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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...

The Moor

The Moor
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The circus is in town…   When a ten-year-old girl turns up on DCI Ryan’s doorstep to tell him she’s witnessed a murder, he has no idea he’s about to step into his most spellbinding case yet. The circus...

The Rock

The Rock
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): South Tyneside, The North East (England)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIGHT…   When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot...

Sycamore Gap

Sycamore Gap
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Northumberland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has...

Borderlands

Borderlands
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Northumberland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

When the gods made man, they made a weapon… After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is...

Cragside

Cragside
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Northumberland
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Are you afraid of the dark..? After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland....

Dark Skies

Dark Skies
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Kielder
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1981 and 2016

Beware what lies beneath… One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and...

Hysteria

Hysteria
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The Alexander Gregory Thrillers #2 In a beautiful world, murder is always ugly… Recently returned from his last case in Ireland, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the French police that he...

Penshaw

Penshaw
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): The North East (England)
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fiction
  • Era(s): 2019

When you sell your soul, the devil gives no refunds… When an old man is burned alive in a sleepy ex-mining village, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan is called in to investigate. He soon discovers that, beneath the facade of...

Seven Bridges

Seven Bridges
  • Author(s): L J Ross
  • Location(s): Northumberland
  • Genre(s): Horror, Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Ryan’s most explosive case yet… It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good. But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take...

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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