Angel by LJ Ross
5/5 stars. If you like original, twisting plots with characters you care for, this series is for you. It’s crime fiction at its best and most accessible.
He’ll make you his angel, but first you have to die…
After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally returning to normal and he’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée.
Then, on Good Friday morning he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave and the killer has given her wings, like an angel.
Soon, another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan’s band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again.
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
The series keeps getting better with another tense and thrilling investigation by DCI Ryan and his trusty team. Two different investigations, involving separate members of the team eventually overlap as the race to catch a serial killer with an unusual trademark gathers speed.
The interplay between Phillips and Ryan has never been better, providing some lovely light relief. The tightly knit team all work hard for each other, determined to catch the killer. But lurking in the background, like a dark, brooding shadow, tension builds as you realise one of the team is in danger.
The tension reaches an unbearable level as the story races to a surprising and frightening conclusion, leaving the reader on a knife edge, desperate to know what happens next.
If you like original, twisting plots with characters you care for, this series is for you. It’s crime fiction at its best and most accessible. I could say more, but I need to read High Force, the next in the series, to find out what happens.