Bamburgh: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 19)

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Bamburgh: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 19)

Bamburgh: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 19)

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For me L J Ross has let me down as a long term fan because she seems to have forgotten what makes a good murder-mystery/thriller really work. I thought the story line about another police chief psychopath - the third in that force - a little far fetched but in light of recent events about rogue police maybe, sadly, not. The Bookseller magazine has reported on Louise having topped the ‘Most Read’ and ‘Most Sold’ fiction charts, and she has garnered an army of loyal fans who love her atmospheric and addictive storytelling.

The culprit of the cold case murder is revealed early on and is not suspected by “his fellow workers” till very near the end. As always there’s some great humour mixed in with the crime stories and this is one of my favourites in the series.However, I have to admit that I found quite a few elements of this installment reminiscent of previous ones. I thought this one was an improvement on the last which I didn’t really enjoy (the only one I wasn’t keen on). When the book opens we already know from the last one that the killer of Melanie’s sister, Gemma, years ago, has left his DNA on a victim from the previous book – a Thai woman who survived brutal injuries and captivity. There’s a body found near Bamburgh Castle and at first it looks like an accidental death but then Ryan realises there’s more to it.

Overall, one star for the whole gang, one star for the engaging storytelling, half a star for the humour, and half a star for the gardener. As well as poor plot development, the team are beginning to get a bit irritating – and to have a Chief Constable who doesn’t question for one second, Ryan’s instructions (as good as he is) regarding another senior colleague, just seemed very lame.But as Melanie delves deeper into the secrets of the past to uncover the truth, she soon realises it lies much closer to home. But 18 books later, Ryan and Anna's relationship is still going strong and I began to enjoy their chemistry much more easily.

The plots are solid, the countryside and other settings beautifully drawn and the characters – well, they’re what really make this series sing. To find out more about the many philanthropic ventures Louise has founded and sponsored through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, please visit ‘Philanthropy’. From the moment LJ Ross’s marvellous series about aristocratic copper DCI Ryan and his close-knit team appeared, I’ve been a huge fan. Despite the plots becoming predictable and the characters unbelievable at times, I will keep on reading them because I feel I have already invested in the characters and quite enjoy an easy read every now and then. Nothing wrong with all that – it’s in keeping with her character and the way in which her sister’s murder has not only torn her family apart, and haunted her for years but also set her on her current career path.every so often it makes sense, but it feels like every book has been based off of this plot for some time now. Mel has become obsessive since some DNA recently surfaced that matched the DNA found on her murdered twin’s body in 2007. The ideas – the structure, the character, the psychopathy, the ability to fool peers and family for decades, everything, have been used not once, but twice before.

DCI Ryan voices what everyone is thinking “The man’s got all the charm and personality of a rainbow trout. Meanwhile, after a recent revelation about her sister, DC Melanie Yates’ quest to avenge her death is becoming an obsession—much to the concern of those around her. Then another body turns up amongst the sand dunes at the base of the mighty castle fortress, and he decides it can’t be a coincidence! So begins the new installment in the DCI Ryan Mysteries, and I loved it even if parts of what is read is difficult to swallow because it is so awful - police awful. Then another body turns up amongst the sand dunes at the base of the mighty castle fortress, and he decides it can't be a coincidence.

You can really tell that Ross has a lot of love for her characters, and I most definitely want to go back and start to get to know them better! She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and then abroad in Paris and Florence. Despite being a long ways into a long running series, the novel was easily accessible and had a solid impact. With a new DCS to contend with and hundreds of cold case files to sift through, the chances of uncovering a dormant killer seem unlikely.



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