DCI Ryan Mysteries

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202 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.

©2015 L J Ross (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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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 272
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237

    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 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sort of a cliffhanger..

    • By Trish R. on 09-03-16

    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 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    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 173 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 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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 146 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 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    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 155 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 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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 116 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 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    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 82 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 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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