6th August 2019. 5 stars.
LJ Ross has delivered another terrific and highly entertaining episode in the DCI Ryan series. This time it’s a cold case investigation, triggered by the memories of a 10 year old girl, Samantha, who’s the daughter of the ringmaster of the circus that’s just pulled into town.
Samantha turns out to be a delightful character and rather a handful as the team battles social services, the closed community of the circus, and their own emotions as they investigate the murder of her mother.
It’s a fast-paced tale where the layers of silence are peeled back to reveal secrets, animosities and motives for murder. As Ryan moves closer to the truth, the stakes increase and the risk to Samantha grows, leading to a thrilling finale and some emotionally charged moments.
The Moor has everything you could wish for in a crime story – lovable characters you root for, a twisting plot with enough suspects to keep you guessing, and a humanity that underpins the main characters and the job they do.
With some unfinished business from a parallel investigation, I’m looking forward to where the next story will take one of my favourite crime teams.
Highly recommended and one of the best crime series I’ve had the pleasure to read.
The circus is in town…
When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus has rolled into Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing with it a troupe of daring acrobats, magicians, jugglers—and one of them is a killer.
Ryan and his team must break through their closed ranks to uncover a secret which has lain buried for eight years, before the killer strikes again – this time, to silence the only living witness…
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.