Ponteland crime author launches paperback

Author Louise Ross.

Author Louise Ross.

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A crime author has launched her latest paperback thriller.

Louise Ross, from Ponteland, celebrated the publication of Sycamore Gap with a party for family, friends and fans.

The lawyer-turned-author was back in the region to mark the release of the second in her DCI Ryan series at Jesmond’s As You Like It.

Holy Island, released in January this year, went on to become Amazon’s bestselling e-book, knocking Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train off the top spot.

Sycamore Gap opens with a grisly find in the stones of Hadrian’s Wall.

The launch event was attended by Louise’s family as well as fans who arrived to snap up signed copies.

Louise writes under the name LJ Ross, taking her husband’s initial as a thank-you for his unstinting support during her career change.

The author, who lives in Bath with husband James and son Ethan, said: “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to my first two books.

“My inspiration for my books so far has come from the Northumberland landscape where I grew up.

“Who knows, I may just spot the setting for my fourth novel when I come back.”

In the book, DCI Ryan heads up another murder investigation as the body of Amy Llewelyn is found at the Wall’s most famous spot – Sycamore Gap.

Photographer Roger Clegg, who took the cover photo of the book, presented Louise with a special edition print of the image.