Crime mystery novel set in Northumberland

  • Book: Sycamore Gap
  • Location: Northumberland
  • Author: L J Ross

Review Author: Tina Hartas



The sycamore landscape around Crag Lough, by Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is stunning. I can never forget, however, Kevin Costner arriving on the south coast of England in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and he is greeted by the terrific scene, which is only 500km or so further north. Artistic licence and all that!

This is no. 2 in the DCI Ryan series. The novel opens with the murder of a 21 year old woman on the Summer Solstice 2005, just by this iconic tree. In 2015 the remains of the body are discovered.

Ryan and his team head over from Newcastle and are reminded that Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so any displacement of stones in and around the Wall has to be carefully supervised by an archaeologist. Ryan is an experienced investigator and he may even have a perpetrator for the murder in mind.

As usual there is banter galore amongst the investigating team, a peek into his personal life and a nice depiction of the rugged setting.

It can be read as a standalone. You can also follow the trails around the North East, following in the footsteps of the characters.


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