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.
Cragside is the sixth book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries series. I think it would help to have read some of the previous books but wouldn’t say it’s essential.
I’m not sure if it’s because the story centres around a big house or not but it had a feel of an Agatha Christie novel. Which I loved by the way. The setting as always in these books is just perfect. The author has a way of bringing the story to life with the fantastic descriptions of the surrounding areas so that the readers can easily visualise it in their head. Love it!
There is a little bit of everything in this book. We have murder, romance and intrigue. It’s a great mixture. The whole murder case felt very much like your typical ‘who dunnit’ and of course as always I didn’t get it right to who it could be. There is also someone from Ryan’s past that has come back into his life of which I am dying to read more about and where the author is going to take us with that particular story line. It has certainly left me wondering of all the possibilities as to where she will take us with it and I have to say it feels quite thrilling.
Cragside is an enthralling read that will draw the reader straight in and keep you there right up until the very end. It has plenty to thrill and entertain the reader and will leave you wanting more. Great read as always.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Cragside is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.