DCI Ryan Mysteries By LJ Ross

As I have read all first three books in the series over Christmas/New Year, I am going to do these as one blog post.

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. Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set on the spectacular Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, cut off from the English mainland by a tidal causeway. 

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.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set on the spectacular Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, cut off from the English mainland by a tidal causeway. 

Ryan is as mysterious as the plot lines in Holy Island, and I loved him!


I was hooked from page one, and found the story took a different direction than I expected.
L.J. managed to feed titbits throughout the story and kept revealing morsels at a time, and that is the strength of her writing, hooking you in and keeping you there, like bait on a fish hook.

I read a vast amount of books, and love not knowing what is coming next.

There are a few elements running through the book, and I had to read slower to keep track of it all, but this isn't a weakness.

The setting for the book was amazing and could see it all playout as I read, and is now a place I would like to visit.

High Praise, for L.J. Ross, and I look forward to reading the second in the series.


4 star rating review from Bookstormer for Holy Island.

THE EXPLOSIVE SEQUEL TO THE UK #1 BESTSELLER HOLY ISLAND The past never stays buried for long... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable. Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian's Wall country in Northumberland.

THE EXPLOSIVE SEQUEL TO THE UK #1 BESTSELLER HOLY ISLAND The past never stays buried for long... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable. Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian's Wall country in Northumberland.

What an intriguing start to another Ryan mystery. Yet again LJ keeps us in suspense while revealing snippets as we read along.

It was great to know more about Ryan and his relationship developing with Anna.

The premise of the story is fascinating, again we are taken on a ride of belief and disbelief with the crimes, who is involved? and why?
What a tangled web, I hurtled through the book and loved it.

It is extremely well written and descriptive, we learn a bit more about The Circle, but not enough to know the whole story.

The writing is sublime, and looking forward to book three.

A 4.5 star rating review from Bookstormer for The Sycamore Gap.

When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects. Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late. Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else… Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit from LJ Ross, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

When a man is found dead at the remote church of Heavenfield, DCI Ryan is the only other person for miles around. The police have no weapon, no motive and no other suspects.

Already suspended from Northumbria CID, Ryan must fight to clear his name. But soon, more than his career is at stake when prominent members of the mysterious ‘Circle’ begin to die. Somebody wants Ryan’s name to be next on the coroner’s list and to survive he must unmask the devil who walks among them – before it is too late.

Unfortunately for Ryan, the devil looks just like everybody else…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit from LJ Ross, set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

LJ really does have the opening few lines of her first chapter as strong, sublime, and captivating.

The great thing about enjoying a book in a series, is that after the first few, you get a feel for the author's writing style and can read the book in some ways with more ease and enjoy it more.
So I sat back and looked forward to where or how far in The Circle storyline I was going to be taken this time.

Ryan definitely gets put through his paces, and Ann is is still having a tough time, but she is a wonderful character.

This book was extremely pacey, clever, and one of the best endings I have read for a while in a mystery book.

A well deserved

4.5 star rating review from Bookstormer.