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William Ryan


aka W C Ryan

William Ryan is an Irish writer who has lived in London for a number of years. After leaving Ireland after university, he practised briefly as a barrister in London. In his spare time, he wrote on an occasional basis for television and film before deciding to take writing more seriously. He completed a Masters in Creative Writing at St Andrews University in 2005. William is married and lives in West London.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical
Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev
   1. The Holy Thief (2010)
   2. The Bloody Meadow (2011)
     aka The Darkening Field
   3. The Twelfth Department (2013)
William Ryan recommends
The Axeman's Jazz (2014)
(City Blues Quartet, book 1)
Ray Celestin
"A brilliantly evoked roller coaster ride through pre-prohibition New Orleans - a town packed tight with jazz men and voodoo women, corrupt politicians and evenmore corrupt cops. This is historical fiction as time travel writing and a very difficult book to put down once started."
Snowblind (2015)
(Dark Iceland, book 1)
Ragnar Jónasson
"As dazzling a novel as its title implies and the wonderful Ari Thór is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Scandinavian detectives. I can't wait until the sequel!"
Woman of the Dead (2015)
(Blum Trilogy, book 1)
Bernhard Aichner
"A wonderful thriller about love and retribution - playful, dark and dangerous - I read it in one sitting."
In Bitter Chill (2015)
(DC Childs Mystery, book 1)
Sarah Ward
"In Bitter Chill deserves to be one of the stand out debuts of 2015. A tense, page-turning mystery that grips readers from the first. I'm looking forward to more from Sarah Ward."
The Song of the Stork (2017)
Stephan Collishaw
"An elegantly crafted, beautifully written novel about love, survival and hope against all the odds."
Time to Win (2017)
(Goodwins, book 1)
Harry Brett
"A tour de force."
Sweet Little Lies (2017)
(Cat Kinsella, book 1)
Caz Frear
"The best debut I've read in a very long time."
The Deaths of December (2017)
Susi Holliday
"A book full of chills and thrills for under the Christmas tree."
The Ice Swimmer (2018)
(Oslo Detectives, book 6)
Kjell Ola Dahl
"Kjell Ola Dahl's novels are superb. If you haven't read one yet, you need to-right now."
Seventeen (2018)
Hideo Yokoyama
"Seventeen is a brilliant novel on any level - it's a gripping page turner, while remaining moving and complex. It's a deeply satisfying read and it will be a while before I read anything as good."
Motherland (2018)
(Natalya Ivanova, book 1)
G D Abson
"Gripping, authentic and fast-paced-this is a fine thriller that will delight fans of Martin Cruz Smith."
Beton Rouge (2018)
(Chastity Riley, book 2)
Simone Buchholz
"If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther had a love child, it might just explain chastity Riley-Simon Bucholz's tough, acerbic, utterly engaging central character."
The Absolution (2019)
(Freyja and Huldar, book 3)
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
"Freyja and Huldar are one of the most intriguing crime detecting partnerships around and THE ABSOLUTION is a gripping, fascinating insight into the dark side of social media and children at risk. THE ABSOLUTION confirms Yrsa as a master storyteller with a satisfyingly slanted view of the world she recreates."
Liberation Square (2019)
Gareth Rubin
"A gripping murder mystery set in an alternative 1950s Britain. Rubin's London, split between American and Soviet zones after a disastrous World War Two, is vividly realised and his story is elegantly constructed. One not to miss."
The Serpent's Mark (2019)
(Nicholas Shelby, book 2)
S W Perry
"The Serpent's Mark is an excellent evocation of Elizabethan England, with espionage, intricate conspiracies, strange medical practises and a gripping story. A rattling good read."
Dead Flowers (2019)
(Dr Sian Love Mystery, book 1)
Nicola Monaghan
"A splendid, and gripping crime novel."
Launch Code (2019)
Michael Ridpath
"Taut, gripping and relevant - the secret history of a narrowly-avoided nuclear Armageddon form the background to this classic thriller."
Keep Your Eyes on Me (2020)
Sam Blake
"Original, twisty and very gripping - this is a roller-coaster ride to be savoured."
Midnight at Malabar House (2020)
(Malabar House, book 1)
Vaseem Khan
"Midnight at Malabar House is a first-rate murder mystery set in a post-partition India. In Persis Wadia, India's first female police detective, and Archie Blackfinch, a Scotland Yard forensics expert, Vaseem Khan has created a partnership that should hopefully run and run. Clever, thrilling, this is a novel to be savoured."
Lightseekers (2021)
(Philip Taiwo, book 1)
Femi Kayode
"Gripping, beautifully written and unlike anything else you'll read."

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