Longstone by LJ Ross


22nd April 2019 – 4 stars.

I’m glad the team were back in Northumbria for this murder investigation involving a Viking shipwreck that costs Iain Tucker his life.

In steps DCI Ryan to investigate and uncover the secrets and lies in the close-knit community of Seahouses. While he’s hardly had time to acquaint himself with events, there’s another murder and it’s time to bring in his team.

While the story started slowly, focusing on some family relationships and the main characters in the village, it picked up pace to finish with a well-described and exciting climax on the sea. The information and detail concerning shipwrecks and their exploration was interesting and added realism and credibility to the unusual but compelling plot.

There seemed to be a lot more banter and humour between the main characters, which I found a little distracting at times, but otherwise an entertaining and enjoyable read.


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…


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