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Publisher's Summary

From the number one international best-selling author of Holy Island.

Are you afraid of the dark?

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland.

When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

When a second body is found, terror grips the close-knit community, and Ryan must uncover the killer who walks among them before they strike again....

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

©2017 LJ Ross (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"LJ Ross is the queen of Kindle." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A literary phenomenon." (Evening Chronicle)
"LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers." (The Times)

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  • CM
  • 10-22-17

JL Ross gets better and better

I was first drawn to this series at is set In my home county of Northumberland England. Firstly it was important that the narrator got the very particular local accent right which Jonathan Keeble does and he has a beautiful voice to listen to. Over the series the books have bece gripping as the back story of all the characters has developed . This book has somewhat of the country house murder mystery about it but that is no bad thing after the horrendous serial killer in the previous book ! I really enjoyed this one and all the others in this series and the author shows there is some dark days ahead for Ryan in the next book

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-03-18

7 stars for the book. 10 stars for narration..



Another great murder mystery with DCI Ryan and Anna, Phillips, MacKenzie, Lowerson and Yates. They make a wonderful team, book after book. Whether it’s about a murder or two or a serial killer it’s always such a thrill to read it and be shocked when you find out who the killer is.

This was about two murders but one was not a murder after all but an accident, though the one accidently killed was a blackmailer, so that was no great loss. The next WAS a murder and she certainly didn’t deserve it. THEN someone killed the murderer so Ryan was now looking for another killer. A couple of twists and turns going on and the second killer was quite a surprise.

There is never any sex in the DCI Ryan mysteries but the F-bomb was used 5 times.

As to the narration: All I can say is that Jonathan Keeble is simply phenomenal. Every single person has his or her own specific voice and his reading emotions are off the charts.

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Ryan and Anna again!<br />

Good story and characters. The reader is diverted in clever ways from the ultimate peep.

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  • simon.m.hurst
  • 11-02-17

Very enjoyable

A less gruesome but equally interesting sequel to the DI Ryan series... I really enjoyed it

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  • Timi
  • 10-19-17

A 5 star murder mystery

I came across this series in the beginning of the year and binge-listened to all audiobooks that were available at the time. I became a big fan of the DCI Ryan novels and the writing style of LJ Ross'; I always look forward to where the next story takes us and how the characters develop.

A fun evening of a murder mystery game turns into a real life catch-the-killer as we welcome back DCI Ryan and co. Although Ryan is present when the first death occurs, he is none the wiser about what exactly happened. There are more questions than answers during the investigation and the team is working around the clock to try to solve the crimes. They have their work cut out for them as, even with a limited amount of suspects, the motive is still unclear. It's a great big puzzle, and finding all the pieces requires everyone's skill and attention. I like how they work together in unison, making them a successful, close-knit law enforcement group.

The location offers the perfect backdrop to this whodunit; you can't help but think of Agatha Christie, with a modern twist. (However, Ryan is more handsome than Poirot!) While the setting is old fashioned, the story is fast paced and gripping. It has the right balance between solving crimes and having an insight into the personal lives of the main characters. It's great to see how the relationships/friendships evolve throughout the series.

I really enjoyed this well written novel and definitely highly recommend it!

Jonathan Keeble narrates this story brilliantly; he's been a great choice for all of the books in the series.

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  • 11-08-17

Terrible impersonation of Geordie accents

I know that its difficult to master but the narrator does a poor impersonation of a geordie accent!

A few reality checks needed eg siphoning oxygen from pressurised gas cylinders and most of the descriptions of Cragside.



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  • Maggie
  • 11-03-17

Well worth the wait

Like so many, I'm hooked on the DCI Ryan series so read the book as soon as it came out. It was good, but not, it seemed to me, as multi-layered as the earlier ones - that was my original thought. Not quite so many nuances... A little more black and white. No narration though, that was to follow later, and I did wonder if it was worth buying both.

Definitely! As soon as Jonathan Keeble had read the first chapter I was hearing the light and shade I'd managed to miss when reading the book at too much speed when it was first published. He really is a superb narrator, and has made this series his own. All the familiar characters come to life again - and I do have a sneaky thing for the lovely Frank Phillips.

Please, Ms Ross, keep writing this series - and please don't ever change the narrator.

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  • harriet black
  • 10-27-17

Love this series and this book

Really enjoyed this book, found the narrators whistling as he spoke a little distracting at times but if I didn’t concentrate to hard I could forget about it.
Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Sam Hall
  • 10-27-17

Just fabulous as expected

Great author at the top of her game and probably the absolute best narrator. What a combination. Superb.

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  • Oops 66
  • 01-05-18

Enoyed the book

Very good detective story. I thoroughly enjoyed the story I think this will continue to another book on this detective Ryan.

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  • jk
  • 12-30-17

Another Brilliant Book!!

What a great listen. I am totally hooked on everything about the LJ Ross books.
All six have been great !

Looking forward to the next one!!!

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  • Mrs
  • 12-23-17

Good story

I love how this series is produced. It is not easy to guess the plot. I found it absorbing.

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  • eddy
  • 12-22-17

Hate LJ Ross books

oh I hate his books once I get into them I can't stop listening. and this ones just the same! Brilliantly narrated to bring all the characters almost to life.

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  • Ed Napiorkowski
  • 01-12-18

Solid continuation of the series

Would you try another book written by LJ Ross or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Keeble’s performance?

I felt he tried too hard for different character types and ended up blending some together.

Could you see Cragside being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Consistant with the earlier volumes in the DCI Ryan series, Cragside is an entertaining British style crime novel with solid characters a solid plot and and a few well placed hidden clues to tie all the threads together. Readers of earlier episodes are rewarded with snippets from previous cases and character interactions and of the course the book closes very well poised for the another DCI Ryan instalment. A solid three stars from me.

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  • Peter
  • 11-06-17

Another Northumberland masterpiece

Well done LJ Ross - not sure where you get your never ending inspiration from. One of the very good features about these books is the extent to which she weaves the beautiful Northumberland landscape and its features into the books. The plots and characters are authentic - I loved Cragside - having been there I could picture all the detail. The narration is superb.