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Cragside

The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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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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Had me shedding a tear

I love this world Louise Ross has created with likeable characters. Set in a Northumberland it also touches on it's history. Can't wait to download the next book.

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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?

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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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humour

I love the humour in these books especially between Ryan and Phillips. and a good murder or 3

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Another cracking jarn.

L J Ross provides us with another excellent thriller. The narrator provides atmosphere and brings the characters to life. Already looking forward to the next installment.

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An enjoyable story

Once more narrated expertly, I enjoyed listening to this story. Finally Ryan has married ... but a hint of something more to follow is included. on to the next story!!

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Super dooper story

We love Inspector Ryan and the narrator Johnathan Keeble. Can't wait for the next story!

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Entertaining story, interesting setting

I am enjoying this series, having started with the first one out of interest just before visiting the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne where it was set. The setting of this one - at Cragside - is also very interesting from an historical point of view, and it’s now also on my list of places to visit. The story is perhaps a little drawn out, but the narration is excellent.

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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.

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  • CM
  • 22-10-2017

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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  • VA Barnhill - Author
  • 19-10-2018

Ross always presents fresh stories

LJ Ross's mastery of storytelling includes her ability to seemingly reinvent her characters with each story. They are real and relatable. Cragside is no different. The primary DCI Ryan characters do not disappoint, and new characters reveal themselves well and just in time. Jonathan Keeble is a master narrator. Simply, whether it's Cragside, or any other of the LJ Ross books, you cannot be disappointed--well, unless you're reading with that goal in mind, but that's on the reader; isn't it!

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  • Diane
  • 01-01-2020

not the best one

disappointing read, this didn't have the same thrill and suspense as previous books, bit of a weak follow on from the last book which was far superior, hope next ones better. Love the narrator he really brings the personality of the characters to life. Sensitive handling of the psychological effects of the main women's experience and thought this was the highlight. You may enjoy the story but for me it really lacked depth.

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  • Fran
  • 06-09-2019

Craigside: DCI Ryan

Love the book and series. Always interesting, fun and a great mystery. Characters are great.

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  • lovetoread
  • 13-02-2019

Another twisty-turnt tale

DCI Ryan solves another set of suspicious deaths amid a beautiful old country home. Plot keeps the reader wondering up the the final page. One of my favorite DCI Ryan books.

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  • Ann
  • 20-06-2018

Excellent mystery!

Excellent mystery, narration and story! Am enjoying the series, and glad to be done with the "Circle cult"!

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  • Scotty/Audible addict!
  • 05-05-2018

Love this series!

And this is such an amazing narrator! He can perform each character with their own personalized tone and pitch. Pretty soon I'm going to start talking in one of tbeir local dialects, eventhough I'm German, living in the US, with my own accent. :) On to the next book in the series! Audible addict, Santa Fe, NM

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  • barbara
  • 18-03-2018

Craigside

Really good book, couldn't put it down. You felt like you were a part of Craigside. very good ending. Narration excellent.

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  • Trish R.
  • 03-01-2018

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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  • JeanneW
  • 16-11-2017

Ryan and Anna again!

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

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  • Timi
  • 19-10-2017

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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  • simon.m.hurst
  • 02-11-2017

Very enjoyable

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

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  • Salter
  • 14-02-2018

Cragside....

Book 6 in the DCI Ryan Series.
Another very enjoyable instalment, although I didn't find it quite as engaging as some of the previous books in the series. That said, the series on the whole is great, and I'd recommend them to anyone.
If you enjoy a crime/mystery, with a bit of romance thrown in then this is certainly for you.
LJ Ross has produced a first class series here, and I'm very much looking forward to listening to Dark Skies.
Super narration from Jonathan Keeble once again. Flawless throughout the series.

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  • Maggie
  • 03-11-2017

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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  • Crotcheteer
  • 26-01-2018

OK but the weakest story in the series.

I have quite enjoyed the series but though a good listen this is not as compelling as the others. Excellent narration as usual.

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  • harriet black
  • 27-10-2017

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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  • Chefboy
  • 09-05-2018

As ever Jonathan Keeble Is a marvelous narrator

....but the book is disappointing and the author appears to have lost interest herself about five chapters before the end and brings the story to as close as though she's just remembered a dinner date. Pfft.

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  • Sarah J
  • 16-02-2018

Fabulous

As always a great mystery involving tangible characters and a plot that twists through NE England

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  • Moriarty
  • 23-05-2020

Agatha Christie meets Midsomer Murders

As with many people the (almost) 'lockdown' has allowed me more time to read, or in this case listen to, books. Writing a review without spoiling the book for potential new readers is a challenge. One thing that doesn't need a spoiler alert is the revelation that the hero (Detective Chief Inspector Ryan) doesn't die in this book. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since this is Book 6 in a series of many (I won't declare the exact number here because Mrs Ross will undoubtedly have churned out another 3 or 4 during the COVID 19 crisis). Self-evidently I am a fan of LJ Ross' DCI Ryan series of books because otherwise I am unlikely to have made it as far as Book 6. The characters are likable and (mostly) convincing. DCI Ryan is a little too close to Inspector Lynley in some areas (boy from posh background goes on to be become brooding, somewhat moody, murder detective with help from working class sidekick) but nonetheless there is something appealing about his no nonsense approach and almost puritanical devotion to 'doing the right thing'. The remainder of his team are likeable, loyal, interesting and share a passion for the takeaway food which is provided on a regular basis by Ryan’s fiancée. This is the first book that I have consumed in 'audible format' and I am afraid that is what spoiled it for me. If only Jonathan Keeble had stuck with (what I assume is) his natural reading voice throughout it would have been fine. Indeed, his voice has gravitas, is easy to listen to and is well suited to this genre. Unfortunately, and for reasons only known to himself, he attempted to bring the story to life with the use of authentic ‘Geordie’ accents. Well, I say Geordie accents but that's only because the book kept telling me that is what they are. In reality, they were about as close to authentic 'Geordie' as Myra Hindley was to winning a child-minding award; in other words, not very close at all. Even worse than that, he tried to adopt a female 'Geordie' voice for the appropriate characters which simply exacerbated the pain. Seemingly unaware of his vocal limitations, the narrator bravely (or blindly?) ploughed on and attempted different accents for different characters; although, in truth, these seemed to be largely interchangeable. At one point, I'm fairly sure that DCI Ryan himself uttered a sentence or two in 'Geordie’ before reverting to his original dulcet (and overtly Southern Counties) tone a few pages later. Just when I thought Mr Keeble had done his worst, he weighed in with an attempted Irish accent for Detective Inspector Denise Mackenzie. This was the point at which I nearly cried and I genuinely couldn't tell if it was supposed to be Northern or Southern Irish because it was so far away from either. If I appear to be labouring the point then I am because, for me, these ‘crimes against regional accents’ took some of the enjoyment away from the story. So much so, that I reverted to finishing the book on my Kindle but even then, the comedy accents haunted me until the bitter end. Putting aside the questionable accents. the book was enjoyable and helped me to pass a few happy hours in my garden. It was certainly less edgy and dark then the previous books and had a slight flavour of Agatha Christie meets Midsomer Murders about it; right down to the big house in the country. The murders were fewer and less grisly than I have grown to expect from LJ Ross and the plot was far from watertight. Nonetheless, it was, as ever, fast paced, full of interesting details and characters and vividly written. I enjoyed it and would recommend it but only in Kindle or paper format rather than audio. I am sorry Mr Keeble but, having lived in Newcastle for a while, I just couldn't get over that aspect.

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  • Jean M J Rickitt
  • 06-07-2018

I enjoy these stories but...

...can someone PLEASE teach the narrator how to pronounce the place names in Northumberland, it is incredibly annoying when he gets them wrong!

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