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The Moor: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 12) Kindle Edition
FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND and LONGSTONE
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.
“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times
“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle
“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph
- ASIN : B07PHH6H71
- Language : English
- File size : 1266 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,437 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I don’t mind the almost cliff hanger ending, but I sincerely hope that after all that poor Jack has been through, LJ hasn’t decided to do away with him permanently.
Looking forward to number 13.
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There are two major investigations running throughout this book and, in time honoured tradition, they do seem to be converging by the end but - of course - that is the point where the author leaves the reader, hanging over a precipice!
It is reasonable to read this story as a standalone book, it will make perfect sense, but it is much better to read it in sequence with the rest of the books in the series as it does make reference to past events covered in previous stories. This tale may at times appear a bit sentimental but fear not, the author hasn't lost her edge and the death and violence is there as always, not in any gory, graphic way, just implicit in the narrative.
An excellent book in an excellent series.
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 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.
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 left me desperate for the next book in the series to come out!
I highly recommend this book.
A young circus girl suddenly remembers her mother's murder and enlists the help of Ryan and his team to track down her killer. So far so good, but in the meantime Jack and Mel are investigating a series of gang/drug related murders which may be loosely connected to the circus. No actual link is confirmed and it largely seems to be a totally separate investigation. The circus hasn't been in the area in the 8 years since the child's mother went missing which makes the link seem even more of a leap. If you expect the investigations to converge at some point as we rush to find the killer you'll be disappointed.
Add to that there's an additional and seemingly gratuitous murder at the circus, which is explained as the perpetrator of the crime trying to cast guilt elsewhere, despite the fact that the child starts to remember the killer and they have been tracking her with murderous intent through the the book. Perhaps it has more to do with Frank and Denise's urge to adopt.
Plus Jack and Mel suddenly go all out of character mid-investigation to create a suddenly intense romantic interest.
When I got to the end of the book I was left with a keen sense of dissatisfaction. We find out who kills the girl's mother, but the side story relating to the gang killings is clearly a blatant attempt to hook you in to buy the next book. You couldn't read this one as a stand alone. Furthermore, there is so much of the secondary investigation in this book that would have to be repeated in the next to set the scene. Therefore I would be buying a book which I've pretty much already read 20% of.
I'm not impressed and I won't be rushing back to DCI Ryan anytime soon.