Estelle Ryan books in order
Estelle Ryan is a South African bestselling author of mystery, thriller and crime fiction books.
She is best known for writing the USA Today bestselling Genevieve Lenard Series.
Born in South Africa where she grew up around African splendor and a tapestry of cultures, it was her trip to Europe as a 16-year-old that expanded her view of the world.
Passionate about global politics, arts, music, crime, behavioral psychology, and an unyielding fascination with the criminal mind, Estelle combined the diverse facets in her writing, creating engrossing and captivating narratives.
A lover of words, she has contributed content for several international magazines, and was the editor of a European lifestyle magazine.
Estelle also published seven romance novels under a pen name, although they are all out-of-print.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
- Samaritan (2022)
- The Gauguin Connection (2012)
- The Dante Connection (2013)
- The Braque Connection (2013)
- The Flinck Connection (2014)
- The Courbet Connection (2014)
- The Pucelle Connection (2015)
- The Leger Connection (2015)
- The Morisot Connection (2015)
- The Vecellio Connection (2016)
- The Uccello Connection (2017)
- The Netscher Connection (2017)
- The Roubaud Connection (2018)
- The Sirani Connection (2019)
- The Becic Connection (2020)
- The Malhoa Connection (2021)
Detailed book overview
sa·mar·i·tan: noun /səˈmærɪt(ə)n/
A compassionate person generous in helping those in distress.
British investigative journalist Gabriella Reuben—Bree to everyone but her mother—has worked hard to build a new life in Düsseldorf and put the past behind her. That is until she opens her front door to find the corrupt woman who publicly outed Bree as transgender—the same woman now begging for Bree’s help.
Petra Keller is a despicable person, uncaring whose reputation she tramples on her way to the top of the corporate ladder. Or is she? Could she be telling the truth that she’s changed? The more Bree looks into Petra’s shocking claims, the more she uncovers facts leading her to a chilling connection between highly respected companies, their owners and an unthinkable crime.
Her investigation becomes even more muddied by cryptic emails, her overprotective brother convincing his enigmatic friend to keep an eye on her and a bombing that lands her in hospital. Instead of being intimidated, Bree’s resolve is strengthened.
These powerful men can’t continue to get away with profiting from actions that already resulted in the loss of countless innocent lives—actions that would cost more lives unless Bree gets to the truth. And exposes it.
Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries. Art crime at its worst.
It's up to a brilliant autistic investigator to keep a ruthless killer from striking again.
World renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Doctor Genevieve Lenard investigates insurance claims. Not murder. So when her boss asks her to help his acerbic friend look into the death of a young artist, her autistic mind rebels against the change.
A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money-laundering charity, forged art and high-ranking EU officials abusing their power. As if this isn't enough, she reluctantly teams up with an international thief whose knowledge of the art world proves invaluable.
Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into being part of a team in a race to stop a ruthless killer from targeting more artists.
Art theft. Coded messages. A high-level threat.
Despite her initial disbelief, Doctor Genevieve Lenard discovers that she is the key that connects stolen works of art, ciphers and sinister threats.
Betrayed by the people who called themselves her friends, Genevieve throws herself into her insurance investigation job with autistic single-mindedness. When hacker Francine appears beaten and bloodied on her doorstep, begging for her help, Genevieve is forced to get past the hurt of her friends’ abandonment and team up with them to find the perpetrators.
Little does she know that it will take her on a journey through not one, but two twisted minds to discover the true target of their mysterious messages. It will take all her personal strength and knowledge as a nonverbal communications expert to overcome fears that could cost not only her life, but the lives of many others.
Forged masterpieces. Hidden messages. A desperate swan song.
When world-renowned nonverbal communication expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard wakes up in an unknown location, drugged and kidnapped, it pushes the limits of her autism coping skills.
For the last year, Russian philanthropist and psychopath Tomasz Kubanov has been studying Genevieve just as she and her team have been studying him. Now forged paintings and mysterious murders are surfacing around her team, with evidence pointing to one of them as the killer.
Genevieve knows Kubanov is behind these senseless acts of violence. What she doesn’t understand are the inconsistencies between his actions and the cryptic messages he sends. Something has triggered his unpredictable behaviour, something that might result in many more deaths, including those she cares for.
Because this time, Kubanov has nothing to lose.
A murdered politician. An unsolved art heist. An international conspiracy.
A cryptic online message leads nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard to the body of a brutally murdered politician. Despite being ordered not to investigate, Genevieve and her team look into this vicious crime. More online messages follow, leading them down a path lined with corruption, a sadistic assassin, an oil scandal and one of the biggest heists in history—the still unsolved 1990 Boston museum art theft worth $500m.
The deeper they delve, the more evidence they unearth of a conspiracy implicating someone close to them, someone they hold in high regard. With a deadline looming, Genevieve has to cope with past and present dangers, an attack on one of her team members and her own limitations if she is to expose the real threat and protect those in her inner circle.
Forged masterpieces. Kidnapped students. The dark net.
Nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard’s search for an international assassin is rudely interrupted by an autistic teenager who claims that forged masterpieces are being sold on the dark net—a secret internet few know exists. The resulting probe uncovers an underground marketplace offering much more sinister products and services. Including murder.
An official investigation into one of her team members and the discovery of dozens of missing students across Europe adds immense pressure on Genevieve to find out if one person is masterminding these seemingly unrelated cases. What starts out as a search for illegal art sales soon turns into a desperate hunt for clues to uncover the conspiracy to destroy her team member and murder more students.
Timing becomes even more crucial when someone close to her disappears and the assassin she’s been looking for is the key to preventing another senseless death.
Mediaeval books. Murdered priests. Bioweapons.
Renowned nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard’s search for an international criminal is interrupted when her team receives an antique book. At first the book is dismissed—until they discover similar books gifted to people who are now dead.
Genevieve’s inner strength is put to the ultimate test when someone close to her also falls victim to the vengeful actions of an unsound mind. Barely coping with the emotional maelstrom and her doubts about her own continued involvement in the team, she looks for connections between their original case, the books and the many suspicious deaths they uncover.
But the cost might be too high for Genevieve as she rushes to stop the person set on destroying as many lives as possible.
Stolen art. Rogue police officers. Drones.
A video call from her dad leads top white-hat hacker Francine to four stolen masterpieces. And to a possible murder—in Brazil. Her frustration at being so far away is turned into anger when her loved ones are attacked and corrupt law enforcement officials stonewall their inquiries.
Blackmail, a kidnapping and a blatant heist in their backyard in Strasbourg reveal a plan to use unregulated drone technology in a daring escape. Francine’s concern for her best friend and her parents’ safety has to take a back seat to her determination to save the lives of bystanders. Together with her team, she will do anything to stop these criminals from executing their brutal plan. If she’s not already too late.
Murdered criminals. Flawless forgeries. Encrypted operas.
The murder of an opera house director forces world-renowned nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team into an impossible position: protecting notorious criminals—from what appears to be a serial killer.
Genevieve plunges into the world of opera, uncovering secrets that a group of organised crime leaders would do anything to keep hidden. She cannot allow her previous case, unreliable witnesses or conflict with her team to distract her. Not if she wants to prevent many innocent lives being lost in a shocking grand finale.
Sadistic smugglers. Hacked cars. The ultimate revenge.
Nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team have spent the last year tracking Marcus Gallo, a disgraced Brazilian business tycoon and ruthless killer. Then a hacked car transporting artwork brings a teammate’s past back to distract and haunt them all.
When Gallo appears on Genevieve’s doorstep, carrying knowledge of a threat to a top-secret and strategic international event, she faces the challenge of finding the connection between the car hackings, her friend’s past and Gallo’s arrival.
With only seventy-two hours to prevent a disaster that could eclipse recent terror events, Genevieve has to put aside her growing concern for her friends and put her single-minded focus into uncovering Gallo’s true plan.
Coded paintings. Missing planes. Dirty bombs.
After a foiled attempt on the lives of world leaders, criminal mastermind Ivan Fradkov successfully eludes world-renowned nonverbal expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team for months. But things heat up quickly when a stranger is assassinated in the chair next to Genevieve while she’s having lunch with her friend.
Barely controlling her autistic mind’s need to shut down and escape the influx of intel and emotional upheaval, she tries to make sense of an unreliable spy’s sudden co-operation, a friend’s kidnapping and a team member’s life hanging in the balance.
Then time runs out and Genevieve is faced with an impossible choice. Does she stay by the side of a loved one who desperately needs her or does she put her own life in danger to stop a psychopath?
Nazi-looted art. Cyber-stalking. Betrayal.
Nonverbal communication expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard is on holiday in Hungary when she and her team are asked to assist in a missing person case. Her autistic mind is already having difficulties dealing with the new environment, and having to co-operate with local authorities might push her past her limits. Even more so when the missing person turns out to be an important, and painful, part of a team member's past.
The seemingly simple case takes a gruesome turn as their search uncovers artwork drenched in violent history, numerous deaths presumed to be by natural causes and the menacing online presence of a serial killer who's been cyber-stalking victims for years. Bodies are piling up at an alarming rate and, knowing that one of their own is in the killer's sights, Genevieve will have to use all her inner strength and expertise to stop this ruthless murderer.
Brutal murders. An ancient treasure. A rogue state.
A young acquaintance of nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard begs her to look into the disappearance of his friend. When the friend's tortured body is found in a forest outside Strasbourg, the case leads Genevieve and her team to the body of a second victim with many unusual secrets--a forged masterpiece the least surprising of them all; an ancient treasure shrouded in mystery the most intriguing.
While Genevieve is frantically searching for a motivation behind the murders, more tortured bodies are dumped in the forests surrounding the city--all connected to her young acquaintance. And the moment she discovers that the evidence points to a rogue state, her young acquaintance also disappears.
Without knowing who the killer is and why he's torturing his victims, there will be no stopping him. Or saving her friend from vicious suffering and eventual death.
Stolen masterpieces. Deadly narcotics. Artificial intelligence.
A mysterious email and the arrest of a fugitive art thief send Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team to Prague, where it soon becomes apparent that this theft has a close connection to a sadistic killer they've been tracking for almost a year.
No sooner do they arrive than they find a scientist tortured and murdered by Shahab Hatami--the man they've been looking for. Joining forces with Prague's elite investigator and a controversial journalist, they start uncovering the trail of terror Shahab has left behind to discover he has only just started.
With Shahab developing a weapon that could kill hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people, Genevieve has to push past her autistic mind's limitations to stop him. But when those she cares for most become his target and he threatens to exact his revenge on them, Genevieve has run out of time to investigate and has to act before it's too late.
Art restoration. A sinister collector. Internet of Things.
Doctor Genevieve Lenard is woken in the middle of the night with the news that a loved one has been kidnapped and forced to steal a masterpiece. Her world-renowned nonverbal communication skills are of no worth when her autistic mind can barely handle the distress and the mystery behind the kidnapping.
Genevieve uses every tool she has not only to cope, but also investigate, and soon she and her team are on their way to Croatia on a rescue mission. Amongst Roman ruins and olive groves, they learn about an imminent attack by a mysterious art collector that threatens the lives of the tourists and residents of a popular seaside city.
Fast running out of time, Genevieve scrambles to find enough clues to prevent a catastrophe that could result in the loss of thousands of lives.
A decades-old crime. A torment not forgiven. Ice-cold revenge.
When a prolific international criminal takes one of Doctor Genevieve Lenard’s friends hostage in his own flat, she is hard pushed to believe his motivation. Calling on her expertise as a nonverbal communications specialist, she sees the genuine fear and desperation behind this thief’s blustering demand to help him stop the Collector.
For almost a year, the Collector has evaded Genevieve and her team, leaving behind a trail of stolen artworks, burned-down museums and blown-up galleries. And innocent victims.
Grudgingly cooperating with this thief and his associates, Genevieve and her team track the Collector to the cobbled alleyways of Lisbon, Portugal, where they have only one chance to stop this merciless killer from exacting revenge that took decades to plan—an action that would have an irreversible political and economic impact on a global scale.