J.R. Ellis is a Yorkshire-based author who writers murder mysteries. He writes the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series where the crimes and investigations all take place in the landscape and communities of the Yorkshire countryside, his true love of Yorkshire really shines through in his writing.

Ellis worked for a long time as a teacher before retiring and focusing more on his writing. While working as a teacher he often wrote plays for the children and the occasional ghost stories. He is a member of a writers’ group in Otley which he credits with much of his writing inspirations.

Publication Order of Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd Yorkshire Murder Mystery Books

The Body in the Dales(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quartet(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder at Redmire Hall(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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The Body in the Dales is the first book in the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series. This book sees a body discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. The man who is found is Dave Atkins and he’s not particularly popular around town which leads to plenty of suspects. The detectives, DCI Jim Oldroyd and DS Carter, are getting close on the case and have potential information coming their way from an informant. That lead hits a dead end when the informant is found dead and the detectives realize the killer will do whatever it takes to conceal what they’re hiding.

Ellis followed that book up with The Quartet Murders which sees DCI Oldroyd back on the case. He’s enjoying a bit of leisure time and watching a world-famous violinist perform when the violinist is shot and killed in the middle of a concert. In the pandemonium following the crime, the culprit disappears, and the victim’s priceless violin has gone missing. It seems the violin may have been the cause of the crime and Oldroyd will have to enter the ruthless world of wealthy instrument collectors in order to solve the crime and recover the priceless item.

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