17th June 2021.
Thanks to a snow storm, Ryan, his wife Anna, and colleagues Phillips and McKenzie find themselves seeking shelter in Chillingham Castle. It’s remote, haunted and hosting a small gathering. With phone lines down, no mobile signal, and the power about to fail, it’s not a good time for murder.
But when the housekeeper is found stabbed to death in the middle of the courtyard, Ryan and his colleagues have a problem. The only set of footprints in the snow belongs to the victim. Without the usual scenes of crime team, forensics and a pathologist, the detectives have to resort to good old-fashioned policing and deduction.
It’s a classic locked room mystery that’s entertaining and an enjoyable diversion from the usual investigations carried out by the team. The banter between the main players provides a humorous counterpoint, though it can be a little sugary sweet at times.
Christmas can be murder…
After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a stottie cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. Their Christmas spirit is soon tested when they’re forced to find shelter inside England’s most haunted castle, where they’re the uninvited guests at a ‘Candlelit Ghost Hunt’. It’s all fun and games—until one of the guests is murdered. It seems no mortal hand could have committed the crime, so Ryan and Co. must face the spectres living inside the castle walls to uncover the grisly truth, before another ghost joins their number…