Lady's Well: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 20)

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Lady's Well: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 20)

Lady's Well: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 20)

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He was belligerent, bellicose, and totally contrary, but did someone dislike him to the point they would want to kill him? In this instalment we see the ongoing development of the relationships between Ryan and Anna, Frank and Denise and Mel and Jack.

Also the paganism at the heart of Holystone seemed intriguing, and I would have liked to have learned more about this. And it is then moved to the future, when the first murder happens early in the book and the second soon after. I know the author had a number of issues to deal with while writing this book – illness among them – so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume those loose ends are deliberate and will be wrapped up in the next book or two to be released.I always enjoy the author’s descriptive writing in this series, I like to take myself off to these wonderful parts of Northumberland in my mind. I know kids are taught that spelling doesn’t matter as long as they make their point I’m old enough to have been taught how to spell and punctuate and this does detract from the story! J. Ross's description of the settings of Lady's Well, which allowed me to imagine being part of the book's plot. I laughed so much throughout with Frank’s one liners, he is 100% a character that I will forever love!

This is probably a matter of personal taste, but I disliked the constant references to Trump, Liz Truss, TikTok, influencers, etc. You give a wonderful description of the area and we will be visiting soon while I await the next instalment. The plot, the treatment of the characters, the style, the language have little in common with all the other books of the series.

Granted, these are part of everyday life and so I can understand them being included, but it seemed a shame to me that, in a place of such amazing ancient history, these allusions to contemporary life were given so much focus. There were several long and very didactic paragraphs about (supposedly) the characters opinions on these topics. The brief sections on the Northumbrian landscape were really interesting - it's definitely an area of the world I'd want to find out more about. I absolutely love this series, and Northumbria, England is one area of England which I have not visited very often, but these characters are so real to me, I feel that they are my friends.

I enjoyed it like most books, however the storyline felt a little thin as this just seemed to be a prelude to something more.They seem to be used for such different purposes and, again, they broke my focus because they were so unnecessary and confusing.

Optional extra – have your items hand wrapped in brown paper packaging tied up with string and with their very own North East tourist tip. However, the rest of it seemed lacking somehow – every other thread outside of the mystery was left hanging. The banter he had with Philips was occasionally amusing but more often a bit overworked, and seem to fall flat. Another thing I love is that this isn’t your stereo typical detective series, yes Ryan has his own demons to fight but both him and Frank are happily married which is something I don’t think I’ve rarely read in this genre and it really is a breath of fresh air. Come gli altri, lo sto leggendo in lingua originale e, rispetto ai precedenti 19 della serie, trovo eccessivo l'uso di espressioni linguistiche locali, unite alla novità della scelta, a volte pretenziIosa, del lessico.The Cove" (the first book in her new Summer Suspense Mysteries series) was released in 2021 and followed up by "The Creek" in 2022. For me there was too much Ryan and Frank driving around and talking, and less interesting interaction between all of Ryan's department.



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