Sycamore Gap: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 2) by LJ Ross


Book Description:


The past never stays buried for long…

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past.

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the DCI Ryan series and another corker of a read.

This has to be one of the best settings for a crime series. There is so much history as well as stunning views and even though there are plenty of murders that occur, that certainly didn’t put me off wanting to move there. If anything I thought that at least house prices would be cheap with such a high death rate!

Ryan is just starting to move on with his life with a little help from the lovely Anna. Unfortunately when a woman’s remains are found, Ryan is having to face things he was hoping to put behind him. The case if anything starts to get quite personal for Ryan and I think to a certain extent he is struggling with how to deal with it.

I loved how the author blends events from the first book in the series into the second one and the whole story flows really well. I think it would certainly help readers to have read Holy Island prior to reading Sycamore Gap with it pretty much following on from where that one ends and it will give them a better understanding to the case that Ryan is working on.

Sycamore Gap is a thrilling and gripping read. The wonderful descriptions instantly draws you into the fabulous surroundings and I felt very much that I was there with Ryan and his team. The author certainly knows how to leave the readers wanting more and I can’t wait to read the third in the series.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Sycamore Gap is available to purchase from Amazon.

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