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When the gods made man, they made a weapon... After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being comm When the gods made man, they made a weapon... After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it's too late... 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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When the gods made man, they made a weapon... After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being comm When the gods made man, they made a weapon... After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it's too late... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for Borderlands

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    The storyline was more predictable and felt more rushed than others from the DCI Ryan series. The whole book seemed more of a novella than a novel. Also the sub-plot that Jack & Mel investigate was woefully thin and wasn’t as woven into the plot as much as previous books. The prose read as well as ever and it’s easy to keep reading as it flows. I just wanted more of a plot and more twists.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Not a bad book, but not quite 5 stars. The sub plot that Jack and Mel investigated was a bit thin and not woven into the main story as much as usual. Good exciting ending, but I felt as if there were lots of questions left unanswered. Can't elaborate without spoilers. Not a bad book, but not quite 5 stars. The sub plot that Jack and Mel investigated was a bit thin and not woven into the main story as much as usual. Good exciting ending, but I felt as if there were lots of questions left unanswered. Can't elaborate without spoilers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    The weakest of all the books! I got to the end, but I still don't know who and why did all of that! What I meanis that there're two diferent crimes and we get to know who did one, but the other is a complete mystery! Why? Will it be revealed in the next book? Mah... The weakest of all the books! I got to the end, but I still don't know who and why did all of that! What I meanis that there're two diferent crimes and we get to know who did one, but the other is a complete mystery! Why? Will it be revealed in the next book? Mah...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    Yet again five stars for Ryan & Co. Very fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Again! This time it's about PTSD and racism. Highly entertaining and to the point! Yet again five stars for Ryan & Co. Very fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Again! This time it's about PTSD and racism. Highly entertaining and to the point!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    DCI Ryan and DS Philips are excellent friends and a successful team as detectives. LJ Ross’ Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 14) has as its setting the NE of England, the Northumbrian borders with Scotland, an area that has an extremely violent history, and is now Northumberland National Park where the Army conducts training exercises, but when a civilian is killed during one of these exercises, the team of DCI Ryan and DS Philips are requested to join the investigati DCI Ryan and DS Philips are excellent friends and a successful team as detectives. LJ Ross’ Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 14) has as its setting the NE of England, the Northumbrian borders with Scotland, an area that has an extremely violent history, and is now Northumberland National Park where the Army conducts training exercises, but when a civilian is killed during one of these exercises, the team of DCI Ryan and DS Philips are requested to join the investigation. In addition, horrific hate crimes are happening in the NE of England at historic sites with ‘the perps’ leaving only a drawn symbol. There is one more ‘sick’ act against humanity occurring simultaneously. Ryan and Philips, as members of Northumbria CID, and their ‘team’ must solve these crimes to prevent more death and destruction. Are they successful? Has DC Lowerson finally ‘got his act together’? Do Mac and Samantha enjoy Mac’s time off? Who is ‘the soldier’ and just how does he fit into the mystery? There is a great deal taken place in Borderlands just as there was historically in the borderlands of England and Scotland. Just one comment from me - I am continually shocked as I learn of more ways people contrive to hurt or destroy fellow human beings. 4.25 stars!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    How are we on the 14th book in the series already? What a series it’s been to. Even though the 14th, this can easily be read as a standalone. The beginning of this story grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let go. In a way it was quite sombre read. When you read it for yourself you will understand why. It is one that will get the emotions going. It certainly did mine anyway. Frank and Ryan have got to be two of my favourite characters in a series. The bond between them both is easy to see and th How are we on the 14th book in the series already? What a series it’s been to. Even though the 14th, this can easily be read as a standalone. The beginning of this story grabbed me by the collar and wouldn’t let go. In a way it was quite sombre read. When you read it for yourself you will understand why. It is one that will get the emotions going. It certainly did mine anyway. Frank and Ryan have got to be two of my favourite characters in a series. The bond between them both is easy to see and they really make the story even more enjoyable, as Frank brings a bit of humour in whilst Ryan is kind of the strong and sexy one. Well in my head he is. The thread to do with the killing of the woman on the army range was brilliant in my eyes. It makes me wonder just how warped the authors mind is to come up with these fascinating ways of killing characters. This is why I keep coming back for more with this series. Borderlands was a mind blowing and enthralling read. I love the authors writing style as there is definitely thills and chills a plenty, yet she writes with warmth and compassion so that you really care about a lot of the characters that feature in the storylines. Not all of them of course, as the baddies are truly horrible. This is an author who can do no wrong in my opinions. She delivers time after time with each book, leaving me desperate for the next one. My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.5 stars. I have to say that the mystery was a bit disappointing in this installment of the DCI Ryan series. The ending of both story lines felt very rushed, ultimately leaving me feeling unsatisfied. The star rating is for the sweet relationships between all the MCs plus Samantha, the newest addition to the cast. I liked how the characters were realistic, so very human but still very likable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #13 Publication Date: 10/1/19 Number of Pages: 249 Another exciting, fast-paced, well-written adventure for DCI Ryan and his team from the Major Crimes Unit. The team is definitely split into different ventures in this book, with Ryan and Phillips working a murder on an Army training base, Lowerson and Yates dealing with a series of hate crimes, and MacKenzie enjoying some off time with her foster daughter, Samantha. The Army is conducting a live-fire tactical training mis Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #13 Publication Date: 10/1/19 Number of Pages: 249 Another exciting, fast-paced, well-written adventure for DCI Ryan and his team from the Major Crimes Unit. The team is definitely split into different ventures in this book, with Ryan and Phillips working a murder on an Army training base, Lowerson and Yates dealing with a series of hate crimes, and MacKenzie enjoying some off time with her foster daughter, Samantha. The Army is conducting a live-fire tactical training mission at Otterburn Army Training Ranges in Northumberland. The mission is to find and neutralize two targets – at night using night vision gear. When the first target is sighted, the soldiers training kicks in and they fire upon the target. Except, it isn’t the mechanical target they’ve engaged, it is…was…a live female. How in the world did a lone female end up running through the middle of the moors on a huge Army training base? Before long, Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Finlay-Ryan and Detective Sergeant Frank Phillips are wending their way along the Northumberland National Park through the Cheviot Hills and into the village of Otterburn – almost at the border with Scotland. Will their investigation discover that it was a horrible, horrible accident when the woman ran directly into a live-fire exercise – or will they find it is something more – something much darker? There is a terrible explosion and fire at the Central Mosque in Newcastle upon Tyne. It isn’t an accident, and the perpetrators left three large black triangles painted upon the doors along with the words ‘MUSLIMS GO HOME’. Detective Constable Jack Lowerson and Detective Constable Melanie Yates are dispatched to investigate. They know it is definitely a hate crime, but is it an isolated incident and what does that symbol mean? As that symbol turns up at additional sites of vandalism – not just Muslim – but Jewish, black, etc. they know it is the work of a well-organized group. That group is getting bolder, better organized, and more skilled. They have to be stopped before lives are lost. Stopping the group will take not only good investigative skills but the bravery and patriotism of a man who has nothing but that to give. I listened to the audiobook (Whispersync) version of this book and enjoyed it very much. The narrator has a pleasant voice - but as I have mentioned before, all of the characters sound pretty much alike. Some are softer and breathier, but they all seem to have the same accents. We have a Scot, an Irish, and a Londoner, but they all seem to have the same accent - if not all of the time, most of the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the mystery, the friendships, and seeing that the goodness in mankind can overcome anything. If you choose to read the book, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I absolutely LOVE this series and Borderlands is another excellent instalment! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yet again, I have been captivated from the very first page and to say I have been gripped throughout would be a massive understatement. If you have read any of my reviews for the previous books in this series, you will know how highly I rate them. Whenever LJ Ross has a new release I confidently and excitedly click the pre-order link without even having to read the blurb because I k I absolutely LOVE this series and Borderlands is another excellent instalment! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yet again, I have been captivated from the very first page and to say I have been gripped throughout would be a massive understatement. If you have read any of my reviews for the previous books in this series, you will know how highly I rate them. Whenever LJ Ross has a new release I confidently and excitedly click the pre-order link without even having to read the blurb because I know I am in for a treat as soon as I get the chance to read it! I feel totally blessed that LJ Ross often sends me an early copy. I feel honoured to be able to read the books prior to publication. Imposter is my next read! 😊 In Borderlands Ryan, Phillips and the team are faced with investigating the shooting of a woman during a scheduled army training exercise and a group of extremists who are targeting local religious organisations. As always, nothing is straight forward or without an element of danger and this makes for an exciting, fast-paced read. There are some scary characters in this story, one who particularly made my skin scrawl. I really felt for the homeless soldier. What he’s gone through and continues to go through is just heart-breaking. No-one should be living on the streets in this day, and age. Least of all our veterans. I am married to one and I’m an extremely proud wifey. It’s often so difficult for them to adjust to civilian life and they should be afforded any and all the support they might need. I love the main characters in this series and enjoy how their relationships develop throughout each book. There is a feelgood aspect to this book which I really enjoyed also. As the author herself says (in a much more eloquent way than me!), amongst all the bad stuff going on in this world there are many people doing a little bit of good in their own little way. This helps to restore my faith in humankind. Without a doubt another five star read! I can’t wait for Ryan’s Christmas! https://chataboutbooks.blog/2019/10/0...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Another good read from L J Ross, but a little rushed over the last few chapters I thought.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skyesmum

    Yet another excellent book in the series. You can always tell how good a book is if it stops you turning out your lamp at 1am. This one was well researched and again a fantastic plot. Looking forward to reading the last 2 in the current series soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Murder mystery set in North NORTHUMBERLAND This is no.14 in the hugely successful DCI Ryan mystery series written by international best-selling author L J Ross, and the book can certainly be read as a standalone. The novel opens with a scene set in Helmand Province. A soldier is severely burnt and sees his local friend, Naseem, die a terrible death. He returns to England severely traumatised and finds little understanding of his plight and struggles to cope and survive. Out in The Northumberland Na Murder mystery set in North NORTHUMBERLAND This is no.14 in the hugely successful DCI Ryan mystery series written by international best-selling author L J Ross, and the book can certainly be read as a standalone. The novel opens with a scene set in Helmand Province. A soldier is severely burnt and sees his local friend, Naseem, die a terrible death. He returns to England severely traumatised and finds little understanding of his plight and struggles to cope and survive. Out in The Northumberland National Park it is night time and a group of soldiers is practising shooting with live rounds when a woman runs across the terrain. She is running for her life. She is shot and killed, her face horribly mutilated. She has no identification on her. In Newcastle a racist group is targeting religious centres, mosques, synagogues and individuals, leaving behind a very striking symbol. DCI Ryan and his team have to race against time, tracking down a perpetrator who seems to be a serial killer on the loose. As always, there is a real sense of camaraderie and humour in the investigative team, with some personal backstories to add a sense of humanity. In an author’s note at the end of the novel, the author writes that Borderlands is a book about the human condition; it’s about relationships between people, and how one small act of kindness can defuse a potentially volatile situation… and she goes on to say that it’s a very restless world we live in, at the moment, and she wanted to remember all the good that people are trying to do, every day, in their own little ways. Location is beautifully brought to life. The central setting is around Otterburn, with Wooler and Border locations like St Boswells featuring too. I learned about the early Bronze Age Stone Circle at Duddo and although I live in Northumberland, I had never heard of it (oops!) – but this is what TripFiction is about, learning about places through terrific fiction. Job done! Enjoy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    When an army exercise in Otterburn ends with the death of a civilian, DCI Ryan and DS Phillips investigate alongside the army. While they are investigating, Mac and Samantha carry on with their holiday. DC Lowerson and Mel Yates are investigating arson attacks with a mystery symbol left at each one. Can they work well together now they are in a relationship? We also meet a homeless ex soldier who is trying to keep away from some drug dealers who are trying to get him hooked on the stuff and thin When an army exercise in Otterburn ends with the death of a civilian, DCI Ryan and DS Phillips investigate alongside the army. While they are investigating, Mac and Samantha carry on with their holiday. DC Lowerson and Mel Yates are investigating arson attacks with a mystery symbol left at each one. Can they work well together now they are in a relationship? We also meet a homeless ex soldier who is trying to keep away from some drug dealers who are trying to get him hooked on the stuff and think nothing of giving him beatings when he won’t get involved. Borderlands has very interesting and different stories. Being the wife of an ex serviceman, I found the homeless veteran story very sad, mainly because it is unfortunately, a common occurrence. It was great to see it mentioned and handled well in this story. We get to meet some great characters alongside Ryan and his team. For those who don’t know the Northumbria county, you get a sense of it through the wonderful descriptive writing. I look forward to reading more in this great series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    mark pinkerton

    Slightly disappointing The storyline was more predictable and felt more rushed than others from the DCI Ryan series. The whole book seemed more of a novella than a novel. Also the sub-plot that Jack & Mel investigate was woefully thin and wasn’t as woven into the plot as much as previous books. The prose read as well as ever and it’s easy to keep reading as it flows. I just wanted more of a plot and more twists.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Frankham

    I gave 1* to the first in the series, read as a precursor to this, the 14th, which was chosen as a local book club read (now cancelled due to Coronavirus!). Again, although a page turner, and the author rights English prose well, this is a written-by-numbers formulaic romance thriller, with now three pairs of in-love policemen, two clumsy plot lines, and a penchant for semi-pornographic thrills. Most GR readers regard this as the most slapdash in the series, but I enjoyed it a little more than Hol I gave 1* to the first in the series, read as a precursor to this, the 14th, which was chosen as a local book club read (now cancelled due to Coronavirus!). Again, although a page turner, and the author rights English prose well, this is a written-by-numbers formulaic romance thriller, with now three pairs of in-love policemen, two clumsy plot lines, and a penchant for semi-pornographic thrills. Most GR readers regard this as the most slapdash in the series, but I enjoyed it a little more than Holy Island, possibly because I was more prepared for the style of the book. The GR blurb: ‘ After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it's too late... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louise McAuliffe

    I really wasn’t keen on this chapter of the Lj Ross series. Borderlands fell short on suspense, plot twists and also felt short in length? The book seemed to just end with no real conclusion to the main plot thread. No explanation of the why behind the crimes? Also, no spoilers but the secondary plot involving Jack & Mel was largely ignored towards the end and not solved? Maybe it’ll be reopened in the next book. Overall, the book left me disinterested. I didn’t like the narrative of the army vs I really wasn’t keen on this chapter of the Lj Ross series. Borderlands fell short on suspense, plot twists and also felt short in length? The book seemed to just end with no real conclusion to the main plot thread. No explanation of the why behind the crimes? Also, no spoilers but the secondary plot involving Jack & Mel was largely ignored towards the end and not solved? Maybe it’ll be reopened in the next book. Overall, the book left me disinterested. I didn’t like the narrative of the army vs religious/political extremism. There was no flow or real ‘ending’ to tie everything up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    I'm a devoted fan of the series and Borderlands is compelling and poignant without being preachy or trying too hard to be politically correct. Just like Ryan, the author shows compassion for the characters but not because of their race or backstory but because they are human beings (and, in one case, canine). As usual, there are several mysteries and they are all equally fascinating and one of the stories (finding redemption through the love for an animal) really touched me. I'm a devoted fan of the series and Borderlands is compelling and poignant without being preachy or trying too hard to be politically correct. Just like Ryan, the author shows compassion for the characters but not because of their race or backstory but because they are human beings (and, in one case, canine). As usual, there are several mysteries and they are all equally fascinating and one of the stories (finding redemption through the love for an animal) really touched me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    It was never at the top of anybody’s wish list to take a trip to the mortuary, but it was a necessary part of getting to know the victim and the crime. It was often hard and unpleasant, but they kept coming back because they remembered one thing: the victim could not speak, but their body was perhaps the greatest clue to finding their killer or, in this case, to understanding how they’d come to find themselves in such a vulnerable position.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Really enjoyed this just wished it was a little longer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I have read and enjoyed all of the DCI Ryan novels by LJ Ross, but Borderlands just did not quite live up to expectations. The elements that drew me to this series are still there – strong sense of place (Northumberland) and well-written main characters (especially the relationship between Ryan and Frank) – but this story lacked focus as the team were all engaged in different directions. The plot left a lot to be desired as some of the supposed links were never explained. The ending was very uns I have read and enjoyed all of the DCI Ryan novels by LJ Ross, but Borderlands just did not quite live up to expectations. The elements that drew me to this series are still there – strong sense of place (Northumberland) and well-written main characters (especially the relationship between Ryan and Frank) – but this story lacked focus as the team were all engaged in different directions. The plot left a lot to be desired as some of the supposed links were never explained. The ending was very unsatisfying with more questions than answers. I thought there was too much emphasis on the home lives of the detectives. The sheer improbability of them all living and working with their partners has become far too cosy, and would not be allowed in real life (I know it’s fiction, but it still jars). I agree with a lot of the other reviewers that this book felt a bit rushed, and would prefer fewer books each year, but to a higher standard. Nevertheless, I will continue buying this series, mainly because of Ryan. I have the latest one, The Shrine, lined up on my kindle, and look forward to reading it very soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Borderlands is book fourteen in the DCI Ryan Mysteries series by L. J. Ross. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was tried and hoping to have a couple of days off after finishing a case uncovering corruption in the Northumbria CID. However, that did not happen because Detective Chief Inspector Ryan caught a case of the death of a young woman shot on the Northumberland National Park army ranges. The readers of Borderlands will continue to follow DCI Ryan investigation into the young woman's death to f Borderlands is book fourteen in the DCI Ryan Mysteries series by L. J. Ross. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was tried and hoping to have a couple of days off after finishing a case uncovering corruption in the Northumbria CID. However, that did not happen because Detective Chief Inspector Ryan caught a case of the death of a young woman shot on the Northumberland National Park army ranges. The readers of Borderlands will continue to follow DCI Ryan investigation into the young woman's death to find out what happens. Borderlands is another fantastic addition to this excellent series by L. J. Ross. I never have problems engaging with books in this series, and Borderlands did not disappoint. I love L. J. Ross portrayal of her characters and their interaction with each other throughout this book. Borderlands is well written and researched by L. J. Ross. I like L. J. Ross descriptions of the settings of Borderlands allowed me to feel part of the book's plot. The readers of Borderlands will understand the problems that returned soldiers' have after leaving military service. Also, the readers of the Borderlands will learn about the peaceful and violent side of the Odinist faith. I recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Lowther

    Borderlands is a gripping tale, well told with the usual characters, excellent location description and crisp dialogue. The plot is particularly interesting with an unusual background set in the wild lands of the Northumberland National Park. A sub-plot involving extreme racist activities is also fascinating and exciting. David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen, Two Families at War and The Summer of '39, all published by Sacristy Press. Borderlands is a gripping tale, well told with the usual characters, excellent location description and crisp dialogue. The plot is particularly interesting with an unusual background set in the wild lands of the Northumberland National Park. A sub-plot involving extreme racist activities is also fascinating and exciting. David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen, Two Families at War and The Summer of '39, all published by Sacristy Press.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    The prologue introduces a soldier who has been stationed in Helmand Province and returns home traumatised, unable to hold down a job and is left to fend for himself on the streets. He’s a damaged soul who you can’t help but feel sympathy for, but one who holds onto his moral values, despite the dangers and obstacles he faces. The Otterburn Ranges are an area of the Northumberland National Park used for army training exercises. It’s during a night time live fire tactical training exercise in a con The prologue introduces a soldier who has been stationed in Helmand Province and returns home traumatised, unable to hold down a job and is left to fend for himself on the streets. He’s a damaged soul who you can’t help but feel sympathy for, but one who holds onto his moral values, despite the dangers and obstacles he faces. The Otterburn Ranges are an area of the Northumberland National Park used for army training exercises. It’s during a night time live fire tactical training exercise in a controlled access area that a young unidentified woman is fatally shot. The team’s orders were to neutralise a simulated moving thermal target. No-one else should have been in the area, much less a person who looked like she had been running for her life. DCI Ryan and DS Frank Phillips are called to the scene to begin their own investigation alongside that of the army. "And, in the silent room, left only with her own thoughts for company, her mind began to unravel. Had she killed that woman? She sank onto the edge of a single camp bed and held her head in her hands, trying to remember every detail of what happened." Meanwhile Detective Constables Jack Lowerson and Melanie Yates are investigating a spate of race related hate crimes. Arsonists are targeting religious groups and certain individuals, leaving a distinct symbol as their calling card. The storylines are well executed and meld together perfectly as tension and suspense increase and the body count rises. The element of danger and threat is always there as, in contrast, is the humour, trust and friendship between the main protagonists. The relationships between the characters is one of the best things about this series and LJ Ross really adds more depth to already rounded characters by giving a deeper insight into the personal and emotional aspect of their lives. The area is brought to life and includes a reference to the Duddo stone circle, a site well worth a visit if you’re into that sort of thing. Social issues have been handled sensitively and with compassion. LJ Ross has achieved her aim of writing a story which encompasses situations, events and essential elements of being human. As she says in the author’s note ‘it’s about relationships between people, and how one small act of kindness can defuse a potentially volatile situation. It’s a very restless world we live in, at the moment, but I wanted to remember all the good that people are trying to do, every day, in their own little ways.’

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it's too late... Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. Good

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mainer207

    I love this series and was thrilled to get a new Ryan book so soon after the last one. But I was a bit disappointed - just a bit - with this one. First of all, I listened to the audiobook. They are very well done. However, I was immediately confused because the soldier in the beginning of the book sounded just like Frank and I didn’t understand what he was doing there. Took me a while to work that out. The plot line with the hate crimes seemed a bit undeveloped or thrown in for no real reason. T I love this series and was thrilled to get a new Ryan book so soon after the last one. But I was a bit disappointed - just a bit - with this one. First of all, I listened to the audiobook. They are very well done. However, I was immediately confused because the soldier in the beginning of the book sounded just like Frank and I didn’t understand what he was doing there. Took me a while to work that out. The plot line with the hate crimes seemed a bit undeveloped or thrown in for no real reason. The main plot was great. Disturbing but good. These characters have long become favorites and the author is one of my “automatic pre-orders.” I look forward to more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jo Harwood

    Great read Love these Books! based in the wonderful Northumberland area It helps that I know this area well and can visualise the scenery which sets the background for the DCI Ryan series. This one is a fast paced race against time to catch the killer before he strikes again With Ryan and Phillips working together,as they do so well, to join the dots. With army manoeuvres at Otterburn playing a part and the usual continuing back story of all the characters we love from other books in the series t Great read Love these Books! based in the wonderful Northumberland area It helps that I know this area well and can visualise the scenery which sets the background for the DCI Ryan series. This one is a fast paced race against time to catch the killer before he strikes again With Ryan and Phillips working together,as they do so well, to join the dots. With army manoeuvres at Otterburn playing a part and the usual continuing back story of all the characters we love from other books in the series this is unmissable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Leivesley

    It pains me to write this but I think my love affair with DCI Ryan may be over! This book was a disappointment. The two storylines had merit but both seem to have been rushed at the end and left me with unanswered questions. The book is also quite short - the Audible version is just under 5 1/2 hours long. Ms Ross seems to be churning out a lot if books at the moment (4 Ryan books and 2 in her new series so far this year I believe) and I think this is why the quality of the writing has deteriorat It pains me to write this but I think my love affair with DCI Ryan may be over! This book was a disappointment. The two storylines had merit but both seem to have been rushed at the end and left me with unanswered questions. The book is also quite short - the Audible version is just under 5 1/2 hours long. Ms Ross seems to be churning out a lot if books at the moment (4 Ryan books and 2 in her new series so far this year I believe) and I think this is why the quality of the writing has deteriorated. On a positive note, the narration is once again done by the wonderful Jonathan Keeble.

  29. 5 out of 5

    sharon halsall

    Really enjoyed this as I have with the whole series, just not quite as much as the others. It felt a little rushed, and kind of unfinished. Definitely worth a read though. Im not sure if DCI Ryan and his team have gone has far as they can now, but who knows ?? LJ Ross is full of ideas and may come up with a whole new story line for them. I look forward to reading about the new character she is writing about and have pre ordered for the end of October.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Stones

    Give me more! I cannot help but feel this was rushed. I didn't get to know the characters as well as I would have liked, and don't feel I understood them as well to really feel the story. I enjoyed reading about the main characters and how their lives are progressing again, but can't help feel the murder mystery itself took a back seat. Also to note, an error within the book, police non emergency number is 101, not 111! Give me more! I cannot help but feel this was rushed. I didn't get to know the characters as well as I would have liked, and don't feel I understood them as well to really feel the story. I enjoyed reading about the main characters and how their lives are progressing again, but can't help feel the murder mystery itself took a back seat. Also to note, an error within the book, police non emergency number is 101, not 111!

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