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DCI Ryan Books In Order

Publication Order of DCI Ryan Books

Holy Island (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sycamore Gap (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heavenfield (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Force (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cragside (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The name ‘DCI Ryan’ refers to a crime fiction series of novels written by L.J. Ross. The books follow the exploits of DCI Ryan.

+The Story

The DCI Ryan novels begin with ‘Holy Island’. Holy Island is an actual place. They call it Lindisfarne. Located in North East England, the island is rich with history and tourists from all over the world visit it with the intention of exploring that history.

Because these books are categorized under the ‘DCI Ryan Mysteries’ name, it isn’t surprising to learn that Detective Chief Inspector Ryan takes center stage in this series. When he is first introduced, Ryan has been forced to undertake a sabbatical leave.

However, his attempts at finding peace are complicated when the remains of a young woman are found at a historical sight. Even though he isn’t on duty, Ryan’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore case, especially one that might have a depraved killer at its heart.

This book sets the tone for all the books in the DCI Ryan series that follow. Anyone that has read crime fiction will recognize the style and themes present in the DCI Ryan books. As with most literary crime dramas, the DCI Ryan books are led by a tortured law enforcement operative.

In the case of DCI Ryan, the death of his sister still haunts him. Not only does it strain his career, but every decision he makes after his sister’s tragic passing is informed in some way by her death and thoughts of the man that took her life.

As with most crime fiction protagonists, Ryan’s tragic past is what drives him to be such a great detective. He seems to have a head for understanding and catching killers that escape many of his colleagues.

However, Ryan is no genius. L.J. Ross chooses to not burden him with some extraordinary gift which allows him to better solve crimes. While such abilities tend to set the heroes of most crime fiction series apart, the fact that Ryan is sometimes presented as just another Detective Chief Inspector who just happens to work really hard once he catches the scent of a case allows the DCI Ryan series to stand out.

The DCI Ryan books delve into the history of North East England, using local myths, legends and cults to drum up plots. While the books have been advertised as intense thrillers, they are hardly the darkest psychological dramas in the world.

And the killers in the DCI Ryan series are hardly the most brutal and depraved in the crime fiction genre.

It is worth noting that while the DCI Ryan books are a series featuring recurring characters like DCI Ryan, his girlfriend Anna Taylor and veteran DS Frank Phillips, many of the novels can be read as standalones. Certainly, understanding the relationships between the characters, the trials they have encountered in the past and the manner in which their bonds have been tested can make the DCI Ryan series more enjoyable.

However, each new book provides enough snippets of information about what happened in the past that readers can jump aboard at any moment. However, L.J. Ross would rather her readers tackled her series from the very beginning.

+The Author

L.J. Ross is a pseudonym for Louise Ross. Ross is an English author that was born in Northumberland. The author studied at King’s College London, eventually graduating with degrees in Law and spending several years practicing as an attorney in the city.

Ross met her husband during her college years. It was during the months following the birth of her son that Ross began writing her first book. After visiting Lindisfarne, the author was so thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere of the Island that she couldn’t believe no one had written a crime thriller set on the location.

It wasn’t long before the author’s wondering mind drove her to produce the draft for ‘Holy Island’ in 2015. Ross chose to self-publish her first novel instead of going the traditional publishing route, and the decision paid off.

Ross’ first novel quickly climbed to the top of the Amazon bestseller list, and her next couple of novels continued to receive similar success. Ross soon grew so confident in her abilities that when traditional publishers came knocking and made her an offer, she turned it down, choosing to remain rooted in the self-publishing field.

Ross used her husband’s name when she was creating her pseudonym, the idea being to honor him for all the support he had provided her during her pursuit of a publishing career. Ross took a leap of faith when she became a writer. She had to give up a career that paid rather well to get her books out, and her husband was more than happy to support her choices in this area.

+Holy Island

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island believing that he will enjoy some peace. The Sabbatical leave wasn’t his choice but he is willing to embrace the peace. However, complications arise when remains are found amongst ancient ruins.

Ryan is drawn into the case, though he isn’t alone. Doctor Anna Taylor is a police consultant with roots on Holy Island. As she struggles to overcome her old memories, Ryan and Anna work together to catch a killer.

The first book in the DCI Ryan Mystery series finds DCI Ryan on an island of only 200 people one of whom is a killer. DCI Ryan is a strong silent man who draws the interest of Doctor Anna Taylor.

The pair concludes that someone on the island is practicing old and dangerous religious rites, the kind that might threaten the local populace.

+Sycamore Gap

The remains of a woman found in the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap throw DCI Ryan’s life into chaos. As Ryan tries to piece together the clues surrounding the ten-year-old case, he is forced to contend with demons he thought he had left in the past.

There is a killer on the loose, one that might actually be unstoppable.

The second book in the DCI Ryan series finds DCI Ryan and his girlfriend looking into the death of a girl that was killed a decade ago. There seems to be a pagan cult in play.

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