Sycamore Gap


The past never stays buried for long…

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past.

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.

My review…..

I finished this late last night (23rd December) and now I can’t wait to start Heavenfield (The DCI Ryan mysteries Book 3).

Having read and loved Holy Island (The DCI Ryan mysteries Book 1) I was very much looking forward to reading Sycamore Gap.

DCI Ryan is the most intriguing character and I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with him and his team again.

When the 10 year old remains of a young woman are found at Sycamore Gap DCI Ryan and his team are faced with the challenge of finding out who her killer is and how she remained undetected for so long. The fact that the discovery is made in the early hours of the summer solstice is unnerving considering their previous case on Holy Island. Is there a link or is it just paranoia?

This is a compelling, fast-paced murder mystery with excellent characters. It’s brilliantly written with a plot full of suspense. The twists and turns make you suspect almost everyone at some point in the story. It becomes quite tense at times, especially when certain team members put themselves in danger in an attempt to catch the killer.

I love that we see a more personal side to DCI Ryan, as well as his professional side. His relationship with Anna is particularly lovely, even though it’s not always rosy. The professional relationships he shares with his colleagues as well as the friendships they naturally develop give the characters depth and I really feel like I’m getting to know them. This is why I like to read a series in order, even if each book does work as a standalone.

If you haven’t read this series as yet, then I highly recommend that you do.

I have decided to have a DCI Ryan-a-thon, so I will be starting Heavenfield tonight (Christmas Eve)! Can’t wait!

You will find all of L J Ross’s books on her Amazon author page HERE


Previous posts featuring L J Ross…..

Holy Island (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 1)


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