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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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Become Captive of Your Desires

I like that this story expanded on the new relationships developed in the earlier books. The story shows the personal developments within the police team while investigating the crimes. Captive pertains to the crime and the emotional developments within the team. Another good narration and story in the series.

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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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  • 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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  • Brian Vallance
  • 07-16-21

Good book

We have listened to a large amount of Joy Ellis and have enjoyed them all we both enjoyed this story but we feeling it was spoilt by the narrator squeaky voice it really greats on our nerves we would like to listen to more story’s but certainly not read by Henrietta Meier her voice is awful

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  • Dave T P
  • 04-19-21

enjoyable as usual.

Enjoyed as usual, but could do with an additional narrator as accents kept blending into each otber.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-25-21

Really have enjoyed this series so far but NOT the narration!

There were times when I was willing the story to end quickly so that I didn’t have to suffer the narrators voice any longer. The different “voices” the narrator used for the people were at times so bad!! I enjoyed the story but in future I may just read them myself- or at least check out the narrator first.

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  • A. Fleming
  • 11-13-20

all the usual expected twists and turns

is it not about time they both admitted their true feelings and got together, it's like a simmering pot waiting to boil

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  • Margaret Brackley
  • 08-20-20

Terrible narration

This story was totally ruined by the very poor quality of the narration. I couldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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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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  • Cherie
  • 08-09-20

Loved the story but struggled with the narrator

I have read (listened to) all of the DI Jackman books and loved them and perhaps I was spoilt by the narration by (the dreamy) Richard Armitage because even though I thoroughly enjoyed this story I found the narrator distracting (and at times dreadful) I had trouble telling characters apart, I couldn’t tell their gender and I cringed every time Cat Cullin spoke. I’m keen to read more but I think I’ll be borrowing the actual books from the library.

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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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  • paulak1709
  • 06-29-21

Love Nikki & Jacob stories!

I love this book series, I'm sad when the story ends & eager to start the next 🙂

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  • Aussie Jenny
  • 06-02-21

Fully recommend this read

Another great story by Joy Ellis, following the life of DI Nikki Galena.
You will be captivated by the twists and turns as you try to solve another riddle of murder and mayhem on the Fens.
DI Galena never fails to be interesting while keeping the villains of Greenborough on their toes.
The narration can, at times, be a tad overdone, though not to the point of being annoying.

I highly recommend this book. You will not want to stop listening.

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  • Angela
  • 05-23-21

Persevering Despite the Narration

Enjoying this series but I think I will have to revert to the books as the narration of this series is appalling. The mispronunciation of so many words and dreadful accents has become too much. How can so many characters be plum in mouth toffs? And why does Mickey who is now a competent young man sound like a whining eight year old? Don’t even start me on poor Rory. This series has been ruined for me by the reader who I’ve added to my ‘Black List’ (don’t purchase anu audiobooks by this narrator)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-20

enjoyed

another good story by this author with plenty of twists and turns right until the end. narration easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-20

Terrible narration

Having family who live in the Fens I found the accent a complete joke ....2 minutes and I was finished with it

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  • lr
  • 09-16-20

Tedious

Voices became very annoying and the writing plodded along to a predictable ending. Not a sophisticated read.

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  • Rymkervic
  • 09-12-20

Nice pace exciting, good story

Ive stuck with this series simply because they are easy listening and decent stories...reason for this review is l felt the story was shorter than the rest, but more fast paced and exciting. So l just felt completed to say its a really good read.

Like other authors with books in a series the character's have evolved as each new book comes out but unlike other authors you don't necessarily need to have read all the books in order, this book for example could definitely just be read on its own.