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Between the devil and the deep blue sea… Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call… When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesq Between the devil and the deep blue sea… Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call… When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies. As he juggles marine archaeology and the cutthroat world of shipwreck diving, another murder blows the case wide open. To uncover the truth, Ryan must delve deeper into the hearts of those around him to find what lies beneath… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


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Between the devil and the deep blue sea… Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call… When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesq Between the devil and the deep blue sea… Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call… When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies. As he juggles marine archaeology and the cutthroat world of shipwreck diving, another murder blows the case wide open. To uncover the truth, Ryan must delve deeper into the hearts of those around him to find what lies beneath… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for Longstone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    Another intriguing entry in the DCI Ryan series, in this novel a diver turns up dead on a small island, the day after announcing to everyone in a busy pub that he'd found the wreck of a Viking ship, one that would change the course of history. DCI Ryan is soon on the case with his team. Then another body is found, connected to the first, and Ryan is forced to look deeper into the locals and their lives. Who would want to murder the well liked archaeological professor? What are some of the locals Another intriguing entry in the DCI Ryan series, in this novel a diver turns up dead on a small island, the day after announcing to everyone in a busy pub that he'd found the wreck of a Viking ship, one that would change the course of history. DCI Ryan is soon on the case with his team. Then another body is found, connected to the first, and Ryan is forced to look deeper into the locals and their lives. Who would want to murder the well liked archaeological professor? What are some of the locals hiding? I thought I had cracked the case early, and was feeling quite pleased with myself as my character was flying under the radar, but no, LJ Ross was able to surprise us again. A fantastic addition to an excellent series, with wonderful, believable characters and now I'm looking forward to reading the next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Brilliant as always. Full review to follow.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This series just keeps getting better and better. L J Ross’ Longstone (DCI Ryan Mystery #10) is set in Seahouses, a coastal town near Bamburgh Castle and Lindsfarne in Northumbria with the North Sea waves hitting the beaches. The North Sea plays a major role in this mystery as in these waters are numerous shipwrecks from the Viking Warships to WWII ships to Longstone Lighthouse of Grace Darling fame (The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter). Marine archaeology takes a primary position in this mystery a This series just keeps getting better and better. L J Ross’ Longstone (DCI Ryan Mystery #10) is set in Seahouses, a coastal town near Bamburgh Castle and Lindsfarne in Northumbria with the North Sea waves hitting the beaches. The North Sea plays a major role in this mystery as in these waters are numerous shipwrecks from the Viking Warships to WWII ships to Longstone Lighthouse of Grace Darling fame (The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter). Marine archaeology takes a primary position in this mystery as a ‘shipwreck diver’ is found dead on the rocks of Longstone Island, but first DCI Ryan has to be called to investigate. The night before the ‘shipwreck diver’ burst into a local inn and announced that he had finally located the Viking ship that he had been attempting to find for about 30 years. Did he? Who would not want him to find it and why? Ryan has to sift through half-truths and flat out lies to uncover the truth. I read it quickly as I felt I was back among ‘my friends’ in England. Fascinating! If one is into scuba diving, this book is for you. Well done, Ms. Ross! 5 stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I've loved all of the DCI Ryan Mysteries so far, but I can't help feeling this one was rushed out too soon. Yes, it's a very good story, the writing is superb, but... In chapters 14 and 17, the character called "Iain" is referred to as "Brian"!! Chapters 24 and 27 disagree with regard to dates/timings (one states a time frame and length of time, the other gives the time frame as the length of time and denies the time frame) - annoying! Chapter 29 includes this gem: "We he supposed to tell...". What? I've loved all of the DCI Ryan Mysteries so far, but I can't help feeling this one was rushed out too soon. Yes, it's a very good story, the writing is superb, but... In chapters 14 and 17, the character called "Iain" is referred to as "Brian"!! Chapters 24 and 27 disagree with regard to dates/timings (one states a time frame and length of time, the other gives the time frame as the length of time and denies the time frame) - annoying! Chapter 29 includes this gem: "We he supposed to tell...". What?!! The worst for me though? The person responsible for the murders, or more accurately, the way the person is portrayed in a significant part of the story. Not so much a red herring as a blue whale. So, yes, slightly disappointed with this one. Maybe I should have waited to read it for a few months in the hope that all the problems would have been ironed out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    This series is so reliably good. The characters are, by now, old friends and the murders are always intriguing. In this episode a marine archaeologist is found dead the day after he walks into the local pub in a celebratory mood announcing that he had finally found the Viking shipwreck he had spent many years searching for. The world of adademia seems no less cutthroat than any other when discoveries or kudos is involved so there are a few suspects right from the start. When the harbourmaster (or This series is so reliably good. The characters are, by now, old friends and the murders are always intriguing. In this episode a marine archaeologist is found dead the day after he walks into the local pub in a celebratory mood announcing that he had finally found the Viking shipwreck he had spent many years searching for. The world of adademia seems no less cutthroat than any other when discoveries or kudos is involved so there are a few suspects right from the start. When the harbourmaster (or in this case, mistress) is found dead the next day the plot, naturally, thickens. There is no need to go into anymore details. It is a fast paced, engaging mystery and L.J. Ross seems to be able to do no wrong in this cracking series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Another five stars addition to this series. That's ten times five stars! DCI Ryan and Anna are a real treat, from the very beginning. As are Frank and Denise and Jack and Melanie. Very suspenseful and highly original ….. under water! Another five stars addition to this series. That's ten times five stars! DCI Ryan and Anna are a real treat, from the very beginning. As are Frank and Denise and Jack and Melanie. Very suspenseful and highly original ….. under water!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Irena

    Two stars -- it was OK, but I can't say I liked this mystery set in Northumberland. The only thing I really enjoyed about it was the location. The plot was moderately interesting, but the characters were rather one-dimensional, and the writing mediocre. Omnipresent narration with constant jumping between points of view of different characters, often on the same page, grated on my nerves. Two stars -- it was OK, but I can't say I liked this mystery set in Northumberland. The only thing I really enjoyed about it was the location. The plot was moderately interesting, but the characters were rather one-dimensional, and the writing mediocre. Omnipresent narration with constant jumping between points of view of different characters, often on the same page, grated on my nerves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    Set in Seahouses on the Northumbrian coast, this latest mystery sees DCI Ryan involved with marine archaeology and the ruthless world of deep-sea diving for wrecks. Iain Tucker is an expert marine archaeologist based at Durham University. He’s been diving around the Farne Islands for a long time, convinced the wreck of a Viking longboat is down on the sea bed somewhere. When Doctor Anna Taylor-Ryan, a colleague, receives a call from Iain she arranges to meet him at The Cockle Inn, but Iain hasn’t Set in Seahouses on the Northumbrian coast, this latest mystery sees DCI Ryan involved with marine archaeology and the ruthless world of deep-sea diving for wrecks. Iain Tucker is an expert marine archaeologist based at Durham University. He’s been diving around the Farne Islands for a long time, convinced the wreck of a Viking longboat is down on the sea bed somewhere. When Doctor Anna Taylor-Ryan, a colleague, receives a call from Iain she arranges to meet him at The Cockle Inn, but Iain hasn’t turned up for the meeting and is nowhere to be found. At the Northumbria Criminal Investigation Department, Ryan and his team are sent the details of an unidentified male who has washed up on the rocks at Longstone lighthouse in the outer group of the Farne Islands, made famous through the story of Grace Darling. This investigation uncovers much more than expected, the team having to contend with locals with secrets and other people wanting to claim the glory for an important historical find. Longstone incorporates an intriguing mystery as well as interesting historical snippets in the well written, multi layered plot. The setting of the Farne Islands and the roiling North sea have their part to play and I felt for Phillips having to brave the frightening power of the ocean. This is another exciting and well paced story line fraught with danger and intrigue. The sympathetic secondary characters—in particular, Hutch and Gemma who run The Cockle Inn—play a pivotal role in a story that kept me guessing right up to the surprising reveal. I love the main characters and how their stories have evolved. Ryan and Phillips are the perfect team, probably because they are complete opposites but play off each other extremely well, with Phillips often and unintentionally lightening the mood. It’s especially good to see Jack Lowerson back, even if he is a little subdued after his recent experiences, and of course, the gorgeous setting which is described in crisp and evocative detail.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Skyesmum

    Another great audio book! Great narrator, good story, I am loving Sergeant Phillips🤣. I had guessed who the baddie was, but only because I am a suspicious trout. Looking forward to listening to the next one when its available.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Crime mystery set at Seahouses and the Farne Islands, Northumberland “..doing away with someone usually boils down to love, sex, jealousy, money or revenge.” I can hardly believe that this it the 10th outing already for DCI Ryan, L J Ross’s detective. He tackles crime mostly in and around Northumberland, often with the help and support of his academic wife, Anna. Longstone can easily be read as a stand-alone although characters from the previous novels are all now well bedded in and there is a nic Crime mystery set at Seahouses and the Farne Islands, Northumberland “..doing away with someone usually boils down to love, sex, jealousy, money or revenge.” I can hardly believe that this it the 10th outing already for DCI Ryan, L J Ross’s detective. He tackles crime mostly in and around Northumberland, often with the help and support of his academic wife, Anna. Longstone can easily be read as a stand-alone although characters from the previous novels are all now well bedded in and there is a nice level of familiar banter, shared history and humour between them. The author has turned her hand to researching the ins and outs of shipping and the processes involved in diving for shipwrecks and then recording and registering the findings. The Farne Island formation, and the oftentimes treacherous waters in the area, provide an excellent setting for archaeological investigation. And murder. Iain Tucker worked at Durham University in the department of Marine Archaeology and he spent many years searching the waters around The Farne Islands for the wreck of a Viking Longboat. Diving secretly at night he was determined to discover the wreck. Anna and Iain are acquainted through work at the university and it is to her that he turns with his recently discovered find. He does not, however, have time to share the co-ordinates of the boat which he has discovered after so much effort before his body is found washed up. Dead. At the Cockle Inn, just the previous day, Iain, who was lodging there whilst cruising the area in search of the missing longboat, made his announcement of the incredible find to the assembled locals over their pints. He generously bought a round of champagne for the assembled crowd. He just could not contain his excitement (doubtful, perhaps, that a high ranking academic would blabber such a find to all in sundry, or that he would actually go diving on his own at night in a turbulent sea …. but no matter, just go with the flow, no pun intended). The publican and his lodger Gemma at the Cockle have already suffered a disappearance in the family. Hutch, who runs the pub, has always had a thing for Gemma – but Gemma and Kris, Hutch’s brother, were in a relationship way back in the 1990s, and almost as soon as she fell pregnant, Kris disappeared. There is almost a sense that Hutch wasn’t too heart-broken to see his brother disappear. The suspicion that he might have had something to do with the death niggles away. He generously offered Gemma and her son (his nephew) a home but his motivation wasn’t perhaps altogether altruistic. When the Harbour Master’s body is found, DCI Ryan knows that he has to see the broader picture in order to find the killer. Why are people being killed and how do their deaths link to a wreck beneath the waves? The novel bowls along and will appeal to fans of the DCI Ryan stable of crime mysteries. It is a quick and easy read. Setting, as usual, is distinctive. The title is taken from the still active Longstone Lighthouse, located in the outer group of The Farne Islands and famous for the wreck of the Forfarshire and Grace Darling’s role in rescuing survivors.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 stars. L.J. Ross didn't disappoint with this surprise installment of the DCI Ryan series. The mystery was well-conceived (although this wasn't the first story with the same exact twist) and the Northumberland details were lovely. I also liked how she deftly wove all of the different characters: Ryan and Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips, Jack and Yates, into the storytelling as well. While this wasn't a perfect story (honestly, I could do with one installment that doesn't have someone hitting on R 3.5 stars. L.J. Ross didn't disappoint with this surprise installment of the DCI Ryan series. The mystery was well-conceived (although this wasn't the first story with the same exact twist) and the Northumberland details were lovely. I also liked how she deftly wove all of the different characters: Ryan and Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips, Jack and Yates, into the storytelling as well. While this wasn't a perfect story (honestly, I could do with one installment that doesn't have someone hitting on Ryan or noticing how handsome he is), I enjoyed it nonetheless and will happily read whatever comes next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    I can’t believe that this is now THE TENTH DCI Ryan book and the series shows no sign of slowing down. I actually think every book gets better than its predecessor and Longstone is probably one of my favourites so far! Anna calls in Ryan when a body is found after she’s been contacted by a colleague who says that he has found an old shipwreck. The local community then seem to shut down to protect their own and Ryan has his work cut out as he investigates the lives of those living in the local are I can’t believe that this is now THE TENTH DCI Ryan book and the series shows no sign of slowing down. I actually think every book gets better than its predecessor and Longstone is probably one of my favourites so far! Anna calls in Ryan when a body is found after she’s been contacted by a colleague who says that he has found an old shipwreck. The local community then seem to shut down to protect their own and Ryan has his work cut out as he investigates the lives of those living in the local area, most of whom seem to have something to hide. The characters created by LJ Ross have developed into much loved personalities for me and reading this book felt like coming home! Jack Lowerson is back so I’m absolutely thrilled about that as I really enjoyed the storylines he previously featured in. He’s a bit quieter here, possibly due to those aforementioned plots, but I have a feeling he will soon be back in the thick of things! And it was wonderful to once again catch up with the whole team especially Frank (who I’ve now got more of a soft spot for after listening to the recent audiobook of The Infirmary-those of you who have also listened will know why!). The connection between these work colleagues is always brought to life with a skilled eye from LJ Ross as she gradually develops their lives both in and out of the workplace. Here the personal lives of these much loved characters take a slight backseat as the locals take centre stage for a change. I really took to Hutch the pub landlord and was completely hooked by his story and the years of his unrequited love for his brothers girlfriend Gemma. Those two characters became the focus of my attention very quickly, wondering how they connected (if at all!) to the current case and really hoping they weren’t as I had taken them both to my heart. I love this series and always look forward with huge anticipation to the next in the series. I read this one cover to cover in one tension filled session and then got so annoyed with myself as I wish I had taken my time to savour it, which would make the wait for the next DCI Ryan book just a little bit more bearable! Oh who am I kidding-i would do the same again in a heartbeat! Once picked up these books are almost impossible to put down so be warned! Highly recommended by me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    'Longstone' is book 10 in the astounding DCI Ryan series by the brilliant Louise Ross. This mystery series is absolutely one of the best out there and I highly recommend it to all lovers of crime fiction. Once again, in this book, the author has taken me to an enchanting spot in Northumberland, this time to one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast - the Farne Islands. The day after claiming to have made the discovery of a lifetime - the wreck of an ancient Viking longboat - the bo 'Longstone' is book 10 in the astounding DCI Ryan series by the brilliant Louise Ross. This mystery series is absolutely one of the best out there and I highly recommend it to all lovers of crime fiction. Once again, in this book, the author has taken me to an enchanting spot in Northumberland, this time to one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast - the Farne Islands. The day after claiming to have made the discovery of a lifetime - the wreck of an ancient Viking longboat - the body of an expert marine archaeologist is found washed up on the rocks at the foot of Longstone lighthouse. Was it an unfortunate accident, a suicide possibly, or did someone hear of the discovery and wanted to keep the treasure for themselves? DCI Ryan and his team are called in to the village of Seahouses to start the investigation. They start from the family running the inn where the man had rented a room and it's soon apparent that not everything is as it seems. There are tensions and currents beneath the surface and echoes of an old mystery can be strongly felt. Ryan is aware that the small village is a magnet for many salvage divers and marine archaeologists, all keen to explore and loot the wreck, so he knows that the possible suspects may be numerous. When a brutal murder takes place soon after in the streets of Seahouses, Ryan must first determine whether the two deaths are connected or not in order to catch the killer. Well, I really had a great time reading this book and I think Longstone is actually one of my favourites in the series so far. I absolutely loved the setting of the story and I could clearly visualise the small fishing village with its harbour, the rough seas around the islands, the seabed peppered with old shipwrecks, the islands home to many birds and seals, and the boats fighting the huge waves as they come crashing down on the rocks at the foot of the lighthouse. One thing I love in this series in general, apart from the beautiful, vividly described locations, is the author's ability of mixing and balancing drama, humour and romance throughout. In this book, the author gives us an interesting insight on what goes on in wreck salvage operations. Thanks to her crisp, clear writing and the mystery she has so cleverly woven in the plot, the author kept me glued to my kindle, entertained and interested till the end. I felt especially intrigued by the family running 'The Cockle Inn'. All members of this family seem to be hiding secrets. As I was reading, I had countless questions in my mind and I was desperate to have them all answered. Mostly, I wanted to know who the killer was as I had a suspect in mind from the very beginning and I was curious to find out if I would be proved correct or not by the end. Well, I'm not saying anything more other than the author left me open-mouthed more than once by the time I read the last chapter. One shocking surprise after the other! With a picturesque setting, fantastic lifelike, intriguing characters, a well-thought out plot and an engrossing mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, Longstone is an outstanding addition to the series and I highly recommend it. Fantastic book!! Well done to the author! With thanks to the author for a review copy of the book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nothing better than when a book in a series that you love is newly released and being able to read it straight away! What I love about this authors books in particular is the settings. They are so descriptive and scenic and it reminds me just how many beauty spots we have here in England. Whilst many of us jet off to different countries, LJ Ross’ books make me want to go off and explore places that are for me, only a matter of a small number of hours to get to. I absolutely loved this story line Nothing better than when a book in a series that you love is newly released and being able to read it straight away! What I love about this authors books in particular is the settings. They are so descriptive and scenic and it reminds me just how many beauty spots we have here in England. Whilst many of us jet off to different countries, LJ Ross’ books make me want to go off and explore places that are for me, only a matter of a small number of hours to get to. I absolutely loved this story line set in a coastal area that promises ship wrecks. I also really got into Gemma and Hutch’s background and was intrigued to read more. I liked both of them as characters and I like how the author allows the reader time to connect with them as well along with the main characters. Even though this is the 10th in the series, I felt it read well as a stand alone. I love Ryan, Anna and Frank in particular and it feels comforting to have been on this journey with them throughout the series, so much so that they feel like old friends. They bring so much to the books with a dash of romance and humour in all the right places. Longstone has to be one of my favourite books in the series. It had all I hoped for and more. The outcome actually nearly made me fall off my seat as I hadn’t seen it coming. I love it when an author totally hoodwinks me and the thrill of being taken by surprise. Brilliant book! My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Swinnerton

    Enjoyable to the end. I love the characters in this series of books....real people, with real lives. The story is never straight forward, and the culprit not easily discerned throughout. It would be nice at the end of the book, for an explanation of certain things particular to the area to be explained though....as an Australian, I have no idea exactly what a “stottie” is, or other thing endemic to that geographical area.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    Another gripping crime thriller from L J Ross. Ryan and his team are called after a body is found washed up near Longstone. Investigations reveal the person had been full of life the night before when he announced finding a Viking ship submerged under the sea. The next day his body is found. A few days later another body is discovered and Ryan and the team have to find the link between the two people. Frank is on hand to offer his insightful humour and I love the relationship with him and all th Another gripping crime thriller from L J Ross. Ryan and his team are called after a body is found washed up near Longstone. Investigations reveal the person had been full of life the night before when he announced finding a Viking ship submerged under the sea. The next day his body is found. A few days later another body is discovered and Ryan and the team have to find the link between the two people. Frank is on hand to offer his insightful humour and I love the relationship with him and all the team. I’m a real fan of this series and look forward to the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    I really liked this 10th L J Ross novel, same characters but a different setting to the last few. As usual, i didnt guess who dunnit!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    I don't know if this series is very good or if at this point I'm so invested and in love with the characters that I can find nothing negative to say. I was surprised by the ending and loved the dialogues. I don't know if this series is very good or if at this point I'm so invested and in love with the characters that I can find nothing negative to say. I was surprised by the ending and loved the dialogues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I love the narrator and the accents in these, the humour and of course, the story itself. I'm not alone, there's always a huge wait for the next one in the library. I love the narrator and the accents in these, the humour and of course, the story itself. I'm not alone, there's always a huge wait for the next one in the library.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Longstone is book ten in the DCI Ryan Mysteries by L. J. Ross. Doctor Anna Taylor local historian had a phone call from a friend asking for her opinion on a Viking treasure found near the fishing town of Seahouses. At first Doctor Anna Taylor was excited. However, that changed when on arrival at Seahouses, her friend body washed up on the beach. Doctor Anna Taylor called her husband, DCI Ryan. The readers of Longstone will continue to follow DCI Ryan to find out what happens. Longstone is anothe Longstone is book ten in the DCI Ryan Mysteries by L. J. Ross. Doctor Anna Taylor local historian had a phone call from a friend asking for her opinion on a Viking treasure found near the fishing town of Seahouses. At first Doctor Anna Taylor was excited. However, that changed when on arrival at Seahouses, her friend body washed up on the beach. Doctor Anna Taylor called her husband, DCI Ryan. The readers of Longstone will continue to follow DCI Ryan to find out what happens. Longstone is another enjoyable book to read in this fantastic series. I am unable to work or sleep soon as I open the first page of books in the DCI Ryan Mysteries and Longstone did not disappoint. I enjoy L. J. Ross writing style and the way she portrays her characters ensures that I engage with the plot of this book. Longstone was well written and researched by L. J. Ross. I like the description of the settings of Longstone that allowed me to imagine being part of the plot of this book. The readers of Longstone will learn about the role of Coastguard for small coastal communities. Also, the readers of Longstone will learn about the world of shipwreck diving and marine archaeology. I recommend this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    Thank you for another new Read #10 in the LJ. Ross mysteries this one leaves us with a good little page turner I finished this book a few weeks ago but haven't been into Good reads to give a review. We always look forward to a new book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries Series Longstone was well worth waiting for i don't think we will be waiting long for the next chapter in DCI Ryans mysteries Thank you for another new Read #10 in the LJ. Ross mysteries this one leaves us with a good little page turner I finished this book a few weeks ago but haven't been into Good reads to give a review. We always look forward to a new book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries Series Longstone was well worth waiting for i don't think we will be waiting long for the next chapter in DCI Ryans mysteries

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    mVisit the locations in the novel This takes place in around the lovely area of Seahouses and Bamburgh, the Farne Islands and more besides. The area is well known for rough seas and shipwrecks so this novel taps into that history as well as serving up a great dose of DCI Ryan and co. Grace Darling went out in a rowing boat to rescue stricken sailors from Bamburgh and you can visit her museum in the village. If you want to copy the seafaring ways, head to Seahouses and the harbour. For diving, the mVisit the locations in the novel This takes place in around the lovely area of Seahouses and Bamburgh, the Farne Islands and more besides. The area is well known for rough seas and shipwrecks so this novel taps into that history as well as serving up a great dose of DCI Ryan and co. Grace Darling went out in a rowing boat to rescue stricken sailors from Bamburgh and you can visit her museum in the village. If you want to copy the seafaring ways, head to Seahouses and the harbour. For diving, there's Beadnell. It's clear LJ loves her home region. It's as much a character as any other!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fiona M

    I’ve read all these books. Pre order as soon as I know one is to come out and read very quickly. One they are clever crime books and two the setting is Northumbria which I love. So was delighted that this one was set in Seahouses and the Farne Isles. Seahouses is a favourite haunt for fish and chips after a visit to Barter Books and a walk along the beach. And this year for the very first time we visited the Farne Isles. For a person who has a phobia about birds this was brave of me but I loved I’ve read all these books. Pre order as soon as I know one is to come out and read very quickly. One they are clever crime books and two the setting is Northumbria which I love. So was delighted that this one was set in Seahouses and the Farne Isles. Seahouses is a favourite haunt for fish and chips after a visit to Barter Books and a walk along the beach. And this year for the very first time we visited the Farne Isles. For a person who has a phobia about birds this was brave of me but I loved these islands. The location was an immediate win with me but so was the story. A diver is found dead. A local missing for many years all set round the Farnes. I thought I had the whole thing worked out but I was wrong and there was a real twist with a huge punch at the end. Another winner.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The more I read from this series, the more I grow to love it. You wouldn't think it possible to be fair, as I'm a pretty big fan already, but each book just keeps getting better, my love of the characters, and the setting, grows stronger, and I know, with even tap of my kindle screen, that my chances of getting anything else done (and I include sleeping and eating in that) rapidly diminish. I am very, very happy to say that Longstone was yet another cracker of a book and my eyes are delightfully The more I read from this series, the more I grow to love it. You wouldn't think it possible to be fair, as I'm a pretty big fan already, but each book just keeps getting better, my love of the characters, and the setting, grows stronger, and I know, with even tap of my kindle screen, that my chances of getting anything else done (and I include sleeping and eating in that) rapidly diminish. I am very, very happy to say that Longstone was yet another cracker of a book and my eyes are delightfully heavy as I try to write this post due to a complete lack of sleep last night. If there are typos (which there usually are to be fair so perhaps just more than normal) then you know why. Longstone sees Ryan and co head to the beautiful town of Seahouses on the Northumbrian Coast where the body of a Marine Archaeologist, and colleague of Ryan's wife, is found washed ashore one of the Farne Islands -the eponymous Longstone. It isn't clear whether this was simply a tragic accident or something far more sinister as the man had declared the historical find of lol the century, a sunken Viking vessel which could blow apart all that people thought they knew about the history of the north east. But if it wasn't an accident, then who could possibly want to kill the historian and why? Well ... let's face it. If DCI Ryan has been called in, there is very little chance of this being a simple boating accident now, is there? What Ryan finds when he arrives is a town full of suspects who are very reluctant to be honest him, a team of Archaeologists and divers who would do anything to claim that one big find, and a family mystery which stems back over two decades. What we as readers find is another absolutely cracking mystery which captivates you and keeps you turning the pages long after you should have gone to sleep. And I really did try last night, but after half and hour of tossing and turning, I gave up trying to kid myself and went straight back into the book, not stopping until I reached the completely shocking, and ultimately tragic, conclusion. What I love about the books is the way in which LJ Ross's love for her home county always shines through in the narrative. It doesn't matter how dark or deadly the story may get, the setting is always so lovingly captured that you cannot help but want to go there yourself. In fact, it feels so real, so tangible, that you may well be there, tasting the salt water as it slashes against your face, feeling the stomach churning rise and fall of the North Sea as you ride with Ryan and a rather distressed Frank Phillips, a man whose sea legs are possibly even less steady than his land legs during a post mortem. I was in Seahouses earlier this year and, although some of the narrative clearly has to be fictional, I could picture every inch of the harbour as the author described it and delighted in the talk of the islands that I sailed around this year and plan to visit again next. It really is quite extraordinary and, as I have said before, Northumberland is like the seventh member of the team, a living breathing character in its own right. Fans of the series will be delighted to know that poor Jack Lowerson is back in this book. I have to admit to having a bit of a soft spot for our Jack, (which anyone who has read the last few books will know is actually quite ironic and chucklesome). He's not quite his old self, a kind of melancholy hanging over him as you would expect after all he has been through, but there is still that old spark and it was great to have him safely back within the arms of his other family. Trainee DC Yates seemed very pleased to see him back. I guess we will have to watch to see if anything develops there in the future. Another key feature of these books, and one which always has me smiling as I read, is the camaraderie between the team, particularly Frank and Ryan. They spar off each other brilliantly and although they really are chalk and cheese, they are the perfect detecting duo and I can't imagine the series being the same without them together. Anna features less in this book, but the scenes between her and Ryan are beautiful as always, the two of them so in tune with each other than it is always romantic to watch. It is the team as a whole who make these stories, each member making their own mark upon those around them. The are strong as individuals, but together they are unstoppable. But there is another poignant and wonderfully developed layer in this story, one which involves the secondary characters that inhabit Seahouses. You know from the very beginning that landlord, Hutch, has an unrequited love for his brother's girlfriend Gemma, and there is something very touching about the way in which he has looked out for her and her son over the years. He is a sensitive character, although he works hard to hide it, and I really did like him and felt for him as he struggled with his feelings. The story itself is fast paced and completely gripping. I was pulled into it from the start and from the moments of excitement, such as when the archaeologist, Iain, had made his big discovery, to the sense of foreboding which grows as the story progresses, this was a book which just seemed to fly. If anything, I wish it had been longer. There are the moments of fast action and tension, as well as some quieter more reflective scenes which balance each other perfectly. This isn't a series which relies upon quick thrills to keep the audience captivated - it doesn't need them. It is the compelling mix of character, plot, setting and mystery which makes each of these books so brilliant and Longstone is up there will the best of them. Loved it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    This review is written after listening to the audio version of this book. This is my first book in a series which has been going for some time, based on the fact that readers/listeners keep coming back to it I decided to give this book a chance, I'm glad I did as I enjoyed it and now have a new author to follow. This story is set in Seahouses on the Northumbrian coast and around the Farne Islands and as that's a part of the UK I've been told a lot about and always wanted to visit it did make it mo This review is written after listening to the audio version of this book. This is my first book in a series which has been going for some time, based on the fact that readers/listeners keep coming back to it I decided to give this book a chance, I'm glad I did as I enjoyed it and now have a new author to follow. This story is set in Seahouses on the Northumbrian coast and around the Farne Islands and as that's a part of the UK I've been told a lot about and always wanted to visit it did make it more interesting for me. DCI Ryan gets drawn into the world of marine archaeology and the ruthless world of deep-sea diving for wrecks. Iain Tucker has been diving close to the Farne Islands and knows the area well. He's a Marine Archaeologist who is based at Durham University, he believes that there is a wreck of a Viking longboat close by and arranges to meet his colleague Dr. Anna Taylor-Ryan at a local pub, The Cockle Inn to discuss his thoughts/findings. But Anna waits for him in vain, he fails to show and can't be found. Ryan and his team are sent details of an unidentified male body washed up on the rocks at Longstone Lighthouse in the outer group of the Farne Islands. On investigation into the identity of the body much more than expected comes to light as his team has to deal with the local inhabitants and their secrets. There is an important historical find but who should take the credit for it? The story is an intriguing mystery which gives us some interesting historical information as a background to this well written, intriguing and engrossing plot which is fraught with danger, drama, and secrets. All the characters were well drawn, and apart from the main characters I especially liked Gemma and Hutch who run The Cockle Inn who are so necessary to this story which had me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing right up to the end. As this is my first foray into these stories I wasn't totally up to scratch with the backstories of the main characters but that in no way impeded my enjoyment of this great story set in the beautiful and wild setting which is described so well by the author. The narration was very well done by Jonathan Keeble he hit every character just right and added to my enjoyment of this well written and interesting story. I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    A good read! I am going through this series book by book and haven't been disappointed once. While I didn't enjoy the plot of this one as much as some of the others, it was still well worth taking the time to read it. It's been a joy following the characters and watching their stories unfold. Ryan and wife, Anna, make such an interesting couple. Ryan is so in love with her and she seems to know him better than he knows himself. Even when a case is going sideways and his frustration is showing, sh A good read! I am going through this series book by book and haven't been disappointed once. While I didn't enjoy the plot of this one as much as some of the others, it was still well worth taking the time to read it. It's been a joy following the characters and watching their stories unfold. Ryan and wife, Anna, make such an interesting couple. Ryan is so in love with her and she seems to know him better than he knows himself. Even when a case is going sideways and his frustration is showing, she can soothe his ruffled feathers with just the right words of deeds. It's also been fun watching Ryan's co-workers, Frank Phillips and Denise Mackenzie, work through their relationship with one another and with Ryan, who has a fondness for both of them. If you're looking for a good crime series to follow i would definitely recommend this one. The books can be read alone but you get so much more by reading the series. I actually read one of the newer books first and enjoyed it so much I went back and started at the beginning.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Another wonderful story with DCI Ryan, his wife Anna and their friends Frank Phillips and Denise MacKenzie-Phillips, who are also police officers. This story was about 3 murders, one committed more than 20 years ago, and 2 others to cover up that first murder. And I gotta tell ya’ I was really, really, surprised at who the killer was. I would NEVER expected that person as the killer. And wow, what a terrible deal for Josh and Daisy. Oddly enough, I don’t like stories with the MC being married. No Another wonderful story with DCI Ryan, his wife Anna and their friends Frank Phillips and Denise MacKenzie-Phillips, who are also police officers. This story was about 3 murders, one committed more than 20 years ago, and 2 others to cover up that first murder. And I gotta tell ya’ I was really, really, surprised at who the killer was. I would NEVER expected that person as the killer. And wow, what a terrible deal for Josh and Daisy. Oddly enough, I don’t like stories with the MC being married. No idea why I just don’t, usually. BUT I just love the love between Ryan and Anna. There’s no sign of sex in these books but just their words and there few kisses are so sweet, and they seem so real. As to the narration: Jonathan Keeble is totally awesome.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Lewis

    I know we're looking at horrible murders and people generally behaving abhorrently but I just LOVE these books. I save them for whenever I'm feeling a bit down or having a listening slump. Then, within a few minutes of Jonathan Keeble reading LJ Ross' exquisite writing, all is good in the world again. The characterisation is so sublime, so perfect, I'm managed to convince myself that I've met Denise and Frank, Anna and Ryan. In fact, I'm pretty sure I went to their weddings. The friendship betwe I know we're looking at horrible murders and people generally behaving abhorrently but I just LOVE these books. I save them for whenever I'm feeling a bit down or having a listening slump. Then, within a few minutes of Jonathan Keeble reading LJ Ross' exquisite writing, all is good in the world again. The characterisation is so sublime, so perfect, I'm managed to convince myself that I've met Denise and Frank, Anna and Ryan. In fact, I'm pretty sure I went to their weddings. The friendship between the two couples is the perfect foil for the evil in the world. It's like getting together will old friends who you don't see often enough and remembering how much you love being in their company. LJ Ross has hit on the perfect formula for an excellent book. Long may it continue.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mrsruthiewebb

    This was a great read. It felt good to have a fresh story with no threads to previous storylines. As much as I love the nods of continuity along the Ryan journey, this was a new crime with new suspects and it felt all the better for it.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The setting of this one was the coastline known for Grace Darling, puffins, lighthouses and the famous Farnes. It was very atmospheric and perfectly set for a recent and not-so-recent suspicious death.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Already looking forward to the next instalment. ⁣⁣⁣ This was a great read. It felt good to have a fresh story with no threads to previous storylines. As much as I love the nods of continuity along the Ryan journey, this was a new crime with new suspects and it felt all the better for it.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The setting of this one was the coastline known for Grace Darling, puffins, lighthouses and the famous Farnes. It was very atmospheric and perfectly set for a recent and not-so-recent suspicious death.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Already looking forward to the next instalment. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

  30. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Evans

    I loved this book. Terrific and memorable characters, a wild Northumberland coast--and murder! What more could you want? But you get a lot more from this author, as you are introduced to the people and their foibles, warts and all, especially Sgt Frank Phillips. I don't know how he became a copper, as he seems to be nervous of everything! But he did. Very funny exchanges between Phillips and Ryan. Watch out for the snowman. I loved this book. Terrific and memorable characters, a wild Northumberland coast--and murder! What more could you want? But you get a lot more from this author, as you are introduced to the people and their foibles, warts and all, especially Sgt Frank Phillips. I don't know how he became a copper, as he seems to be nervous of everything! But he did. Very funny exchanges between Phillips and Ryan. Watch out for the snowman.

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