Captive on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 6
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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A young woman's body is found in a remote barn on the Fens. Before she was killed, one of her fingers had been cut off. Who is inflicting this violence and why?

The young woman in the barn had been kept captive for some time. And the case shows strong similarities to an unsolved murder in Derbyshire. When another woman is found alive with similar injuries, the case grows even more complicated.

At the same time, the Fenland police have received intelligence that the ruthless criminal Freddy Carver plans to make Greenborough the hub for his new enterprise. DI Nikki Galena is desperate to track down Freddie Carver and make sure that he does not put down roots in the Fens, but finding him is not easy. And what's his connection to the kidnapped girls?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!

Captive on the Fens, Book 5 in the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena series, was released in audio this week. I'm delighted to see that there have been six ratings prior to mine. There is now only one novel in the series yet to be released in audio.. This novel is a wonderful and unusual police procedural mystery. Henrietta Meire does a great job of narrating all of the On the Fens novels. I very highly recommend this series.

The rest of this review is a discussion of the Fens. Having as a US citizen lived in England The Fens is one of the areas I found most interesting.

The Fens , also called Fenlands, is a 1500 square mile area of the English North Sea coast approximately 50 miles northeast of London (it is about 20 miles north northeast of Cambridge). There are also references in Captive on the Fens to Fenland which is a 200 square mile political unit of the Fens located entirely in Cambridge County (Cambridgeshire). The Fens is part of 4 counties. Much of the Fens is below sea level and was flooded with every North Sea high tide prior to the first successful attempts in the early 19th century to use embankments to tame the high tides. River embankments are also used to prevent flooding. The Fens is approximately the same latitude as Amsterdam.

The word fen comes from the designation of a specific type of marshland. The history of the area goes back to pre-Roman times.

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Dead young women & gangsters with unknown motives

DS Jospeh Easter's daughter, Tamsin, is about to marry Niles, a young detective constable with the Greenborough police force. Freddie Carver, a vicious criminal boss formerly based in London and more recently hanging out in Spain, is apparently in Greenborough and planning to stay. Joseph and DI Nikki Galena are determined to catch him before he becomes a fixture in their district. Two dead young women have turned up, both apparently held prisoner and tortured for some time before being killed and dumped.

And because their lives aren't exciting enough yet, a young man storms into the station demanding that finally, once and for all, they find his missing twin sister, who is believed to have simply run off, which is the right of any adult to do. He's certain she didn't, and is in danger.

There's a lot going on here, and some outstanding plot threads from previous books get more attention here. There are dangerous signs that hardnosed Nikki might be mellowing a tiny bit, duty takes Cat into Derbyshire, where she meets a detective sergeant she might have a future with. Joseph's ex-wife arrives in town for the upcoming wedding, and might be a source of future trouble. Nikki's biological mother, on the other hand, may be turning into a real asset.

The plot is excellent as always, but, also as always, the real reward here is the ongoing development of the characters as they continue to live their lives while doing their challenging and dangerous jobs.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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Finally!

Best one so far. Finally they don’t all act obtuse. Enjoyed this one. Can’t wait for the next.

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Just what you expect

Always four or five stories weaved into one. l never tire of the characters in each novel.

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too many loose ends

I have bought Joy Elis' books because I like a series. This is my last one because she just ended this book and the last one without any good resolutions to so much. Just get it over .
Good bye. Bad buy.

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gripping

this book had many good characters and twist and turns in it, I hope Nikki and Joe get together .

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Another winner!

I simply can't get enough of the Nikki Galena series. skillfully written and beautifully narrated. can't wait to get to the next book in the series.

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Great characters and great suspense

If you could sum up Captive on the Fens in three words, what would they be?

another great story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes - keep guessing who the real kidnapper is - nice twist of how another kidnap victim is found.

What does Henrietta Meire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I need to listen at.75 speed to understand the accent which I enjoy but find hard to understand at the faster speed.

Any additional comments?

Love the whole series - one of the best of British procedurals - like the character development

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Severed Digits, Kidnapping, and Hope Restored

The sixth in the series does not disappoint. An old foe, Freddy Carver is reported to have returned to Greenborough and there's a dead girl found on the Fens with a severed finger. The old barn seems to suggest she was kept captive for some time prior to her killing, and another murder in Derbyshire is eerily similar. Now a brother contacts DI Nikki Galena about his missing sister asking for help . . . are the cases connected? All of the familiar characters, Cat, Joseph, Niles, Nikki, and a few new ones join the race to find a killer in a desolate area of England known as the Fens . . . and complicated by the hunt is the fact that one of their own has also been missing for some time, as well . . . the progression of the series is phenomenal, with Nikki having discovered her mother, Eve and beginning to build a relationship with her, and Joseph now enjoying a close bond with his daughter, Tamsin . . . as the team close in on the killers, it is edge-of-the seat listening, and a satisfying conclusion . . . I anxiously await the next in the series . . .

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The best one yet!

This was definitely the best book of the series, although I loved them all. Such wonderful complex characters who I've grown to love. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

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  • Annie112358
  • 11-18-18

A shame

The book was not a bad story and the narrator’s voice is pleasant but oh dear, those atrocious accents. What makes people think that everyone north of Watford has that awful generic ‘northern’ accent?

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  • Rosemary
  • 09-14-18

Absolutely brilliant

From the very first chapter i was enthralled. The book twists and turns along the way. Everytime i thought 'oh it is finished' it went off again. i have enjoyed all the series so far but this is the best so far. cannot wait for the next one

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  • Grainne T
  • 02-17-20

Favourite

This is my favourite of the Nicky Gallena series (so far)
Lots of different stories and mysteries within one book. Great narration too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-19

Really Struggled to listen!

I really struggled to listen to the narrators impersonations. The high pitched voices for women and slow dense voices for male police officers and as for the regional accents....I nearly stopped listening at the beginning to enquire if I could change the book, but didn’t get round to it. Even my 11year old pulled faces when listening. Great story though!!!

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  • Wendy Holton
  • 11-16-19

Gripping!

A more complicated story with plenty of twists. Just when you think you've worked it out, there's a twist. Another amazing story from Joy. Absolutely love this series. Live the characters and narrator. Could listen all day long!

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  • SirMoBotRio16
  • 09-23-19

Classic twist in the tale

As always fast paced, but with multiple twists & turns in the storyline until they all dovetailed together.

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  • Lizzy
  • 08-14-19

Another great addition to a great series

This was so full of twists and turns - really kept you guessing and such a good ending. Very much looking forward to getting the next one!

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  • Jo
  • 08-08-19

Probably a good book.

I say probably brcause I couldn't finish it. The narration was do excruciatingly bad anf irritating.

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  • Lynda S.
  • 06-05-19

another excellent book in the sreies

loved the book, the storyline and narration, contrary to what I read in a previous review

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  • Lucy locket
  • 06-04-19

so enjoyed this book

I love reading this series of books. I cannot wait to read the next one.

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  • Donna Birks
  • 02-10-19

Brilliant

Joy Ellis is a master of story telling. The Nikki Galena series are Brilliant. The storyline’s are brilliant and it is hard to put the book down. As soon as I finish one I am sourcing the next one.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 02-06-19

Nerve wracking

Brilliant! At the half way point in this story I was so worried about who was going to be targeted and whether the evil low life could possibly be caught that I was loathed to put the book down. The connections between cases and characters that have been in previous stories was incredibly well done.

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  • Maz
  • 03-24-20

Love this series

Great Narration, easy listening, love them
and I can not wait for the next one

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 03-08-20

Ooooh!!! Tension.

I loved this latest installment of Nikki, Joseph and the gang. Cracker of a story with lots of twists and turns and then at the epilogue, ooooh tension. Can't wait to hear the next book.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 11-13-19

One of the Best Yet

I loved this one - just like I have the others in the series. These stories are quick, suspenseful and well-constructed. They are by no means award-winning masterpieces in their own right, but they are definitely a treat to consume, particularly as a series in whole. I think this book was my favourite out of the series so far, despite being a tiny bit predictable when it came to the ending.
As always, the characters are excellent and story flowed well. The narration was perfection as always. One of my favourite narrators to listen to.
Definitely recommend this one!

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  • CliveW
  • 08-31-19

great storytelling and believable characters

really enjoyable storyline and great pacing. Lots of interesting characters...would love too see this make it to TV

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  • christine Fiske
  • 06-20-19

Disappointing

I looked forward to this book because I love the English Detective
Novels. This fell short on all counts and especially the narration . I only listened until the end because I had nothing else to listen to.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-19

love Joseph & Nikki Galena!

i love the joseph and nikki galena series and of course Joy Ellis's books., they are great!

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 11-08-18

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant

Love the northern-ness, love the series. Hope all enjoy them as much as I. Can't put my finger on why but this far, this is my favourite in the series ...might listen a third time or more !

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  • Teagan
  • 10-31-18

Love this Series!

Another fantastic addition to the Fens series and so well read! I can't put these down and listen every day going to and from work!