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
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"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Timi on 19-10-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By simon.m.hurst on 02-11-17

Very enjoyable

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By CM on 22-10-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By barbara on 18-03-18


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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