Fourth book by best-selling author LJ Ross, Angel, is expected to fly
SHE’s sold more than 250,000 copies of her first three books and the fourth gripping instalment in the DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross called Angel is published next month.
The latest mystery sees DCI Ryan’s life finally beginning to return to normal after a spate of murders on Northumberland’s Holy Island and Hadrian’s Wall.
Angel tells the story of a serial killer who buries is victims in shallow graves in Newcastle cemeteries, making them look like angels and for the international best-selling author there was only one place to launch it – the iconic Angel of the North.
The idea for her first novel was sparked on the stunning train journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh after the birth of her son when she said to husband James, a barrister, that she was surprised no one had set a book on Lindisfarne.
Louise writes under the name LJ Ross, taking her husband’s initial as a thank you for his unwavering support during her career change from being a regulatory lawyer.
Holy Island went on to become Amazon’s bestselling e-book, knocking Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train off the top spot. while follow-up publications Sycamore Gap and Heavenfield are still regularly in the top 10.
Angel is available for pre-release now, with the e-edition becoming available to read on August 26, to coincide with the Bank Holiday.
The plot centres around DCI Ryan who’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter weekend with his fiancée Dr Anna Taylor. But, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at the largest cemetery in Newcastle.
The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave and the killer has given her wings, like an angel.
Soon, another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire across the region as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan’s band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again.
Louise from Ponteland who went to Darras Hall school, Dame Allan’s and Central Newcastle High. said: “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the feedback from readers who have already enjoyed all three of my previous DCI Ryan books and were clamouring for the next one.
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“While I’ve suffered from writer’s block with the best of them, encouragement from readers through social media has kept me going.
“Everyone has developed such a connection to DCI Ryan, his love interest Dr Anna Taylor, and his loyal sidekick DS Frank Phillips, so I felt a huge responsibility not just to fans, but to the characters themselves. While Angel doesn’t follow on from the previous DCI Ryan trilogy, it sees favourite characters embroiled in a new investigation and I can’t wait to see readers’ reactions.”
Despite offers of traditional publishing deals, she went down the self-publishing route favoured by the likes of 50 Shades author EL James.
All three of LJ’s first books have been mainly based in Northumberland, with grisly murders taking place in Holy Island and on Hadrian’s Wall, while DCI Ryan’s latest outing is heavily set on Tyneside.
She added: “I hadn’t been completely happy at work for some time. Falling pregnant with my son Ethan provided the catalyst for change and I haven’t looked back. To have found my voice, and most importantly, a strong readership, as an author is incredible and I can’t wait for fans of DCI Ryan to be able to get stuck into Angel.”