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Bamburgh: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 19)

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LJ Ross is an internationally bestselling author, whose books have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. I thought the story line about another police chief psychopath - the third in that force - a little far fetched but in light of recent events about rogue police maybe, sadly, not. Optional extra – have your items hand wrapped in brown paper packaging tied up with string and with their very own North East tourist tip.

DCI Ryan’s North East Ever thought of retracing the footsteps of DCI Ryan and DS Phillips in the North East of England? the murderer was never caught and Mel has never given up trying to find who murderer her sister: she feels guilty for having taken her out on the night of her death.When the book opens we already know from the last one that the killer of Melanie’s sister, Gemma, years ago, has left his DNA on a victim from the previous book – a Thai woman who survived brutal injuries and captivity. every so often it makes sense, but it feels like every book has been based off of this plot for some time now. Yet again the author has a police officer this time Mel hiding information from colleagues and taking the law into her own hands. The culprit of the cold case murder is revealed early on and is not suspected by “his fellow workers” till very near the end. It’s just as well the characters are so damn loveable and, after 18 books, we’re invested in them, and the overall story so gripping you keep reading.

There’s a body found near Bamburgh Castle and at first it looks like an accidental death but then Ryan realises there’s more to it. i’d love to see a book that doesn’t focus on past enemies coming to “attack” the found-family they have built between them. When I started this series, I loved how the books built up to be one big conspiracy, wonderfully connected.Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. When a cantankerous old woman dies at her home in the sleepy, picturesque village of Bamburgh, DCI Ryan doesn’t think much of it—except, that is, for the small matter of it having been his wife who happened to find her body. Anna, DCI Ryan’s wife, has all of DCI Ryan’s CID team at a masquerade party taking place in the King’s Hall at Bamburgh Castle which is being held to support the archeological dig at the castle when Chief Constable Morrison introduces the team’s new DCS - Andrew Forbes. For me L J Ross has let me down as a long term fan because she seems to have forgotten what makes a good murder-mystery/thriller really work.

LJ Ross is such a natural storyteller than you can’t help but become completely involved and engrossed in the lives of her characters. Bamburgh was super special - I spent a lot of my childhood up there so I could picture absolutely everything perfectly. In fact, when a new character was introduced, I had the fleeting thought, ‘oh, please don’t make this person behave like…’ Well, Ross did. I absolutely loved the banter between Ryan and Phillips, and really enjoyed the way that Ryan supported the rest of his team and how they all came together to get this mystery solved. There is a DNA match found for the murderer linking him to a very recent abduction and failed murder attempt so Mel is desperate to be involved and find her sisters killer.One of the previous books tried to clear the force, but still we found some rotten ones in the previous book. As always there’s some great humour mixed in with the crime stories and this is one of my favourites in the series. It seems to me that the L J Ross, perhaps due to the pressure of fans and publishers, is being pushed with getting the next book out as quickly as possible whilst sacrificing the skill demonstrated in the earlier books that kept me hooked from page one. What bothered me about this book (and I really loathe being critical because its so readable) is the fact it’s the third book in this fine series to use almost identical plot and character development to drive the story. The only reason I kept reading is because I think every book should be given a chance to redeem itself.

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