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Impostor

An Alexander Gregory Thriller, Book 1
By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Hugh Dancy
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

From the International No. 1 best-selling author of the DCI Ryan Mysteries. 

Impostor, is the first instalment in Ross's brand new Dr Alex Gregory series, narrated by actor Hugh Dancy.   

After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amid a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychiatrist, Doctor Alexander Gregory, has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation. In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community, and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice? 

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.   

©2019 LJ Ross (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers." (The Times)

"A literary phenomenon." (Evening Chronicle)

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Another fantastic series by L J Ross

I am a huge fan of Ms Ross’s DCI Ryan series so I pre-ordered this new book, the first in a completely new series and couldn’t wait to listen. I was not disappointed.

Instead of Northumberland this book is set in County Mayo, Ireland and the countryside and the community of people living there are brilliantly portrayed. The story itself is a well written, gripping whodunit, with plenty of likely suspects and I didn’t guess who the killer was. However I did guess the final twist in the epilogue fairly early in the book, though it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Doctor Alexander Gregory is a great character and I look forward to getting to know him better in future books. I also loved the fact that our old friend Ryan got a couple of mentions!

The narration by Hugh Dancy was amazing. Bring on the next in the series!

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Another series is born - I hope

Like him almost more than DC Ryan! Roll on the next in the series please.

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FANTASTIC STORYLINE

I loved this story it had you sitting on the edge of your seat. Wasn't until the last few lines you found out the really story. I thought DCI Ryan was good but cant wait to listen to more about Alex and his work. Thank LJ Ross for this great story 💖

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A good read/listen

Keeps you guessing. I didn’t guess the perpetrator. I realised what the underlying storyline would finally uncover. Dr Alex was an interesting character and I’d like to know more about him.

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Not bad.

A slow mover with very few characters which unfortunately helped me to guess the outcome. Hugh Dancys narration was spot on and his skilful interpretation of the Irish accent was convincing. I'd only recommend this book to those who like their mysteries hand delivered on a plate.

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Good start to a new series

I love LJ Ross books but was starting to tire of the endless drooling between Anna and Ryan so good to see an interesting link to one of the intermittent characters in the Ryan books and a new direction in the series. Was far too short though look forward to a longer story next time !

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Love this writer

LJ Ross never fails. Her characters are brilliant. Wish I hadn’t finished this book so fast .

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exceptional

loved it. narrator excellent. what can I say , another excellent story from L j ross

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A Briliant Thriller

This was a great story, keeps you guessing. love LJ Ross he knows how to weave a great background and a strong leading character I hope this will be a start of a new series

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Another excellent book from LJ Ross

Alex Gregory is a great character and a good follow up to DCI Ryan loved it

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 03-11-19

Great beginning to a new series

I am a major LJ Ross fan and I just love DCI Ryan and his team. This new series introduces the psychologist Alex Gregory.

The locale of County Mayo, Ireland is a departure from Ross’s previous books and it works well. Alex is invited over to help profile a killer in a small town. There are many suspects, several alibis, and a bunch of red herrings. It took quite a while for me to figure out who the killer was. In fact, it came as a big surprise. That’s a good book, in my opinion. And the epilogue made me exclaim out loud.

The narration was first rate. Very well done.

I am looking forward to more in this series, as long as Ryan comes back, too.

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  • VA Barnhill - Author
  • 05-11-19

Another Storytelling Triumph from LJ Ross

I’ve read everything LJ Ross has written. Her stories and style are compelling reads for me. However, now that I’ve just completed reading Impostor, I have to add riveting to the adjectives I associate with Louise’s books.(For me, riveting is a degree beyond compelling.)

This story is intense and vivid in imagery. As with the DCI Ryan series, she’s done another exemplary level of research, but of more significance for me, Louise has again translated her research into this story in a way that moves the story at a pace with only one negative outcome—I can’t put it down and it’s ending too soon, which now it has.

This book is unlike her DCI Ryan stories, an amazing feat, because the Ryan catalog is, on its own, so worth reading. And yet, one of the benefits of Ross’s Alex Gregory series is that it differs significantly in style from Ryan. Nothing lighthearted about Gregory, which has led me to add riveting to my Ross lexicon.

Thank you LJ Louise Ross. Looking forward to new releases in December.

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  • Sharon
  • 15-11-19

Creepily entertaining

LJ Ross never disappoints. I look forward to the next in this series. Meanwhile, I'll be catching up with her Ryan series.

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  • sarah courtman
  • 01-11-19

Very entertaining

A brisk and engaging story. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. The narration was top notch!

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  • Elizabeth Arnott
  • 22-03-20

Enthralling tale, set on the West coast of Ireland

English criminal profiler finds himself in a small, close-knit Irish community. This is an enthralling tale revealing how much a good psychologist can analyse people’s behaviour and motives when there are no clues as to who is the murderer.

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  • Trish R.
  • 12-12-19

Wonderful new series..


Wow! Another great book by LJ Ross. And I didn’t come close to guessing who the killer was. I will definitely read the next one, when it comes out.

I liked Alex and was always wondering about his nightmares, but I did have a feeling about Kathy. And I was right about that part of the story. This had some great secondary characters.

I've listened to all 13 books LJ wrote in the The DCI Ryan Mysteries so it's nice to have another series starting.

No sex and no swearing.

As to the narration: Hugh Dancy did a great job on the narration. I would listen to him again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-19

Imposter

I really enjoyed listening to this book. So many twists and turns, plenty of options to really get your mystery mind going!

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  • Donna
  • 24-02-20

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This is a pretty good read. Be sure to listen to the entire ending, even the epilog, my, my, my :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

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It was a wonderful experience. LJ is one of my favorite authors and hugh is a brilliant actor, and his narration was as gripping as the book itself, maybe more!

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 19-01-20

Excellent

Good pacing. Fine plot movement and characters drawn out very well. The narrator was very consistent and blended well with the action of the book this is one you won’t want to miss.