I generally avoid series novels, but the first few of these were good enough to keep me coming back. These are inexpensive reads and worth it in that sense, but the last several have fallen into a fomula that has been worn pretty thin, almost taking on a travelog rather than a British crime suspense novel flavor. As as that genre, these stories fall pretty short. They lack the grit and pathos that make some notable other examples the standards that they are. Peter Robinson's Alan Bank's is just one contempory example, but he has unfortunately recently lost his edge as well. Still, I'll give the first half of this DCI Ryan series good marks at their Kindle price point. I've bought and read all ten, but the last several have been sort of a bother. Time for a gear switch in my opinion unless the author intends to continue writing what are essentially graphic novels without the artwork.
I really enjoyed this book set in the cute little town of Seahouses and also the Farne Islands; a distinctly perilous part of the Northumberland Coast. The actual plot is full, appropriately of "red herrings" as the fishing industry is quite important to it, as is the archeology of ancient invasions. L.J Ross knows the area very well as stated in the Author's Note and the atmosphere is depicted in all the buildings, the streets and the harbour front. For those who want an enjoyable "who done it" and a relaxing read with the hint of an adventure in discovering just who is the murderer, L.J Ross's books in general are enticing reads and "Longstone" is one of the best. Definitely recommended.
The DCI Ryan Mysteries have been consistently interesting since the beginning, this tenth entry continues the streak. Each book references a specific location of historical or scenic interest on the east coast of England and includes vivid descriptions that bring it alive for readers. The plots are intricate and hold attention. The continuing characters are engaging. The books stand alone for the main plots and provide enough relevant information about previous novels when to explain character relationships and history for readers who are new to the series. The series has a romantic atmosphere far from the stern realistic hard-boiled school of police procedurals. The villains tend to be over-the-top in villainy and sinister plots such as quasi-satanic secret society, for example. The continuing characters have plenty of time for sweet romance. If you want to relax, suspend disbelief, and settle down with appealing characters , a little romance, and with a bit of travelogue for good measure, this is a good book for you.
I got my authors character's name mixed up with another series I've read. Duh! I lucked out because of being a coastal liver and lover, the story line sucked me in.
This is my first LJ Ross read and I enjoyed it. I tend to grumble about past story flashbacks of past books in the series I am reading as a waste of time. This book has straightened me out. The flashbacks to previous books in this series helped me know and understand the chapters better so thank you.
Definitely a whodunit. Small fishing village where a body of a well known marine archeologist turns up. Police are called in to investigate, which introduces you to the colorful characters living there and a town with a checkered past.
More murder and more suspects make for a gripping storyline that makes it hard to put the book down. There are several suspects.
The 4 stars I gave to the book is on me. I had some trouble with the reading due to the British cockney, and keeping the characters straight - not knowing them from previous books.
Despite my whining, I do recommend the nook. A good read.
This was book 10 of The DCI Ryan Mysteries Series.. Another outstanding story with many twists and turns involving the team directed by DCI Ryan and his wife Anna. The story develops around expert divers looking for ship wrecks and the fact that a Viking ship was found and become the center of murder and controversy. DCI Ryan, as expected resolves the mystery but not without exposing himself to criticism of his boss and wife for some of the actions taken. A great book and I am already looking forward to the next adventure of DCI Ryan and his team.
I am an unabashed fan of all things British, their mysteries, their humor, their films et al. Thanks to the miracle of the Kindle, I have binge read the DCI Ryan series to immense enjoyment. Am awaiting #11 now . Well written page turners, all. DCI Ryan has joined my pantheon of favorite Detectives, along with Grimes Richard Jury, Penney’s Armand Gamache , Robinson’s Alan Banks., among others. And handsome doesn’t hurt, either. The love stories among Ross’s characters is just lovely. Oddly, the only one I have not read yet, is the first in the Series,but I intend to remedy that while I await the latest. It’s all good!
Once again LJ Ross impresses in a novel full of unexpected twists. DCI Ryan and his team are called in to investigate a murder which leads them into the depths of the stormy North Sea. Ross has again drawn convincing characters which develop along with the clever plot.
I have read all of the books in the series up to this point and enjoyed them enough to keep buying them at the kindle price which is basically cheap. So good value for money. Unfortunately churning books out at this rate has lead to a decline in quality. They have become formulaic and a bit tedious. With this one I gave up half way. I come from that part of England and it is nice to recognize all of the references and locations but Ann Cleeves and Mari Hannah from the same area are more engaging writers with more complexity in their stories.