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

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Being from the North East, I love stories set in the area, and LJ Ross always integrates the landscapes and local attractions into her writing. Maybe revealing he’s the bad guy after half the book would have kept me interested and not continually rolling my eyes at the things that kept happening. Melanie is driven to identify this killer and bring him to justice and while the professional in her demands this occur, it’s far personal reasons that provide her motivation and give her cause to be deceptive. One of the previous books tried to clear the force, but still we found some rotten ones in the previous book. An enjoyably light murder mystery with likeable characters and an atmospheric setting, Bamburgh is a fast-paced whodunnit strengthened by strong police procedural and lots of humorous dialogue.

Mel starts looking at old and cold cases and finally pieces together who has done these vile murders. Royal Mail 48™ – the aim is to deliver your parcels within two working days, with a small minority within 3 working days upon handover in the United Kingdom. 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.This time the reader was well aware of who the murderer was which put a different slant on the story. Then the author begins the murder mysteries with one of the two murder mysteries which run concurrently throughout the story. I love reading about the north east and I have discovered a lot of places in my local area through these books. 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 liked the idea of having the main character of the author’s Alexander Gregory Thrillers series pop up in DCI Ryan’s latest cases.

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.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. To find out more about the many philanthropic ventures Louise has founded and sponsored through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, please visit ‘Philanthropy’. Then another body turns up amongst the sand dunes at the base of the mighty castle fortress, and he decides it can’t be a coincidence! 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.

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. However, I have to admit that I found quite a few elements of this installment reminiscent of previous ones.Concomitant with the hunt for Gemma’s killer (who is suspected to have left behind a string of victims over years), is the investigation into the suspicious death of a wealthy and popular old woman who owns a great deal of property and has left it to one of her loyal workers. 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. Shouldn’t a newly appointed DCS wanting to make you DS on his first day in the office, after hinting Ryan isn’t bothered, make the alarms in your head go off? The plots are solid, the countryside and other settings beautifully drawn and the characters – well, they’re what really make this series sing. The storyline has two threads going on, only one of which I have mentioned above as this is the major tagline.

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