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DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfill her father's dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile, a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki's career and put her whole team in mortal danger. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you riveted until the shocking ending.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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<br />This is how much I have enjoyed this series.


I am usually extremely tough on narrators who mispronounce words, and editors who let them slide. It's not the kindest part of my nature. But when Nikki said that one of her fellow characters was an "aficiando" of history, for me, that malaprop was Nikki's, not Ms. Meire's, and I had a nice chuckle. That's how real the characters came to be for me, in Ms. Meire's versatile voice.

The plots in these books are unique, and involving, but it's my involvement with great characters that keeps me coming back every time.

Jay Thomas

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Not as strong as the others

But do love these characters and the narrator; kept me engaged but not breathless for the next installment.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-02-17

Another great 'on the Fens' suspense thriller!

The books in this wonderful detective series by British author Joy Ellis are being released in audio monthly. I have listened to the first 4 in order. Ellis is an excellent story teller. Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a complex and fascinating character. In this case I wish I could award award 4.5 stars. Narrator Henrietta Meire is superb.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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MEH...

Killer on the Fens... Not as good as other books in series, but this does build on the characters from previous books. Looking forward to the next book.

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Killer of a Series

If you're considering this book, then you most likely have read/heard the previous three. If you have not, then I urge you to do so. Nikki Galena is a first-rate modern-day copper who is flawed, damaged, and still able to trust and love. She is absolutely a character I hope to be reading about for a long time yet.
This book's plot is creepier than previous plots. And I consider that a plus. It's not gruesome or filled with unnecessary grit. The drama is believable, the characters reliable, and the plot, if slightly predictable, VERY rewarding. There's a murder on "sacred" ground, but that's not what has Nikki and her team dropping their jaws. Something they've never imagined is waiting for them inside a historical site...
When you are invested in a series like this one, the plot-line will often be something you might can guess at. However, when it's written as well as Ellis writes and performed as well as Meire performs, you quickly realize the plot isn't the glue that is holding you to this series. Yes, it's interesting and it's even, at times, educational. But it's the characters you will be coming back for. Nikki, Joseph, Cat, Niall, Yvonne, Dave.... I'm in love with them all.

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Great story. Perfect narration.

I love this series about DI Nicki Galena and her team. Henrietta Meire is the perfect match for narrator. I love the accents and she does a great job of distinguishing voices of all the characters, male and female. Looking forward to the next one.

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Another good mystery with Galena & Easter

DI Nikki Galena's father has died, leaving behind a mystery. His last request to her was to "Find Eve."

Nikki has no idea who Eve is.

Yet when she should be dealing with her father's death, and deciding what to do about the mysterious Eve, she has mysteries to deal with at work. A minor-league drug dealer has been fished out of a shaft in the ground at an abandoned World War II airfield, still alive, but only barely. Another drug dealer has simply disappeared, and his sister, with no illusions about her brother but great affection because they survived a difficult childhood together, is determined to find him. The current owner of the airfield is found dead, clearly murdered, but no one knows who wanted him dead.

And Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter's long-estranged daughter Tamsin has come for a visit. They are attempting to mend their relationship.

It seems worth mentioning that all of this turns out to be really small beer beside what they're going to find when they start working these seemingly unrelated cases.

This is, as is typical with Ellis, this is a good, interesting mystery with good, interesting characters. Galena, Easter, and the rest of their team continue to grow and develop, and are well worth spending the time with.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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So...I was sick in bed for a couple of weeks...

...and I listened to many books between bouts of "terminal" coughing. Herein begins the critiques. This one was very enjoyable and kept me wanting for more on the fens.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-21-18

Drugs, Murder, Mystery and History

Book four in the series finds DI Nikki Galena making funeral arrangements for her father, who has long been suffering from dementia, with just one or two lucid moments over the recent past. One was when he told Nikki to "find Eve". Puzzled by the request, Nikki is determined to sort out who the mysterious Eve is. At the office, a drug dealer's death, after falling down a hole at the old RAF air field has the team looking for answers. DI Galena and her team begin to investigate what at first looks like an accident. All of the major players are here, which I love, and they work together seamlessly to solve the case. Joseph's daughter, Tamsin, is visiting him, and the two of them offer to help Nikki by going through her dad's old papers to find out who Eve is. Soon Sgt. Joseph Easter is back off leave, assisting Nikki and the team with the mystery at the airfield. The history of the RAF was intriguing. The tie-in with Nikki's father and his time in the RAF was brilliant. But I definitely did not see any of the airfield killings or the the history of Nikki's father and Eve coming . . . it was like a ride on a curvy high speed roller coaster . . . in the dark . . . I can't wait for the next book . . .

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Hope more installments are to follow

I hope more installments are to follow. I'm enjoying this series. It's a police procedural with many twists and turns. The narrator did a fine job of bringing the characters to life. I recommend this book.

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  • Bea Doubleday
  • 07-23-17

Awful reader

I was unable to complete listening to this story, the first time ever with audible. The reader spoke too fast, her female voices were shrill and very difficult to listen to.

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  • Bernadette Hancock
  • 07-09-17

Cliche ridden writing

The story was well conceived but it was poorly written. Full of cliches with very derivative characters.
I usually enjoy the narration but this narration was awful - dreadful attempts at accents that made listening to the story very hard. It was difficult to discern who was speaking at times as the accents changed within characters. Dreadful.

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  • Lenny
  • 09-23-18

Slightly repetitive ideas

Slightly repetitive theme from previous novels, but light entertainment if you want an easy read. Overall I enjoyed it.

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  • MrsV Ridge
  • 09-04-18

Love the serious hope there’s more

A brilliant read hope you write some more listen to all the audios I listened to the books in two days fantastic

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  • k mcglinchey
  • 08-22-18

Good story, the usual poor narration!

Another good story in the Nikki Galena series. I'm enjoying them despite the awful narration, however having seen Henrietta has narrated the whole series, you've just got to accept it!
I think Joy Ellis is a great writer, but I wish she'd get more more up to date; for a female writer to use outdated terms like 'WPC' and 'manpower' it's incredibly disappointing.

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  • Ima booklover
  • 08-12-18

Diabolical narrator

I'm sure the story is good, but the narrator was so bad it was impossible to take the story seriously. The high-speed narration of awful accents, including a comical Scottish accent, was off-putting and I had to give up before the end of chapter two. I'm certain a decent narrator would boost the ratings for this novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-18

Good book let down by poor narration

Again Ellis has produced an Agatha Christie like complex plot with several incredible twists at the end. Sadly let down by the poor narration. As with previous Ellis books the narrator attempts a range of accents which simply don’t work and become irritating and distracting. The attempt at a Scottish accent was particularly jarring. I will listen to the next in the series, and tolerate the narration, because Ellis leaves it in a place of intrigue where one just wants to know what happens next.

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  • D
  • 07-14-18

preposterous and clichéd at the same time

joy Ellis writes pretty well sometimes and I've enjoyed 2 of her later novels, but the serial killer denouement here isn't just incredible, it's laughable.
I've given it a couple of stars for recognising the creep potential of disused airfields, and creating some believable petty criminals, but I was tempted to knock them off just for the sickly poem at the end. Also, I like police officers but Nikki and Joseph were just irritatingly superhuman.
The second book in the series was an improvement, if also a bit hammy, but number three had a slightly less melodramatic plotline and was better for it.

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  • Georgina cordell
  • 06-24-18

great listening

i really have enjoyed all the serise so far looking forward to more of joy eillis will the main character of these series come back

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-18

Brilliant

Another gripping tale, and a good narrator, can't wait for the next book, good stuff

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 09-22-18

The best of british

Straight talking, no messing, direct and blunt. As a pommy away from home this series brings me back to grass roots. The team is well bonded and established dynamics....the ending of this book was a twist I did not expect so can't wait to see how that flows on.

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  • Jen📚
  • 09-10-18

Disappointing ...

Was looking forward to book 4 but unfortunately, I did not enjoy it at all. Was like the author lost her mojo with this one & not even the narrator could make it interesting. Skipped to the end, when I should have just skipped to book 5. Hoping it gets better and this is not a sign of things to come ...

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 05-10-17

Brilliant story!

This is another brilliant story by Joy Ellis, beautifully read and presented by Audible. loved it.