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Buried on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 7
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 7
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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A skeleton is found in a shallow grave in the churchyard. But this was not an official burial. 

The victim was murdered decades ago. At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. 

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late 70s and 80s a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population. When more women from The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop more murders.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you in suspense until its heart-stopping conclusion.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-21-18

One of my favorite police procedural series!

All novels in the DI Nikki Galena series by British author Joy Ellis are excellent. Buried on the Fens continues Ms. Ellis' record of only releasing great novels. All 7 of the series novels are standalone and can be listened to in any order. The setting is in an area of the east coast of England north of London known as the fens. (A fen is a low marshy area that frequently floods. During the 17th century steps were taken including building dikes to turn the area into agricultural land.)

I have nothing to add to the excellent publisher's summary except to comment that an unusual forensic tool was used to identify the killer. British actress Henrietta Meire narrates this series in the clipped accent of the fens area. Her narration never disappoints.

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Great combination of author & narrator

Much like the work of Peter Grainger & Timothy Hallinan, I jump at the next book Joy Ellis writes. As with the rest of the books in this series, Ms Ellis does an excellent job of building characters I care about. Henrietta Meier does a fabulous job and distinctly narrates each character without “blending” vocal traits, a genuine feat and something many narrators don’t manage as well. I’m glad the producers have continued to work with Ms Meier with the works of Joy Ellis. Now if only Audible will get the rest of Ms Ellis’s works....

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Another great Nikki Galena mystery

DI Nikki Galena, Detective Sergeant Joe Easter, and the team are juggling two murders--a recent, bloody murder of a prominent, successful, local businesswoman, and the newly discovered, unofficial grave of a man believed to have drowned himself thirty years ago.

It's not good, especially since they're understaffed--and moreover, Joseph is being stressed and distracted by his ex-wife, Laura.

The businesswoman, Madeline Prospero, was a member of a secretive drinking club, the Briar Patch, and this proves to be a problem. Many of the women are lesbians, and very prominent and well-connected--and still in the closet. Legalizing same-sex marriage didn't make sexism and homophobia disappear. Nikki is under orders to be very careful with all of them, and not to question some of them at all.

The thirty-year-old skeleton unearthed in the church graveyard is surely less urgent, right?

Except strange things start happening around his grave. The children he was believed to have molested, all those years ago, are still improbably affected; not one of them seems to have moved past it at all.

Then more murders happen, some connected to the Briar Patch, some seemingly related to the old skeleton. Are the two cases connected?

This is seventh in a series, but I think it can be followed and enjoyed out of order. Nikki and Joseph, Joseph and his ex-wife and daughter, and the various team members continue to grow and develop in their relationships. It's a rich, lived-in community of people, and the story moves and is interesting.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • JP
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 06-20-18

Love this series

I like the setting, characters, and narration. I think the series is generally great overall. Thought that the lesbian aspect in this book was unnecessary and merely follows the current trend in pop culture. I am moving on to the next book in the series.

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  • L. Gutman
  • Albuquerque, NM United States
  • 12-13-19

WARNING: Lots of Cruelty in This One

I love the Nikki Galena series, I love the narration, all of that. I just want to warn readers that this particular story has a lot of cruelty to animals in it (not to mention some really sick cruelty to people). It's important to the story, wound throughout, and made it impossible for me to just read the story. If I'd known this in advance, I would have given this book a miss.

So, my rating: 1 star for the business with the animals; 5 stars for the quality of the book otherwise.

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Non-stop action

Love the narrator, lively voice that changes with each character. Rory has to be my favorite character and her narration of him is spot on

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Returned It!

While the story was tolerable, although a bit convoluted, the narrator was unbearable! Her version of the male characters was a monotone. In addition, she seems in a big hurry to tell the story, leaving no time to savor it. I’ll stick to narrators like Gildart Jackson, Antonio Ballerina, Napoleon Ryan and Rosalyn Landir, to name a few of my favorites. They tell a story as if each word is a treasure. What a disappointment this hurried narration of a (likely good) book proved to be!

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Disappointed...

The first few books of this series were decent, but the last few books have had a lazy, formulaic feel to them.
This story has a subplot about a club comprised of lesbians in positions of power within the community. The handling of this subject was so awkward and self-conscious that it was hard to listen to. Has Joy Ellis ever actually met a gay person? Did she really go there with Rory Wilkinson, the gay pathologist, daydreaming about being a florist and tooling around in a pink van?
Add to that, clichéd dialogue, bad prose, and too many characters, and the whole thing becomes dull and bogged down.
Henrietta Meire does a great job of voicing the many characters, to her credit.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-07-18

Strong Series, Continues in Book 7

Di Nikki Galena and her team continue to clean up crime on the Fens in the seventh installment of the series, when a skeleton is found buried in the church yard . . . an old skeleton, posed in a frightening and unusual way, and obviously murdered. The thirty-year old murder seems to be linked to the new cases cropping up. I especially like the continuing back stories of Nikki's team, Jospeh, Cat, and the others. The subject matter of this latest book is sad and sick . . . but so is murder . . . and it is handled skillfully. I also like the fact that the series deals with homosexuality without being condescending or political. The author does not push it nor speak in a demeaning way of it. For a crime series, this series is realistic, without being overly graphic, and without pushing political views (in either direction) down your throat. The speech isn't sanitized, but is realistic. There are definitive good guys and bad guys. And the resolutions are ALWAYS worth the wait. BRAVO!!!

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LOVE THIS SERIES! Thanks Kindle Unlimited!

I continue to love this series, although Buried on the Fens is probably my least favorite. But still a great listen and intriguing mystery! I love that the series is available through Kindle Unlimited, and adding the audio is minimal...yay Kindle Unlimited!

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  • Oops 66
  • 04-24-18

Another great story

Have enjoyed all the books. Nicky Galena a great detective with Joseph her side kick and rest of team. This was another great listen.Narrator excelent too.

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  • L M McDermott
  • 10-30-18

great story<br />

another great listen,had me spellbound until the end . Good develpoment of all the charecters through the series

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  • Sukhvinder
  • 09-22-18

good read

Loved it fast paced as always. Good plot believable characters. red all the books in the series. Anticipating the next one.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 08-26-18

Buried on the fens

I really enjoyed this book narrator was good a really good listen as always with joy.

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 11-22-19

Complicated!

I wouldn't say that I didn't enjoy this, it just wasn't quite as enjoyable as the previous ones. I found the story and number of characters quite complicated, which meant I kept having to replay parts. At times I found sections tedious. Luckily I love the main characters and setting and so still enjoyed the book overall.

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  • terry coates
  • 11-19-19

A very good listen.

Spent a few years on the fens so it was nice to hear about the bigger towns.

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  • Lynda Taylor
  • 11-17-19

exceptional

loved it. great read. suspense. tention. a real page Turner. as usual now looking forward to next one.

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  • mary farnell
  • 11-08-19

Lees gripping than previous books in the series

I’ve listened to all of these books so far on Audible, and apart from a few pretty dodgy accents attempted by the reader, and some poor pronunciations, I’ve enjoyed the stories. This one, however, I found more difficult to follow. There were just too many potential victims/culprits, and they were all quite similar characters. I shall move in to book 8 and hope for better next time!

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  • Lizzy
  • 08-28-19

A brilliant, but brutal part of a great series

Joy Ellis continues to to produce great thrillers and this is no exception. The killer is her most brilliant and brutal creation yet and as always, the is compelling - both the crime and the emotional connections between Nikki, Joseph and the rest of the team.

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  • Lucy locket
  • 07-29-19

another brilliant instalment

I really enjoy all of this series of books. This book was a little harder to get into than the previous books but once I got there I couldn't stop listening. I cannot wait to start the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-19

i caanot get enough of this author

excitement from start to finish. a very exciting read. keeps you spellbound to the end.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 11-21-19

Good, but Not Best in Series

I found this book far more complicated than the previous in this series. A lot of characters to differentiate from. In fact there were two new sets of 10-15 names to remember, all involved in the same storyline. In the past, there have been a scattering of maybe 3-5 new people, which has been far easier to keep track of than 30. Perhaps the fact that this is an audio book made it more difficult to remember names from each other, but all the same, I found it confusing regularly.

Despite this, the mystery was good. I didn't enjoy the conclusion as much as I have others, and I found this story a bit scratchy in parts (I think due to the over-complication of characters). I have enjoyed past books in this series because of their easy simplicity when it comes to the dissection of a crime. This one felt more weighty, but didn't have a lot of backstory to help (as most external characters were new). Overall, I enjoyed it as I have the others, but definitely felt that this one was to be lowest rated out of them all.
Hoping that the next one is a little better!

(narration and main characters were as wonderful as ever)

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  • Sharon
  • 10-25-19

Not a great instalment!

I am a big fan of the nicki galena series but this one was just odd and disjointed. Hoping next one is back to usual high standards

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 02-11-19

Splendid

Oh! I was so glad that none of the main team were hurt. This was a very long running case with seemingly no answers. New victims emerge and old ones are terrorised. It was hard to take in the story at times as the details of each victim was only partially given and the imagination took over from there.
This is a very well crafted story. It spirals towards its climax, connecting all of the separate threads as it goes. There is a very satisfying ending.
It was sometimes easier to listen to this book than it was to read it.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 12-03-18

It all comes,together

A good story that all comes together in the knick f time. It's a good addition to the series, the characters also develop a little further as a close knot team.

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  • Mr Duncan Andrews
  • 05-14-18

Not so good

Just could not get into this story. Slow and uninteresting. To many female characters and so to touchy feely. First 6 books excellent. Writer seems to be tired of characters and story’s. Never mind. Will try next book.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 04-26-18

gripping!

I simply can't stop listening once I start these Joy Ellis tales of the fen! Brilliantly narrated as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

Narrator Terrible

I have read all Joy Ellis fen books. This is the first audible. She read way to fast. No real feel for the person. Stop and start.
Poor

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