Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1)

Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1)

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 f...

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Title:Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1)
Author:L.J. Ross
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B00RPSQAG8
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:421 pages pages

Holy Island (DCI Ryan Mysteries #1) Reviews

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Oct 05, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

  • Sue
    Dec 05, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    Sep 26, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

  • Britney
    Dec 30, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

  • Richard
    Jan 02, 2017

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

  • BookwormDH
    Jul 26, 2017

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

  • Lexie Conyngham
    Sep 23, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

  • Terry
    Dec 16, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

  • Natalie Cavernelis
    Nov 20, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Sep 25, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

  • Bill Kupersmith
    Jul 10, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

  • Linda Strong
    Sep 19, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

  • Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
    Mar 03, 2017

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

    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 h...

    A good story but too much romantic detail and Americanisms. There also appeared to be some factual errors. ...

    This book had me hooked from the very first page,I love it when that happens, nice surprising twists, really liked detective Ryan and look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...

    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 Jo...

  • Nolene Driscoll
    Jan 28, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

    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 h...

    A good story but too much romantic detail and Americanisms. There also appeared to be some factual errors. ...

    This book had me hooked from the very first page,I love it when that happens, nice surprising twists, really liked detective Ryan and look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...

    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 Jo...

    I felt a small affinity for this book because I live near and have visited Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Reading books about places I know is rare so hearing about the places mentioned in the book brought back lovely memories. This is a great novel that pulled me in straight away, grip...

  • Kimberly
    Sep 21, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Toni
    Jul 19, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

    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 h...

    A good story but too much romantic detail and Americanisms. There also appeared to be some factual errors. ...

  • Kenneth
    May 14, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

  • Helena Aarons
    Feb 25, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Aug 30, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

  • Trish R.
    Sep 01, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

  • Sarah
    Oct 12, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

    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 h...

  • Jean
    Sep 30, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

  • Kathy
    Dec 01, 2017

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

  • Ann
    Sep 25, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

  • Geraldine
    Jan 06, 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 begin...

  • Kate
    Jul 13, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Nicky Black
    Jul 28, 2015

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

  • Jackie
    Mar 07, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

  • Pauline Coulthard
    Sep 20, 2017

    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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...

    Kept reading because I wanted to give DCI Ryan some time, but this "Holy" Island is more 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 the...

    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 sa...

    Really good book.. A 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 st...

    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 h...

    A good story but too much romantic detail and Americanisms. There also appeared to be some factual errors. ...

    This book had me hooked from the very first page,I love it when that happens, nice surprising twists, really liked detective Ryan and look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...

  • Daniel Smith
    Sep 01, 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 begin...

    No wonder this book was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon! Brilliant stuff! I have been talking about the brilliant writers that are coming out of the UK this year. What is even more exciting is the writers that are coming out of the North East of England this year. Local writers. I am so ...

    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 deat...

    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 form...

    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 stor...

    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 stereotyp...

    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'...

    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 throu...

    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 ...

    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 t...

    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,...

    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 al...

    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. F...

    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 draft...

    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 inappropriate....brooding and troubled dark eyed hero detective comes to tell ...

    Alright Not 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 interf...

    Fantastic, loved this, can't wait to read the rest. ...