Author: LJ Ross
Category: Contemporary, Murder, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review
The circus is in town…
When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer.
Thinking he might be able to enjoy a quiet Sunday for once, DCI Ryan was lost in a peaceful moment when the door bell rang. Determined to dispatch whoever it is quickly, he was surprised and a little taken aback to see a young girl on the doorstep asking for his help…to catch a killer.
There was a short, humming silence as Ryan took a closer look at the girl’s face and saw what he’d missed the first time around. Beneath the bravado and oversized hat, there was something else.
There was fear.
O’Neill’s circus had returned to the Town Moor in Newcastle after an eight year absence. A jingle on the local radio station caused a hazy memory to surface for young Samantha O’Neill. Sam’s mother had disappeared when she was two. Ran off with another man and left Sam behind. Everyone said so. But Sam believed she knew different now, thanks to that jingle bringing back horrible memories of the monster she had all but forgotten. She really needed to know what actually happened to her mother and was desperately hoping Ryan would be able to find out.
Easier said than done, with the code of silence and reluctance to engage with the police that was prevalent in the circus community. Sam had broken the unwritten rule and gone to outsiders—and worse still, to the police. She was scared, not knowing who she could trust. No-one out of all the people she’d lived and travelled with, even including her father and uncle.
Initial research shows some relevant results from a cold case. The case is reopened and as a vulnerable minor, Sam is treated as a protected witness. Ryan and Phillips find themselves at the circus trying to navigate through the lies and subterfuge and unravel the eight year old mystery, which initially seems like a physical impossibility.
Meanwhile Jack Lowerson and Melanie Yates are investigating a spate of murders occurring around the city that seem to be gangland related. Jack’s first case as acting SIO and he wants to prove he’s up to the task but forgets a golden rule (So glad we don’t have to wait much longer for the next book.)
All the old favourites are back but the standout character in this episode has to be the delightful Samantha. She quickly endears herself to everyone and her interactions with with Frank and Denise bring out another side to their characters. Can’t wait to see what happens there! I really enjoy the relationships that have built up throughout the series, the closeness, the banter and how they work together. The setting is always a draw and these books have encouraged me to visit many wonderful places. The story moves at a steady pace and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep you guessing.
About the Author
LJ Ross is the author of the #1 international bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels and her books have sold more than three million copies since 2015. She has released ten full-length novels, seven of which have reached number one in the Amazon UK Kindle best-sellers chart. They are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store.
Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law at King’s College London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.
Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Author: Jo Spain
Performed by Aoife McMahon
Published by Quercus and released on Audible May 2017
Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review
It’s true what they say . . . revenge is sweet.
A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.
The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.
With Our Blessing is set in Dublin and introduces Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds in a very powerful and atmospheric story. The gruesome murder and mutilated body of an elderly woman has been discovered in Phoenix Park and it’s a murder designed to send out a specific message.
Author: Sarah Hilary
Publication Date ~ May 16th 2019 (Ebook & Hardback)
Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review
Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.
Never Be Broken is a tense and disturbing look at gang culture, manipulation and the exploitation and murder of children, very relevant and important issues in today’s world.
Author: Dervla McTiernan
Published: March 2019 by Sphere
Category: Irish Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review
When Detective Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder…
Sergeant Callie O’Halloran is on the edge of exhaustion with working all hours since her promotion. Her home life is suffering and the Henderson case, one of several she’s working on, seems to be losing momentum despite giving it most of her attention.
Author: Sarah Hilary
Published: March 2018 by Headline
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review
On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention.
Come And Find Me begins with Ted Elms, critically ill on life support, but expressing through thoughts his first hand experience of what provoked a prison riot at HMP Cloverton—how a dangerous prisoner, Mickey Vokey, escaped during the ensuing confusion and violence as a fire broke out.
Author: Ann Cleeves
Published: September 2018 by Macmillan
Category: Scottish Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Book Review
Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.
Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
Helena, a well known knitwear designer, her husband Daniel, an architect, and their children, Ellie and Christopher, are recent incomers to Shetland. They’re leaving behind a hectic existence in London and are hoping for a better quality and more tranquil way of life, but find some of the local community less than friendly.
Author: Lisa Regan
Published: January 2018 by Bookouture
Category: Crime, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…
Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.
Detective Josie Quinn is currently suspended from the Denton Police Force awaiting a disciplinary hearing.
Author: Helen Fields
Published: 25th January 2018
Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
Ava Turner, newly promoted to DCI after the retirement of her friend, former boss and mentor, DCI Begbie, is still finding her feet both in her professional and private life. Her colleagues on the Major Investigations Team feel the distance her promotion has caused and their interactions are now less casual, particularly the friendship between Ava and Luc, now she’s the boss. When Begbie’s body is found in his car, a distressed Ava refuses to accept or believe he’s committed suicide, as the scene suggests. She decides to do her own investigating and uncovers more than she bargained for, placing her in terrible danger.