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The Shrine

A DCI Ryan Mystery
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

From the number-one international best-selling author of Holy Island and Impostor. 

A murder for the history books.

After a long and eventful winter, DCI Ryan and his team are looking forward to the joys of spring. But, when one of their colleagues is shot dead on her own doorstep and the brass think it’s an inside job, Ryan finds himself drafted in to investigate.   

He’s barely scratched the surface when reports flood in of a terror explosion at Durham Cathedral. Chaos descends on the sleepy, historic city and, when the smoke clears, they find a priceless artefact that once belonged to Saint Cuthbert is missing.   

With tensions running at an all-time high, unable to trust the local police, can Ryan and his team bring a killer to justice — and restore Cuthbert’s cross to its natural resting place?   

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular landscape of County Durham.

©2020 LJ Ross (P)2020 Audible, Ltd
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well talk about 'letting it hang there' !

This book started really well , although a little predictable (LJ is nothing if not predictable). The story was bobbing along then stop, the end. I thought at first it had not downloaded properly and that there was another dozen or so chapters because the story didnt end it just stopped ? i won't say much more about the plot because you may read/listen to it yourself .
I don't doubt there is a 'sequel' but I feel ' I was robbed ' ! Books are too expensive to be short changed in such a dissapointing way .

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not value for money

A tired format,. Also we pay a lot of money for these books and they shorter and shorter

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incomplete story

i have been a big fan until now but left confused by ending. It felt like a first instalment. Am feeling disappointed....

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No resolution.

I'm not sure that ending the book on a cliff hanger is satisfactory. Is it a way of getting people to pay more by cutting a book in half, I presume another book will come along to finish the story. I really don't like this in a book or on TV, which is where you usually see these kind of tactics, in fact it's irritating more than anything.

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Last season of GOT esque.......

I love the DCI Ryan book series and am usually on tenterhooks over the plots. The story is made more gripping by the brilliant Jonathan Keble. Whom incidentally I believe ought to narrate everything on Audible. This book however reminded me of Game of Thrones final season. In fact when it said epilogue I thought the audiobook had skipped to the end of the story missing out the remaining chapters. I double checked and nope it wasn’t the app that had skipped the rest of the story, it was the author. I’d rather wait longer for a full book instead of several lesser works. I just hope that this isn’t going to set the tone for future books.

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Where’s the rest of it ?????????

Like a lot of other reviewers, I feel cheated by this book. It doesn’t even pretend to be complete. At a little over 5 hours it’s clearly only half a book, but this is not reflected in the price. LJ Ross has done this before with her DCI Ryan novels. Frankly, I’ll stop buying them if she continues to do so. The story is the usual fast paced DCI Ryan and the characters are developed a little further, but I would have liked an end to the story.

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Brilliant

I loved everything about this book, can’t wait for the next part!
I’ve given it five stars for everything,great story,favourite characters and wonderful narration, couldn’t ask for anything more

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poor story

Felt as though it was churned out in no time, just to publish yet another DCI Ryan story

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DISAPPOINTING

Stumbled to an uninteresting conclusion. Had promise initally. Too bad as writing was quite okay.

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Crime, what crime?

Gave up after first five chapters - all about personal relationships between detectives. No sign of any detecting.

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  • Sue Giannotta
  • 30-06-20

Half a book

I wish I had known that this was half a story. Although five hours is rather short for a novel, I thought the mystery would be resolved. So many questions were left unanswered regarding before the story begins and after it ends, it appears to be a few middle chapters. The narration was very good.

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  • Trish R.
  • 15-06-20

Excellent..


Another wonderful book about Ryan, Anna, Frank and MacKenzie. This time Anna is caught in an explosion and she’s hurt pretty badly, and Ryan is out for blood. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end with this book. It’s not a cliffhanger but the story will go on about Cuthbert’s Cross in the next book.

No romance and no swearing.

As to the narration: Love, love, love Jonathan Keeble.

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  • barbara
  • 10-06-20

The Shrine

Wow, another great DCI Ryan book, I am absolutely hooked! Already can't wait for the next one! I am going to reread them all, so wish they could make a TV series out these books, would definitely be a success. The narration is as always, excellent.