Wednesday 16 October 2019

Guest Review: Angel by L J Ross

He’ll make you his angel, but first you have to die...

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally returning 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 whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

Review: This is the fourth book in a series by L J Ross about DCI Ryan and his team of CID detectives, working in the north east of England. This story is set in Newcastle itself. Although there is a certain amount of mention of characters and events from previous books in the series, this one can be read as a stand-alone, although I can recommend reading all the books in this series in order.

In this story, Ryan and his team are faced with the murders of young red-headed women and also some religious figures. The younger victims have been placed in local cemeteries and arranged in death to look like angels. The detectives must determine what the connection is between the two groups of victims and what motive the killer might have for the murders before he or she can be identified. The investigation leads Ryan and his superiors into confrontation with the Catholic church, both locally and as far as the Vatican. Unfortunately, while all eyes and minds are focused on this case, something equally sinister and dangerous is going on, culminating in a spine chilling conclusion to the book.

Once again, L J Ross has provided her readers with an intricate plot filled with twists and turns to keep them guessing and coming back for more. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and watching the relationships developing within DCI Ryan’s team as well as in their personal lives. I am looking forward to finding out how things develop in part 5 of the series.

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