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Holy Hell, Batman, Holy Island is Terrible

Holy Island: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 1) - LJ Ross

Wow and not in a good way. No stars. 

I picked this up because I was hoping for something along the lines of the Jackman and Evans series by Joy Ellis, or the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves. The plot summary looked promising, and the setting, an island off the coast of Northumberland, was right up my proverbial alley. I checked it out for free from the KU.

I can take a fair amount of unreality in my mystery fiction, but this book absolutely beggared belief. Without spoiling it too deeply, the notion that an island of two hundred people could harbor a large pagan cult led by a homicidal psychopath who is also one of the most prominent citizens of the community is just too much.



Add on top of that one of the shallowest and most unbelievable cases of instalove between the very handsome DCI Ryan and the very beautiful Anna and it was just ugh.



And don't even get me started on the end.


because the head of the police department, and Ryan's boss, is in on it and is part of the murder cult. Fuck me.
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I mean, thank the homicidal pagan cult god that I didn't pay anything for this piece of nonsense. So, yeah, I won't be reading on with the series.