Ryan Testler Mystery Series

Ryan Testler is a uniquely popular character. Ryan has never been the lead character. He is a costar prominently appearing in several of David Bishop’s mystery novels. He will continue in this role. The stories in which Ryan Testler has major roles have achieved #1 ranking on many Amazon bestselling lists.



The Woman, A Linda Darby Novel with Ryan Testler

There are approximately 160 million women living in America. This is the story of just one woman and the events that change who she is, what she thinks, and how she will live the remainder of her life.

Linda Darby is a seven-year divorcee, living quietly in a small let-the-world-go-by beach town on the coast of Oregon, who day trades for a living. Her only close friend is a widowed elderly woman who manages a small consulting company which, as is later discovered, never has visitors, sends and receives its business correspondence only by courier, and is not listed in any phone directories. No one in town knows what kind of consulting the company does, but the rumor is that whatever they do, they do it for the government.

Quotes from The Woman:

“Then Linda Darby went out the door to go for a walk, and nothing for her would ever again be the same.”
“She had grown up knowing only that she did not want to become her mother: housedresses, housecleaning, and a butt too wide. That mindset had led to her present state, an ex-husband and enough one-night stands to have stopped counting.”
“Every day aged her, gradually but definitely, but her mind knew. Men still noticed her. Thank God. She hoped they always would, but one day they wouldn’t, at least not in the same way.”

This novel enjoys 742 reader reviews with 4.4 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published Nov. 2013)

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Hometown Secrets, A Linda Darby Novel with Ryan Testler

The long awaited sequel to the first Linda Darby suspense mystery, THE WOMAN, has been released. And Ryan Testler, is back with her again.

Memories are funny things. The way they quietly hang around. Linger. Waiting for something we see or hear, or an unexpected event to slam them forward into our consciousness. To strike us the way headlights assault a dark road. Some memories bring along a smile, others foreshadow danger and there are those which cry out for resolution. All of this is true for Linda Darby.

Linda wonders if she might again be lured into her first lover’s bed. As the pace quickens she does find love, along with friendship, fear, danger, and opportunity. Clashes of personality and conflicts between the agendas of the principal characters eventually coalesce in ways Linda never anticipated.

Quotes from Hometown Secrets:

“I love fiction. Often it is more alive, and always more magical than real life.”
“Mother wasn’t a bad person, simply joyless. Had they lived near the storied seven dwarfs, her mother would have hung around with Grumpy, not Happy.”
“As Linda grew into adolescence and beyond, the primary issue wedged between her and her mother was men. Her mother’s burnt toast view of them versus Linda’s desire to be a warm, buttered muffin.”
“In the quiet turnings of her own emotions, does a woman ever fully let go of her first lover?”

This novel enjoys 150 reader reviews with 4.2 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published Mar. 2015)

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The First Lady’s Second Man, A Linda Darby Novel with Ryan Testler

An assassination is planned in Syria. An extramarital affair occurs in Washington, D.C. The U.S. President decides to run for a second term. A mother and her daughter in Oregon are threatened. Relentlessly, Linda Darby and Ryan Testler are pulled toward these seemingly disparate events until their only way out is to confront what is quickly becoming unavoidable.

Quotes from The First Lady’s Second Man:

“Why does life have to be so damn complicated? I’ll be thirty-nine this year and all the stuff I thought I’d figured out at twenty is now a jumbled mess. Is everybody’s life so emotionally scattered, or just mine?”
“The name badge hanging on the desk clerk’s yellow blouse made it sag unevenly on one side, pulling it open to a measure that fell between shy and brazen, her visible chest skin dotted with freckles. A Becky Thatcher with bigger, bolder boobs.”
“Make no mistake. The decision you make tonight, in this room, will kill someone. Either you’ll act to kill a man who deserves to die, or your inaction will end the life of another who doesn’t deserve to die.”
“After a moment she found her shoes, the second one in the space between the bed and the wall. On the mattress lay several neat, modest sized rubber-banded bundles of cash. A down payment he had said for a murder Linda had no intention of performing.”

This novel enjoys 742 reader reviews with 5.0 average stars on Amazon as of Nov 1st, 2016. (Published Oct 2016)

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Death of a Bankster, a Maddie Richards Mystery with Ryan Testler

Maddie Richards finds herself in the middle of a case which starts with the sights and sounds of just another murder investigation. A woman claims her husband, a banker, was murdered. Later, Maddie learns that the woman had started divorce proceedings the day before she claims a bullet had taken her husband from her. The murder greased her path to not only ending her marriage, but negating any need to divide their marital property. Then the wheels come off and nothing about Maddie’s case is what it seems.

Along the path of the case Maddie meets the most fascinating man she has ever encountered. Little did she realize what a major role the man would play in her investigation and the culmination of the case.

Quotes from Death of a Bankster:

“Relax, Paige. Relax. Nothing is worth getting in such a dither. Sit down. I’ll get you some coffee. Oh, I see you’ve already made some. So, the bottle has not completely replaced the bean in your mornings.” “Your father had affairs. God rest his soul. I just love your new rug in the entryway. Persian?”
“Screw the damn rug, Mother!”
“Drink your coffee, dear. I put hazelnut creamer in it. Does that shock you? Your father having affairs, I mean, not my putting hazelnut creamer in your coffee.”

This novel enjoys 201 reader reviews with 4.0 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published Dec. 2013)

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Heart Strike, a Linda Darby and Ryan Testler Novel

America has a new president, Robert Wellington. Like several presidents before him, President Wellington inherits an old problem—the Middle East, but he has a new solution: The Wellington Doctrine. He selects a man outside diplomatic channels, Ryan Testler, to quietly carry the draft of that doctrine to the leaders of Europe and the Middle East. Accompanied by Linda Darby, Ryan travels as a tourist seeing the sights and powerful leaders of foreign governments. As word of his mission leaks, he and Linda are followed, accosted, and threatened. The fate of The Wellington Doctrine and, perhaps, the resolution of America’s entanglement in the Middle East hangs on Ryan and Linda surviving and succeeding.

This novel enjoys is unrated as of 25 Sep 2018. (To be Published 3 Nov 2018)

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Responses to Ryan Testler Mystery Series

  1. Hi David,

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  2. David,
    I really enjoyed The Woman for it’s pace and engrossing plot. I look forward to reading Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, keep them coming.

  3. John Ginnetti

    “Excellent book”!” The Woman”, You are my new favorite writer, I couldn’t take my eyes off my PC screen great, great, book I loved it!!
    Yours Truly,
    John Ginnetti

  4. Totally loved this book,It had me hooked from the first page,would love there to be a series of books about Maddie.
    Am totally disappointed that I’ve finished it,Its got plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked.
    Thanks so much

  5. Will their be a 2nd book? “The Woman” was one of the best books a read in a long time. But we seen what happened to her but not how it effects the rest of her life.

    • Hi, Lisa. At this time there is no sequel planned for The Woman, however, Ryan Testler will co-star in my next full mystery which will be released late spring or early summer of 2013. My next will be a third Matt Kile mystery, a short story titled Money & Murder which will come out in about three weeks. Thank you for your interest in my stories. David

  6. WOW!!!!!!!!! What a find! Thanks to Amazon and my Kindle I discovered The Woman, and am your newest fan! What an exciting read. Can’t wait to continue exploring your work, and like Lisa, above-would love another book with the continuation of Linda’s story. Thank You!!!!!!!! I’m hooked!

  7. I truly enjoyed The Woman. Excellent writer,I grew up near Weed so that was great seeing it in a book. I am an avid reader and always have been. I would put David on par with writers like Ludlum and Cussler and even Grisham and they are my favorite authors now I have a new favorite to add to my authors I look for to read. I want to Thank you for a very enjoyable story. I WILL be reading all of the others

  8. Judy Davis-Fuller

    I just finished The Woman having read until after midnight, then continued today until I finished. What a fabulous story! I was hooked by your writing from the first page. Your description of the places in the story line were such that at times, I felt I could smell the scents and see the areas you described. I really wish you would continue this story line so that we could see where Linda, Clark/Gene, and Ryan go with their lives. I look forward to the same excitement and enjoyment in your other books! Thank you for a riveting and well written book!

  9. Hey, David ,I hope this is what you’re waiting for. I also got THE WOMAN free on BookBub. However, it was on my To Read List and I didn’t get to it for quite some time. My bad! Anyway, I finally did and of course I’ve become a solid life long fan-well, knowing what you know, that’s not such a big deal, but anyway I’m going to add to my Extra Early Read List more of your works. PS. Got any more freebees coming soon? Frank

  10. I had to put this book down every half hour or so because my pulse ratewas rising too quickly
    Ryan Tesler is a great charater and I cant wait to read his next adventure.David Bishop is a new author to me, and I can certainly recomend this book to any one that has not got very high blood pressure, two others I have read have been really good also.

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    Kudos to Amazon and my kindle for bringing you into my reading world! Keep them coming!

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  13. [The Woman] is a fantastic book. It has murder, suspense, espionage, and keeps you gluded to it until it is finished. I hope that there are more like this soon to come. I don’t think I read any of David Bishop’s books before but I certainly will look for them on my bookbub and other sites that I get books from to read on my kindle. Keep these great books coming.

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