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A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathe A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathedral. Chaos descends on the sleepy, historic city and, when the smoke clears, they find a priceless artefact that once belonged to Saint Cuthbert is missing. With tensions running at an all-time high, unable to trust the local police, can Ryan and his team bring a killer to justice — and restore Cuthbert’s cross to its natural resting place? Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscape of County Durham.


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A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathe A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathedral. Chaos descends on the sleepy, historic city and, when the smoke clears, they find a priceless artefact that once belonged to Saint Cuthbert is missing. With tensions running at an all-time high, unable to trust the local police, can Ryan and his team bring a killer to justice — and restore Cuthbert’s cross to its natural resting place? Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscape of County Durham.

30 review for The Shrine

  1. 5 out of 5

    K

    Half a book. Seriously this was looking promising till the 70% Mark Not a cliff hangar as such but the next book is clearly going to be a continuation and no reason as it's not a long book and just winds up with lots of questions and a whole lot of eh? Half a book. Seriously this was looking promising till the 70% Mark Not a cliff hangar as such but the next book is clearly going to be a continuation and no reason as it's not a long book and just winds up with lots of questions and a whole lot of eh?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    Another 5 stars addition to this great series. This time it's more about what's happening to Ryan and Anna than the solving of crimes. Nevertheless it ends with a huge cliffhanger. I wonder how long we'll have to wait for the next book in this superb series. I hope it won't be too long! Another 5 stars addition to this great series. This time it's more about what's happening to Ryan and Anna than the solving of crimes. Nevertheless it ends with a huge cliffhanger. I wonder how long we'll have to wait for the next book in this superb series. I hope it won't be too long!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    A favorite series of mine, but this particular book ( #16 ) contained, I believe, too many simplistic plot solutions. L. J. Ross’ The Shrine (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #16) had DCI Ryan’s team solving parts of the two major crimes very quickly such as Yates’ discovery of a certain cell phone number connected to a colleague’s death. Also, Anna and company are caught inside Durham Cathedral as explosions abound within the cathedral, and Anna and company receive an extremely serious head trauma. Even wit A favorite series of mine, but this particular book ( #16 ) contained, I believe, too many simplistic plot solutions. L. J. Ross’ The Shrine (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #16) had DCI Ryan’s team solving parts of the two major crimes very quickly such as Yates’ discovery of a certain cell phone number connected to a colleague’s death. Also, Anna and company are caught inside Durham Cathedral as explosions abound within the cathedral, and Anna and company receive an extremely serious head trauma. Even with an operation on her head/brain, Anna appears to walk out of the hospital in four days. The exact operation is not explained but glossed over which made this reader feel the head trauma was really not that serious. Having had a head trauma, I know how intense and long ranged the problems can be! The solutions for DCI and his team seem ‘too pat’. Then - the ending - which I read three times because I felt that I was ‘missing’ something, but I never found ‘it’. Thus, I still do not know what the author is attempting to convey. I have the feeling that the author rushed to get #16 printed and distributed. I am still a fan of this series and look forward to #17. 3 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Stewart

    When an author becomes so sloppy and contemptuous of people who spend money on their books that they can't spell the name of a main character consistently. When the book is obviously either half-finished or half-arsed and has been proofread by a dyslexic chimp. Then it's time to stop buying their books When an author becomes so sloppy and contemptuous of people who spend money on their books that they can't spell the name of a main character consistently. When the book is obviously either half-finished or half-arsed and has been proofread by a dyslexic chimp. Then it's time to stop buying their books

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Another enjoyable, if rather short, book about Ryan and team. Not a bad storyline which is obviously going to continue in the next publication

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria Woods

    A half book. Don’t publish if it’s not ready. Feel duped!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Fairbrother

    This book made me feel cheated. I loved the series to begin with and have stuck with it but the quality of writing varies so much between books, and this is clunky, rushed, short and there is virtually no storyline. If this was the best the author could do it would be one thing, but some of the books in the series are so so much better - well written, engaging and with a totally different tone and voice. Sadly for me I've reached the end of the road - such a shame after the enjoyment the early b This book made me feel cheated. I loved the series to begin with and have stuck with it but the quality of writing varies so much between books, and this is clunky, rushed, short and there is virtually no storyline. If this was the best the author could do it would be one thing, but some of the books in the series are so so much better - well written, engaging and with a totally different tone and voice. Sadly for me I've reached the end of the road - such a shame after the enjoyment the early books gave but it feels like a hurried money making machine now. So dissappointing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Another excellent DCI Ryan and friends crime novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Before we start, let's just clear a few things up. If you are here hoping to find a book that is really gritty, hard core, laced with explicit scenes of violence, bad language, murder and mayhem, well you've come to the wrong place. There are plenty of brilliant books and authors that can give you that but that's not what this series is about. If you are looking for the best of modern day crime writing, tales that draw on character, setting and the story itself to build an experience that is as Before we start, let's just clear a few things up. If you are here hoping to find a book that is really gritty, hard core, laced with explicit scenes of violence, bad language, murder and mayhem, well you've come to the wrong place. There are plenty of brilliant books and authors that can give you that but that's not what this series is about. If you are looking for the best of modern day crime writing, tales that draw on character, setting and the story itself to build an experience that is as full of heart and love as it is mystery and tension, then this is the series for you. Still with me? Good. Then let's carry on. This book is classic DCI Ryan reading. We are treated to a very dramatic opening scene, in which an attack on Durham Cathedral sees one of our favourite team placed in great jeopardy. Follow this up with a very cold blooded murder, a seemingly professional hit, and we find ourselves with two serious crimes that have personal meaning to the team. In this book it is a case of dividing to conquer, with Ryan leading half of the team to investigate the murder, whilst MacKenzie takes over investigating the attack on the Cathedral. I'll say no more than that about the story. It's your job to uncover the rest. Now the book has all the hallmarks of a Ryan novel. You have the blend of the mystery, the slow unravelling of the investigation, the discovery of vital clues and the sense of some underlying backstory or subplot that is just out of reach and which may, or may not, present itself by the conclusion of the book. There is the clear passion for the setting, in this case predominantly around County Durham, and the exploration of the region's rich history, that sets the story apart and intrigues me as a reader. You also have the brilliant characters that the author has so lovingly developed over the series, cementing them in the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. It was lovely to see Yates playing a larger role in this story, the course of the investigation allowing her to showcase the skills that we knew she possessed. the book does delve deeply into the emotional connections between the team, as couples and as an extended family, and has that romantic and positive air that permeates all of the series. Speaking of family, we finally get to meet Ryan's parents. Ryan and his father share many traits, including the stoicism, and I am looking forward to seeing how their difficult relationship is developed and tested in future books. The book itself is quite a quick read, and after an emotional beginning, the investigation picks up pace with clues coming thick and fast. This is not a book that draws out the tension, or the investigation, unnecessarily. It is as much about the impact upon the characters as it is the cases in themselves. There are elements of the tale which draw readers back to earlier books in the series, moments where the characters pause to reflect over events that have shaped their lives so far and, in that respect, this serves as a perfect segue way into what look sets to be another exciting period in Ryan's life. Yep. Sorry all. If you want a nice neat conclusion to the story, you won't find that here either. Well - you do to a degree ins as much as you know the what, the how and even, mostly, the who. But there is also a very clear and yet unspoken 'to be continued' vibe at the end. Looks like there is a new villain in town, folks. That has me very excited. Definitely recommended for fans of the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #16 Publication Date: 5/10/20 Number of Pages: 236 OMGoodness – I have found a wonderful new-to-me author and mystery series. I came into the series at the sixteenth book, but I fully intend to go back and start at the beginning because I enjoyed this one so much. I loved the characters; I loved the setting; I loved the mystery; I loved the writing style, and I can’t believe I’m just discovering them. I used the Whispersync feature with this book, so I listened to the audi Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #16 Publication Date: 5/10/20 Number of Pages: 236 OMGoodness – I have found a wonderful new-to-me author and mystery series. I came into the series at the sixteenth book, but I fully intend to go back and start at the beginning because I enjoyed this one so much. I loved the characters; I loved the setting; I loved the mystery; I loved the writing style, and I can’t believe I’m just discovering them. I used the Whispersync feature with this book, so I listened to the audio of some of it and read some of it. I liked the narrator’s voice as it was very smooth and flowed nicely. However, he didn’t seem to have a very wide range for voices – the females sounded like males with high voices and the male characters just sounded kind of raspy rather than distinctive. That said, I still enjoyed the listen – just not as much as I would have if there were a wider voice range. Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Finley-Ryan and his wife, Dr. Anna Taylor-Ryan are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child. As Ryan muses, “For all the tragedies he’d known, Ryan considered himself a lucky man and never more so than the day he’d found Anna—the other, better half of himself.” Now, they are bringing a child into the world. Never do they expect two tragedies to befall them – almost at the same moment. Are they related, or are they just coincidences? Detective Chief Inspector Joan Tebbutt is brutally gunned down right at her front door. “She heard the motorbike before she saw it and, when she did, there was no time to react. The first shot penetrated the side of her neck and, as the pathologist would later remark, she might have survived that.” At almost that exact same time, Rose is gravely injured in a bombing at Durham Cathedral. “In addition to the head trauma, your wife has several broken bones in her right arm and ankle. She’s also suffering from moderately severe smoke inhalation.” With two of their own dead and injured, DCI Ryan’s team will leave no stone unturned – there will be no hole deep enough to hide, nor any corner far enough away to hide these despicable criminals. The team will find them and see that they are punished – fully – under the law. The best way to handle both cases is to divide and conquer, so the team divides up and each part takes a different case. Their leads lead them all over the place – from terrorists, to fraud, to vendettas, to – well, you name it and there is some of it in the story. While we see who the murderer is, we don’t see the mastermind in the wind-up of this story. I assume the next book will see more of his/her machinations and then, maybe his final punishment. So, it isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but we don’t get a total wrap-up of the story either. I definitely enjoyed this read and cannot wait to get started on the first fifteen that I missed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    In the centre of the room stood a large display case housing the wooden coffin used to transport Cuthbert’s remains hundreds of years earlier, before they were eventually laid to rest in another part of the cathedral that had come to be known as ‘Cuthbert’s Shrine’.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Pound

    Ok so these books are not challenging reads, I managed this one in 1.5 hours. They aren’t the most in-depth, page-turning, suspenseful mysteries, but a) they are free and b) once you are 16 books deep, you kind of want to know what’s going on with the main characters. This book was better than the last few, although it lacked the intricacies of the first 5 books in this series, I did enjoy it more. I felt more connected to the characters, but there was a distinct lack of information about the cri Ok so these books are not challenging reads, I managed this one in 1.5 hours. They aren’t the most in-depth, page-turning, suspenseful mysteries, but a) they are free and b) once you are 16 books deep, you kind of want to know what’s going on with the main characters. This book was better than the last few, although it lacked the intricacies of the first 5 books in this series, I did enjoy it more. I felt more connected to the characters, but there was a distinct lack of information about the criminal - so little that it’s impossible to guess the outcome. It shouldn’t be obvious - but I should at least have a chance. I look forward to reading the next book, and see where the story pans out. However - this book is short, she easily could have finished the story in one book had her editor (?) publishing house (?) just given her more time. To anyone reading this, WE DONT NEED A BOOK EVERY 2 MONTHS. I’m sure the majority of the readers would prefer quality over quantity. Saying that, the reason this book got 3 stars was because of the OG characters. I enjoy seeing how Anna and Ryan’s relationship has developed, and how Mac and Phillips are dealing with parenthood (I would like to see these storylines a little more fleshed out though!). Overall, if you’ve made it this far, you might as well keep going, I just hope I am pleasantly surprised again by the next addition to this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Another enjoyable read , but I did have to go back and check some of the threads as I forgot some characters even in this short book. Obviously some further options for this story to continue.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    A really quick read but another enjoyable Ryan story. Felt like half a book and we have to wait for next one to find out what happens next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Clinton

    nyone who knows me knows that I adore LJ Ross's DCI Ryan series. It is one of my favourite detective series and I've really grown to love the characters. This one started out brilliantly with two possibly related crimes for the detectives to solve. I am tired of DCI Ryan's wife being central to every story but I've kind of accepted that is going to be the case now. I was just getting into the story and then.. it ended. I felt a little short-changed. At 181 pages it was much shorter than most in nyone who knows me knows that I adore LJ Ross's DCI Ryan series. It is one of my favourite detective series and I've really grown to love the characters. This one started out brilliantly with two possibly related crimes for the detectives to solve. I am tired of DCI Ryan's wife being central to every story but I've kind of accepted that is going to be the case now. I was just getting into the story and then.. it ended. I felt a little short-changed. At 181 pages it was much shorter than most in the series and the main mystery in this book just didn't get solved! Obviously I intend to read the next book in the series anyway because I've come this far but I prefer each book to be able to be read as a stand-alone, it feels a bit like a cheap trick by the author so that you have no choice but to buy the next book in order to get any closure. I would wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone who has not read them (starting with the brilliant Holy Island) but the books are starting to feel a bit churned out. I would much rather wait a bit longer between instalments and get back to the quality the series had at the beginning. One last gripe, Denise's name kept alternating between MacKenzie and McKenzie throughout the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annie Crozier

    I love LJ Ross' books but whilst this was enjoyable, it wasn't her best. Definitely a lead up to another book and slightly disappointing in its conclusion but I'll look forward to the next one! I love LJ Ross' books but whilst this was enjoyable, it wasn't her best. Definitely a lead up to another book and slightly disappointing in its conclusion but I'll look forward to the next one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Well I have to say this is an author who knows how to kick off a story! Word of warning, DO NOT start this if you are planning on reading for a little while before you go to sleep as that will not happen. I made this mistake and had to force myself to put it down when I got half way through as I was well and truly hooked. If it wasn’t for the need for sleep I would have read it in one sitting. Lets just the say that the beginning of the story left my heart racing. It was powerful and definitely m Well I have to say this is an author who knows how to kick off a story! Word of warning, DO NOT start this if you are planning on reading for a little while before you go to sleep as that will not happen. I made this mistake and had to force myself to put it down when I got half way through as I was well and truly hooked. If it wasn’t for the need for sleep I would have read it in one sitting. Lets just the say that the beginning of the story left my heart racing. It was powerful and definitely made an impact. If anything the pace was non stop, constantly making me want more. Ryan has personal reasons in why he wants this particular crime solving and they really don’t have that much to be going on with. The author shows where pure determination can get you as well as good old fashioned police work of using your gut instinct and your head. The author has a wonderful knack of adding dashes of humour here and there that lighten the mood at times. Frank and Ryan are two characters that I absolutely adore for different reasons. Frank is the lovable and jovial one with a big heart. Ryan is the deeper more sensitive one as well as a bit of a heart throb. They make a great pairing and one of the reasons that keep me returning for more. The Shrine is an addictive, page turner of a read. It literally starts off with a bang and kept me glued throughout. There was so much packed in that it demanded my focus and boy did it get it. The storyline sent my heart racing in more than a couple of places and the conclusion was every bit as climatic as I had hoped it would be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    I absolutely love these characters, but these books just seem to be getting shorter and shorter and as I love these on audible, they are fast not becoming good value for money, which is a shame. However, monetary issues aside, the story was fantastic as ever, full-on, fast-paced and unputdownable. I actually listened in one sitting as I needed to know what happens and stat! Just wished the books were longer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Justine

    Yet another very good book from LJ Ross.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The Shrine (The DCI Ryan Mysteries, book 16) LJ Ross (Review written on 15th July 2020) I don’t know how LJ Ross does it, but The Shrine is another exceptional read in the DCI Ryan series. To get to book 16 and still maintain the same level of quality throughout the entire series is proof of an outstanding writer. Each book has it’s own story to tell, but the personal stories of the main characters develop throughout the series so, although this would read perfectly well as a standalone, I would rec The Shrine (The DCI Ryan Mysteries, book 16) LJ Ross (Review written on 15th July 2020) I don’t know how LJ Ross does it, but The Shrine is another exceptional read in the DCI Ryan series. To get to book 16 and still maintain the same level of quality throughout the entire series is proof of an outstanding writer. Each book has it’s own story to tell, but the personal stories of the main characters develop throughout the series so, although this would read perfectly well as a standalone, I would recommend that you read the series in order. I fell in love with these characters from the very first book, Holy Island, and my love for them has grown over the series. I do talk about them as if I know them personally. I have been doing so this week whilst on holiday in Yorkshire with my husband. He thinks I’m a bit nuts, but he listens all the same 😉 Ryan is an extremely likeable and charismatic character. You would definitely want him on your side in a crisis. I love seeing the softer side to him in his relationship with Anna, and also his friendship with Phillips (who is easily my favourite character of all!). The investigation the team are faced with in The Shrine is very much personal this time. This book starts with a bang, quite literally, and my heart was in my mouth waiting to find out if all would be well. I have visited Durham cathedral (when we visited friends who live in Sunderland) so I could picture the scene quite vividly. I can only imagine the terror of being involved though. A colleague is shot dead on her doorstep at almost the same time as the incident at Durham cathedral. Are the two crimes connected? If so, how? I thoroughly enjoyed following the team through their investigation and the banter they share along the way. I enjoyed seeing a bit more of Ryan’s parents also. His relationship with his father is an interesting one and I think some readers might find it quite relatable. As always, the perfect mix of professional and personal. This book definitely left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read book 17!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shaun McAlister

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, where to begin? I work for Durham Cathedral so a lot of the fictional differences made me laugh. I can forgive the author for not knowing the exact details. I can’t forgive them for writing a book that doesn’t flow, feels like time jumps are used to disguise having no idea how to move from one section to the next. There isn’t really an ending, nothing is really resolved. Is this the first part of something? Nothing I’ve seen seems to suggest it is. Looking at Amazon there are 65 less pages Well, where to begin? I work for Durham Cathedral so a lot of the fictional differences made me laugh. I can forgive the author for not knowing the exact details. I can’t forgive them for writing a book that doesn’t flow, feels like time jumps are used to disguise having no idea how to move from one section to the next. There isn’t really an ending, nothing is really resolved. Is this the first part of something? Nothing I’ve seen seems to suggest it is. Looking at Amazon there are 65 less pages in the Kindle version than the printed edition so maybe I really am missing something!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    The story is action packed from the outset. It starts with a shooting and then an explosion in Durham Cathedral. Is it possible the cases are related? Ryan takes the lead on the shooting and Mackenzie on the explosion at the cathedral. The main characters are well known now and it’s enjoyable to read their progression. From Yates and Lowerson with their fairly new relationship to Phillips and Mackenzie and their soon to be adopted daughter, Samantha. The scenes with Ryan regarding his wife, Anna The story is action packed from the outset. It starts with a shooting and then an explosion in Durham Cathedral. Is it possible the cases are related? Ryan takes the lead on the shooting and Mackenzie on the explosion at the cathedral. The main characters are well known now and it’s enjoyable to read their progression. From Yates and Lowerson with their fairly new relationship to Phillips and Mackenzie and their soon to be adopted daughter, Samantha. The scenes with Ryan regarding his wife, Anna (no spoilers) had me close to tears, you could feel the love, it was beautifully written. I know Durham Cathedral and could visualise the area and scenes but the descriptive writing adds to the enjoyment of feeling as though you are there. Yes, the story does end on a cliffhanger but that didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the book at all. I am very much looking forward to the next book to see where it is going to take us.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary K Zavisca

    DCI Ryan has a lot of heart. Anna is severely injured from a blow to the head during an explosion at Durham Cathedral. The thieves make off with the sword of St. Cuthbert. The same day, DCI Joan Tebbutts is shot dead in front of her home. Luckily Anna and the baby will recover. Ryan's parents come to take care of her while Ryan and co. try to determine if the two crimes are connected. Ryan gets a chance to reconnect with his parents. Anna's injury is the catalyst to bring the family together again, DCI Ryan has a lot of heart. Anna is severely injured from a blow to the head during an explosion at Durham Cathedral. The thieves make off with the sword of St. Cuthbert. The same day, DCI Joan Tebbutts is shot dead in front of her home. Luckily Anna and the baby will recover. Ryan's parents come to take care of her while Ryan and co. try to determine if the two crimes are connected. Ryan gets a chance to reconnect with his parents. Anna's injury is the catalyst to bring the family together again, after all that they had suffered. Ryan has to focus on controlling his rage at the perpetrators for what they did to Anna in order to solve this. However, when the thieves start turning up dead, the situation takes an unexpected turn. The sword could fetch a fortune from a private collector, but why kill DCI Tebbutts? The answer is not what you'd think. I love this series, and its wonderful characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    mrsruthiewebb

    Another good read. I’m a sucker for this series. I love the way they link and yet you could read some without reading previous books. The local descriptions are spot on and recognisable in real life. I love to visit these places knowing it’s where certain characters have walked or events happened. It does feel very real in many ways. The only ‘rolled eyes’ moment is when Anna finds herself in the centre of the action, just by chance. Again. That bit feels a bit of a coincidence - and you know wha Another good read. I’m a sucker for this series. I love the way they link and yet you could read some without reading previous books. The local descriptions are spot on and recognisable in real life. I love to visit these places knowing it’s where certain characters have walked or events happened. It does feel very real in many ways. The only ‘rolled eyes’ moment is when Anna finds herself in the centre of the action, just by chance. Again. That bit feels a bit of a coincidence - and you know what DCI Ryan thinks of those... I guess it’s bringing in more human touches to an otherwise quite straight-laced Ryan but it does feel quite predictable and an easy route to take. As the following book in the series is called Cuthbert’s Way, I’d assumed this single book wouldn’t wrap up this case. And this was indeed the case, so if you are looking for a stand alone book, you’ll need to get both books. I’m glad I’ve planned ahead to do just that!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I have loved everything LJ Ross has written and therefore hate to be negative but I do find it very irritating when storylines are left incomplete, especially when, as in this case, we know nothing of what is really going on. It just feels like an appendix - useless with the potential to annoy. There is a complete storyline in here and what is there, is well told as is usual from Ms Ross. As a reader who has followed Ryan and his colleagues from the beginning I am invested in the characters, thei I have loved everything LJ Ross has written and therefore hate to be negative but I do find it very irritating when storylines are left incomplete, especially when, as in this case, we know nothing of what is really going on. It just feels like an appendix - useless with the potential to annoy. There is a complete storyline in here and what is there, is well told as is usual from Ms Ross. As a reader who has followed Ryan and his colleagues from the beginning I am invested in the characters, their relationships and the events which happen to, and around, them. The author has built up a picture of each of them and their lives and histories connect like a jigsaw puzzle..in this book, we learn a little more about what makes Ryan the man he is. We already had the background for most of the the other main characters but there is always more to tell.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathedral. Chaos descends on the sleepy, historic city and, when the smoke clears, they find a priceless artefact that once belong A murder for the history books… After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate. He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathedral. Chaos descends on the sleepy, historic city and, when the smoke clears, they find a priceless artefact that once belonged to Saint Cuthbert is missing. With tensions running at an all-time high, unable to trust the local police, can Ryan and his team bring a killer to justice — and restore Cuthbert’s cross to its natural resting place? Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscape of County Durham. Good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Pawson

    DCI Ryan and his team solve crime with the picturesque backdrop of County Durham. This is the 16th book for our main characters. Ryan’s wife is having a baby and finds herself amongst the victims of an attack at Durham Cathedral. At the same time DCI Joan Tebbutt of Durham CID is being murdered on her doorstep. Two unrelated incidents will have Ryan and his team on their toes to follow the steps needed to solve these crimes. Ryan has a personal connection to this crime and must push down his ove DCI Ryan and his team solve crime with the picturesque backdrop of County Durham. This is the 16th book for our main characters. Ryan’s wife is having a baby and finds herself amongst the victims of an attack at Durham Cathedral. At the same time DCI Joan Tebbutt of Durham CID is being murdered on her doorstep. Two unrelated incidents will have Ryan and his team on their toes to follow the steps needed to solve these crimes. Ryan has a personal connection to this crime and must push down his overwhelming feelings of anger to do his job. A great pace will have you reading this book in one go. An exciting twist will lead you into the next story with these personable characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Callon

    A good strong start to this novel with an intriguing end. Ready for book 17 no doubt - watch this space to find out who is the mastermind. The middle section had the usual banter between Ryan and Frank but, having read all of her Ryan novels, I was somewhat tired of LJ repeating the backstory of the seven major characters. She has done this in preceding books of hers; I guess some readers might have picked up her novels recently or a few books ago and she feels it's necessary to give them the sh A good strong start to this novel with an intriguing end. Ready for book 17 no doubt - watch this space to find out who is the mastermind. The middle section had the usual banter between Ryan and Frank but, having read all of her Ryan novels, I was somewhat tired of LJ repeating the backstory of the seven major characters. She has done this in preceding books of hers; I guess some readers might have picked up her novels recently or a few books ago and she feels it's necessary to give them the short history. But for folks like myself it's a bit wearing. This review is written by Shawn Callon author of The Diplomatic Spy

  29. 5 out of 5

    IRIS J SCOTT

    Ok, I gave it 5 stars because I give all books 5 stars. Because it takes time and patience to write a book and I give the authors credit for that. Plus I am no literary critic. I read for pleasure and enjoyment. I have loved all the books so far and the characters, but this one left me flat. Where were the chills and thrills from the other books that I would stay up all night and read because I couldn't sleep till I finished. Hope the sequel is alot better, I would hate to see Ross crash and bur Ok, I gave it 5 stars because I give all books 5 stars. Because it takes time and patience to write a book and I give the authors credit for that. Plus I am no literary critic. I read for pleasure and enjoyment. I have loved all the books so far and the characters, but this one left me flat. Where were the chills and thrills from the other books that I would stay up all night and read because I couldn't sleep till I finished. Hope the sequel is alot better, I would hate to see Ross crash and burn and take Ryan with her. I will keep the faith and hope there are no further disappointments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Eric

    Well written with good use of language. Started with pace and a couple of shocking incidents that entices the reader to expect a fast paced thrilling murder/terrorist novel. Sadly the pace slows and becomes quite tedious. The very common (these days) “Epilogue” ending did not answer all the loose ends. Very implausible motives for the crime. The author could have developed these and created a mini-plot surrounding the perpetrator to “round-out” the story. At the end the book felt rushed and left Well written with good use of language. Started with pace and a couple of shocking incidents that entices the reader to expect a fast paced thrilling murder/terrorist novel. Sadly the pace slows and becomes quite tedious. The very common (these days) “Epilogue” ending did not answer all the loose ends. Very implausible motives for the crime. The author could have developed these and created a mini-plot surrounding the perpetrator to “round-out” the story. At the end the book felt rushed and left me feeling dissatisfied. I have now read two books by L. J. ROSS. I don’t think I’ll read any others.

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