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....
|Title||:||Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||421 pages|
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Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1) Reviews
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 in ritualistic fashion, Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Ryan is suddenly reinstated from his leave-of-absence following the case of a brutal serial murderer in which his own sister was a victim. Now he is about to find ...more
This book had me hooked from the very first page,I love it when that happens, nice surprising twists, really liked detective Ryan and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Lindisfarne or the Holy Island is where Saint Aidan brought Christianity to Northumbria. That it should be the site of murder is shocking, & that the victim should be a young woman apparently killed in a ritualistic manner & left on the altar of the parish church deepens the sacrilege. Because the island is inaccessible except by boat during times of tidal high water, the range of suspects is quite limited. All of which makes for an excellent location for a mystery story.. My take is a b ...more
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 Sycamore Gap the meeting of books to reader almost seemed inevitable.
Add to the mix that Holy Island is set just before Christmas, it was opportune that I should read this book during this holiday period.
Holy Isla ...more
I've decided to stop being a baby and reading heaps of novellas in an effort to put off making a full length selection. Here's to hoping that this'll be a great new series!:)
I was hoping for a solid romantic suspense novel and this book delivered. The romance was just right, not quite instalove and sweet and surprisingly angst free. I loved that this wasn't erotica. Thank you, L.J. Ross for writing a book where I didn't have to skim scenes at a time. The closed door intimacy was just right by me ...more
A below-average police procedural set in the close-knit community on Lindisfarne. The book for me was marred by several things including a number of randomly used Americanisms; some rather odd inconsistencies in the plot; constant and irritating changes in point-of-view; and most of all the Mills & Boon style romance between two of the lead characters which looked very much like the author writing out her own fantasy world. I’m all in favour of a bit of love interest in a crime novel, but th ...more
I have been wavering between 3.5 to 4 Stars. What I have been struggling most with is the ritualistic dialog. Not that it was hard to follow I just didn't really think it interesting.
The writing was suburb regards of how I felt about the ritual aspect. I understand it was a major part of the storyline. The location seemed beautiful but mysterious at the same time. I found myself googling it to see if it was an actual place. Now I would love it visit it.
Rough around the edges DCI Ryan is in charg ...more
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 book definitely made me smile, and it got my heart racing in more ways than one. The chemistry between Ryan and Anna is almost explosive.
There were so many twists and turns that I just couldn't guess who did it, a ...more