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Cragside Audiobook

Cragside: The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

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)

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    simon.m.hurst 02/11/2017
    simon.m.hurst 02/11/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"

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

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    Timi 19/10/2017
    Timi 19/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08/11/2017
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    "Terrible impersonation of Geordie accents "

    I know that its difficult to master but the narrator does a poor impersonation of a geordie accent!

    A few reality checks needed eg siphoning oxygen from pressurised gas cylinders and most of the descriptions of Cragside.



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    Maggie 03/11/2017
    Maggie 03/11/2017
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    "Well worth the wait"

    Like so many, I'm hooked on the DCI Ryan series so read the book as soon as it came out. It was good, but not, it seemed to me, as multi-layered as the earlier ones - that was my original thought. Not quite so many nuances... A little more black and white. No narration though, that was to follow later, and I did wonder if it was worth buying both.

    Definitely! As soon as Jonathan Keeble had read the first chapter I was hearing the light and shade I'd managed to miss when reading the book at too much speed when it was first published. He really is a superb narrator, and has made this series his own. All the familiar characters come to life again - and I do have a sneaky thing for the lovely Frank Phillips.

    Please, Ms Ross, keep writing this series - and please don't ever change the narrator.

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    harriet black 27/10/2017
    harriet black 27/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Love this series and this book"

    Really enjoyed this book, found the narrators whistling as he spoke a little distracting at times but if I didn’t concentrate to hard I could forget about it.
    Can’t wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Hall South Wales 27/10/2017
    Sam Hall South Wales 27/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Just fabulous as expected"

    Great author at the top of her game and probably the absolute best narrator. What a combination. Superb.

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    S. J. Hall Nottingham 27/11/2017
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    "A rare 5 star treasure"

    I usually give excellent books a four star review and save 5 stars for the very best, and this is one of very few 5 stars fiction novels I’ve read this year.
    This is the latest book in the series, but I didn’t feel that I needed to know what had happened in the past, although I cannot wait to finish typing this before going back to book one and start the series over from the beginning. I might speak Geordie by the end.
    I listen to audio books in the car on the way back from the school run, giving me between 20 and 25 minutes of listening time each day. As the days have continued I was tempted to take the longer route home to finish it sooner. This is easier than trying to locate the Kindle on the steering wheel (just joking…) I found some of the north-east accents difficult at times, but the narrator audio work was very well presented and easy to understand. Given that the author and character with the setting all belong to the north east, I can see why the region was chosen and well presented throughout. I could easily have visited Cragside during my listening to this audiobook.
    The outcome surprised me, as I was tricked into believing the identity of the killer as the clues became evident.
    The audio book was so good, I can see how this could easily become a film in the future. I would go to see it.
    Louise Ross writes a great story here with character development excellent throughout. I felt as though I knew all the main characters very well by the end of this story.
    I was given free access to this audio book on Audible, without a review as a requirement. However, I’m more than pleased to present this review and its full five stars.

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    Corky 27/11/2017
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    "Steady listen"

    Ok but nothing to write home about. Just jogs along in a slow meandering style.

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    Amanda crewe, United Kingdom 23/11/2017
    Amanda crewe, United Kingdom 23/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excited to find the latest edition, but ....."

    As always, the performance was excellent ...
    I have waited for every new book in this series with impatience: and have been rewarded each time with a fantastic continuation, but, I feel this edition marks the beginning of the end for this series as it lacked in all areas for me :-(
    I probably won't bother with the next instalment if there is one to come ...

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    SOPH1AB 19/11/2017
    SOPH1AB 19/11/2017
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    "Continuing an excellent series"

    I've binged listened to the whole series so far. All except one have been excellent. Only given this one four stars because there are better ones than this previously in the series. This book ends with a sinister cliff hanger ... I'm looking forward to more. The narrator Jonathan Keeble has been one of my favourites in other books but he seems particularly good throughout these.

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    "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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  • Jeanne W. Gamag
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    "Ryan and Anna again!
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    Good story and characters. The reader is diverted in clever ways from the ultimate peep.

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