reading all 17 books about DCI Ryan, also the 3 Alexander Gregory books, they are BRILLIANT get them read them you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Clinton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *My review is not completely spoiler-free* I love this series, everyone who knows me knows I love it, but I'm sad to say that I believe it has had its day. Unless things get shaken up a bit, it's all getting a bit copy and paste. The amount of times Anna has been in danger and survived honestly beggars belief. It's boring to read now as it has happened so many times and there is no sense of peril now as you just know she will be ok. I wish the author had the balls to kill her off, now that would b *My review is not completely spoiler-free* I love this series, everyone who knows me knows I love it, but I'm sad to say that I believe it has had its day. Unless things get shaken up a bit, it's all getting a bit copy and paste. The amount of times Anna has been in danger and survived honestly beggars belief. It's boring to read now as it has happened so many times and there is no sense of peril now as you just know she will be ok. I wish the author had the balls to kill her off, now that would be a shock. I do still enjoy the interactions between the team but I find reading a crime novel with no sense of danger really quite boring. I will probably read the next one because I've come this far with the series but please LJ Ross, mix things up just a little bit.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mrs S M Dutton

    Another triumph for L J Ross. I have been to Durham Cathedral and just wish I had read this book beforehand. I thoroughly enjoyed the story although it was very stressful . As it should be. I thoroughly recommend it .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Cuthberts way Although the basic story was good I was disappointed given that the story was set in 2020 it could not have been set against the background of lockdown to make it more realistic

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    So. First things first. Was the book worth the wait? Yes. Yes it was. My only regret is that I did wait as it was such a brilliant story and such a tense and exciting follow up to The Shrine. And that is the one thing I would caution going into this book. If you haven't already, at the very least you should read The Shrine first as there is a lot of relevant information that spans the two books and this would absolutely act as a spoiler for the previous book. That said, I'd really recommend you So. First things first. Was the book worth the wait? Yes. Yes it was. My only regret is that I did wait as it was such a brilliant story and such a tense and exciting follow up to The Shrine. And that is the one thing I would caution going into this book. If you haven't already, at the very least you should read The Shrine first as there is a lot of relevant information that spans the two books and this would absolutely act as a spoiler for the previous book. That said, I'd really recommend you read the whole series first as why the heck not. It's fabulous, you can watch the characters as they grow and develop and you will grow to love them all as all DCI Ryan fans do. Why miss that right? Housekeeping out of the way, back to the book. Wow. What another cracker. Picking up a few months after we leave the team in The Shrine a lot had changed for all of them. What hasn't is the case that they are working on, albeit on the quiet, that carries between the two stories. Ryan is determined to see the riddle solved and put the previous case to bed in spite of pressure from above to move on. It's not just for professional reasons that he wants to see the perpetrator brought to justice, but this becomes abundantly clear as the story progresses. What I love about this series is how it is about so much more than just the actual cases they are working on. Don't get me wrong - I love a good police based thriller. They are my absolute favourites. But LJ Ross has made this series as much about the people behind the cases as the actual mystery itself. From very early on I found myself completely drawn into the world of Ryan and the team and I love catching up with them on every new journey. now I'll be the first to say that I am as romantic as a cold sore, but seeing the love that has developed between Ryan and Anna, Frank and Mackenzie and all, and that whole sense of family that spans the entire team really adds something special to the stories. You get far more than just the science and psychology of the case, you get the emotion that is exudes from the characters, no more so than in this case which is rife with tense, emotional and breath-stealing scenes. We get to learn more about Ryan and his family this time around and it is beautiful to watch, to see the stoic stock from which he was born and raised and helping us to understand a little more of why Ryan gre to be a man of such integrity and resolve. For the mystery lovers out there. - do not despair. There is still a very intriguing, and slightly gruesome, case at the centre of this book. With missing artefacts, a macabre murder and a opening which takes readers right back to the 1500s and the dissolution of the monasteries, as readers we are treated to a tale which really pulls you in from the start and keeps you on the hook to the very last page. Pacing ebbs and flows and just as Ryan and the team think they have the perp in the hook, they run into just another roadblock - another hurdle to overcome. And one of those hurdles ... Blimey. It will have your heart in your mouth. I mean, you read it thinking 'she can't. She can't possibly. LJ Ross wouldn't be so cruel'. But as you go on reading you also can't help thinking that she bloody well might. Whether or not readers have anything to fear - well you'll have to read for yourself but by heck it's one rollercoaster of emotions at the end there. Accept no imitations. There is only one LJ Ross and only one DCI Ryan. I love these books. They bring me such entertainment, such an escape from the day to day (a deliberate covid free zone here - just saying) and they also bring a lot of joy. Brilliant characters, a setting which speaks for itself and which it is easy to tell the author loves so much, and stories that will take you right to the edge, they are all highly recommended. These are cosy mysteries - the violence is never gratuitous - but they do take an occasionally dark turn. They ar packed with emotion, tension but also with laughter. And yes - I do still chuckle when I see a certain name mentioned. Who wouldn't? If you love Ryan, Frank, Anna and co, you will love this book too. Just ... savour it. I'm going to have to wait a while for the next book and I'm not going to lie. That's gonna hurt.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ian Hall

    I should start by saying that I love the characters in the Ryan tales especially Frank and his relationship with Ryan himself. That said after seventeen books they are becoming too familiar and predictable. The main characters are now all paired off and 'loved up.' This is not a realistic situation in my opinion and whilst they have all faced challenges in the previous stories they are all seemingly and unrealistically blissful in their relationships both personal and working. The only clouds on I should start by saying that I love the characters in the Ryan tales especially Frank and his relationship with Ryan himself. That said after seventeen books they are becoming too familiar and predictable. The main characters are now all paired off and 'loved up.' This is not a realistic situation in my opinion and whilst they have all faced challenges in the previous stories they are all seemingly and unrealistically blissful in their relationships both personal and working. The only clouds on their horizon would seem to be their inability to let bygones be bygones and keep harping back to these previous challenges. Those of us having read the previous sixteen stories would like new plots and intrigue rather than having the storylines constantly rehashed. WE KNOW what has gone before and that's why were invested in the characters but please let's move on! I still love these characters but would like some good old fashioned crimes to solve, murder, kidnap even child abduction. Anyone would think that every other person in the North East subscribed to Pagan worshipping and /or witchcraft. Please can we move on a bit? A good piece of detective work to solve a crime that doesn't involve something from the past would be a great start. The stories are getting too similar. By the way if my wife was as often a victim of criminals I would seriously think of divorcing her for her own good. Not very realistic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Williams

    As enjoyable as ever In Cuthbert's Way, LJ has concluded what began in The Shrine. I know that many readers have been disappointed with LJ's apparent deviation into the genre of Romance with this story but, I, for one, don't mind at all. I enjoyed this book nonetheless because I was interested in finding out what is happening to characters that I have come to know and love. Yes it could be argued that there was very little by way of police and forensic procedure, and yes the crimes themselves hav As enjoyable as ever In Cuthbert's Way, LJ has concluded what began in The Shrine. I know that many readers have been disappointed with LJ's apparent deviation into the genre of Romance with this story but, I, for one, don't mind at all. I enjoyed this book nonetheless because I was interested in finding out what is happening to characters that I have come to know and love. Yes it could be argued that there was very little by way of police and forensic procedure, and yes the crimes themselves have taken a back seat throughout this story, but I don't care. LJ writes a cracking read and I like, and have enjoyed, all of these books very much. I read because I enjoy reading, and I have enjoyed reading these books. In any series, by the time a reader gets to book 17 it's fair to say that the reader is as invested in the characters as one is in the genre, and can't in all honesty complain. That the weight of this story lies with the developing backstory of Ryan's expanding family makes this no less enjoyable. Cuthbert's Way contains murder, mystery, drama and excitement all held together with informative historic and beautiful geographic details and I, for one, am looking forward to the next in this fantastic series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his team begin to unravel the truth behind the spate of mysterious thefts, something even more priceless is stolen—something that can never be replaced. As the nationwide After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning… Just as Ryan and his team begin to unravel the truth behind the spate of mysterious thefts, something even more priceless is stolen—something that can never be replaced. As the nationwide manhunt continues without success, Ryan is thrust into despair—until he realises the answer lies not in modern policing but in an age-old secret known only to a chosen few. To recover what’s been lost, he must first crack ‘Cuthbert’s Code’, following the trail of a long-dead saint across the wild, unpredictable hills and valleys of the borderlands. Can Ryan find what he’s looking for, before it’s too late? He’s going to need a miracle… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. Good series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    RTM Bullock

    There's a reason this series is number 1 repeatedly on the Amazon best seller list - the time taken to develop the characters, their relationships and their interactions. As a reader you feel involved and personally connected; invested in their lives. The plots of the stories are intrinsically wrapped around this, giving a depth of feeling and genuine interest in what happens to each character. Personally as I'm originally from the north east and have been to the majority of places mentioned and h There's a reason this series is number 1 repeatedly on the Amazon best seller list - the time taken to develop the characters, their relationships and their interactions. As a reader you feel involved and personally connected; invested in their lives. The plots of the stories are intrinsically wrapped around this, giving a depth of feeling and genuine interest in what happens to each character. Personally as I'm originally from the north east and have been to the majority of places mentioned and have lived at Seahouses, Bamburgh and in Newcastle itself these books transport me to my own past and to places I love. I look forward to the next installment, yes it would be nice if a member of the team were not in mortal danger, if just for my own nerves but let's enjoy them working together to solve another murderous crime. How about something around Alnwick next or maybe Jesmond Deane? Can't wait!

  20. 5 out of 5

    K Hall

    Not the best I have read and devoured every book in this series but this one just didn't keep me engrossed like the others. Interesting topic but a bit long winded in parts, kept putting it down which I've never done with other books in this series. I have to agree with some other reviews that it's getting a bit predictable with Anna ending up in danger and getting rescued. You would have thought by now after all that has happened, that Ryan would have exceptional security especially with all his Not the best I have read and devoured every book in this series but this one just didn't keep me engrossed like the others. Interesting topic but a bit long winded in parts, kept putting it down which I've never done with other books in this series. I have to agree with some other reviews that it's getting a bit predictable with Anna ending up in danger and getting rescued. You would have thought by now after all that has happened, that Ryan would have exceptional security especially with all his money so I find it far fetched that they can get into the property so easily, let alone know where he lives. I had just read the new Joy Ellis book and what a remarkable difference, her books just get better. I do hope that if this series continues, it will be more about Ryan, Phillips and their team and Anna is more in the background.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I’m not one for crushes, but I think Ryan would make the mark not only is he supposed to be good looking, he has the twin characteristics of kindness and a strong moral code. He can punch with the best of them, if circumstances demand, but his first recourse is to intelligence. He’s not ‘too good to be true’ which makes him human, and not every tale has a perfect ending. As always, the story is very much set in place and I’ve learnt a lot about the North East of England from reading them. One day I’m not one for crushes, but I think Ryan would make the mark not only is he supposed to be good looking, he has the twin characteristics of kindness and a strong moral code. He can punch with the best of them, if circumstances demand, but his first recourse is to intelligence. He’s not ‘too good to be true’ which makes him human, and not every tale has a perfect ending. As always, the story is very much set in place and I’ve learnt a lot about the North East of England from reading them. One day I’ll get back to that dramatic coastline. For now, I’m happy to read about it. With terse plotting, 3D characters and the usual nail biting ending, this current outing of Ryan and his tribe hits the spot. No spoilers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I’ve read all of the books in the series, but I think this might be the last. It seemed to be more about how much the characters loved each other than the crime itself, which only really kicked in for the last 50 pages. It’s a little too focused on gooey fairytale romances that are unprofessional in the context! The villain could have been more developed, including a link between him and Ryan/Anna. I agree with another reviewer who suggested that crimes that weren’t personally connected to the m I’ve read all of the books in the series, but I think this might be the last. It seemed to be more about how much the characters loved each other than the crime itself, which only really kicked in for the last 50 pages. It’s a little too focused on gooey fairytale romances that are unprofessional in the context! The villain could have been more developed, including a link between him and Ryan/Anna. I agree with another reviewer who suggested that crimes that weren’t personally connected to the main characters would be more interesting. In its favour is the fact that it is an easy read, with lovely locations that are described well. If you like cosy crime, it might be for you.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jill Oseman

    Another spine tickling thriller from LJR. I always enjoy LJR’s novels especially the DCI Ryan books. This one kept me dangling and worrying about what was going to happen next. I got scared for the characters and hoping they would be OK and wondering what mystery was going to be uncovered next. It really kept me on tenterhooks and I loved it. Please write more about Ryan LJR. He’s a great character and a hero and I enjoy the people who surround him especially his friends. The characters are alwa Another spine tickling thriller from LJR. I always enjoy LJR’s novels especially the DCI Ryan books. This one kept me dangling and worrying about what was going to happen next. I got scared for the characters and hoping they would be OK and wondering what mystery was going to be uncovered next. It really kept me on tenterhooks and I loved it. Please write more about Ryan LJR. He’s a great character and a hero and I enjoy the people who surround him especially his friends. The characters are always so well formed that you feel that you know them. Looking forward to the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Krushner

    If you have been following DCI Ryans career you will know that although he retrieved the stolen artefact from Durham Cathedral all is not well... This book can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend all of the books written by this author. As usual this book is set in Northumberland and you are immersed in that beautiful countryside. I love the way the author has weaved the history of St Cuthbert into her very interesting plot. The characters in this book are well known to me and indeed fee If you have been following DCI Ryans career you will know that although he retrieved the stolen artefact from Durham Cathedral all is not well... This book can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend all of the books written by this author. As usual this book is set in Northumberland and you are immersed in that beautiful countryside. I love the way the author has weaved the history of St Cuthbert into her very interesting plot. The characters in this book are well known to me and indeed feel like old friends. If you like proper old fashioned crime/mystery series you will love this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Northumbrian History and Mysteries Aplenty Having traveled extensively in the UK, I am appalled that I never visited the most interesting area, Northumbria. The DCI Ryan series has featured historical sites and scenic wonders that are calling my name! Now for the mysteries, we return to catch up with DCI Ryan, his wife, Anna, and their new baby. We learn more about Ryan’s parents and also catch up with MacKenzie and Phillips and the rest of the detectives. But the mystery of St. Cuthbert’s Cross c Northumbrian History and Mysteries Aplenty Having traveled extensively in the UK, I am appalled that I never visited the most interesting area, Northumbria. The DCI Ryan series has featured historical sites and scenic wonders that are calling my name! Now for the mysteries, we return to catch up with DCI Ryan, his wife, Anna, and their new baby. We learn more about Ryan’s parents and also catch up with MacKenzie and Phillips and the rest of the detectives. But the mystery of St. Cuthbert’s Cross continues from the previous book, The Shrine. What motive can the perpetrator have for murder, theft and mayhem? Is anyone really safe? A page turner, indeed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mrs S E Holmes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the continuation of the story line which ended so abruptly in The Shrine. I love the characters and the reader is treated to an emotional roller coaster ride. Although I’ve given this 5 stars I have become disillusioned with the almost formulaic nature of the narrative compared with the earlier books in the series. It will be interesting to see where the story goes next and what solution Ryan thinks will resolve the situation with regard to the Superintendent role that he does not want - This is the continuation of the story line which ended so abruptly in The Shrine. I love the characters and the reader is treated to an emotional roller coaster ride. Although I’ve given this 5 stars I have become disillusioned with the almost formulaic nature of the narrative compared with the earlier books in the series. It will be interesting to see where the story goes next and what solution Ryan thinks will resolve the situation with regard to the Superintendent role that he does not want - we didn’t find out in this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janet Lawson

    Half a book This is the second half of 'The Shrine', the end of which took me by surprise as I thought I was only halfway through the book. I was born in Durham and live in Northumberland and never knew we had so many weirdos and members of strange cults in our midst. I'm getting a little tired of the saintly DCI Ryan and his perfect wife - does this man never investigate ordinary run-of-the-mill murders committed by people without a personal grudge against him? I think I've probably read my last Half a book This is the second half of 'The Shrine', the end of which took me by surprise as I thought I was only halfway through the book. I was born in Durham and live in Northumberland and never knew we had so many weirdos and members of strange cults in our midst. I'm getting a little tired of the saintly DCI Ryan and his perfect wife - does this man never investigate ordinary run-of-the-mill murders committed by people without a personal grudge against him? I think I've probably read my last Ryan book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Loved it !!!! I always look forward to reading these books, and I try really hard not to read them straight away, the reason being is because I then have to wait for the next one. I really enjoy reading about Ryan, Anna, Frank and MacKenzie, the story line never fails to keep me reading it all in one sitting. This time though I was filled with emotion knowing the danger Anna was in. I would recommend these books to everyone, but please read them in order, that way you see the characters grow and Loved it !!!! I always look forward to reading these books, and I try really hard not to read them straight away, the reason being is because I then have to wait for the next one. I really enjoy reading about Ryan, Anna, Frank and MacKenzie, the story line never fails to keep me reading it all in one sitting. This time though I was filled with emotion knowing the danger Anna was in. I would recommend these books to everyone, but please read them in order, that way you see the characters grow and you keep wanting more. Well done L J Ross, for keeping me entertained.

  29. 5 out of 5

    L MCLEOD

    I've enjoyed this latest story but did find it a little bit leaning towards the romance genre rather than the thriller/crime one that these DCI Ryan novels have at their core. I know there have always been some relationships as part of the character development but this outing didn't have enough of the usual suspense and jeopardy. I do agree with another reviewer that one main character deserves a break from being placed in mortal danger so many times! I must say I'd love for Ms Ross to write mo I've enjoyed this latest story but did find it a little bit leaning towards the romance genre rather than the thriller/crime one that these DCI Ryan novels have at their core. I know there have always been some relationships as part of the character development but this outing didn't have enough of the usual suspense and jeopardy. I do agree with another reviewer that one main character deserves a break from being placed in mortal danger so many times! I must say I'd love for Ms Ross to write more in the Alex Gregory series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Clifford

    Didn't finish I used to love this books but now I'm just sick of all the soppyness. I miss the gritty crime that its supposed to be about. Got 60% the way through and its just chapter after chapter of 'how lucky are we' 'I'm so glad for my family and team' blah blah. This is meant to be a crime book not a soap opera. In fact there's more drama in a soap opera. Used to be my favourite series but now seems to be churning them out every few months without a real story to write. My last try I think n Didn't finish I used to love this books but now I'm just sick of all the soppyness. I miss the gritty crime that its supposed to be about. Got 60% the way through and its just chapter after chapter of 'how lucky are we' 'I'm so glad for my family and team' blah blah. This is meant to be a crime book not a soap opera. In fact there's more drama in a soap opera. Used to be my favourite series but now seems to be churning them out every few months without a real story to write. My last try I think now to find another one to hold my interest.

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