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Publisher's Summary

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory.
When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past. She and Ryan struggle to work together to hunt a killer who hides in plain sight while pagan ritual and small-town politics muddy the waters of their investigation.
Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set on the spectacular Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, cut off from the English mainland by a tidal causeway.
©2015 L J Ross (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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"Holy Island is a blockbuster." (Daily Express)
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By Michele B on 02-19-16

Soppy stuff.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not to my friends, no. It was full of promise and possibilities but the author thoroughly killed the book with excessive melodrama and completely unbelievable 'romance'.

If you’ve listened to books by LJ Ross before, how does this one compare?

I have not. If I had, I might have been forewarned about this one. But possibly this one isn't one of her best.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the narrator did an excellent job. I liked him and thought he did admirably with the material he had to work with. I would have been rolling on the floor wheezing with laughter at certain points.

Do you think Holy Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, it is certainly presented that way, so it seems inevitable. Unfortunately.

Any additional comments?

I hate to be so negative, but I bought it hoping for a good mystery and instead got a soppy, unbelievable, romance filled with practicing pagans. If that is your cup of tea, you will love this book a lot.

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By Trish R. on 09-02-16

Really good story. On to the next one..

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 started getting into the “sex acts.” The first time they had sex he carried her to the bedroom, kissed her and it faded to black. And the second time they had sex it was fade to black. Not much of a sex act if you ask me.

I liked all the background they gave on the players instead of going from one murder to the next. Ryan was on sabbatical due to the Hacker case he worked and things went very badly. Anna was back on the island she’d left 8 years ago, because of her mother’s fall down stone steps that lead to her death and the leap off the cliff her dad took. Anna was there to join Ryan on the case of ritual killings, and their attraction to one another was immediate. I really enjoyed that part of the book, made them more human and not just robots trying to solve some murders. She was also there to try to figure out where she and her sister went wrong so many years ago.

One reviewer said this was a cliffhanger and THAT IS NOT TRUE. Two crimes were solved, Ryan and Anna got their HEA and that was the end of that story. The epilogue was just to let you know there was a next book that had to do with “the circle” if you wanted to read it.

There was swearing and the F-bomb was used 16 times. LOL, I think 99.9% of the time the F-bomb was said by the hero, Ryan.

As to the narrator: Jonathan Keeble gave all the men great voices, especially Ryan, but the women, especially Anna, sounded toooo much like men. I’m hoping in the next book, Sycamore Gap, he’ll do better. He did read with a lot of emotions, which he did fantastically.

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By Colette on 01-06-16

Struggled to finish this one

This could have been so good. An interesting story and setting but dragged on until I thought it would never finish. A couple of hours worth of editing would have been a big help. My main complaint though was that it was too much like a Mills & Boon book. The hero is just far too gorgeous and moody and the heroine too headstrong and wilful. Some cringe worthy writing as they gazed at each other adoringly.
Jonathan Keeble did a wonderful job in the circumstances.
I won't be buying the next in the series.

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By Ms on 01-18-16

Should this be a Mills and Boons??

Would you try another book written by LJ Ross or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

No - this is marked as within the Crime Genre - it should have been romance or at least fantasy!<br/>It was utter dribble with no conclusion as to why the villain had stooped to the levels he had. No credible explanation about why others had joined up. Poor Mr Keeble was overly annuciated - every romantic scene was cringe-worthy.<br/>The main characters were too perfect - just boringly predictable too

Has Holy Island put you off other books in this genre?

Only by the author. Awful book

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?

No one - better left unnarrated or written

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration - I wasted a credit on this bilge. So annoying.

Any additional comments?

Never read anything by this author again

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By Danielle on 02-19-17

A bit of everything

This book is very entertaining and the narration is excellent. There's a bit of everything: drama, thrill, suspense humour and romance. The romance storyline is probably the weakest part: it's not at all unique and is a bit lame and cheesy (same old, same old), but it serves its purpose of adding another layer to the story and main characters. The best part of this book is the witty dialogue, the humour and the relationships among the characters. Very good listen!

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By Patricia Sloan on 11-18-16

Not so holy

The first book I have read by L J Ross, I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the Sycamore Gap. THe story line was fantastic had to keep reading to find out the culprits, I recommend it to readers of crime.

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