The DCI Ryan Mysteries

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661 ratings

Holy Island Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Holy Island

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 333
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 293

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Soppy stuff.

    • By Michele B on 02-19-16

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 2

    • Sycamore Gap

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216

    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 10 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • masterfully written

    • By SophiaMarie on 09-30-16

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 3

    • Heavenfield

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    The hunter becomes the hunted.... 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hope to see more of Ryan, Phillips and the others

    • By SophiaMarie on 01-25-17
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 05-03-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 220 ratings

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 4

    • Angel

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan's life is finally beginning to return to normal, and he's looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. Then, on Good Friday morning, he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave, and the killer has given her wings, like an angel. Soon another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good

    • By Maine Knitter on 12-02-17
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 12-06-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 182 ratings

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 5

    • High Force

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you.... Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend? There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome read and Awesome narration..

    • By Trish R. on 04-07-17
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 191 ratings

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 6

    • Cragside

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • JL Ross gets better and better

    • By CM on 10-22-17
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 10-19-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 155 ratings

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 7

    • Dark Skies

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    Beware what lies beneath.... One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip, but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England's biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant...until now. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • In a way, disappointing

    • By Maine Knitter on 02-14-18
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 02-13-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 120 ratings

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 8

    • Seven Bridges

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book and awesome narration..

    • By Trish R. on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $16.35

  • Book 9

    • The Hermitage

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered - and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective.... DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath, but there’s just one problem - he’s also an international celebrity: a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Hermitage

    • By barbara on 03-10-19

    Regular price: $16.35

  • Book 10

    • Longstone

    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Between the devil and the deep blue sea... Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea, and local historian Dr Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call.... When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he's faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Longstone

    • By barbara on 03-15-19
    • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 03-05-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

    Regular price: $16.35

  • Book 11

    • The Infirmary

    • By: LJ Ross
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the chief inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

    Regular price: $11.99