The Moor by L.J. Ross

About this book…

The circus is in town…

When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer.

Ryan and his team must break through their closed ranks to uncover a secret which has lain buried for eight years, before the killer strikes again – this time, to silence the only living witness…

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

My review…

How on earth is this the 12th DCI Ryan novel?! It still feels as fresh and entertaining as the very first book in the series! I don’t think I will ever tire of these brilliant police procedural novels with a heart as they are addictive, involving and have characters that I have come to know and love as much as my own friends and family-yes, that’s how real they have become for me after 12 outings!

And The Moor introduces yet another captivating and engaging character in the shape of young Samantha who turns up on Ryan’s doorstep one day with claims that she has remembered a murder. This leads the team to O’Neils circus who have just arrived in town and their investigations take place around the mix of performers that work there. Samantha made a huge impression on me, she was such a personable, cheeky little madam who stole not just my heart but those of some of our much loved regular characters too.

If you haven’t read this bestselling series already then you are definitely missing out! L.J. Ross writes beautifully, setting the scene perfectly for her believable characters to interact within a stunning area of the UK. They have developed slowly as the series has progressed and I can’t even pick my favourite now as I love them all! Although I do have a soft spot for Jack Lowerson who seems to have absolutely no luck and needs a bit of a kick up the backside when it comes to his friendship with Melanie Yates!

A great standalone crime mystery with a comforting familiarity that I devoured in one afternoon!

Meet the author…

LJ Ross is the author of the #1 international bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels and her books have sold more than 4 million copies since 2015. She has released 12 full-length novels, nine of which have reached number one in the Amazon UK Kindle best-sellers chart. They are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store. 

Her eleventh novel, ‘The Infirmary’, is a prequel story which is also available as a major Audible Originals drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong. 

Her twelfth novel, ‘The Moor’, was released in ebook and paperback on 27.04.19, and will be available as an audiobook shortly.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law at King’s College 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. 

If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you:


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