The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 14 – Part 2


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My second #bookvent selection for day 14 is from this author’s better known and very well loved police procedural series. Now there are a couple of books I could choose from in this series, but this one stuck in my mind for several reasons, the mina one being that this was the story that changed the lives of some of the characters immeasurably, while still providing a mixture of tension, action and very emotional story telling. My second day fourteen bookvent selection is:


The Moor by LJ Ross

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.

Available from: Amazon

Now let’s face it – this series is known for having some pretty iconic characters, both good and bad, but none have made quite so much impact on the lives of our favourite team than young Sam O’Neill, the daughter of Circus performers who blazes into the lives of Denise and Frank changing everything for the couple. She is a brilliant new character, wise beyond her ten years, but still with a vulnerability and childlike character which makes her very likeable from the outset. The story is full of tension, intrigue and emotion, highlighting the inherent prejudices which follow travelling communities such as the circus, whilst avoiding the obvious stereotypes that you might expect. The story also marks a turning point for Jack Lowerson who has had more than his fair share of troubles over the past few books, and that’s putting it mildly. (I take no responsibility .or that – I merely lent my name not my personality …😉) The murders may not be as grizzly as some we have seen in the past, but the story is still compelling and the scene setting as vibrant and rich in imagery as always. I do love this series and The Moor is one of those books which really captures and portrays the emotional heart of the team. Brilliant characters, fabulous story – another DCI Ryan winner. Loved it.

You can read my full review of The Moor here.


Happy #bookvent reading all


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