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The Hermitage

The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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From the number one international best-selling author of Holy Island and Seven Bridges

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.

©2018 L. J. Ross (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers.” (The Times)

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Great story - Great plot!

This was close to my favourite DCI Ryan with lots of twists & turns ... and false leads - in the plot. Research on Firenze was thorough and clear writing style. The story holds it's plot well, without any labooured stylistic foibles. Enjoyable!

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  • barbara
  • 10-03-2019

The Hermitage

I love the DCI Ryan series, this one no exception. The story was good and there is lots of suspense in it. Always love the endings. Please never stop, really wish they would make a TV series of them. Excellent naration.

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  • Trish R.
  • 10-03-2019

DCI Ryan never fails to entertain..



I absolutely love DCI Ryan, his wife Anna and their best friends Frank Phillips and Denise MacKenzie (now Denise Phillips.) And I love the way the awesome narrator Jonathan Keeble continues to give everyone their own special voice so that you know who’s talking without the book telling you, after this 9th book all the main characters still sound exactly the same.

And this was a great story. All about Nathan Armstrong, the killer that got away once, but not this time, Ryan, Anna, Phillips and MacKenzie followed Armstrong all the way to Italy and back again to England, but they finally caught him red-handed. He got exactly what he deserved for the lives he ruined and the innocents he killed.

There is no swearing and nothing more than a kiss in these books.

As to the narration: Simply awesome!

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  • Idrivethebus
  • 20-10-2019

Liking the Lilt

So far I believe I have read 10 of LJ Ross's superb books !with the ever so handsome detective (just another of my boyfriends) and his lovely bride Anna. Phillips and MacKenzie are adorable too all thanks to the wonderful narrator. His voice really makes the author have hugely successful stories. LJ Ross is wonderfully knowledgeable about police proceedings, murders, murderers and love 💘 and caring. Being able to survive vicious attacks and moments of happiness makes these the types of books I don't want to put down. Thank goodness I am retired!

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  • Alex
  • 03-08-2019

Just read the book to me!

Multi-cast format takes away from this otherwise good book. I much prefer the conventional format.

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  • Salter
  • 07-03-2019

Another Brilliant DCI Ryan adventure..

Ryan and Anna head off to Italy in pursuit of an old adversary, who is seemingly up to his old tricks. Soon, Mackenzie and the lovable Philips join them, but it becomes clear that things are not as they appear to be. A vengeful, twisty, full on pursuit in true DCI Ryan style. Some great, amusing moments with the interaction between the soon-to-be married Mackenzie and Philips. I just love how LJ Ross makes Philips so very lovable!
Superbly narrated by Jonathan Keeble once again. The Ryan books are such an enjoyable series, and I thoroughly recommend enjoying them in order.

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  • Jan M
  • 20-03-2019

Awesome Listen!

The Hermitage by LJ Ross immediately pulled me into the story. I love it when one can listen to a book that is part of a series and be fully immersed in the book without feeling lost for not having listened to the others in the series. The author writes great imagery and details, that one can envision so much. Jonathan Keeble was fantastic bringing the characters to life. He had distinguishable voices for the various characters. I loved the twists in this book too. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Fersh
  • 25-03-2019

Loved it!

I’ve got all of this series and have thoroughly enjoyed each. The Hermitage is no except. Jonathan Keeble gives life to each character superbly. His wonderful skill gives an individual voice to each, supporting L. J. Ross’ skill as a talented author perfectly. Her characters have depth, dimension and life. This story takes us to Italy, pursuing an old adversary. The twists in the plot engaged me throughout. I thoroughly recommend the book and the series.

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  • SandraL
  • 10-03-2019

Ryan and the gang go to Italy

This book sees Ryan pursuing an old adversary with Anna by his side in Florence while Phillips, MacKenzie and the rest of the team try to solve the murder of a reclusive boatman in Warkworth, though Phillips and MacKenzie eventually join Ryan in Florence. Whilst Ms Ross describes Florence beautifully I still missed the beautiful Northumberland locations which we are so used to in the Ryan books.

In this book we get to learn a little more about Ryan’s upbringing when he and Anna stay at his parents sumptuous Italian villa. I loved Magda, the housekeeper, and would like to hear more of her back story. But the hero of this book is definitely Frank Phillips, and the final scenes made me shed a few happy tears.

The story moves at a cracking pace and had me on the edge of my seat and ties up some loose ends from previous books very nicely.

As always Jonathan Keeble was an amazing narrator. His narration is spot on and he does all the different accents perfectly. Definitely one of my favourite narrators.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2019

More addictive than smoking

There is nothing to dislike about these stories they get you going through all emotions, fear, suspicion, laughed and relief when resolution finally comes. Make a great film or TV series. Thank you.

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  • Crotcheteer
  • 02-11-2019

An entertaining listen as usual for this series.

Strong ending to a good generally enjoyable story. Not very lovable hero or supporting characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2019

Excellent as always.

I thought this book would not be as good but I was very wrong. Excellent.

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  • kimmie
  • 26-09-2019

Another great story

I really enjoyed the storyline I felt I was back in Italy. Saw a bit more in to Ryan's life but not too much just enough to keep you wanting more. The ending was magical but predictable not that I'm complaining. Can't wait to see what this FAB 4 get up to in the next book. LJ don't ever give up writing, as your brilliant at it. Thank you for DCI Ryan 😀

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  • Ms Frances MacMahon
  • 01-09-2019

Attention to Detail missing!

loved it. but McKenzies accent is not from Kerry and it drives me mad to hear a northern accent taken as a generic "Irish" accent.

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  • DEBORAH
  • 16-08-2019

Brilliant as always

I love this series it so worth listening too. I love all the characters especially Phillips after 9 books I feel like I really know these characters and can see each and everyone in my minds eye.

Outstanding narration from Johnathan Keeble I hope the author doesn’t change him out for someone else for any future books.

I’ve listened to 8 & 9 in two or three days and I’ve just bought 10. Fantastic books. Thank you L J Ross keep them coming. Please don’t kill anyone important off!!! 😂😂😂😂 I don’t think I could take it! 😳