Longstone by LJ Ross #BookReview

About this book…

Between the devil and the deep blue sea…

Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call…

When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he’s faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies. As he juggles marine archaeology and the cutthroat world of shipwreck diving, another murder blows the case wide open. To uncover the truth, Ryan must delve deeper into the hearts of those around him to find what lies beneath…

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

My review…

I can’t believe that this is now THE TENTH DCI Ryan book and the series shows no sign of slowing down. I actually think every book gets better than its predecessor and Longstone is probably one of my favourites so far!

Anna calls in Ryan when a body is found after she’s been contacted by a colleague who says that he has found an old shipwreck. The local community then seem to shut down to protect their own and Ryan has his work cut out as he investigates the lives of those living in the local area, most of whom seem to have something to hide.

The characters created by LJ Ross have developed into much loved personalities for me and reading this book felt like coming home! Jack Lowerson is back so I’m absolutely thrilled about that as I really enjoyed the storylines he previously featured in. He’s a bit quieter here, possibly due to those aforementioned plots, but I have a feeling he will soon be back in the thick of things! And it was wonderful to once again catch up with the whole team especially Frank (who I’ve now got more of a soft spot for after listening to the recent audiobook of The Infirmary-those of you who have also listened will know why!). The connection between these work colleagues is always brought to life with a skilled eye from LJ Ross as she gradually develops their lives both in and out of the workplace.

Here the personal lives of these much loved characters take a slight backseat as the locals take centre stage for a change. I really took to Hutch the pub landlord and was completely hooked by his story and the years of his unrequited love for his brothers girlfriend Gemma. Those two characters became the focus of my attention very quickly, wondering how they connected (if at all!) to the current case and really hoping they weren’t as I had taken them both to my heart.

I love this series and always look forward with huge anticipation to the next in the series. I read this one cover to cover in one tension filled session and then got so annoyed with myself as I wish I had taken my time to savour it, which would make the wait for the next DCI Ryan book just a little bit more bearable! Oh who am I kidding-i would do the same again in a heartbeat! Once picked up these books are almost impossible to put down so be warned!

Highly recommended by me!

Meet the author…

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK best sellers chart.

Since then, she has released a further seven full-length novels in the DCI Ryan Series, all of which have been top three bestsellers. Cragside, Dark Skies, Seven Bridges and The Hermitage (due for release 20 October 2018) were all #1 in the UK on pre-orders alone.

The novels are available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. Holy Island is also available in German translation.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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