The Hermitage cover

I am always SO excited when there’s a new DCI Ryan mystery to devour. I absolutely LOVE this series! L J Ross’s writing is just awesome and I know I’m in for a treat with each new addition to the series. The Hermitage (Book 9) is another brilliant addition and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. If you haven’t read this series yet, then why not? You really are missing out! Holy Island is book 1 if you’d like to start from the beginning, as I prefer to do. If you read that you will be hooked, like me, I’m sure!

First of all, that ending! So beautiful! It brought a tear to my eye and put a big smile on my face. What a lovely way to end such a tense story. I am so fond of some of the characters in this series now. It does feel like catching up with friends.

I have to say I have loved the fact that this book is set in Italy also. I SO want to go there. Even more so now! I’d love a villa like Ryan’s 😉 If only!

I was on the edge of my seat reading this story as Ryan fought to prove that Nathan Armstrong, despite being a famous author with a huge fan base, is actually a dangerous psychopath who has so far literally got away with murder. It was never going to be an easy task, especially with the Italian authorities not being convinced they have anything solid on Armstrong, but Ryan and his team are determined. However, they could not be prepared for what they would uncover during this investigation. Nothing is quite as it seems and each twist in the story is as shocking as the last. The truth is quite sad and highlights just how far some people will go for fame and fortune, not caring who they have to stamp on to get there. Also, how grief can consume some people until revenge seems like their only option to find peace and justice.

Brilliantly written, as always. Page-turner is an understatement! I can’t recommend highly enough! I can’t wait to read book 10!

Thanks SO much to L J Ross for my mobi and beautiful signed paperback copy (and chocolate!).

Via AmazonUK…..


He thought he was invincible, but he was wrong…

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered – and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective…

DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath but there’s just one problem – he’s also an international celebrity; a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

Ryan is a stranger in a foreign land, but he knows one thing – he’ll never give up.

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscapes of Northumberland and Tuscany.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph

About the author…..

Louise Ross

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK best sellers chart.

Since then, she has released a further seven full-length novels in the DCI Ryan Series, all of which have been top three bestsellers. Cragside, Dark Skies, Seven Bridges and The Hermitage (due for release 20 October 2018) were all #1 in the UK on pre-orders alone.

The novels are available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. Holy Island is also available in German translation.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you:


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