~Blog Tour Review~ Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons

Hi everyone,

I'm thrilled to be one of two stops on the blog tour for Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons. Make sure to check out the lovely Neats and her post over at The Haphazardous Hippo HERE!

About the book:

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Who can you really trust?

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

Published on July 23rd by Bloodhound Books, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

Deadly Friendship (DI Hamilton Book 3) by Tara Lyons

About the author:


Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

Sign up to Tara's monthly newsletter for exclusive news, previews and giveaways: http://eepurl.com/bN2KoH

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My thoughts:

Deadly Friendship is the 3rd DI Denis Hamilton series by Tara Lyons and it's safe to say these books are getting better and better! 

When we meet Hamilton in Deadly Friendship, he is on holidays with his family at Lake Windermere. The last thing he is expecting while out on a boat trip is to come across a dead body, but that's exactly what happens.

Immediately, he switches to work mode, not least because a note with a woman's name has been found written on a piece of paper in the mouth of the deceased. This discovery means Hamilton has to work quickly and diligently to connect the dots in this unusual case.

Parallel to this, the reader is introduced to a circle of friends who are drawn back to get her after relative estrangement. What has brought them back together, and how does it have a bearing on Hamilton's case? Something is not quite right in their group, and it's only a matter of time before a long forgotten past secret threatens their lives.

I really enjoy books that are character-drive and that's what I found with this one. The more I read about Denis Hamilton and his team, the more I find myself caught up in their lives. Add to this a strong plot and I'm sold.

Tara Lyons has written another brilliant book in Deadly Friendship. It is packed to the brim with secrets and lies, a great cast of characters and a truly compulsive story, I started and finished this one within 24 hours, I just couldn't put it down.

Catch up on the blog tour:

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The Detriment by David Videcette

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*Many thanks to David Videcette for my review copy of The Detriment*

About the book:

“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…

Published in June 2017, The Detriment is out now and you can get your copy by clicking the link below:

The Detriment by David Videcette

About the author:

David Videcette, former detective with the Anti-Terrorist Branch.

David Videcette, former detective with the Anti-Terrorist Branch.

As a Metropolitan Police detective, David has worked on a wealth of infamous cases. He’s placed bugs on scores of vehicles, searched hundreds of properties, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.
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A former Scotland Yard investigator with twenty years’ policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a lead detective on the 7/7 London bombings investigation.

He’s been awarded several police commendations, including one for outstanding detective work and perseverance which led to his discovery of a 7/7 bomb factory during Operation Theseus.
Today he uses that experience as the author of crime thrillers, THE THESEUS PARADOX, and THE DETRIMENT, in the Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan series.

David currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.

The question that David gets asked most often is: ‘How do you pronounce Videcette?’ It’s pronounced ‘Wide-set’, just with a ‘V’. (Vyde-set).

The second question David gets asked most often, is: ‘What really happened?’ To which the answer is, ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’

My thoughts:

Having read and loved The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette when it was released, I as thrilled to be able to read an early copy of The Detriment. David has written another cracking crime thriller, another book that is rooted in recent UK history.

We’re back with DI Jake Flannagan in The Detriment, where he is tied to a desk (not literally!!!) due to his actions on a previous case. (I should mention here, to get the full picture I recommend you read The Theseus Paradox so you know what the background is.) However, Jake doesn’t take being told what to do easily. Needless to say, he plants himself firmly in the middle of the action in this one.

A planted (unexploded) bomb outside a London nightclub, a jeep driven into Glasgow airport and a dead spy are all linked together, and its up to Jake to tease out the secrets that are holding these events together. Back with his buddy Lenny, Flannagan goes on a hunt for information, but what he uncovers has a huge impact on more than just those involved in the investigation.

Returning characters in The Detriment include Shirley, Jake’s therapist, who is trying to break down the emotional barriers that Jake has put up due to the traumatic events in the past. I really enjoyed how the reader got an insight into where Jake was in his head, even if he wouldn’t talk about it with anyone else. Claire is also back in The Detriment. I think she has such great scope as a character, even if she does lead Jake astray. But let’s face it, with him it’s not exactly difficult to make him bend the rules. Or snap them completely.

I don’t want to say much more, because I hate dissecting plots when the fun is in reading them and untangling them for the reader. David Videcette has done a great job in weaving crime fact into crime fiction, A thrilling page-turner with plenty of action, The Detriment will delight Terry Hayes and Lee Child fans. It is an excellent second installment in the series, and I cannot wait to see where Jake goes next.

Highly recommended.

Previous posts:

The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

The Detriment Publication Day Q&A with David Videcette

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork


*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy!*

About the book:

When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the murder site is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene meticulously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger is a woman on the edge – she has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.

Published in April 2017, click HERE to order your copy!

About the author:

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Samuel Bjørk is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien. Øien wrote his first stageplay at the age of twenty-one and has since written two highly acclaimed novels, released six albums, written five plays, and translated Shakespeare, all in his native Norway. Øien currently lives and works in Oslo.

My thoughts:

I’m not going to lie, I had been waiting to read The Owl… since I turned the last page in I’m Travelling Alone as it was one of my favourite reads of 2015. Something about the authors writing really captured my attention with the first book, so I was really hoping that they would be able to do the same with the second in the series.

In The Owl… we’re back with Holger and Mia. When the body of a troubled teen runaway is found posed on a bed of feathers in the forest, Holger and Mia are called in to investigate the apparently ritualistic killing. What follows takes the whole team off down a very dangerous path.

In this book, Mia is very troubled. Still struggling with her demons after the events in book one, she throws herself into this case in a bid to get herself back on track. Burying herself in solving the case seems to be the only way Mia is able to expend all of her nervous energy. Thanks to this manic energy, she manages to spot vital clues throughout the investigation.

Holger is also having a bit of personal trouble in this one, yet he still manages to keep the investigation moving forward. His daughter, Miriam, also features prominently in The Owl… She has met an activist and seems to be veering away from her marriage towards something that she does’t understand. It turns out to be bigger than anyone could have anticipated.

The Owl Always Hunts at Night is a suspenseful and gripping slice of Scandinavian crime fiction. Packed with creepy and unusual ritualistic elements, with a very dark undertone, it is a crcking follow-up to I’m Travelling Alone.

Highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Freefall (Pendulum Trilogy #2) by Adam Hamdy

About the book:

Eight months after confronting Pendulum, John Wallace is losing himself in a dangerous warzone in a misguided attempt at penance for what he has done. But an assassination attempt makes Wallace realise that he has once again been targeted for death. This time, Wallace is prepared and, tracking down his would-be assassin, he discovers a link to his nemesis, Pendulum.

The link is the missing piece of a puzzle that has tormented FBI Agent Christine Ash ever since they confronted Pendulum, but with no Bureau support she has been unable to progress her case. Wallace’s proof breaks it, but also exposes them both to terrible danger.

Confronted by a powerful, hidden enemy, Ash and Wallace must overcome impossible odds if they are to avert a dangerous challenge to the networked world that threatens to destroy our way of life.

Freefall will be published in November 2017. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:

Freefall (Pendulum Trilogy #2) by Adam Hamdy

About the author:

Adam Hamdy is an author, screenwriter and filmmaker who has worked with studios and producers on both sides of the Atlantic. Adam is currently writing Oracle, an original drama series, for the BBC, and is developing To Kill A Shadow, a crime thriller, with See-Saw Films. In addition to his own original work, Adam has adapted a number of comic books and novels for the screen, including the forthcoming film version of David Mitchell’s novel, Number9Dream.

Prior to becoming a writer, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses operating in a wide range of industries.

Adam’s first novel, Out Of Reach, was published by Dare in 2015. His second, Pendulum, was published by Headline in November 2016. The follow-up to Pendulum, FREEFALL, will be published late 2017.

Days after Pendulum’s release, the screen rights were snapped up by Tom Hardy’s production company, Hardy Son & Baker.



My thoughts:

Having read and loved Pendulum, I was more than a little excited to see early proof copies of Freefall on twitter recently, and even more delighted to receive one myself. This is one book I had been waiting for, pretty much since I finished Pendulum, so there was no question of my leaving the book aside until publication, NO SIREE!!! In fact, I brought it away with me to read while I was away with my husband for our wedding anniversary. Luckily, my husband understands the need to read the much anticipated books so I didn’t feel bad about losing myself with John Wallace for a few hours!

If you’ve not read Pendulum, well,
A) What are you waiting for?
B) I won’t be saying too much about it because SPOILERS ARE A NO-NO!

Still reeling from the events that took place in Pendulum, John Wallace has fled to a war zone in an attempt to try and find penance for what has taken place, and, in my opinion, he’s seeking danger in the hope that it may cause an end to his personal torment, but that’s neither here nor there. When there is an attempt on his life over there though, it leads him to think that someone wants him dead. However, Wallace has been through this before, so he knows what to do. What he is NOT expecting though, is that there’s a link between his would-be assassin, and his old enemy, Pendulum. This attempt on Wallace’s life sets in motion an terrifying chain of events which nobody could have foreseen.

Not even Agent Christine Ash. Yep, she’s back (woop!) in Freefall, and still diligently trying to work the Pendulum case, but with no breaks and even less help from the Bureau, she’s plateaued with her work on it. Called out to the scene where a masked killer beheads his victims with an unknown weapon that leaves a perfectly clean cut, Ash gets the break she needs. BUT during course of her investigation, Ash finds way more than she bargained for. Ash is also having a bit of a rough time as regards confronting her past (READ PENDULUM to find out why!!!) and this will either sharpen her focus, or weaken her resolve in terms of her ability to work the case. I think Adam Hamdy has done a great job with her character arc in this book too. It’s much more intricate, and there’s a lot of inner turmoil that he captures really well when she’s alone.

Another returning favourite is Patrick Bailey. Bless him, he’s another one struggling to get his life together in the wake of the Pendulum nightmare. Plagued with insecurity and fear, Bailey is a shadow of his former self. When he gets a call to assist on a case, once present it becomes evident that there is much more at play than what’s in front of him. Bailey must work fast to find what he needs before it’s too late. However, as I’m realising, the author has a knack for pulling the rug out from underneath the reader without warning.

Bailey, Ash and Wallace are all connected, whether they realise it or not. And once again, someone wants them gone, and will stop at nothing to make it happen. They thought Pendulum broke them, but they have no idea what they are up against…

Corruption, subterfuge, murder are all present in Freefall. But it’s the little intricacies like levels of trust, networks (both people and technology) and lies that weave this book into the expertly crafted web the reader has to pick through. Every time I thought I knew something, I was told something different. The authors sleight of hand is immense in Freefall. Adam Hamdy makes the reader look one side, while he’s creating something dangerous on the other, which means the tension is ramped up completely!

I loved Freefall. It was so worth the wait, and I am already chomping at the bit for book 3, and this one isn’t even out until November! All the stars for this one! ⭐️

Highly, HIGHLY recommended!

Previous reviews:

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

Run by Adam Hamdy


Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

About the book:

Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that ‘The Travelling Man’ is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.

Buy the book:

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

My thoughts:

I’ve had Every Dead Thing on my (personal) TBR for possibly well over a year. Obviously it’s been on my radar as so many people have been raving about it so I picked it up recently to see what the fuss was about!

When we meet Charlie Parker, he is a broken man. Devastated from the horrific killing of his wife and daughter, he is destroyed by grief. Not thinking straight, he agrees to look into a missing girl. What follows is a chilling game of cat and mouse with a killer called The Travelling Man.

John Connolly is an excellent writer, there is no disputing that fact. His prose is so brilliantly descriptive and his characterisation is spot on. Charlie Parker is a wonderful character. Battling his own demons and dealing with everything that’s thrown at him, the reader is constantly gripped by his journey.

Elements of the supernatural, coupled with an investigation riddled with corruption and conspiracies, Every Dead Thing is a really solid start to the series. While it didn’t grab me completely, I am definitely looking forward to reading more from John Connolly.

Recommended for sure!

Author Q&A with Peter Robinson

Hi everyone,

Today I’m pleased to be able to share another Q&A with you all. Today’s one is with the creator of DCI Banks, Peter Robinson.

Peter Robinson’s latest book featuring DCI Banks, Sleeping In The Ground, was published just last week!

About the book:


A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson is published by Hodder & Stoughton in hardback now.

Click HERE to get your copy!

About the author:

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter has written twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series as well as two collections of short stories and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is Number One bestseller BEFORE THE POISON. The critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter’s DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy’s Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third in February 2014.

Peter’s standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA’s 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter’s sixth Arthur Ellis award.

Find out more from Peter’s website, http://www.inspectorbanks.com, or visit his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/peterrobinsonauthor.

Who I am …  

I am a writer who likes to write my DCI Alan Banks crime thrillers, but also one who likes to take a break and try other things too… short stories stand-alone novels, that sort of thing.   I split my time between Canada and England… I met my wife in Canada and her family is there, so Canada is part of our lives.    Books take up most of my time – whether reading, talking about, writing or promoting.   And I travel a LOT.


Writing …

is something I’ve always done – and I honestly can’t remember when I started, but I do know that from very young I had a big ledger type book in which I’d write and illustrated my stories.   Back then they would be my own versions of heroic and exciting stories like Ivanhoe, Robin Hood or William Tell.  Then I started reading science fiction and so I wrote it too … then this progressed into crime and thriller stories.   At about 16 years old I became interested in poetry, and I wrote almost nothing else for the next 15 or 16 years.    At that point I was bitten by the crime bug!

Inspiration …

I can never find an answer for this because I simply don’t know what it is!


My books …

They are more or less straight crime novels – featuring the policeman Alan Banks.  He started life with the Force in London, and then migrated north to Yorkshire – where he works with a small team.   He rather expected life to be more peaceful out of the big city – but he soon found out it wasn’t!


Social media …

I am quite sure it is important, and I am happy that I have a Facebook page and a website.  And having people chatter on social media does help a lot.  I worry about maintaining Twitter though, and I know that some authors are much more active on all forms of social media than others!


Fave thing about being an author: 

I think just being lucky enough to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and to be able to make a living out of it.   I see many people unhappy at work, and I thank my stars that I am able to do this job.


Least fave: 

I’d like to have more time to set aside for poetry.  Sometimes a writer realises they are spending too much time in their own heads as well… and we need to get out an meet people (which is why promotion tours are a good thing!).  So less of the hermit would be a good, if not productive, thing too.



I always read and always have.  When I was a boy, people would say that I always had my head buried in a book.  I read a lot of crime and thrillers – although never when I am writing my own.    Also general novels as well as a lot of biographies and non-fiction.


Top books: 

I am always cautious with this question, because there are so many answers!    But a general sweep would bring up mostly classics, I guess.   Let’s see … Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, I’d had a Sherlock Holmes, so The Hound of the Baskervilles, the one for Yorkshire, so it would have to be Wuthering Heights and I love The Go-Between, so that would be up there too.


Leisure time …

Clearly reading is leisurely too!  Then there is listening to music and travel.  Sitting outdoors watching and listening to nature is big on the list, both in the Dales and in the Canadian lakes.


I don’t really have any hobbies – only interests like music, travel and books


Top destination

Each place I visit is the new favourite!   But I am going back to Japan next year, so that must be the real favourite.  I find the mix of old and new there utterly fascinating and they have a wonderful flare for art and design.


Food –

Steak, frites and something chocolate for pudding


Drink –

A nice southern hemisphere red wine – or that is what I drink most!


What else would I do –

I would probably teach English lit at some level.   I do occasional workshops still – and I have taught some classes at the University of Toronto … but the timing of promotional tours nixed those!   The thing about teaching is that you constantly learn in a way that just reading books doesn’t lead to.  You need to challenge students with ideas and angles – which makes you explore the subject.   I do miss that to some extent.


Many thanks to Peter and to Kerry for facilitating this Q&A! 🙂

Cragside: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 6)


*Many thanks to LJ Ross for my review copy!*

About the book:

Are you afraid of the dark..?

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party – a Victorian murder mystery evening – it’s all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man’s life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

When a second body is found, terror grips the close-knit community and Ryan must uncover the killer who walks among them, before they strike again…

Published TOMORROW, click the link below to pre-order your copy:

Cragside: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 6)

About the author:


L.J. Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and went on to become a Kindle UK #1 bestseller. Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield, Angel and High Force have all been top five bestsellers. The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store (the audiobook version of High Force will be released in early 2017). Holy Island is also available in German translation.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Bath. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


My thoughts:

Cragside is the latest installment in the DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross, and to be honest, these books improve with every new book! LJ Ross is one of the authors whose books I eagerly await, and will ALWAYS buy because I am never let down. And its safe to say Cragside is another winner!

Still reeling from the investigation into The Hacker, when we meet Ryan in Cragside, he and Anna are holed up on a country estate as it was the easiest option until they can find somewhere to live. They are attending a staff party with a murder mystery themed evening in the main house, and that’s where events start to take on a life of their own.

During the course of the evening, and elderly staff member is found dead. What looks like, for all intents and purposes, a tragic accident is quickly upgraded when Ryan and his team begin to investigate a little deeper into the man’s life. When another body is found, things escalate quickly and it’s clear that there is something sinister happening at Cragside.

LJ Ross has a great writing style. In this one especially, there is a Golden Age crime feel to it. The murder mystery along with its setting make it seem almost Agatha Christie-esque in tone which makes it a very cosy read. Now in saying that, there is still an element of gore when discussing the murders, and the tension ramps up increasingly with every chapter.

What I love about these books is the characters. Yes, the plots are always excellent, and the intricacies of the mystery always bamboozle me, but the real heart of this series lies in the characters. I’m not one for fictional crushes, but to be honest, DCI Ryan sounds like he could be the poster boy for tortured heroes everywhere. There is something about how his character is built upon with each book that makes the reader feel more connected to him as the series progresses.

The camaraderie and banter between the investigation team is always so dynamic too. I especially love the relationships (and I am so NOT romantic at all!!!) between Ryan and Anna, and Frank and Denise. Considering all that they have been through recently (I’m not spoiling it by telling you, you’ll have to read the books to find out!) LJ Ross has captured their emotions so well. I’m not going to lie, there were a couple of occasions while reading that I may have had something in my eye… That is testament to the author’s ability to write characters so well though. To make the reader empathise/connect emotionally to characters is difficult, but LJ Ross does it with ease.

Cragside is a thrilling and engrossing read. Another stellar installment in the series. I flew through this one in less than 24 hours. I just couldn’t put it down. And my only complaint… that ending has me more than a little afraid for what’s coming in Dark Skies… but bring it on!!!

Highly, HIGHLY recommended!

Previous reviews for the DCI Ryan series:

Holy Island by LJ Ross

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

Heavenfield by LJ Ross

Angel (DCI Ryan 4) by LJ Ross

High Force (DCI Ryan 5) by L. J. Ross