Cragside by LJ Ross

Cragside is book 6 in the DCI Ryan Mysteries, I suggest reading them in order to fully appreciate Ryan, and he is worth appreciating!

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.

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.

We catch up with the team after the breath taking ending from High Force.
Cragside sounds like an idyllic place to recover until Ryan is caught up in a true old style Agatha Christie, locked room who dun nit!

L.J. Ross brings to life the amazing sounding mansion and although an old style format is given to the story it has been brought kicking and screaming into the modern times.

With Ryan and his team totally flummoxed with very little to go on. Within trying to work out what is going on, brought in to the mix are some changes at work that are affecting the team in various ways.

It was wonderful to catch up with the characters and find out what is happening next....

You get so much more than a mystery within the pages, you are entangled into the lives of Ryan and am really enjoying to see some of the other main players coming into the forefront, especially Phillips and MacKenzie.

I have a feeling that it won't be long until we are back and heading into more unchartered waters.
I am excited to read about what part of Northumberland L.J. will be bringing to life, or death next in the future novel of DCI Ryan.