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DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out.

Her partner, DS Joseph Easter, is the handsome, squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname, Holy Joe, belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.

Their adversary is a ruthless man who holds DI Galena responsible for his terrible disfigurement.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Tantor

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Exxcellent British police procedural

Having lived in the UK for some time years ago it strikes me that many readers will not know about the Fens mentioned in the title of Crime on the Fens. The Fens, also called Fenland, is a below sea level portion of eastern coastal England. It is located in County Essex about 50 miles northeast of London. Like coastal Holland (The Netherlands) it was reclaimed from the sea many centuries ago and it is protected by dikes from the waters of the southern portion of the North Sea. Fenland is the same latitude as Rotterdam.

Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a tough cop who manages to stay in trouble because she believes results matter more than rules. In this novel after being issued a final warning about her tough/illegal methods of capturing drug dealers she is assigned as her 30 day partner Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter, a cop with his own issues. They work well together to her surprise. This is an excellent and worthwhile novel. I hope later novels in the series will be released in audio format.

Narration by actress Henrietta Meire is outstanding. Her Essex accent is so good that it must be genuine. The Essex accent is more clipped than most English regional accents and can be more difficult for Americans to understand.

151 of 154 people found this review helpful

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Very interesting police procedural

As I was browsing Audible, I just discovered this book. Not knowing either the author or narrator, I was hesitant to use a credit, but I'm very glad I did. Nikki Galena is evidently an excellent detective, but is on the verge of being thrown off the force for her heavy-handed and unorthodox methods of getting arrests. She is told she will now have to partner with a man who also needs a change, known to his team as "Holy Joe," and the two figure out how to work together for the sake of their careers. This makes for interesting character development through the story, as they take on a case of missing young girls, and tackle the maddening situation of kids leaving around, and sometimes wearing, gruesome masks, everywhere--and nobody understands why.

I found the story to be fast-paced, the writing good, and the narration is well done. Quite like this book--hope there are many more in the series.

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Entertaining and a great length

I decided to listen to this audiobook for a long car drive home and it was the perfect choice. It was always action-packed, never a dull moment, and easy to keep up with. The narrator changed her voices for the characters so it was easy to tell who was speaking. Her presentation of the novel was outstanding. I enjoy the novel itself and I was left with no questions and it was compelling to get to the end.

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Engrossing

The author has written a detective story with just enough difference to make it an interesting read.

Our protagonist is Nikki Galena, a hard driving female Detective Inspector. Galena is focused on avenging her daughter who is in a permanent vegetative state in a hospital after she was a victim of crime. Galena is being forced to work with Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter, whose reputation is as questionable as hers. Galena heads a team investigating the disappearance of a young girl. The story takes an unexpected turn toward the end.

The book is well written and the plot twists and turns as the suspense builds. The characters are complex and our hero is a strong tough character. I enjoy books with strong women heroes. The story takes place on the Lincolnshire Fens in England. I did not know what a Fen was until reading this book.

Henrietta Meire does a good job narrating the book. Meire is an actress, author, voice over artist and audiobook narrator.

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Promising start

Any additional comments?

Interesting introduction to DI Nikki Galena. A mostly realistic mystery with human motivation and nicely realized characters. Ellis manages to fill in some, but not all, of the backstories in believable dialog, giving weight and history to the characters and their relationships. The lead detective's almost instant rapport with her knew Sergeant felt a bit fake, but worked for the larger story. The ending was well done, not falling into the trap of making it too pat or too conveniently tying up every loose end. Instead, you have hope for some characters, a certain grim reality for others, and the feeling that you would like to see where the nascent partnership of DI Galena and DS Easter will go.

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Promising Series!

This book has been on my "wish list" for awhile. Even though review were good, I wasn't convinced it was a book I'd like. When this title appeared as a "deal of the day" I bought it. I'm very glad I did.

At this start of this story DI Nikki Galena is a very troubled person. As the story progresses we learn of the terrible events in her life that have left her so emotionally damaged. We also learn of events that offer her hope of a happier life. It is this hope that has me looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

There is serious crime going on in this story. The plot is intricate and the story moves along at a quick pace. When I got to the last 90 minutes I had to keep listening to the end.

I've gone from being "not sure" about this series to an enthusiastic fan.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Okay, lots of cliches

I almost returned this in the beginning when the DI's gruff boss refers to her as a "loose cannon". She is, of course, the best copper on the force with a rule-breaking attitude that discourages others from partnering with her. All due to a dark trauma in her past. The actual mystery part was good enough to keep me reading, but the characters were pretty shop worn.

58 of 65 people found this review helpful

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This is a great series!

I read the four books in this series in order just as fast as I could find the time -- because they were very, very good! The setting of books remains the same, and some of the characters remain the same, but the issues and crimes to be resolved are as varied as they come. I especially enjoyed the lead characters (detectives) being female. Great narration made the series truly enjoyable.

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Great characters and Solid detective story.

In the beginning I thought I was going to dislike this book because Im not a fan of overly tough , loner type lead characters. But the main character Detective Nikki Galena grows throughout the story and is influenced by the introduction of another main character , and even the side characters were interesting to me. Very solid detective story, characters were not annoying, narration was good. Overall I would recommend this book and will continue with the series.

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So glad I found this series

This is a new author for me and the series is newly released on audiobook. This first book in the series has me wanting more.

The DI in this CID squad has a troubled past and a spotty career in the police force. She is hard to work for and her boss gives her a final chance to make it work with a temporary Detective Sergeant. And make it work they do with a bizarre case starting with a missing person and leading to multiple murder and assaults.

Good story overall and the narration was pleasant to hear.

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  • Fiona
  • 07-29-18

Good story lousy narration

Very disappointed- having loved the Joy Ellis book narrated by Richard Armitage I got this (forgot to listen to the sample)
Irritating voice with terrible accents which is such a shame because the story is good

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennie Georgina
  • 09-05-17

Awful Narration

Couldn't finish it due to the narration; some characters were fine, but others were so bad that they were a distraction to the plot. I tried twice to listen as I thought the storyline held promise, but sadly I failed.

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  • Paul
  • 08-27-18

Enjoyed this book

Enjoyed this books first time I have listed to a Joy Ellis books cant wait to start book two

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  • Mrs Archdeacon
  • 09-11-17

Plodding

A very plodding and ponderous story. Pronunciation poor - Americanisms and poor British English. The 'accents' provided by the narrator were lukewarm at best.

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  • Roxylu40
  • 08-15-18

Absolutely Loved this book!

I was hooked from right at the beginning of this book. Narration was brilliant and brought each character to life. I wouldn't say it's the most fast paced detective story but I loved every minute and was captivated throughout. I will most certainly be reading (listening) to the next. Loved the authors style of writing. Very easy to follow and fantastically descriptive. A little heart warming too. Definitely recommend 😀

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  • Handyann
  • 11-06-18

Good story

I thought the storyline was very good. The characters are interesting and believable and the police details were seemingly solid. and well-researched.

I did find the reader's over-forceful attempts to create different voices a bit grating. She made all the women sound very butch and brusque and the men quite soft and gentle. Rather an odd emphasis! I do want to listen to the other stories in the series, but am not looking forward to listening to Ms Meire through them all.

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  • Trevor
  • 11-03-18

Great story

Having read the majority of this series I loved the story but the reader only seems to have four characters voices she can perform, this does not distract from the story line but does make it a bit difficult to figure out who is talking if you loose concentration.

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  • JP
  • 10-31-18

Disappointing Narrator

I am enjoying the storyline in this book, but it is spoilt by the awful narrator. Some of the narrating is ok, for example when the narrator is not trying to give the characters an accent. The narrating of the characters, Nicky and Joseph are dreadful. I don’t know if I can listen to the whole series with this narrator.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-26-18

gripping

Good book, well written - love Joys books. it was an easy listen, slightly predictable storyline

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  • Mrs A Dopson
  • 10-09-18

Exceptional again!!!

Joy Ellis is an amazing writer. The DI Nikki galena series has been gripping with great twists and turns.

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  • Leanne Mifflin
  • 05-10-17

Predicatable soap opera

So predictable and a struggle to get through - so after an hour or so I gave up. Awful

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  • Vivienne Johnson
  • 08-25-18

Ok

The story was great but I struggled with the reader. It let down the whole book so reflects on the entire series

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  • Helen Esdaile
  • 06-25-18

I tried, I failed

Such hard going. The story is not very riveting and the narration is very harsh and irritating.
Not my cuppa

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  • Anita
  • 02-03-18

Guilty pleasure predictable

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was very cliché and predictable. The developments in the characters and storyline happened far too quickly, they should have lasted over the series.

What was most disappointing about Joy Ellis’s story?

Everything was too easy and predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Teagan
  • 09-24-18

Amazing!

I love this book, fantastic writing by Joy Ellis and wonderful narration by Henrietta Meire.. Completely brought the words to life. Have already purchased the next 2 books!!

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  • Jen📚
  • 07-25-18

Enjoyable ... Couldn't put it down

Glad I tried a new author. Thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Good, consistent performance by the narrator (not too OTT!). Storyline wasn't too predictable either, had me guessing & enjoying the characters. Now to finish the series 🎧

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  • Linda
  • 07-22-18

Adjusted justice

Although there were different directions to this story it had a cohesive flow and the main characters were rounded enough to understand and identify with. To be fair even the villains were relatively easy to relate to. It showed a broken society and self righteous judgements from a very young population that had no real experience as to what they were judging.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 06-21-18

Brilliant and comfortingly northern

Wow, a great start to a series, I'm going to enjoy this. A good,set of characters to build on and what a first story to start with. It has to get better and I can't wait.