Holy Island

  • Title: Holy Island
  • Author: L.J. Ross
  • ISBN: Holy Island
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    B00RPSQAG8
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    English
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  • Page: 429
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Holy Island 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 sh
    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 Ta 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 316 pages Published January 1st 2015 by Kindle Direct Publishing More Details Original Title Holy Island ASIN B00RPSQAG8 Edition Language English Series DCI Ryan Mysteries 1 Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Holy Island, please sign up Popular Answered Questions In the end the author mentions a man name Aruther who is he like one year ago See all 2 answers Hilde Arthur Gregson I think flag See 1 question about Holy Island Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 06, 2016 Geraldine rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves 2016 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 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 they are clear signs that the author is talented and has the potential to write a good book But this isn t it.Numerous examples of stylistic clumsiness I picked one fraction of a chapter and noted unnecessary mundane detail use of clich sentences that made no sense He stalked around Cuthbert s saintly effigy later we re told that Cuthbert wasn t made a saint until after he d died wordiness restating something that had also been actually quite stylishly explained in the previous sentence hair described as a black waterfall someone observing their estranged sister dispassionately someone entering the pub instantly overuse of supplied as a synonym for said and repeated use of pertaining Not to mention the incongruous Americanisms elsewhere people s weight expressed in pounds, not either stones or kilogrammes a high school graduation photograph The explaining that Teesside is a county to the South Actually, it isn t it was a county borough prior to 1974 Police forces lying south of Northumbria are Durham and Cleveland This passage ended with Ryan utterly refusing to accept that an academic with the title Dr could possibly be an almost 30yo attractive woman This was greater than just a stylistic irritant but something that made me wonder what century this book was set in.It was one of a few things that made me assume it was set in the 90s Ryan s rented cottage had a fax machines, the crime scene photos were processed by the only photo lab on the island yeah, you d definitely send pictures of a bloodied corpse to Snappy Snaps, wouldn t you But the victim had an iphone and it later turned out that 15 years had elapsed since 1999.The general sense of time was all wrong Whether it was sunlight streaming into the church soon after 6 am on 22 December or a school party in the Heritage Centre on 23 December, composed of pupils from the island s secondary school This island has a total resident population of 180 And a village First School of 4 pupils who travel to their mother school on the Mainland when tides permit There s very easy travel for police officers between the island and Morpeth Google maps puts that as an hour s drive without traffic Personal experience suggests longer I m surprised they didn t use officers from Berwick or Alnwick, although I concede there may be administrative reasons why Anna appeared from Durham in the blink of an eye, which is quite impressive, bypassing the Newcastle rush hour and the pre Christmas Metro Centre crowds just like that In fact, she was called with indecent haste sort of explained in the epilogue.Oh Anna We get a lot of insight into Anna Her thoughts, emotions and reactions Except, we don t She offers a few bland explanations, which a first year undergraduate or keen amateur historian would know We know she has had a troubled violent childhood but we are left assuming that she is psychologically balanced and totally unaffected We are given the impression she has a glittering academic career established in just 8 years since leaving school but we know absolutely nothing about her everyday life does she have a flat, a pet, friends, hobbies Nada I m not even going to mention the romance aspect The fact that it was inappropriate and unprofessional doesn t make it impossible, but given the various circumstances, it simply didn t ring true, and happened way too fast, at a time when both of them would be pre occupied with the murders The sex scenes seemed out of place, adding nothing to the storyline and being devoid of anything erotic Some sane reviewers have referred to it negatively as Mills and Boon You have ridiculous scenarios, not least Ryan s boat journey I just don t have words for how unlikely this is, and how insulting it is to the reader It is unlikely he could have navigated the journey in calm daylight And why get a boat from Budle, when Seahouses would be the logical place fishing vessels, trips to the FarnesI think there might be cruises to Lindisfarne as well But all of this would be forgivable if the basic premise of the story held any water at all It didn t view spoiler It was premised on there being a critical mass of people being so brainwashed while on a much weaker version of LSD that they happily accepted cold blooded murder This isn t credible I will accept the actions of an isolated psychopath I will accept group action in the heat of the moment But I will not accept that a group of people will collude repeatedly with psychopathic actions, without any remorse, compassion or thoughts about not being found out Especially when these weren t a group of people assembled as being of like minds, but people who happened to have roots and or a long history in this village We re told that 90% of the village is Christian, an unlikely figure when compared with barely 50% in the UK and figures of 2% church attending, maybe up to 4% at Christmas And yet, that disproportionately Christian population are also pagans and Satanists, simultaneously None of it adds up hide spoiler Not only do we do get the frankly preposterous main story, but we then get the Epilogue My most charitable thought is oh, you re over egging this now but most of my thoughts were about laughing, or calling it hogwash, or something I suppose it could be seen as using the stuff we know about paedophile rings, official inertia and cover up, and corruption in high places, and transplanting that into a different form of abuse, and I can see the potential in that for a strategic writer than this one I think in order to sustain the storyline there needs to be a greater insight into the culprits the main players and the hangers on Their motivations, their ways of thinking, their values or lack of , how they interact in everyday life, past experiences typically childhood trauma , and allow those characters to push the plot Otherwise, it s a ridiculous plot with cardboard cut out baddies plonked into it.It s not the worst book I ve read, and perhaps I wouldn t have been so harsh in my criticism if it didn t have so many 5 star reviews on here or on If those people had been a bit honest, I wouldn t have bothered adding this to my TBR, and would have just skimmed past it as yet another self published vanity work in need of an editor I don t know the motives for the 5 star brigade I think it s partly the lure of free copies of future books by other authors if they big this one up Maybe they want to suck up to an author for some sort of reflected glory.Look, people are entitled to enjoy any sort of rubbish with no regard to my opinion In any case tastes vary, and I m sure there is stuff I enjoy or have done that other people could rightly say is rubbish I could understand a review that said I enjoyed it but noticed flaws and it s probably a 3.5 but as it s a debut novel I ll round it up to 4 But when people award 5 stars and glowing superlatives unqualified by any critical thinking, my reaction is to think a you re conning me into buying this under false pretences albeit only 99p in the Kindle New Year sale and b you re exactly the sort of person who votes Tory and then bleats when they take away your tax credits because you re too stupid to realise that an attack on poor people s benefits is aimed exactly at you, being that you re on a form of benefit and thus poor relatively speaking.So to conclude, it s an achievement to assemble a novel that has a beginning, middle and end, and a coherent narrative and dramatic arc However, when I buy a book, albeit at 99p, I expect something than that, and I don t think I got my money s worth I think the writer clearly has a talent that would benefit from nurturing and an editor If a proper publisher spots this talent, I would probably try reading her again, but that editor has to be able to challenge several ridiculous premises flag 78 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Aug 30, 2015 Maxine Booklover Catlady rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Crime, Mystery Fans, Everyone Shelves local authors, books i own, 2015 reading challenge, books in a series, author direct reviews done, 2015 five star books, books that made me think, could not put down, crime books read, favourite authors No wonder this book was a 1 Best Seller on Brilliant stuff I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year What is even exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year Local writers I am so darn proud to see the level of talent from my part of the country Holy Island is an actual place, also known as Lindisfarne, that sits of the coast of beautiful Northumberland in the North East of England It s an isl No wonder this book was a 1 Best Seller on Brilliant stuff I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year What is even exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year Local writers I am so darn proud to see the level of talent from my part of the country Holy Island is an actual place, also known as Lindisfarne, that sits of the coast of beautiful Northumberland in the North East of England It s an island, accessible to the public by car foot at certain times when the tides are low enough to let you over from the mainland It is a place steeped in deep history and is a really special place to visit Atmospheric and a great backdrop for this awesome book Our story is set on Holy Island, but there are unholy things going on, or are they DCI Ryan has been resting on Holy Island after a particularly tragic case that disturbed him on a very personal level He is dragged back into Detective action when a body is found arranged in the strangest of ways upon a stone way up high in the Priory on the Island This quiet community of only about 200 people suddenly had a killer in it s midst What could the old stones tell of this terrible murder I LOVED DCI Ryan as a character, he is kind of the strong silent type and no wonder a strong woman enters the scene as a potential interest to DCI Ryan In fact every woman on the island quite fancies a piece of him Get the picture But he s also a darn good Detective and before long a crack team are swamping the island and the hunt for the killer is underway The plot is fantastic, L.J Ross writes so well for a Debut author, no wonder this book went to 1 on the charts She weaves in a bit of humour in dialogue here and there that is pulled off so well and I enjoyed the characters she created very much Every single one of them The ones I loved to hate even The pace is great, we have the body found right at the start of the book, I love that, when you don t have to wait for the killing to begin Weird I know It keeps rolling out the action and before long the plot is so much deeper and darker Some people still practice the old ways, ancient religions on the island, paganism is not dead here, not by a long shot This religious element weaved into the story was just brilliant There is many a chilling moment and I for one, could not put this book down Does DCI Ryan catch the killer before anyone else dies The twists were fantastic, I got it wrong who the killer way and was SO sure I had it right So I would love to hear if you worked it out and guessed correctly I can t recommend this one highly enough, a brilliant new talent and a new author to watch Before long she will be up there with the best names in British crime and mystery fiction The sequel to Holy Island is coming along soon and I can t wait to pick up and see what is in store for the lush DCI Ryan and his team 5 paw prints from Booklover Catlady for this one, don t miss it I am going to go back to Holy Island soon as it s not far from me and I promise a photo of me with the book in my hand standing right where the killing begins For of my reviews, come over and visit my page me on Twitter promotethatbook flag 55 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Dec 05, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime thrillers, mystery, vip reviewer, kindle 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 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 consultant Here she must come to terms with her old memories and confront her difficult past She and Ryan work together to hunt a killer, while fighting their attraction to one another When Anna s sister is murdered, it appears to be a ritual killing.The characters of Ryan and Anna each come with their own flaws, but come together and complement each other providing the reader with some humor along the way.It is quite apparent the extensive research that went into the preparation of this novel This was a well developed book, with characters that come alive as you read each small detail unfolding The imagery is vivid and enables you to sense the atmosphere of the setting I was unable to figure out the Who , a tribute to the spectacular writing skills of the author.I wish to thank the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for furnishing the digital copy of Holy Island, and look forward to reading the next book in the series SYCAMORE GAP flag 43 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Sep 26, 2015 Cora Tea Party Princess rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 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 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, and I got a surprise at the end when it was revealed.I think it s safe to say I m addicted Gimme A copy of this was provided by Booklover Catlady Publicity for review.ETA Three months on and I already want to reread it flag 25 likesLike see review May 14, 2015 Kenneth rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 d stumbled into Brookside takes a holiday The author tried to write a story using proper police procedures and this causes some problems as it vastly increases the number of characters.This can make things confusi 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 d stumbled into Brookside takes a holiday The author tried to write a story using proper police procedures and this causes some problems as it vastly increases the number of characters.This can make things confusing for the reader The glaring mistake for me was when the author referred to a detectives badge Number This is a US term UK police would refer to a warrant Number, ID number, or even a collar number but detectives don t carry badges and don t have badge numbers The ending was somewhat predictable where the plot got a little thin you could feel the structure showing through The end was well written and did provide the required peak of excitement but once the hackneyed old cliche s were rolled out We didn t get miss marple bringing everyone together in the library instead we had the boasting perpetrator.As a first attempt it s not bad, I ve read a lot worse I hope in the next book the author does away with the he loved the way her eyes flared out her anger and settles for a detective novel flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 26, 2017 BookwormDH rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 The author creates a great atmosphere which drew me in The book grabbed me from the beginning and had me hooked all the way through Holy Island manages to keep a nice balance between gruesome and cosy crime It s 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 The author creates a great atmosphere which drew me in The book grabbed me from the beginning and had me hooked all the way through Holy Island manages to keep a nice balance between gruesome and cosy crime It s very easy to read as the writing is brilliant The characters are interesting and believable and I ll be looking forward to the next encounter in this promising series.Highly recommended flag 19 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 07, 2016 Jackie rated it did not like it review of another edition 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 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 author has to decide romance or detective , or maybe both but not in the same book.I did actually think I was going to enjoy it when I started reading it Based near where I live, the first chapters were ok, not brilliant, but enough to keep me reading after the sample After that it was of a chore I think my mouth actually dropped open when the lead charater snarled then became so sexist arrogant I did think it was maybe done intentionally as a joke then as I kept reading I realised the author was serious It has been a grim task ploughing on to the end I only kept reading because so many of the reviewers had mentioned the epilogue that I wanted to see if it magically sent the book soaring up my ratings However the epilogue while adding slightly to the story read like a bad horror film, after the hero has escaped the house of horror, the camera pans back for the coup de grace.Maybe the author is in expectation of this novel being made into a film series but I wouldn t be watching it if that s the case.I cannot believe all the 5 star reviews That was one of the reasons I read it in the first place I wish I had read of the not so positive reviews Luckily I got it on Kindle Unlimited so I didnt waste any money I could delete it quickly It has taken me slightly longer to forget the awful cliched romance but I have managed to stop laughing about it now flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 20, 2015 Natalie Cavernelis rated it did not like it review of another edition Was interested because this book is top of the kindle bestsellers but battled to finish Thought it was a police procedural but it seems to be a mills and boon with a detective main character points of view change rather oddly, characters have far too much emotion being conveyed through their eyes and are also constantly thinking about how hot the main detective is, and less about the deaths on their tiny rather scary sounding island flag 16 likesLike see review Sep 30, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves booklover catlady publications 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 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 out if he is ready to take on a similar challenge A beautiful young woman has been sadistically slain Not long after Lucy s body is found, Ryan s boss calls in an expert in pagan traditions and rites, Dr Taylor Expecting a middle aged man, Ryan complains, but he is in for a pleasant surprise Dr Taylor turns out to be a female named Anna, and she happens to be both intelligent and gorgeous A native of the island, she left to pursue her education and to attempt to leave her ghosts behind her When she returns, she finds trouble She also finds DCI Ryan, himself a single man who is easy on the eyes Their relationship adds romance and humor to an otherwise sinister, foreboding mood that envelops the book Is it unprofessional Certainly Like any relationship, it is not perfect, and I did find it enjoyable, and even believable, to a certain extent There are numerous characters, many of them suspects Is there anyone who is trustworthy Ross provides shadowy figures, and I never knew for certain who was speaking, since this was deliberately concealed Just when I thought I might be onto something, there would be a new wrinkle The pagan theme was often confusing At some points, the group seemed to be practicing paganism, which is not the same as devil worship However, the High Priest has definitely changed the game into something much malevolent Not only that, but who is in his secret circle It could be anyone I was able to suspend belief, somewhat, to accept the motive for the killings Holy Island has a population of around 200 people in 2011, so it is unfathomable to me that so many of its inhabitants could be involved in a cult and get away with murder I will say this I was quite surprised by the twist at the end Well partially surprised I actually suspected one of them All in all, Holy Island kept me entertained The island setting, with the ancient priory, the contrast of the old Christian legends of St Cuthbert against the gloom of impending peril and death, and a touch of romance made for a satisfying debut tale, I feel Ms Ross already has a second DCI Ryan novel published, and I look forward to digging into that as well.I wish to sincerely thank the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for furnishing the digital copy of Holy Island in exchange for my honest, unbiased review 4 stars flag 12 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 23, 2015 Lexie Conyngham rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 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 this was not one that was well done At one point the hero plundered her mouth , which made me think he was stealing her fillings Having said all that, it was a fairly entertaining if completely implausible read I just wondered why it had merited quite so many five star reviews on and apparently made it to No.1 slot, but there we are one of the mysteries of the book world Unfortunately I ve bought the next one perhaps she will have learned from her mistakes flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 02, 2017 Richard rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves own 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 Syca 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 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 Syca 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 Island is a perfect setting for a murder mystery cut off from the main land twice a day when the tidal waters cover the causeway When a murder at high tide happens it has to have been committed by someone still on the island Fortunately although there is no standing police presence there a detective is on hand to handle the case DCI Ryan has been recuperating in a local cottage for the past 3 months following a particularly difficult end to a murder investigation So he feels both obligated and ideally placed knowing the island and many of its inhabitants already.I like police procedurals and this one has a unique feel as DCI Ryan sets up his base in the front room of his holiday let The other aspect of Lindisfarne as a setting is its historical significance in the spread of Christianity to the British Isles and this novel introduces ritualistic and ceremonial aspects to it that mean an expert from Durham university is seconded to the team as a civillian consultant, knowledgable in all things religious and pagan.Dr Taylor has the other advantage of having grown up on Lindisfarne but has some personal issues there having left to go to university and not returned in over 8 years.A stunning debut that is relentless in its mystery and mayhem indeed the early body count would do little to encourage tourism other than the rubberneckers and lovers of the macabre.The pressure grows on Ryan as senior investigating officer as he still has nightmares over his last case and the death he couldn t prevent.There is going on in this idyllic setting that no BB visitor would wish to know The writing draws the reader in and leaves one breathless as the police seem unable to break the closing ranks of the communiuty.A book that is difficult to put down and difficult to set aside without searching for book 2 in this series Marvellous in its conception and impressive as it hurries to its dreadful conclusion with the dark drama as gravity and the lack of brakes when all hope seems lost.If you feel all will be well once Christmas Day arrives don t read the epilogue as this terrific author has ideas than the average fan can manage in one sitting flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2015 PattyMacDotComma rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Mystery lovers, romance lovers Shelves arc read, mystery crime thriller, calibre 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 squat, stone cottages which huddled together as if for warmth Above the village the Priory loomed, crippled but still standing after a thousand years Inside it, Lucy lay shivering, her skin exposed and helpless to temperatures wh 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 squat, stone cottages which huddled together as if for warmth Above the village the Priory loomed, crippled but still standing after a thousand years Inside it, Lucy lay shivering, her skin exposed and helpless to temperatures which had fallen well below zero Now and then her body jerked, a spasm of pain which racked her slim form as she rested beneath a sky that was littered with stars She thought that her eyes were open, but couldn t be sure It was so dark Everyone knows who everyone is on the island, so when a lady walking her dog stumbles on a dead girl, apparently sacrificed on some garish altar, she goes immediately to the best person she can think of for help our TDH hero tall, dark, and handsome, as one of the character refers to him.On leave and recovering on the island after a personal tragedy case gone wrong , DCI Ryan is living alone and disconnected But this is a community where everyone is connected whether they like it or not Access to the island is dependent on the tides, as the causeway is covered much of the time Early in the piece, time of death is determined to have taken place while the island was cut off from the mainland, so in true Agatha Christie fashion, we have a limited pool of potential murderers His boss puts Ryan back on active duty and insists on sending a specialist in ancient beliefs and practices to consult Dr Taylor turns out to be a gorgeous young woman who grew up on the island and has an equally gorgeous, flirtatious sister, so we know there will be sparks somewhere and there are And mysterious sacrifices to investigate.It s an interesting page turner with a unique setting and plenty of historic background on the area and the rituals to fill it out satisfyingly The ending certainly left plenty of material for stories.I didn t give it a full 5 stars because I had a few niggles about some of the chick lit references plundering her mouth and Anna s description of Ryan as having slashed cheekbones , but what the heck It was fun Thanks to BookLover CatLady Publicity and the author for my review copy I m looking forward to the next one, Syca Gap A DCI Ryan Mystery flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 25, 2016 Helena Aarons rated it did not like it review of another edition It was as though two people had written this novel One loved dramatic and stereotyped romance in the style of Mills and Boone and the other wrote a detective novel The romantic part of the novel was really inappropriateooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell heroine something bad has happened don t want to add any spoilers and ends up kissing her So many five star ratings for this novel both on and , I just don t understand flag 10 likesLike see review Sep 25, 2015 Ann rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves who dunnits I thought that this book was rather far fetched I m not sure what the good people of Lindisfarne think of how they were portrayed Three gruesome murders in as many days I think there would have been a greater police presence than the story had, I m sure police would have been drafted in from the whole area, despite the twist in the tale at the end of the book which again was a bit far fetched for me Another oddity, one character was described as having her hair coloured every week, I I thought that this book was rather far fetched I m not sure what the good people of Lindisfarne think of how they were portrayed Three gruesome murders in as many days I think there would have been a greater police presence than the story had, I m sure police would have been drafted in from the whole area, despite the twist in the tale at the end of the book which again was a bit far fetched for me Another oddity, one character was described as having her hair coloured every week, I m surprised she had any hair left to colour, sloppy editing Lots of holes in the plot The detective in charge getting up close and personal with the sister of one of the victims, who also happened to be the expert called in to advise I sometimes think that authors have a bit of a panic and think that they must put some sex in somewhere Possibly to hide the rather poor plot flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 25, 2015 Kate Bibliophile Book Club rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady and LJ Ross for my copy of Holy Island to review.I hadn t heard of this book before I read it, but I won t forget it in a hurry Holy Island does not begin gently, it starts with the murder of Lucy Matheison and the discovery of her body at the Lindisfarne Priory describes it as follows 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 Thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady and LJ Ross for my copy of Holy Island to review.I hadn t heard of this book before I read it, but I won t forget it in a hurry Holy Island does not begin gently, it starts with the murder of Lucy Matheison and the discovery of her body at the Lindisfarne Priory describes it as follows 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 This description doesn t do it proper justice Holy Island is an excellent book, well plotted with very little of the predictable crime formulae to be found More than once I thought I had sussed the killer, and every time I was wrong The killings are described brutally, the locations are described beautifully It s the perfect juxtaposition DCI Ryan is a great character, flawed in his own way, with demons in his past It was very easy to be rooting for him all through the book Dr Taylor is also a strong character, doesn t suffer fools and very intelligent Predictably, they begin a relationship, but it blends into the whole story There are twists and turns aplenty, but I have to say, the ending was my favourite part It ends with a genuine shocker Which makes me want to read book 2 Syca Gap as soon as possible Well played Miss Ross I gave Holy Island 4 stars on I would highly recommend this book It was absolutely brilliant flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 19, 2015 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2015 Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is staying on Holy Island seeking when he is forced to take leave from his duties as a homicide detective, following his last case, when his sister was murdered When a young woman is found dead among the ancient ruins, his leave is officially over Former local girl Dr Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant on the local customs She and Ryan work together to hunt a killer while fighting their attraction to each other And when Anna s sister Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is staying on Holy Island seeking when he is forced to take leave from his duties as a homicide detective, following his last case, when his sister was murdered When a young woman is found dead among the ancient ruins, his leave is officially over Former local girl Dr Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant on the local customs She and Ryan work together to hunt a killer while fighting their attraction to each other And when Anna s sister is murdered, it looks like a ritual killing.This is a great murder mystery, made so believable in that Holy Island actually does existtps lindisfarne The Holy Island of Lindisfarne WebsiteI loved how Ryan and Anna interact with each other They both carry some baggage and have some issues but there is still a lot of humor between them He has the need to be protective and she has a need for independence It s fun watching them meet in the middle.There are lots of secondary characters who all are suspects at one time or another, so although I had an idea of the why I couldn t figure out the who And the ending really surprised me.I gave it 5 stars the book is very well written and I liked learning about Holy Island The author definitely did extensive research The mystery held my attention from the first page and i look forward to reading the second book in this series SYCAMORE GAP.My thanks to the author Booklover Catlady Publicity who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 16, 2015 Terry rated it it was ok review of another edition AlrightNot much character development Hard to keep so many people straight Had to keep flipping back to figure out who was who Weird amount of love at first sight going on All in all, I d have usually quit reading about five chapters in, but boredom kept me going back to just finish it So many tropesHad fun identifying them than anything else flag 8 likesLike see review Aug 25, 2017 Alan Cotterell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read 2017 Superb Can t believe it has taken me so long to discover this author This has everything you could want in a story Beautiful but harsh island, lot of history mixed with modern technology Very strong characters on both sides All combined with an ending that I hadn t seen coming Can t wait to read book 2 flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 26, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves action adventure mystery suspense, 2018, adult, kindled unlimited, law enforcement, part of a series, romance, safe, stars 3 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 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, thanks There was no OP drama and the H didn t come across as a manho I hope that stays true for the rest of the series.The mystery suspense of this story was great I wasn t too scared to go to bed at night or walk along dark hallways or anything like that, but it was definitely just the right amount of creepiness The trail of breadcrumbs left at a good rate to keep me engaged and made me want to keep reading late into the night.The only reason there aren t stars is that I m not really into the whole occult paganism theme It makes me a bit uncomfortable, to be honest, but there weren t too many graphic details given about their rituals, so I was borderline alright with that aspect of the story Plus the island community in which this story takes place seems awful It just so happened that probably one tenth of the island is something horrible view spoiler pedophile, philanderer, murderer, cheater hide spoiler that I would never want to live there Poor them flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 21, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thriller, police procedural HOLY ISLAND is the first in a series of crime thriller novels featuring DCI Ryan On a personal sabbatical following his last case, Ryan is living on Holy Island a small island community of about 200, where everybody knows everyone else Six months into his break , Ryan is confronted by a villager who runs to tell him about a dead body that of 21 year old Lucy Mathiesan which she has seen in the Priory.After a call to his supervisor, Ryan finds himself back to work in an official capacity D HOLY ISLAND is the first in a series of crime thriller novels featuring DCI Ryan On a personal sabbatical following his last case, Ryan is living on Holy Island a small island community of about 200, where everybody knows everyone else Six months into his break , Ryan is confronted by a villager who runs to tell him about a dead body that of 21 year old Lucy Mathiesan which she has seen in the Priory.After a call to his supervisor, Ryan finds himself back to work in an official capacity Due to the ritualistic nature of the murder, a former island native with knowledge of this type of history, Dr Anna Taylor, is also called in marking her first return to her former island home in eight years.The intensity quickly ramps up as the body count rises In small community where everybody feels they know their neighbors, people will soon learn how many secrets there are seething underneath the social facade presented One of DCI Ryan s thoughts on the matter really stuck out He didn t know which was worse hunting a killer who acted without moral boundaries, almost at his whim, or hunting one who acted under false pretenses I really enjoyed the character of DCI Ryan and the police procedures of his team The Islanders with their sense of community were also illustrated well, including the family strife, loyalties, and such There were a few instances where I felt some information was a bit too far fetched given what we knew of the characters and situation, but was overall able to gloss over those issues and enjoy the natural unveiling of the plot line.L.J Ross has created a great new character in Ryan, and I look forward to the next book featuring him.Recommended I received a copy of this novel from the publicist in exchange for an honest review flag 8 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 13, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it review of another edition Copy kindly supplied by Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity and LJ Ross in return for an honest review.LJ Ross is a new author for me, and one I will definitely be following closely from now on, Holy Island is the first instalment of the DCI Ryan Mysteries and if this is anything to go by you will be as keen to read the rest of the books as I am.Immediately Ross throws the reader into the abyss, a murder scene is the theme for the opening page The body of Lucy Mathieson is discovered at Lindi Copy kindly supplied by Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity and LJ Ross in return for an honest review.LJ Ross is a new author for me, and one I will definitely be following closely from now on, Holy Island is the first instalment of the DCI Ryan Mysteries and if this is anything to go by you will be as keen to read the rest of the books as I am.Immediately Ross throws the reader into the abyss, a murder scene is the theme for the opening page The body of Lucy Mathieson is discovered at Lindisfarne Priory and soon DCI Ryan is on the scene, he takes on the case and is assisted by Dr Taylor in form of Pagan expert From there the investigation spirals into an intense murder mystery that will delight readers No spoilers or hints as to the plot, this book is far too good to give anything away The characters are superb, DCI Ryan is is flawed, struggling with his demons but still strong and and sensitive Anna Taylor compliments Ryan s character well, strong, intelligent and not someone to take for granted The author writes the blossoming relationship between these characters well, it does not detract from the story or become bits to skip over like you might with others books.I particularly liked the contrast of the beautiful settings with the horrific murders, incredibly well thought out and executed Overall, this is a very cleverly written novel, deviating from the well trodden path followed by authors of this genre, so that readers are kept guessing what will happen next The pace, fast and increasing, just how a mystery novel should be.The endingwow, I didn t see that coming Now I need to get hold of the sequel Syca Gap asap Many thanks to Maxine at Booklady Catlover Publications for my copy flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 01, 2016 Trish R rated it really liked it review of another edition Really good bookA lot of reviewers complained about this being too much of a romance but I beg to differ There was just enough romance to satisfy anyone looking for a romance suspense murder mystery, like me And to the one reviewer who said the author was a woman because she started getting into the sex acts The first time they had sex he carried her to the bedroom, kissed her and it faded to black And the second time they had sex it was fade to black Not much of a sex act if you ask me Really good bookA lot of reviewers complained about this being too much of a romance but I beg to differ There was just enough romance to satisfy anyone looking for a romance suspense murder mystery, like me And to the one reviewer who said the author was a woman because she started getting into the sex acts The first time they had sex he carried her to the bedroom, kissed her and it faded to black And the second time they had sex it was fade to black Not much of a sex act if you ask me I liked all the background they gave on the players instead of going from one murder to the next Ryan was on sabbatical due to the Hacker case he worked and things went very badly Anna was back on the island she d left 8 years ago, because of her mother s fall down stone steps that lead to her death and the leap off the cliff her dad took Anna was there to join Ryan on the case of ritual killings, and their attraction to one another was immediate I really enjoyed that part of the book, made them human and not just robots trying to solve some murders Anna was also there to try to figure out where she and her sister went wrong so many years ago.One reviewer said this was a cliffhanger and THAT IS NOT TRUE Two crimes were solved, Ryan and Anna got their HEA and that was the end of that story The epilogue was just to let you know there was a next book that had to do with the circle if you wanted to read it There was swearing and the F bomb was used 16 times LOL, I think 99.9% of the time the F bomb was said by the hero, Ryan.As to the narrator As to the narrator Jonathan Keeble gave all the men great voices, especially Ryan, but the women, especially Anna, sounded toooo much like men I m hoping in the next book, Syca Gap, he ll do better He did read with a lot of emotions, and he did that fantastically flag 6 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 12, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction 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 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 I didn t need to fear though as he didn t let any personal issues get in the way of tracking down the culprits His head does slightly get turned by the lovely Anna though and I enjoyed the growing relationship between the two of them.Anna seems to have had just as much go off in her past which she has tried to put behind her and move on by leaving the island Obviously coming back to the island brings a lot of stuff that she had pushed far back in her mind back again, but I think that the murders and Ryan are a good distraction for her until it suddenly gets a bit to close for comfort.This was a very steady read and kept me guessing throughout I have to say the ending was pretty spectacular I certainly wasn t expecting it to be so tense and exhilarating and it left me on a total high after finishing it.Holy Island without a doubt has everything that you would expect from a crime novel It is full of mystery and suspense and overall a gripping read With a strong start and finish, the author has left me desperate for flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2016 Britney rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves leap through your tbr 2016 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 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 charge of the investigation He is everything you want in a hero Mysterious, caring, tough, swagger he s unaware of Overall it was a well written with likeable characters L.J Ross is going to have a good future as a writer I received an ARC copy from Bookcover Catlady Publishing flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2015 Nicky Black rated it really liked it review of another edition I really liked this book to my surprise, not being much of a reader of detective stories I found the setting of Holy Island to be atmospheric and not overly mysterious or spooky Anna was a great character, I liked her from the start and didn t feel the relationship with Ryan interfered with the story, quite the opposite in fact I raced through the last few chapters wanting to know the outcome and the epilogue is the perfect twist Phillips is also funny and I liked the natural banter and sa I really liked this book to my surprise, not being much of a reader of detective stories I found the setting of Holy Island to be atmospheric and not overly mysterious or spooky Anna was a great character, I liked her from the start and didn t feel the relationship with Ryan interfered with the story, quite the opposite in fact I raced through the last few chapters wanting to know the outcome and the epilogue is the perfect twist Phillips is also funny and I liked the natural banter and sarcasm of some of the characters I get the feeling ms Ross doesn t take herself too seriously, and this shone through in realistic characters who are equally un self absorbed Well done that woman flag 5 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jun 09, 2018 Ian rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves general fiction 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 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 flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 01, 2017 Kathy rated it it was ok review of another edition Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this Holy Island is like Hell Island.will not continue the string of pagan ritual murders that had somehow not been noticed over the years that will be picked up in the next book I shall return unread And then there s the sleazy romance factor to stay away from as well Not for me available on Kindle Unlimited flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 01, 2016 Daniel Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves bought Fantastic, loved this, can t wait to read the rest flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2015 Bill Kupersmith rated it liked it review of another edition 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 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 bit mixed Of course, having once visited the site myself in the company of a priest from Kelso an American Episcopalian a Scottish Episcopalian the holiest place in England I was eager to read this one I loved the descriptions of the setting, tho disappointed that the CofE vicar proves rather a weak reed What I liked Most definitely the setting The sense of being on a tight little island came through well, especially at the Christmas season Tho on the audio DCI Ryan speaks pretty much what used to be called Received Pronunciation, most of the other characters speak a Northumberland dialect which is absolutely priceless Anna the forensic archaeologist was attractive likeable, tho as usual in such stories, has to confront oafish men who won t take her scholarly expertise seriously That she would be the sister of Megan the island femme fatale murder victim seemed a bit of a stretch for me I spotted the principal villain early from one clue which I give away in the spoiler thread for the August Kindle English Mystery Group read But there were enough suspects subordinate villains to keep me on edge Personally I found DCI Ryan a bit of a clich officer suffering from PTSD from last case, has he been called back in too soon What I did not like The holiest most ancient Christian foundation in England there is just about zero Christian spirituality Celtic or Anglican The vicar in the book is a squib as damp as the bottom of the North Sea I m sure the real incumbent must do a better job Given the general state of spirituality in contemporary England Christmas is celebrated as an excuse to stay drunk from Christmas Eve till the day after the New Year , I was not surprised, but still disappointed Anna, as an expert on neolithic beliefs, objects to using the p word to refer to how people worshipped before Christianity, but as practised in this story, I had some trouble really believing in any p g n spiritualIty I also found it inconceivable that Ryan, an inexperienced sailor, could have navigated a small boat out to the island in a major storm At night But the end of the audio version there is a foretaste of the rest of the series, tho tempted I ll not go there, many might enjoy the continuations Given my spiritual expectations, I ll hold three stars, but lots of us would give it four flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 03, 2017 Dee Cee Its all about the books rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audible This book had been on my list to read for a while and evenings seem to be the only chance I get to read books so I decided I d download Holy Island on Audible Hey presto I was on my way to falling in love with DCI Ryan while I was doing my housework or out walking.Narrated by Jonathan Keeble, this was an easy story to listen to Keeble has a voice that transports you to the setting and I found myself totally absorbed in the story.This being the first book in the series we are introduced to DCI This book had been on my list to read for a while and evenings seem to be the only chance I get to read books so I decided I d download Holy Island on Audible Hey presto I was on my way to falling in love with DCI Ryan while I was doing my housework or out walking.Narrated by Jonathan Keeble, this was an easy story to listen to Keeble has a voice that transports you to the setting and I found myself totally absorbed in the story.This being the first book in the series we are introduced to DCI Ryan who is staying on Holy Island, taking a sabbatical from his duties as homicide detective Just before Christmas a body is discovered and Ryan finds himself thrown into a murder investigation.I really warmed to Ryan, he s a quiet man, determined and a gentleman He s troubled though and slowly throughout the story we find out why As he begins to investigate a number of his team arrive to help and Dr Anna Taylor a former resident is called in as a police consultant.The setting is wonderful, Holy Island also known as Lindisfarne sits on the coast of Northumberland which isn t too far away from me I love when a story is set in a real place and one I plan on visiting over the summer.I was surprised this was a debut novel, the plot is fantastic with murder, mystery and a religious theme running through it L.J.Ross certainly has done a lot of research for this book and it shows I got so engrossed in the story I actually did a massive pile of ironing while I was listening and flew through it Honestly if you hate ironing as much as me then get listening to this book, you ll have that pile done in no time.Holy Island really is an exciting start to new series, it gave me chills at times and at some points I could feel the hairs bristle on the back of my neck Full of characters you can really warm to and some that would have you running for the hills This is definitely a book I will be recommending flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Book Explosions 5 Stars for The DCI Ryan Mysteries by LJ Ross 1 4 Jan 04, 2018 08 01AM Kindle English My Spolier Discussion July 2015 Holy Island by L.J Ross 5 20 Aug 19, 2016 01 15AM Kindle English My July 2016 Value Book Read Holy Island by L.J Ross 5 15 Aug 16, 2016 04 36PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Her first book, Holy Island , has consistently been listed as an bestseller since its release in January 2015 and hit the Am Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, LJ Ross moved to London where she graduated from King s College London with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law After working in the City as a regulatory lawyer for a number of years, she realised it was high time for a change Her first book, Holy Island , has consistently been listed as an bestseller since its release in January 2015 and hit the UK Kindle 1 position in May 2015 Its sequels, Syca Gap , Heavenfield and Angel have all been 1 bestsellers If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you Other books in the series DCI Ryan Mysteries 1 10 of 11 books Books by L.J Ross More Trivia About Holy Island DCI No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Holy Island What about Anna and Megan The ritual is different The 0 likes I say he hurled himself into the sea because he couldn t live with what he d done Anger burned briefly in his friendly face but was quickly snuffed out when another patron called out to him He snapped the beard back into place Turned out he d mortgaged the pub to the hilt There were massive debts to clear, so they sold the old cottage to Mark Bowers He rents it out to holiday makers now The girls were happy to sell the pub on to me with the 0 likes 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