W.J.H Reed “highly recommended” THE DARKENING FIELD on I Love a Mystery describing it as “Soviet noir at its finest and also a thriller that will hold the reader at the edge of his chair, waiting for the next twist in the plot.”
John R. Vallely liked THE DARKENING FIELD in The Historical Novel Review, saying “I have not read The Holy Thief, Korolev’s first case. I shall not hesitate to do so now.”
The Mystery Tribune also liked it describing it as “an elegant piece of fiction which gives us a vivid picture of the USSR in the Stalin era and takes us through an exciting journey. Highly recommended!”
Roger N. Morris, a writer who I very much admire (you can download the first two chapters of his latest, SUMMON UP THE BLOOD, here) described THE BLOODY MEADOW as “bloody marvellous” on his website. A great compliment given it came form a great writer.
Lindsay Healey liked THE BLOODY MEADOW at The Little Reader Library, saying that “this intelligent historical mystery had me gripped throughout the time I was
reading it.” which was nice to hear!
Curious Book Fans gave it a thumbs up on their website saying: “Now it is a good time to introduce yourself to this series, and I am sure that like me you will find yourself looking forward to the next one.”
Marleen also gave it a decided thumbs up on “More than a Reading Journal” and was another who was looking forward to the sequel.
Gareth Watkins was another admirer of THE BLOODY MEADOW on his blog, Killing Time, having this to say:
“Indeed, it is the ever-present sense of fear that shadowed the first book that is the novel’s strongest point, here intensified as Russia darkens. Impressively, Ryan manages to convey this horror even between a compelling murder mystery plot and shots of humour.”
Rob Kitchin wasn’t sure whether THE BLOODY MEADOW measured up to THE HOLY THIEF (which he gave five stars to) over at his blog, The View from The Blue House, but he recommended it and described the series as having “a lot of potential”.
Paul Brazill over at Mean Streets had no such doubts, however:
“THE BLOODY MEADOW is a fantastic follow up to THE HOLY THIEF, which comfortably confirms the Korolev series as must reads and William Ryan as very much ‘the real deal.”
Last, but not least, THE BLOODY MEADOW was a “Book of the Year” on Pat Kenny’s radio show in Ireland last year, a fact that somehow passed me by. Anyway, Pat’s show is a big deal in those parts, so it’s definitely very good news.