Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #1)
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby Priory.

When former local girl Dr Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface making her confront her difficult past. She and Ryan struggle to work together to hunt a killer who hides in plain sight, while pagan ritual and small-town politics muddy the waters of their investigation.

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Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #1) Reviews

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Dec 31, 1969

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff!I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so darn...

  • Geraldine
    Dec 31, 1969


    There's a half decent book struggling to get out of this but it's so riddled with faults, of so many different varieties, and with a story that is just entirely implausible.It's so very bad that you feel sort of obliged to say something positive about it. Well, it has a clear beginning...

  • Sue
    Dec 31, 1969


    HOLY ISLAND by L.J. Ross is a debut murder mystery that is set on the U.K.’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North Sea, an island which really exists.Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is staying on Holy Island, taking a leave from his duties as a homicide detective, after the death...

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    Dec 31, 1969

    Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Murder, ritual, family, isolation, religion.What. A. Read.It was inevitable that I would pick this book one day. It's exactly my cup of tea. It's set locally, has a sizzling hint of romance, there's some nasty goings-on and it's completely unpredictable... Prefect formula.This...

  • Dave
    Dec 31, 1969


    I've been eager to read this series for a long time. Eventually, I've made a start with the first encounter with DCI Ryan - Holy Island.This is a classicly written piece of crime fiction/mystery. Set in Northumberland, the setting itself gives a perfect backdrop to a fantastic story. T...

  • Kenneth
    Dec 31, 1969


    This book tries to be both a murder Mystery novel and a Mills and Boon bodice ripper and sadly it falls between the two stools. The characters are well used stereotypes. To find The Holy Island that I know and love peopled only by beautiful people came as a surprise to me. I thought i'...

  • Jean
    Dec 31, 1969


    Holy Island by L.J. Ross is a 3-D delight: devilishly dark and dangerous. Set on the U.K.’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North Sea, the events that occur in this sparsely populated isle are definitely unholy.When the body of 21-year-old Lucy Mathieson is discovered laid out i...

  • Richard
    Dec 31, 1969


    I have arrived late in finding the work of L.J. Ross. Not for want of great reviews has my interest wavered just the space and time to slot in a new series into my growing list of books to read.Having spent a brief holiday in Northumberland last year and seen Holy Island and walked to ...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Dec 31, 1969


    4★This is book 1 of a series, and I will definitely be reading book 2. I could stop there, but. . . I’ll give you the opening scene:“Winter was an unforgiving time on Holy Island. Harsh winds from the North Sea whipped through the cobbled streets and wove through the squ...

  • Jackie
    Dec 31, 1969


    I very rarely give one star reviews as I try to see the positive in the books I read but really... A 70's era sexist main character, so many unrealistic events, geographical inaccuracies, other general inaccuracies, female characters that came from central casting, character stereotyp...