Angel: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 4) by LJ Ross


Book Description:


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

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally beginning to return 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.

My Thoughts:

Even though Angel is the fourth book in the DCI Ryan Mystery series, it is actually the first one that I have read. Angel reads exceptionally well as a stand alone, though after reading Angel, I am dying to go back and start from the very beginning.

I really love the style of this authors writing. The characters and the story line had my attention through out, so much so that I seemed to be hurtling towards the ending well before I wanted to as I was enjoying it so much.

The actual murders have links to the catholic church which just seems to up the intrigue and mystery even more. The description of the church and grave yard gives you a sense of foreboding and it just added to the almost eeriness of the crime.

I loved DCI Ryan as well as some of the other characters in the book, they all make their own mark on the reader and stand out in their own way. Even though the author gives enough background to DCI Ryan so that I didn’t feel like I was missing parts, he is a character that just demands more attention and makes you want to know more about him and how he thinks. The thought of knowing I have three previous books to devour is certainly a feeling that makes me very happy.

Angel is a gripping read that had me from the very beginning. It is a roller coaster of a read with plenty of thrills and chills and left me feeling quite wind swept by the end. Very much looking forward to seeing where things go for certain characters in the next book in the series.

My thanks to the author for a copy of  this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Angel is out on the 26th of August and is available to pre order on Amazon.


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