Ronald Walter Ellis (born 12 September 1941) has been, among other occupations, a crime novelist, broadcaster, and journalist. In 1992, The Sun described him as the "man with the most jobs in Britain".
Born in Southport, England, he studied library science at Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1966, he became one of the country's first mobile D.J.s. In 1976, he was appointed Northern Promotion Manager for WEA (Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Records and Atlantic Records). He recorded a hit song, a punk anthem, "Boys on the Dole", which charted in the top 10 on the New Wave charts in 1979. In 1984, American biographer Albert Goldman hired him as British researcher for his book The Lives of John Lennon. Ellis also broadcast football reports for BBC Radio Merseyside.
Ellis has written two books of self-published poems, one of which won the national Sefton Poetry Award in 1992, and a comedy book, Journal of a Coffin Dodger, which was shortlisted for the Best British Audio Comedy Book in 2004.
Ellis has written 10 crime novels. The Johnny Ace series, published by Headline and Allison & Busby, features a Liverpool private investigator/radio presenter called Johnny Ace, and The DCI Glass series, three police procedurals. He also runs his own publishing company, Nirvana Books, featuring works by pop music broadcaster Spencer Leigh, local historian Joan A. Rimmer, and crime writers Kate Ellis and Eileen Dewhurst.
- The Johnny Ace crime novels
- Ears of the City
- Mean Streets
- The Singing Dead
- Grave Mistake
- Single Shot
- City of Vultures
- The DCI Glass crime novels
- Murder First Glass
- Snort of Kings
- Murder on the Internet Nirvana (under the title Playground Ppets)
- Social History
- "Ron(ald) (Walter) Ellis". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale, Biography in Context. Gale Document Number: GALE H1000029095. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Psychology Press, 2002, p. 156. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Ron Ellis, Mersey Beat.
- Mystery People profile, 16 January 2014.
- Review of Framed, Tangled Web, 16 January 2013.
- Ron Ellis. Mersey Beat.
- "JOHNNY ACE CRIME FIGHTER RETURNS TO ISLAND IN NEXT BOOK", IOM Today (Isle of Mann Courier), 16 January 2014.