27th January 2019 – 4 stars.
I always enjoy the DCI Ryan stories because I love the main characters, the way they work together and the complex, usually original crimes they have to solve. The stories also seem to work better when there is a personal element to the investigation, such as Ryan’s confrontation with The Hacker in earlier novels.
In The Hermitage, Ryan and his wife, Anna, leave the familiar surroundings of Northumberland to bring a serial killer to justice. There’s a personal element to spice up the conflict, as Ryan previously arrested Nathan Armstrong only for a superior to release the suspect.
The action takes place in Florence, making good use of its history, art and culture to give the story a different edge. Ryan is his usual determined self, unable to let go or accept anything less than total commitment from his Italian colleagues.
The story is well-written, fast paced, and intriguing, though I had to suspend disbelief on several occasions. While this sometimes spoils a story for me, the author’s writing and skill as a storyteller ensured I continued to read this fast-paced novel to the end, enjoying the many twists and turns.
He thought he was invincible, but he was wrong…
When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered – and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective…
DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath but there’s just one problem – he’s also an international celebrity; a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.
Ryan is a stranger in a foreign land, but he knows one thing – he’ll never give up.
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscapes of Northumberland and Tuscany.