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When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late. Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit from LJ Ross, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


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When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late. Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit from LJ Ross, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

30 review for Heavenfield

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Crime, family, love, betrayal, cult. That was fantastic. This series is just incredible. The thing that I love the most about this series is the evocative descriptions of the North East. More than the twisting, turning story, more than the intense chemistry between the characters, more than the amazing DCI Ryan, more than the history, it's the descriptions that have me coming back time and again. Read a passage. Close your eyes. Get lost. I love the historical influences in the story. I lo 5 Words: Crime, family, love, betrayal, cult. That was fantastic. This series is just incredible. The thing that I love the most about this series is the evocative descriptions of the North East. More than the twisting, turning story, more than the intense chemistry between the characters, more than the amazing DCI Ryan, more than the history, it's the descriptions that have me coming back time and again. Read a passage. Close your eyes. Get lost. I love the historical influences in the story. I love how L.J. Ross takes these dramatic landmarks and weaves a story around them, taking historical fact and adding in the ideology of a cult. Aside from the wonderfully rich setting, you also have a steadily evolving set of characters. If you have followed the series from the start, the people you meet between the pages of this book are very different from those you met at the beginning of Holy Island. How could they not be? This book has loyalties tested, romance strained, and shocking revelations. I'd say that it's best to read the whole series in order (because it's bloody brilliant) but I suppose you could read them on their own, it just means you'll miss out on a cracking plot that arcs through the series as a whole and you'll miss the characters changing and growing. A copy of this was provided by Booklover Catlady Publicity for review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    HEAVENFIELD by author L.J. Ross is the third in the series (DCI Ryan Mysteries #3). I have read the previous two book in the series; Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, but I loved this one the best. I recommend reading these in order. This is a fast paced crime thriller set in the North East of England. The plot is believable and the characters come alive in this setting. “When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have HEAVENFIELD by author L.J. Ross is the third in the series (DCI Ryan Mysteries #3). I have read the previous two book in the series; Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, but I loved this one the best. I recommend reading these in order. This is a fast paced crime thriller set in the North East of England. The plot is believable and the characters come alive in this setting. “When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects.” “Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late. “ Would Ryan be next…or will he unmask the devil? I recommend the entire series for fans of fast-paced crime whodunit thrillers. Many thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity who provided a digital copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    4.5★ The Circle. Weird, wicked and evil. As soon as the police plan to question someone, they turn up dead. One suspect is already in prison – couldn’t be him. Or could it? The story opens with a chilling death, as Ross’s previous two books have. The location is equally scenic, and the beauty of the place makes the activities of The Circle even worse. “The sun made its final descent into the horizon at its back, casting deep amber rays over the fields while stars began to pop high in the darkening 4.5★ The Circle. Weird, wicked and evil. As soon as the police plan to question someone, they turn up dead. One suspect is already in prison – couldn’t be him. Or could it? The story opens with a chilling death, as Ross’s previous two books have. The location is equally scenic, and the beauty of the place makes the activities of The Circle even worse. “The sun made its final descent into the horizon at its back, casting deep amber rays over the fields while stars began to pop high in the darkening sky above. Nature was the master here and all around her handiwork bloomed; a patchwork blanket of lush green grass, gorse bush and sprouting purple lavender.” DCI Ryan has been ‘invited’ to meet his lovely girlfriend Anna’s mentor at a secluded old church. Of course, he’s immediately discovered standing, literally red-handed, over the old bloke’s body by a group of visiting pilgrims. Not a good day for Ryan, it would seem. Plus, he has to break the news to Anna that her beloved surrogate father has been shot to death, brains splattered on the old stone walls. There is far less of the “chiselled-cheekbone” writing in this book, which I appreciated. As soon as I hit what seem like chick-lit bits in a book, I’m aware of being an audience instead of an engrossed reader. Ross is getting better all the time. We’re still reminded of people’s looks and connections, but I recall only one time Ryan wanted to gather Anna in his arms (or something similar). Instead, we are shown the connection between characters who have adopted each other into their own small-c circle and who worry and look out for each other. Detective Sergeant Frank Phillips and Detective Inspector Denise MacKenzie became an item in a previous book, and their relationship is affectionately portrayed. He performs at a popular karaoke spot, she rolls her eyes but can’t help smiling. Later “He turned to look at MacKenzie, who was starting to show signs of strain. He took her elegant hand in his broad, knobbly fingers and smiled at the difference between them. . . Phillips gave her fingers a squeeze and looked down at their joined hands. It was enough, for now. ‘Come on, let’s go and find some killers.’ You’re such a romantic, Frank.’" And I’m growing fond of slightly bumbling (but increasingly handy) Detective Constable Jack Lowerson, too. I expect to see more of him. I have digressed from the plot, but I think it’s enough to say great setting, good story well told, and creepy enough murders (without too many grisly details) to keep us guessing. Intrepid detective with good mates, but nobody's above suspicion in these. I don’t think you need to have read the first two in the DCI Ryan series to enjoy this, but I’m sure it would help. And reading this one first might spoil the fun of the first two if you backtrack. Heck, just read them all. Thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for my advanced reader’s copy for a review. On to #4 please, Ms Ross!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Will the Circle be unbroken? Or will DCI Maxwell Ryan finally split up the tightly twisted, tangled cult that has haunted Northumbria and eluded Ryan and his team for far too long. Wait! Ryan is still serving his suspension by Superintendent Gregson. Not only that, but when a man is found dead in the old Heavenfield Church, Ryan is the only person in the vicinity and finds himself involved in a scrum to clear himself of suspicion. That puts DI Denise Mackenzie in charge of the case. It doesn’t ta Will the Circle be unbroken? Or will DCI Maxwell Ryan finally split up the tightly twisted, tangled cult that has haunted Northumbria and eluded Ryan and his team for far too long. Wait! Ryan is still serving his suspension by Superintendent Gregson. Not only that, but when a man is found dead in the old Heavenfield Church, Ryan is the only person in the vicinity and finds himself involved in a scrum to clear himself of suspicion. That puts DI Denise Mackenzie in charge of the case. It doesn’t take long for MacKenzie and her squad to become embroiled in not one, but multiple murders as presumed Circle higher-ups begin mysteriously dying. Heavenfield: A DCI Ryan Mystery is the third in a series of DCI Ryan Mysteries by L.J. Ross, and I highly recommend that you read Holy Island and Sycamore Gap: A DCI Ryan Mystery before jumping into this one. Even having read the first two, I found myself struggling at times to remember some of the references to Circle members and racked my brain to anticipate who might still be a threat. Ryan – he never goes by Maxwell if he can help it – involves himself in the investigation, as does Anna Taylor, his girlfriend. Beginning with the mysterious death at Heavenfield and adding on the subsequent attacks and deaths that stretch the task force to its limits, Ms. Ross has created a dark, suspenseful tale by drawing classic lines of good vs. evil. The first death occurs on St. Oswald’s Tide, a feast commemorating the saint known for defeating a pagan army. The problem is that no one knows exactly who all the villains are. He or she could be your next-door neighbor, your fellow police constable, a doctor, a researcher, or all of the above. The principals on either side of this battle are well defined. We know who they are; even the police seem to know who some of the Circle members are. The challenge is finding evidence to prove it. The author has done a masterful job of creating so much tension that I felt it in every page. It was apparent that the Circle members were falling like dominoes. The question was who would be next, and when? Who was behind it? I was right to some extent, but Ms. Ross had a clever revelation at the end that took me completely by surprise. It was a gutsy move, I thought, because the execution was risky business. But I loved it! Everything that was building in the previous two books comes to a head in Heavenfield: A DCI Ryan Mystery. This is my favorite of the three, and I enjoyed it tremendously. In the other books, it bothered me somewhat that there was so much emphasis on the Circle; maybe I liked this one so well because I could sense them all getting their comeuppance. That’s not the only thing to like, of course. Ms. Ross has researched the history and culture of the area and truly respects the past, as well as the beauty of the landscape. DCI Ryan, Anna Taylor, Phillips, and MacKenzie are characters I love, and I hope to see them in future adventures together. I wish to thank Booklover Catlady Publicity and the author for providing me with a copy of Heavenfield in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. 5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    . Firstly I strongly suggest you read the first 2 books before this one. Another excellent story in the series, more and more is revealed about the secret society and characters past. Lots of action and gore, plus some historical facts. On to book 4 now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This series is just on a winning streak and no wonder L.J. Ross is having so much success with it. It's just got so much going for it - great plot, memorable characters, nice twists, sexy intelligent detective, great location and setting, good writing. What more do you want right? Great fiction! If you have not yet experienced this series you can pretty much start anywhere with it. I have also recently read book four and that one is bloody fantastic also. Of course starting at the beginning is ne This series is just on a winning streak and no wonder L.J. Ross is having so much success with it. It's just got so much going for it - great plot, memorable characters, nice twists, sexy intelligent detective, great location and setting, good writing. What more do you want right? Great fiction! If you have not yet experienced this series you can pretty much start anywhere with it. I have also recently read book four and that one is bloody fantastic also. Of course starting at the beginning is never a bad idea, certainly to get to know DCI Ryan who is one of my favourite crime characters of any books around at the moment, but the books are clever in that you could read any as a stand-alone and not feel lost in the wilderness. Yet again the book is set in the North-East of England which I am a bit biased about as that's where I live. It's great knowing where the places and locations are. I loved the pace of this book and it keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. For those who have been following the series you will enjoy this book especially as an ongoing situation comes to a grand finale (no spoilers!). Loved it! L.J. Ross is a smart, savvy and talented author that writes books that people LIKE and LOVE to read, from the very first best-selling book to now I remain a faithful fan. Do check out my reviews of the other three books in the series if you fancy it - all highly recommended from this crime book lover. 5 stars (again) for Heavenfield. Let the books keep coming and let DCI Ryan keep getting more and more sexy. I received a copy of this book thanks to the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thanks for reading my review! For more of my book reviews, plenty of awesome books to win, author interviews and features come over to join me for book fun at: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat... To follow me on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/promotethatbook To enquire about joining my reviewers team: http://goo.gl/forms/GWMOvlofZg Finally to enquire about my book publicity services: http://goo.gl/forms/eVwa2HFKnK

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    This is third in a series featuring DCI Ryan. HOLY ISLAND and SYCAMORE GAP were the first two books .. I highly recommend reading these in order. After receiving a text message that he should go to a remote church of Havenfield, DCI Ryan finds a dead body. The body of a man who has been involved with the Circle ... a satan-worshipping group of rich, powerful men and women. They will stop at nothing to protect themselves. As luck would have it, local law enforcement walks in as Ryan is standing ove This is third in a series featuring DCI Ryan. HOLY ISLAND and SYCAMORE GAP were the first two books .. I highly recommend reading these in order. After receiving a text message that he should go to a remote church of Havenfield, DCI Ryan finds a dead body. The body of a man who has been involved with the Circle ... a satan-worshipping group of rich, powerful men and women. They will stop at nothing to protect themselves. As luck would have it, local law enforcement walks in as Ryan is standing over the body, his hands bloodied. He's already been suspended and now it's going to be a battle to clear his name before he actually loses his job. Prominent higher-ups in the Circle begin to die, one right after the other. And Ryan is next on the list. This has been an intriguing series....made for anyone who loves suspense and thrives on a good mystery. The characters are believable, well-drawn. Action is fast-paced and the further into the book you get, the faster you read. 5 Stars for the series. Many thanks to the author / Booklover Catlady Publicity who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    Heavenfield is the third book featuring DCI Ryan and follows on from the events in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap: A DCI Ryan Mystery. These have been getting better and better. This one is definitely my favourite. The history that is weaved into the story and the atmospheric settings in the North East of England combined with the fast-paced, clever plot and the fantastic characters made this an excellent crime thriller. I would love to see Ryan, Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips investigating other ca Heavenfield is the third book featuring DCI Ryan and follows on from the events in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap: A DCI Ryan Mystery. These have been getting better and better. This one is definitely my favourite. The history that is weaved into the story and the atmospheric settings in the North East of England combined with the fast-paced, clever plot and the fantastic characters made this an excellent crime thriller. I would love to see Ryan, Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips investigating other cases in the future. These characters have really grown on me and it is nice to see how they are developing with each book. I listened to the audio version again. Apologies to anybody who read my two previous reviews for this series, but I'm going to have to repeat it again. The narration by Jonathan Keeble is absolutely fantastic. He kills it with the different accents and I've been super impressed how consistent the different characters' voices have been across all three books. He has really brought these characters to life for me. I would recommend the entire trilogy to all fans of fast-paced crime thrillers with believable characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    G.J.

    Another enjoyable read with DC Ryan and co

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    I had been saving Heavenfield since its release because I didn’t know when the next installment of the DCI Ryan series would be released. And then I saw the cover reveal on FB and it’s coming soon so needless to say I hopped onto my kindle straight away to get into it! As you all know, I love a good series and LJ Ross’s books are no exception. Reading these books is like catching up with old friends. There’s comfort in picking up the books because you know you won’t be disappointed. I don’t like I had been saving Heavenfield since its release because I didn’t know when the next installment of the DCI Ryan series would be released. And then I saw the cover reveal on FB and it’s coming soon so needless to say I hopped onto my kindle straight away to get into it! As you all know, I love a good series and LJ Ross’s books are no exception. Reading these books is like catching up with old friends. There’s comfort in picking up the books because you know you won’t be disappointed. I don’t like spoilers, so I will try keep my review succinct as I don’t want to give away anything about the plot. I recommend you read the precious books before this one if you haven’t already. Heavenfield opens with a shocker, and it snowballs from there. The pace of the book is just excellent. It pulls you in immediately and it will not let you go until the final chapter. The characters from previous novels are all there in various states of play. The plot is superb, it is all interconnected through the series and it just flows so well. I genuinely can’t say more about it without opening my big mouth and spoiling something so all I will say is LJ Ross is an excellent author and storyteller. The DCI Ryan series is excellent, and it keeps getting better with every new release! Bring on Angel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    J. Kahele

    I have read the first two in this series and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this book was just not for me. The story felt like it dragged out, like it was being forced. The writing seemed to stall at critical times and I found myself looking back through the pages to see if I missed something. Don't get me wrong, L.J. Ross is a very talented writer and I would definitely read more from her in the future, this one just didn't do anything for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    If I told you that this was the third book in this series that I have listened in the space of a week, then you’ll probably be able to guess how much I am loving it. From that very first introduction to DCI Ryan and team up on Holy Island, I have been hooked and each story has been cementing my love more. After two cracking tales in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, could Heavenfield keep the pace and my attention. Oh by ‘eck yes. This instalment brings the reader and DCI Ryan full circle, back to th If I told you that this was the third book in this series that I have listened in the space of a week, then you’ll probably be able to guess how much I am loving it. From that very first introduction to DCI Ryan and team up on Holy Island, I have been hooked and each story has been cementing my love more. After two cracking tales in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, could Heavenfield keep the pace and my attention. Oh by ‘eck yes. This instalment brings the reader and DCI Ryan full circle, back to the mysterious and dangerous ‘Circle’ who dominated the the story in that very first book. It is set to become Ryan’s most personal case yet as he falls victim to their plotting, while still trying to resolve lingering issues and concerns over his actions in the previous novel. There is no hiding who is part of the ‘Circle’, this is clear from the very first page and we are familiar with the names and faces from the first two books. And yet, as members are slowly but surely dispatch, it is not clear who the killer may be. Many seem to have opportunity and motive, Ryan included, but Ross manages to keep the reader guessing right to the last. Being honest, and maybe because I was listening rather than reading, I really didn’t see this one coming. There were the odd moments when I thought I knew, when I gave myself a bit of a knowing smile as I drove along (I should explain I was listening to audio, not reading and driving) and then something unexpected would happen and I was smiling that same smile, not for me but for the author. Excellent work. I loved it. As for the characters, Ryan is as formidable as ever. Serious and focused, his dry humour provides many lighter moments. Frank Phillips persists in wearing his colourful ties much to DI MacKenzie’s dismay. Gregson is still keeping secrets and Lowerson is as keen as mustard, now fully recovered from his ordeal on Holy Island. And the relationship between Ryan and Anna is settled, symbiotic. While he still drives her crazy, they understand each other, which is good because this case is very personal to both of them. It is a partnership that works and works well. There are moments of real tension, where you know that something is about to happen and you wonder just how Ryan and the team will overcome it. There are also more subtle moments which creep up on you. The narrative moves between Ryan and his team, to members of the ‘Circle’, but does so smoothly. And we revisit some characters who we have met before, adding an interesting dimension to the text. The story does provide some closure to the story which began on Holy Island, at least it felt like it did. Who knows quite how far the reach of this strange society extends. But I am glad to know that there are two more books in this series waiting on my kindle, books which I know are going to be a pure delight to read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    Stunning mystery... Having read and enjoyed the first two books in the DCI Ryan series, I was thrilled when the author offered me an ARC of her newest instalment, Heavenfield, and as soon as I received it I started reading it straight away. And once again I found myself lost in beautiful Northumberland... As a lover of history, I'm always keen to discover and learn about magnificent historical locations and buildings and ancient events and battles. And reading this author's books I always end up Stunning mystery... Having read and enjoyed the first two books in the DCI Ryan series, I was thrilled when the author offered me an ARC of her newest instalment, Heavenfield, and as soon as I received it I started reading it straight away. And once again I found myself lost in beautiful Northumberland... As a lover of history, I'm always keen to discover and learn about magnificent historical locations and buildings and ancient events and battles. And reading this author's books I always end up on Google as I feel the need to see the places mentioned, and every time, I realise that the online pictures are a mirror image of what I had imagined while reading the book. This shows the author's ability of vividly describing and bringing to life places and sceneries. This time I searched information about Heavenfield church and Bamburgh castle as these are the two focal points in this book. But I don't want to give the impression that this is some historical fiction. No, this is a brilliant, modern day, blood-soaked murder mystery - the culmination of all events taking place in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, the first two books, so I recommend readers to go through these books in the correct order. This book starts with a bang...literally! A man is found dead in a church and Ryan ends up the prime suspect. But this will only be the first of many deaths in this book. In fact victims start dropping like flies! What these victims have in common is, that they are all connected to the mysterious Circle. "Someone is ticking persons of interest off the list." DI Denise Mackenzie leads the investigation and her first job is to clear her boss's name from the suspects' list. But someone sees Ryan as a stumbling block and won't rest until he has been eliminated. Who is behind all these murders? Who is acting like a vigilante? Who wants Ryan out of the picture? How will the other members of the Circle react? The characters in this series are so realistic that it's as though I've known them for ages. Once again, through her excellent writing skills, and a balanced mix of suspense, humour and romance, the author has weaved yet another clever plot that kept me engrossed throughout. A dramatic scene towards the end left me gasp for air and I was on tenterhooks to see how it will all end. Who will die? Who will survive? I certainly wasn't expecting the ingenious (and believable) way in which the author ties up all loose ends at the end. Clever girl! To those who have not yet discovered this author, I say one thing: You're missing out! Go grab the first book and a coffee and prepare to dive into this stunning mystery series. You won't be able to stop reading! With thanks to LJ Ross for an ARC of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Spoilers, maybe.. but I doubt it.. This one started with a man being killed and Ryan being accused of killing him. That was a good start, I thought. And, wow, everything just went crazy in this book: Gregson going after Ryan, trying to get him thrown off the force, and the deal with Gregson’s wife, 2 prison/hospital deaths while they were already looking into another killer’s death. And if some of you don’t know what I’m talking about and think I’m giving up spoilers I’m not, for those of you who Spoilers, maybe.. but I doubt it.. This one started with a man being killed and Ryan being accused of killing him. That was a good start, I thought. And, wow, everything just went crazy in this book: Gregson going after Ryan, trying to get him thrown off the force, and the deal with Gregson’s wife, 2 prison/hospital deaths while they were already looking into another killer’s death. And if some of you don’t know what I’m talking about and think I’m giving up spoilers I’m not, for those of you who read the first two books. For those who didn’t you might be lost. This was really a fascinating series. It was just fabulous getting to know Ryan and Anna, and watching them fall in love. Loved Phillips and MacKenzie, and I absolutely love Phillips’s ties, what a quirky guy he was with his ties. Really liked Jack but I wasn’t really sure about him in the beginning. And, wow, wow, wow, what a trip that Jane was. She had a god-like attitude and thought the immediate world would soon be kneeling at her feet. Every one of these “Master’s” were totally insane killers, thinking they were doing Satan’s work. Every time one Master died another would take his place, until Jane was given the position as High PriestESS, after years of there being only Priests. This was a truly great series and I’m sorry the story of “The Circle” had to end. But, boy, what an ending. Again there was no sex in this book, not even a hint of it, but there was love and affection and that’s all I can ask for. The was swearing and the F-bomb was used 12 times. As to the narration: Again the narrator did a great job with his emotions while reading and the men had wonderful voices but the women’s voices still sucked, just like they did in the first two books. However, even with the women’s voices I’d still listen to the narrator again. With the books being free with KU and the audibles only being $1.99 you really can’t go wrong.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It was great to catch up with Ryan again. Even though he still very much has his demons to overcome, we certainly see a more lighter and a touch of the romantic side to him. This brought a whole new light to the story and made it even more enjoyable. Theres a reference to Cabot Cove in the story which of course is where the famous Jessica Fletcher lives. (A big murder/mystery TV show in it’s day just incase you haven’t heard of it). Even though this series is very much one of mystery and suspense It was great to catch up with Ryan again. Even though he still very much has his demons to overcome, we certainly see a more lighter and a touch of the romantic side to him. This brought a whole new light to the story and made it even more enjoyable. Theres a reference to Cabot Cove in the story which of course is where the famous Jessica Fletcher lives. (A big murder/mystery TV show in it’s day just incase you haven’t heard of it). Even though this series is very much one of mystery and suspense it certainly had that good old fashioned whodunnit feel to it. As always the author keeps the reader fully engrossed in the story. From the fabulous setting to the great characterisation there is plenty to lose yourself into. The story line of the circle is one that has always fascinated me and this is one series I can’t get enough of. Heavenfield is without a doubt a great read for lovers of mystery and suspense. Looking forward to more in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 stars. This series continues to be enjoyable. Well written with interesting cultural and law enforcement details, I never feel like the author is dumbing down things for the reader. The romance between the H and his lady love is still adult and surprisingly sweet. There is a moment when I thought the author was going to insert some unnecessary OP drama, but rest assured, that isn't the case. The crime element of this story is pretty dark, with (view spoiler)[ lots of murder (hide spoiler)] bu 3.5 stars. This series continues to be enjoyable. Well written with interesting cultural and law enforcement details, I never feel like the author is dumbing down things for the reader. The romance between the H and his lady love is still adult and surprisingly sweet. There is a moment when I thought the author was going to insert some unnecessary OP drama, but rest assured, that isn't the case. The crime element of this story is pretty dark, with (view spoiler)[ lots of murder (hide spoiler)] but it's counterbalanced by the constantly shifting multiple povs that prevent the reader from focusing too much on creepy sadness. The twist was surprising and I didn't see it coming. The mystery and suspense of this book was wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. It's a sign when I'm reading a perfectly enjoyable book and take a break to read another one of this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Heavenfield by L.J. Ross This is the 3rd book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries by Author L.J. Ross “When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects” This series caught my attention, and I must mention that they are free to download on Kindle Unlimited The history, and atmospheric dialogue is very appealing. They have wonderful deep character development, that just keeps getting bette Heavenfield by L.J. Ross This is the 3rd book in the DCI Ryan Mysteries by Author L.J. Ross “When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects” This series caught my attention, and I must mention that they are free to download on Kindle Unlimited The history, and atmospheric dialogue is very appealing. They have wonderful deep character development, that just keeps getting better as the series grows. The spectacular Northumbrian landscape is well visualized within the words, with a great storyline and characters you will empathise with

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Gilchrist

    L J Ross Heavenfield. 5* Compelling from the first chapter, Heavenfield set in a Northumbrian church believed to be the site of a battle in 635AD. Again we have DCI Ryan and his team up against the dark forces who see him as a danger to them. Another excellent read from this author who is winning plaudits for her skill has a writer. Another great atmospheric book set in the wilds of the North East.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    WOW! Am I ever enjoying LJ Ross’ DCI Ryan Mysteries! Just finished Heavenfield by LJ Ross and I would like to meet DCI Ryan. The character is so determined to do right by the people who have been murdered that he is willing to take on ‘the persons at the top’ which normally is not the best of ideas. Ryan, his selected team members, and, of course, Anna gather to decide just how to approach this task. As the meeting is at Anna’s place, she will need to repaint a wall as Ryan with black marker wri WOW! Am I ever enjoying LJ Ross’ DCI Ryan Mysteries! Just finished Heavenfield by LJ Ross and I would like to meet DCI Ryan. The character is so determined to do right by the people who have been murdered that he is willing to take on ‘the persons at the top’ which normally is not the best of ideas. Ryan, his selected team members, and, of course, Anna gather to decide just how to approach this task. As the meeting is at Anna’s place, she will need to repaint a wall as Ryan with black marker writes what the team has on the ‘crime board’. Is The Circle still involved? Can Ryan trust all members of Northumbria CID? Will Ryan disciplinary hearing go well for him? His team is present at this hearing to make sure it does. The ending is superlative! So well done! The author uses actual sites in Northumbria for the action. I am ready to leave on the next flight. Though American, I am getting ‘homesick’ for England! Once again, congratulations, Ms. Ross, on another dynamite mystery! Highly recommended!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Smith

    Disappointed in this one in the series, quite unimpressed actually. Hope the next one returns to form.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Wilson

    Many thanks to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review. She has done it again. The author has managed to produce a third book equally as good, if not slightly more, as the first two books in the series. Due to the recurring theme throughout the books thus far you do need to read them in order to fully enjoy the series. Ryan is once again thrown into the midst of the action, but not quite in the same way as before. He has to work hard not only to clear his name, but also to try and f Many thanks to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review. She has done it again. The author has managed to produce a third book equally as good, if not slightly more, as the first two books in the series. Due to the recurring theme throughout the books thus far you do need to read them in order to fully enjoy the series. Ryan is once again thrown into the midst of the action, but not quite in the same way as before. He has to work hard not only to clear his name, but also to try and figure out why the members of the Circle are systematically being picked out one by one. This book shows a different side to Ryan, as he has to use certain tactics in order to achieve his goal. His actions lead him into danger on more than one occasion. Can he survive to fight another day, or will the Circle triumph at last? This book is brilliantly written, the characters are all very well done. The locations, once again, are ones I can relate to having been there myself over the years. This adds a certain something to the book for me, and indeed the series as a whole. If you can picture in your head exactly where the author is taking you it adds a whole new dimension to the story. I absolutely love this authors books and cannot wait to see what she brings us next. A definite favourite of mine now and highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Another stunning tale surrounding DCI Ryan. Heavenfield completes “the circle” of the first 3 books in the DCI Ryan series- everyone being un-put-down-able! This one starts with Ryan’s girlfriends father figure being murdered in strange circumstances and putting Ryan himself as a suspect. More suspicious murders follow and Ryan is in a quandary in more than one way. Karma is served mixed in with you reap what you sow….. As ever a book that flows. Excellent descriptions of the surrounding areas and Another stunning tale surrounding DCI Ryan. Heavenfield completes “the circle” of the first 3 books in the DCI Ryan series- everyone being un-put-down-able! This one starts with Ryan’s girlfriends father figure being murdered in strange circumstances and putting Ryan himself as a suspect. More suspicious murders follow and Ryan is in a quandary in more than one way. Karma is served mixed in with you reap what you sow….. As ever a book that flows. Excellent descriptions of the surrounding areas and in depth characters. This could probably stand- alone however much of the depth of what has gone before would be lost so best read as part of the series. A gripping detective story written with a little humour, a pinch of romance, a touch of the macabre and always a good ending. I could truly see this as a TV series, the plots are excellent with endearing characters (but would DCI Ryan be as we each imagine him?!!) I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    I received a free copy from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! I honestly never thought that this series could get any better, but I stand corrected. I don't know if it's because I've gotten to know and like the characters so much, or because the author is getting more confident in her writing, but Heavenfield is simply amazing. The story starts with the death of one of the characters we love to hate, and it snowballs from there. The ac I received a free copy from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! I honestly never thought that this series could get any better, but I stand corrected. I don't know if it's because I've gotten to know and like the characters so much, or because the author is getting more confident in her writing, but Heavenfield is simply amazing. The story starts with the death of one of the characters we love to hate, and it snowballs from there. The action never slows down and, when you eventually find out whodunit, my jaw dropped. I should have seen it coming, because the clues are all there and it makes so much sense, but somehow, I was completely off the mark. I am curious to see where this series goes next. I will follow DCI Ryan wherever he goes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Maule

    LJ Ross has written her third and best book of this series so far. This story wraps up the first two and probably should not be read as a stand alone. This is a thrilling chase for killers through the north east of England and there is shocks for both the reader and the characters throughout the book. The ending is truely inspired and a work of literary art. Old school murder mystery fans will love it. The mix of modern and vold school cultures in this book is just divine. As long as the author keep LJ Ross has written her third and best book of this series so far. This story wraps up the first two and probably should not be read as a stand alone. This is a thrilling chase for killers through the north east of England and there is shocks for both the reader and the characters throughout the book. The ending is truely inspired and a work of literary art. Old school murder mystery fans will love it. The mix of modern and vold school cultures in this book is just divine. As long as the author keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them,

  25. 5 out of 5

    Philippa Mckenna

    The third and final book in this series proved to be the best of the lot. Murder, mystery, intrigue and suspense, this book has it all. Massive thanks to Booklover Catlady Publicity for letting me have a copy of this brilliant book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    While this is a separate story there is a continuing story arc from book one, Holy Island and book two Sycamore Gap, so I would highly recommend reading these books in order. The narrator in this series is really growing on me, and I appreciate the accents and the animation that he lends to these characters. I am addicted to this series and have already started book four, my thirst for serial killers is still feeding my reading mojo until my romance groove returns. DCI Ryan is ever growing as a gr While this is a separate story there is a continuing story arc from book one, Holy Island and book two Sycamore Gap, so I would highly recommend reading these books in order. The narrator in this series is really growing on me, and I appreciate the accents and the animation that he lends to these characters. I am addicted to this series and have already started book four, my thirst for serial killers is still feeding my reading mojo until my romance groove returns. DCI Ryan is ever growing as a great character, one that the author gave a heart and conscience to while still trying to keep him professional. We think that police have these hard hearts that have seen and done every horrific thing imaginable, and yet can still remain aloof and pragmatic, but LJ Ross captured these peoples thoughts and emotions that humanised them. Ryan and Anna get serious (hooray!!) and as I said in the last review, I am glad that these two have stood the test of time. While I don't normally read police procedurals with detailed personal live, I like this change. It seems The Circle on the Island still has it's grisly tentacles here, there and everywhere with far reaching consequences. I am hoping that this is the last that we have heard of The Circle, but am still unsure if it was finally dissolved in the last book. These awful people seem to have nine lives. As I said above, I am devouring these by the day and while my husband is not happy I have ear-buds constantly in my ears, I am loving this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Crouch

    The beauty of a series is getting to know the main characters a little better with each book. In Heavenfield it’s the way the main characters come together and rally round DCI Ryan that lifts a story where there’s so much going on. He’s under attack from ‘The Circle’, whose members seem to be ruthlessly purging anyone who threatens their existence or exposure. The events in this story have been brewing in the previous two books and lead to an intense and complex plot with many threads and a rathe The beauty of a series is getting to know the main characters a little better with each book. In Heavenfield it’s the way the main characters come together and rally round DCI Ryan that lifts a story where there’s so much going on. He’s under attack from ‘The Circle’, whose members seem to be ruthlessly purging anyone who threatens their existence or exposure. The events in this story have been brewing in the previous two books and lead to an intense and complex plot with many threads and a rather neat twist at the end. Hats off to the author for keeping so many plates spinning. At times it felt like there was too much going on, diluting the tension, but the thrilling climax more than made up for this. I love the atmospheric locations, the sinister backstory and the engaging central characters, all wrapped up in some great writing that makes for exciting and dramatic stories that are an absolute pleasure to read. I can’t wait to find out how the team deal with the aftermath of this story in the next book, Angel. From the standard of writing so far, it promises to be another great book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Well, I didn't see that coming! Heavenfield is another cracking read in the DCI Ryan series. I loved books 1&2 and I think the series is just getting better and better. I was hooked from the very first page, which didn't surprise me at all having read the first two books. LJ Ross has a way of drawing you in immediately and, so far, I have been treated to three excellent stories, all of which follow on from each other. The series is set in a beautiful part of our country which I wish I was clo Well, I didn't see that coming! Heavenfield is another cracking read in the DCI Ryan series. I loved books 1&2 and I think the series is just getting better and better. I was hooked from the very first page, which didn't surprise me at all having read the first two books. LJ Ross has a way of drawing you in immediately and, so far, I have been treated to three excellent stories, all of which follow on from each other. The series is set in a beautiful part of our country which I wish I was close enough to visit more often. If you haven't read any of this series as yet, then I would recommend you read them in order. They may work well as standalones, but the characters' stories do progress throughout the series and I love how we get to know them that little bit better as you go along. The cases they are working on do link back to previous cases also. DCI Ryan is a very likeable character. If you've read these books yourself and/or seen other reviews then I'm sure you'll agree he's a very charismatic character. I think I might have a little crush on him! I know I'm not the first and I'm sure I won't be the last! He's described as tall and dark, tough, but with a soft side, an exceptional detective who is loyal to his team and fiercely protective of those he loves. What's not to love? He has his flaws though, of course, but these just make me warm to him more. I love how is relationship with Anna is progressing. Both have seen tragedy in their lives, but it has brought them closer together. In Heavenfield the team are faced with another brutal death and DCI Ryan finds himself the prime suspect. His team are obviously desperate to prove his innocence, but have to by following the correct procedures which can prove frustrating. When other members of 'The Circle' are found dead the investigation picks up pace and certain colleagues' involvement begins to become clear. They can't be allowed to get away with their crimes. This is another fast-paced mystery with shocks and surprises along the way. Whenever I thought I had it sussed another twist would throw me off and see me questioning everything all over again. As the reader we do know some of what's going on before the team and I found myself willing them to see what is seemingly staring them in the face. It's very cleverly written and I loved it! There is an excellent mix of characters who I'm very much looking forward to catching up with again in Book 4. https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com/...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    This series is going from strength to strength and it's a pleasure to re-visit DCI Ryan and all the other regular characters. This is book three in the series and I would advise reading them in order. I've never visited Northumbria but it sounds wonderful. I would highly recommend this crime series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It's official, I'm hooked on these mysteries. I just finished this one, and while I don't think it was QUITE as good as the previous two, I'll definitely keep reading them. I need to know if they have successfully shut down the Circle! 3/5 stars.

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