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Today I am reviewing on its publication day Deadly Night by OMJ Ryan, published by Inkubator Books.


Two identical murders, thirty years apart.

Thirty years ago, gangland enforcer Archie Boothroyd was brutally slain in an apparent ritual killing. The case was never a high priority for the police – after all, it meant one less gangster on the streets – and his murderer was never caught.

Now, almost three decades later, when Paul Bradley – a close friend of Boothroyd’s – is murdered in exactly the same way, DCI Jane Phillips and the Major Crimes Unit are called in to investigate. Is Bradley’s death the work of a copycat? Or has the original killer finally returned?

As the team delve deeper, they find themselves immersed in the dark underworld of gangland Manchester, where kidnapping, torture and murder are an everyday hazard.

When a third body is found mutilated in exactly the same way, Phillips and the team realise they are in a race against time to catch the killer. But what they don’t understand is the next victim could be one of their own.

Can Phillips find the murderer before they strike again? Or is she about to lose everything she holds dear to the Deadly Night?

The seventh book in this wonderful series, Deadly Night brings with it another thrilling case for DCI Jane Phillips and her team to solve.

Ryan takes the reader into the seedy and darker side of Manchester where a spate of gangland murders, reopens a cold case from 30 years prior. What follows is a twisty fast paced rollercoaster ride where once again I was completely absorbed and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! There were out loud gasps for moments that draw you even deeper into the story, followed by quietly hissed yeses and fist pumps in shared moments of victory!

I just love the team of who make up the Major Crimes Unit in this series, their dynamics and how they stand by Jane even when her course of action doesn’t necessary align with the establishments protocols. I also love that Jane never throws them under the bus and always takes responsibility for her actions. She is sassy and forthright, but is dedicated to her team, the job and whatever it takes to get results.

Deadly Night is another perfectly written and executed piece of work showcasing Ryan’s talent and the series as a whole, is a masterclass in the police procedural/crime thriller genre. You really come to care about each of the recurring characters and what happens to them.

Whilst there has been no word of whether this in fact the final instalment in the series, as a reader I was left with some sense of finality, but I’m hopeful that there will be more to come 🙏

*Deadly Night can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you reading these in order to fully appreciate how amazing this series and it’s characters really are*

Thank you to OMJ Ryan, Inkubator Books and Booksprout for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Deadly Night, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.

In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.



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