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Killer on the Fens

DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 4
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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<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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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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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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  • 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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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.

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  • JME
  • Michigan
  • 04-20-19

Totally unexpected.

This by far is the most surprising ending of any of her previous books. You must read to appreciate.

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Loved it !

Another great story from Joy Ellis. DI Galeena and her team are a great bunch, and I am enjoying how they all are becoming well developed characters with each nw book in the series.
I loved the ending... it made me want to immediately get Book 5 but alas, my free credit doesn't hit until tomorrow, ...so I'll just have to wait!!

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great story

LOVED the history and twists. this is a great series and I am already lookong forward to the next one!

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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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  • George A Bear
  • 11-12-18

good storyline

Book 4 in the DI Nikki Galena series follows on from the last story. Nikki and her Sargent, Joseph Easter, are faced with mysterious lights on the Fens and a strange morbid discovery in an underground facility that was once a war time air force base.

Alongside this, Easters estranged daughter has come on a visit and becomes embroiled in a dangerous situation.

The narration is very fast. It is slightly better when listened to at 90% speed on my phone, but still needs addressing.

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  • Lorraine
  • 03-23-19

Very good

I really like Joy Ellis writing her books are interesting and I like her characters . I do still struggle with the narrator though and try to ignore the bad accents and bad character voices for the sake of the brilliant storyline.

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  • Karin Maclean
  • 03-19-19

Absolutely fab

Another amazing listen .... as usual joy Ellis gets one captivated along the bumpy road , full of twist and turns... off to listen to the next

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  • evgenia
  • 02-27-19

Brilliant book as always!

From the book1 I was straggling to get use to the narrater, by the book 3 I got use to it and book became more enjoyable.

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  • Rachel Weaver
  • 02-03-19

Killer on the fens

Character accents not always good and most from no where near the fens
Good story though

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  • Mrs. E. L. Martin
  • 01-14-19

Very good story, awful reader

Please, please, could producers make sure that narrators can pronounce the words in the books they're reading, even sightly convincingly do regional accents and not make half of the voices sound like panto parodies?

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 01-08-19

superb story line with excellent twists and turns

felt the narration let it down with some characters sounding the same spoiling on times an excellent listen

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  • Dajeankeeper
  • 12-13-18

Powerful story

Another very good one from Ruth Ellis.
Had me hooked from the start.
All the usual characters and a great mystery all rolled up with a personal tragedy.

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  • Michelle
  • 05-31-19

Voices wreck it for me

Whilst the story is good several of the voices are so put on I almost stopped listening

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 02-01-19

Surprise, surprise

Another brilliant story! I had come to the a happy place during this story where I thought that the investigation was not going to become personal for anyone on the team - wrong! This was a fascinating case set in a very interesting background. The idea of one site being used so many times over history that you can track its development through the buildings is amazing.
The effort that this perpetrator went to in order to keep everyone away from this area was admirable. If they had put that much effort into solving their own mental health issues there wouldn’t have been a story.
The personal relationship between Nikki and Joseph continues to grow. They are there for each other and support each other with no questions asked.
The voices of each of the characters are now firmly embedded in my brain. So much so that I hear them when I read the book. I like that. Some pronunciation make me wince, but I just move on and enjoy the reading. Thanks.

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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.