Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2) by L.J. Ross

Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2)

THE EXPLOSIVE SEQUEL TO THE UK #1 BESTSELLER HOLY ISLAND The past never stays buried for long... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to f...

Details Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2)

TitleSycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2)
Release DateSep 9th, 2015
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of pages304 pages
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Audiobook

Reviews Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #2)

  • PattyMacDotComma
    5★A body stuffed in a gap ten years ago points Ryan to his sister’s killer, but how? He’s in prison. LJ Ross has given us another in her excellent series about the handsome, troubled detective who is driven to find the killer who butchered his sister in front of his eyes.DCI Ryan and his now girlfriend, Anna, were introduced to us in Holy Island: A DCI Ryan Mystery. Both books are self-contained mysteries (in case you stumble on the second ...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Crime, murder, cult, history, trust.I'm definitely addicted. Addicted to DCI Ryan.I loved the twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat as I read. I also loved that this book had me researching various little titbits of local history (about three hours I think? Whoops!).There is a dark mixture of crime, obsession and history, with a creepy old cult of the rich and powerful thrown in for good measure. And it's a fantastic cockt...
  • Jean
    What do the centuries old Hadrian’s Wall, Circle of Satanic worshipers, a serial killer, and DCI Maxwell Ryan have in common? Much more than one might think. LJ Ross has woven another dark, intense mystery involving Ryan and his colleague, Frank Phillips, as they attempt to unravel the interlocking puzzles of two murders: The skeleton of a young woman is found hidden within the old Roman wall; apparently it has been interred there for ten years...
  • Linda Strong
    DCI Ryan is back and just when he thinks everything has returned to normal and he can concentrate more on his relationship with Anna, a man stumbles across a skeleton.It belongs to a young girl who disappeared 10 years earlier and was hidden inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. Ryan is going to have to face his own past to discover who killed her and more importantly, why.As much as I enjoyed the first book, I think I like this one even better....
  • Sarah
    This is the second book in the DCI Ryan series and another corker of a read. This has to be one of the best settings for a crime series. There is so much history as well as stunning views and even though there are plenty of murders that occur, that certainly didn't put me off wanting to move there. If anything I thought that at least house prices would be cheap with such a high death rate!Ryan is just starting to move on with his life with a litt...
  • Petra
    This follows on from the events in Holy Island, the first DCI Ryan mystery. Ideally, they should be read in order. I enjoyed this one even more than Holy Island. For starters, the romantic relationship between Ryan and Anna is handled so much better. It's become a lot more realistic. The plot relating to The Circle pushes the bounds of credibility a bit though, but I enjoyed how it was linked to Ryan's previous case before Holy Island. It added a...
  • Misfits farm
    Another brilliant piece of writing from LJ Ross. A body found after many years by chance or is it? Is it the same killer as before, or a copycat or someone as yet undiscovered? Unknown they maybe but they know about Ryan and his life, girlfriend and contacts. Is "the circle" still active or is this completely different? Police are not always what they seem- or are they? Somethings are left undiscovered which is where the next book , I hope, will ...
  • Bibliophile Book Club
    Sycamore Gap by LJ RossMany thanks to the author and Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity Services for my review copy of Sycamore Gap.I was super excited to get a copy of this book, as I had read Louise's previous book in the series, Holy Island and loved it. You can read my review for Holy Island here. About the book: (via Goodreads)The past never stays buried for long... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history ...
  • Jen Lucas
    In the second book in the DCI Ryan series, we join our eponymous hero some six months after the events on Holy Island which put his girlfriend Anna in mortal danger. Their relationship has grown immensely and while it may have seemed new and awkward in the first book, when we meet them again, it has become more rounded and comfortable. And while it is far from being the main focus of the novel, Ryan's fears for Anna do form a key part of the over...
  • Kate
    Sycamore Gap is the sequel to Holy Island, and we meet DCI Ryan 6 months on, almost like catching up with an old friend. That being said, I believe this book would work as a standalone for someone new to the series, there is enough detail in the narrative for readers to grasp what happened previously - but why deprive yourself of the first book?!DCI Ryan is tasked with a murder investigation when skeletal remains are discovered amongst the stones...
  • J. Kahele
    'Come out, come out, wherever you are.'I am not one for prologues, but found in reading this book by LJ Ross, it was necessary to read it. It starts during the Summer Solstice, Amy is gazing out into the valley near a large Sycamore tree, when footsteps startle her and turns to see a man standing there. It is a man that Amy has been close to at one time. When he tries to kiss her, she pulls away realizing the attraction she once had for this man ...
  • Elisa
    I received a free copy from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!No sophomore slump for DCI Ryan. After solving the case of the Holy Island murders, he and his team investigate old human remains buried in Hadrian's Wall. The case is 10 years old and the infamous Hacker, who murdered Ryan’s sister, may have committed it. There is also a conspiracy building a web around him (if you read th...
  • David Gilchrist
    Following her debut novel, Holy Island, this book continues the theme. If anything this new works is even better than her first book, the book keeps your interest from start to finish with unexpected twists along the way. A story set in the North East along Hadrians Wall well structured and gripping. A real page turner from page one to the last page. A must read book that leaves you with a tease at the end. I am now looking forward to the next bo...
  • Shell Baker
    For those of you that have been wondering why I have been quiet on social media recently, Is because I have been devouring my way through this flawless series of books.Having read Holy Island and hearing that LJ Ross has a fourth book coming out, I felt it was time to play catch up having heard so many rave reviews. And OMG what a series this is, I have read them more or less back to back. And thought it would be easier to write one review for th...
  • Neats
    Sycamore Gap is the second in the DCI Ryan series and we pick up with Ryan six months after Holy Island.When human remains are discovered within the stones of Hadrian's Wall it's not long before DCI Ryan is called in to investigate but it soon becomes clear that everything is not as simple as it appears.As the body count rises, Ryan is caught up in a wild goose chase and it looks like he may have to revisit his previous case despite the official ...
  • Sarah
    A woman's body is found buried in Hadrian's Wall. It is the body of Amy Llewelyn who went missing 10 years ago. DCI Ryan and his team recognise the girl as her photo was amongst the possessions of the man responsible for the deaths in the first book in the series. However, when another body is found which was very recently killed the team realise that he couldn't have been responsible. This book continues the storyline which begins in the first b...
  • Jackie Roche
    I would like to thank Booklover Catlady Publicity and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and open review.I read and loved "Holy Island", so I was looking forward to reading this sequel. I was certainly not disappointed. If anything I enjoyed it more. The reason being that although I had visited Holy Island grew up in Newcastle and Durham. I could visualise so many of the areas described.It is a real rol...
  • Betsy
    This book is better than HOLY ISLAND, but still has problems because of the characters. Ryan's arrogance is barely under control, but I really like Phillips. Still, I wish their two romance stories did not figure so prominently in these books. Also, I am not fond of the continuing of the storyline about the Circle. I find it rather irritating that there is no final resolution, just more about these mysterious people who seem to be in control. If ...
  • Chris Nolan
    A fantastic book, even better than its predecessor Holy Island. DCI Ryan is a fascinating creation and I eagerly await the third instalment!
  • Serian
    If you're looking for a trashy detective novel, this is gold. It's a very easy read, because it's pretty terrible. I enjoyed it thorougly.
  • Leila
    I bought and read ‘Holy Island’ the debut novel by an exciting new author - L J Ross. I was fascinated by this first truly spell-binding story and deeply impressed by the quality of style and content. As I live in the area and know Holy Island well this also drew me to the book. When ‘Sycamore Gap’ her second novel came onto the scene I wanted it immediately. I was kindly given a free copy to read by a fellow Goodreads author who had admi...
  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    Having now read and enjoyed her first two books, LJ Ross is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Thanks to her impeccable writing and clever plots, I've come to love the DCI Ryan series. Once again, reading Sycamore Gap, I found myself on my toes from start to finish. How did I not discover this author before?The events in Sycamore Gap take place a few months after those of 'Holy Island'. This murder mystery can be read as a standalone b...
  • Nicola Bourne
    You may remember that a few months ago I gave a glowing review for LJ Ross’ debut novel Holy Island, the result was that I couldn’t wait for Ross’ second novel in the DCI Ryan series. Thankfully, I know Ross so I could badger her (repeatedly) and get added to her beta list.I thoroughly enjoyed Sycamore Gap. I really liked Holy Island but I definitely think this sequel is better. From the word go I was completely in the midst of this captiva...
  • Michelle Ryles
    Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! I could read a DCI Ryan mystery every day of the week!You don't need to have read Holy Island to enjoy this but in order to fully appreciate its magnificence, I suggest that you do. I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and it was towards the end of this book that I saw a resemblance to Bosch - when Ryan says "I'm coming for you" I almost squealed with delight, in fact I think I did exclaim out loud, but...
  • Charlotte
    ( Source: I received this book from; BookLover CatLady Publicity, in exchange for my honest review and opinion.) Sycamore Gap; A DCI Ryan Mystery. By L.J. Ross.Sycamore Gap was based on Detective Chief Inspector Ryan and his Murder solving abilities. Ryan has to face his emotional demons once again when the body of a young woman is discovered; after ten years of being lain under the wall at Sycamore Gap.A brilliant story of cat and mouse, with a ...
  • Nicky Doherty
    I am a big fan of Ms Ross, and I think Sycamore Gap was a step forward from Holy Island. I feel that the writing has grown in confidence and the story was very well plotted, keeping you turning to the next chapter to find out what would happen next. I prefer the DCI Ryan of the second book - less grumpy and inward looking. His sense of humour shines through and I love his relationship with his pasty-loving partner, Philips. The dialogue and bante...
  • Laura
    3.5 starsDCI Ryan is back, and he doesn't miss a beat.Six months after the incident at Holy Island, Ryan is on the job. A body is discovered inside Hadrian's Wall, and before long, a connection to Ryan's past cases is evident, and Ryan has to connect the dots before people he loves get hurt. The main and secondary characters are back; there are some new players introduced. And Gregson and Edwards are fleshed out more. If you didn't read Holy Isla...
  • Petula
    This book can be read as a stand alone, but is better read in order. DCI Ryan has been called in because remains have been found in Hadrian's Wall. Although that proves to be from years ago it soon turns into something much closer to home. A marvellous thriller with a very intelligent hero who has many more working against him than he thinks. His girlfriend is just about the only person who can keep him sane, but can he keep her and his team safe...
  • Lexie Conyngham
    Well, it was a bit better than the first one, which I suppose is a good thing. It carried on many of the less plausible features of the plot of the first one, which sadly are still not resolved by the end. The book has pace, but not much else - the characters are still weak, and the 'hero' is terribly inconsistent. The setting was unconvincing, and I had serious trouble in remembering where I was most of the time. I shan't be reading another one ...
  • Dawn
    Set 6 months after the events in "Holy Island", "Sycamore Gap" is the second in L. J. Ross's DCI Ryan series.It's an easy read with great characters, great writing and that "just one more chapter" effect (when you know you really should get some sleep, or do some housework!).I really enjoyed "Holy Island" and "Sycamore Gap" surpassed my expectations. Can't wait for the next DCI Ryan Mystery!!