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Holy Island

Holy Island

Author(s): L J Ross

Location(s): Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

Genre(s): Crime, Mystery

Era(s): Modern



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.

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A cracking start that maintains pace! Lucy Mathieson is found murdered at Lindisfarne Priory and DCI Ryan (who is recovering there after a very difficult case)f takes on the case on.

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Author: Tina Hartas

Holy Island is the first in the DCI Ryan crime mystery series (The Infirmary is a prequel) and this is where the cult figure of the investigative policeman was born. There are Facebook pages...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021