Crime on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena, Book 1
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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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.

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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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Promising start

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 12-28-18

poor narrator

This was my first encounter with this author, I enjoyed the story line and found enough suspense to drag me back.
I did not like the narrator, the first part appeared rushed and the various accents confusing or spoken with a strange accent, will avoid this narrator in future as it distracted from the story.

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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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  • Ann una Purcell
  • 02-10-19

Narrator ruins this book

Honestly although a good story it's like the narrator is in a race rushing through the book awful narration

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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

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  • Mrs. E. L. Martin
  • 01-11-19

Brilliant story, let down by narrator

As with all Ellis 's books, this was a fantastic story, well written with sympathetic characters and good plot twists. My difficulty was only with the narrator, whose at times shrill female voices, dodgy regional accents and mispronounced words was a little distracting.

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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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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 03-05-19

Sorry - all a bit of a let down!

While I have loved all of Joy Ellis’s ‘Jackman’ series, sadly I really struggled to get through this, the first in the Nikki Galena series. I’m not sure if it was the reader (who I really did not enjoy) or the writing - but I certainly will not be listening to any more of them! Only the story line kept me hanging on, but even that was a bit ‘touch and go’ towards the end!

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  • elizsheba
  • 08-06-18

Dull and unpleasant

It s badly written, dull and the characters do not produce any sympathy because they are dummy like and unrealistic

The actress that reads has unpleasant arrogant voice and manner
I ll give it back

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  • Karin Maclean
  • 02-26-19

Fab

I was unsure if I was going to enjoy a new narrator after Richard Armitage ... but it has been a captivating story with twists and turns along the way for DI Nikki Galena .... look forward to hearing the next story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-19

Great book spoilt by dreadful narrator

Joy Ellis is a great author and this book does not disappoint however the narrator really does disappoint! Poor accents and voices of characters annoying (some so annoying I shouted out loud whilst driving and walking the dogs). A real shame as I want to listen to the rest of this series but I don’t know if I can bear the narration.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 01-24-19

Getting to know you

This story contains an intriguing and complex plot and great characters. The characters are have interesting personalities and they play against each other nicely. The DI is skimming the edge of the law and has to take on a new DS to save her career. They both only know of each other through police gossip. Each member of the team is not quite what they seem to the police outside their unit. As the case develops we get to see what they are really like and how they pull together.
The ‘bad guys’ are evil and show no remorse for anything they do. There are a few moments where I thought that the police were not going to make it out of the situation they were in.
The accents of the characters were varied and generally well done. The accent for DC Cat annoyed me as it seemed to be too much in the teen girl mode rather than a mid twenties police officer.
I’ve read the DI Jackman series and am now going back to catch up on the Nikki Galena series. I’m looking forward to a strong and exciting 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.

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  • Linz🦶🏽
  • 03-01-20

Gruff

Disappointed with this after the other joy ellis I have read , the narrative pushes the gruff accent terribly, it annoyed me so much it took me 3 tries to get to chapter four, but I couldn’t stand this readers attitude, sorry I will be asking for an exchange, first time
Overall not listenable!

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 02-06-20

Great story

loved this first foray into Joy Ellis's book. looking forward to listening/reading the next installment s

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  • anita rose
  • 01-21-20

crime on the gens by joy ellis

loved this book.
recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.
can't wait for the nextbook

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  • Jennifer
  • 01-17-20

Positive Policing Tale

I listened to this in just one sitting. An entertaining holiday listen. Good conquers evil.