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Author: LJ Ross

Published: 4 March 2016
Reviewed: 7 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity and LJ Ross in return for an honest review



The hunter becomes the hunted…

When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects.

Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late.

Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit from LJ Ross, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

My Thoughts & Review:

Heavenfield is the third instalment of the DCI Ryan series (which I am currently hooked on, I blame another book blogger for this addiction, (Kate – bibliophilebookclub made it sound wonderful that I just had to check the series out and her reviews haven’t steered we wrong yet!).

Following on from the adventures in Sycamore Gap, our plucky protagonist finds himself in a whole world of trouble.  Stuck at home still servicing his suspension it’s not long before a mysterious tip off comes his way, requesting his presence at the remote church in Heavenfield.  And typically Ryan does what we’ve come to know and expect of this character, he heads off to investigate, but in doing so he finds himself on the wrong side of the law – bloodied hands and standing over a dead body do not make for a convincing “it was like this when I got here Guv”.

All the while, the newly appointed Master of The Circle is plotting and scheming, looking for ways to rid them of Ryan for good.  But when members of The Circle start to die, Ryan knows his name will be next on the list.

Aaaaand that’s about all I want to say about the plot, this is too good a book to ruin with spoilers!

The pace of this book is absolutely fantastic, it begins well and then just accelerates at breakneck speed to the end.  As always, the plot is sheer brilliance, so cleverly twisted and dark, it flows well and keeps the reader hooked throughout.
Characterisation is great, so good to see the continued appearance of certain ones, especially Dr Anna Taylor, the chemistry between her and Ryan really works well  in the novel.  DCI Ryan has to be one of my all time favourite characters, so masterfully created!   The development of The Circle is magnificently done, more emphasis is on them in this book and it makes for sensational reading.

An absolutely action packed, page turner of a series that I cannot get enough of!  On to book number four now!

You can buy a copy of Heavenfield here.

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