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||:||316 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Holy » Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1)|
Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1) Reviews
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 stereotypes (troubled back stories etc), REALLY BAD ROMANTIC SCENES (actually laughed out loud). I realise that being a first novel hopefully in future there will be some improvement in some of the above areas. I think the ...more
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 of his sister. And then a few days before Christmas, his leave is suddenly cancelled when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins.
Former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police c ...more
A good story but too much romantic detail and Americanisms. There also appeared to be some factual errors.
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, middle and end, and is written in a prose style that is grammatically correct, syntactically reasonable and is easily readable without being over-simplified. And don't take those comments as facetious, because th ...more
What a fabulous setting for a crime novel! I have to say I totally fell in love with Holy Island, although dead bodies turning up probably doesn’t make it the most sought after area to live. It actually reminded me slightly of Midsomer Murders as they both have idyllic settings and have that small community feel to them.
DCI Ryan, I was drawn to straight away. I was intrigued as to why he had been on a sabbatical and was worried whether he would be up to the job of taking on a case like this one. ...more
Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest.
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
I was totally unimpressed with this book. For a murder mystery crime thriller type book it certainly didn't have me on the edge of my seat. I judge my experience of this genre by how many chapters I can sneak in before going to work or if I can get one more chapter in before my bath water goes completely cold. For me I was glad to get out of the bath and go to work.
The book just felt dull and lifeless but I have seen good reviews so maybe it just didnt do it for me.