He'll make you his angel, but first you have to die....
After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan's life is finally beginning to return to normal, and he's looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. Then, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave, and the killer has given her wings, like an angel. Soon another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan's band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again. Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
©2016 LJ Ross (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"Star lost because of the cliffhanger ending.."
This is the forth book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries and I loved it as much as I did the other 3 books, except for one thing which I’ll explain later. Love the mystery, the murders, the investigation. This time there was different 2 murders to keep up with, so you had to figure out if they were connected somehow. Someone is killing redheaded women and one female DI investigator, Denise MacKenzie, has red hair, so you wonder if she’ll be next. THEN there’s the murder that MacKenzie and her partner Lowerson are working on, that of Mrs. Barbara Hewitt.
THEN at the end it was pretty much a cliffhanger. I mean, when you open your door and someone pops you in the face and everything goes black and the narrator thanks you for listening to yada, yada, yada, it’s over and you have no freaking idea what’s going to happen until the next book comes, whenever that is. Jeez, I really hate cliffhangers!!! Oh, Ryan got his killer but then it ended like that? One of the main characters gets knocked out by another killer and that's the end? WTF?
It’s nice to have a little romance in these stories, between Ryan and Anna, who are now planning their wedding. There is no sex but that’s alright, it’s still a great series. AND the F-bomb was used 6 times.
As to the narration: Wonderful! His voices for the men are just so awesome. You knew who was talking even if the book didn’t tell you. And Jonathan Keeble reads with incredible emotions. His women’s voices were even better in this book than the other 3 books.
"Perils of Pauline"
Story good, narration excellent. Don't want a lead in for the next exciting episode. Don't want soap. Enjoyed the books so far but will give them a rest to see if they recover into independent novels
"Disappointing 4th book"
Having enjoyed the first three Ryan books I was looking forward to the 4th but was disappointed. I found it lacked substance and credibility.. The ending was poor- just a lead in to book5? I really like the narration despite the poor northern Irish accent.
Ridiculously daft and predictable.
Roman Catholic priest with no work to do in Holy Week - yeah thats going to happen.
Loved the first book. Second was good ish. This one, very missable.
No idea if I will listen to the next instalment.
I guess Im judging it against the Simon Serrailler books by Susan Hill but this isn't feeling like its in the same league.
"Another great listen!!"
Another great story line with all the usual characters from LJRoss coming to life. Narration by Jonathan Keeble impeccable.
"Excellent book Cannot wait for the next one"
I have heard all the series so far This is an interesting part of the series
Great easy to listen to voice
Not really but it does make you feel you are getting to know the characters better
Already have pre ordered the next one !
"gripping and good characters"
Suspenseful, empathetic, fun
The final meeting of the antagonist and protagonist (DCI Ryan)
Excellent reading style.
What others have said about Catholic priests and burials on Easter weekend. Plus the unlikelihood of the Bishop being away at that time of year, the highlight of the Catholic calendar. It didn't spoil the plot but it did bother me because it's sloppy research, and I'd come to expect better from Louise Ross. That said, I enjoyed the plot and pacing, and the characters were, as ever, well drawn. There is real empathy in the writing (e.g. the poor Falklands veteran with PTSD, and even the murderer is given a thoughtful hearing), which I find compelling. I like the interaction between the CDI members and the realistic side of policing, with its budgets and public opinion pressure. I look forward to the next one!
A compelling story. Make sure to give yourselves a long uninterrupted spell in which to read this. You will not want to put it down
Good story, spoilt by the fact that the narrator couldn't manage to pronounce the place names.
"Catholic priest "
brilliant book but why wasn't your Roman Catholic priest busy from Maundy Thursday till Easter Sunday with services etc? And, a local authority answering the phone on bank holidays?!
As for all those burials!
"another good story from Northumberland"
This is the fourth book in this series I have listened to and I have enjoyed them all. I like Jonathan Keeble as a narrator. Can't wait for the next one owing to cliffhanger at the end amongst other things
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