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Publisher's Summary

A skeleton is found in a shallow grave in the churchyard. But this was not an official burial. 

The victim was murdered decades ago. At the same time, Detective Nikki Galena and her team are investigating the brutal slaying of local businesswoman Madeline Prospero. She was a member of an exclusive and secretive drinking club called The Briar Patch. But they've got no suspects and no one is telling them the truth. 

Meanwhile, the buried skeleton leads them on a trail to the village of Quintin Eaudyke. This is a troubled place. In the late 70s and 80s a reign of terror and abuse was unleashed on the close-knit population. When more women from The Briar Patch come under threat, Nikki faces a race against time to stop more murders.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you in suspense until its heart-stopping conclusion.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-21-18

One of my favorite police procedural series!

All novels in the DI Nikki Galena series by British author Joy Ellis are excellent. Buried on the Fens continues Ms. Ellis' record of only releasing great novels. All 7 of the series novels are standalone and can be listened to in any order. The setting is in an area of the east coast of England north of London known as the fens. (A fen is a low marshy area that frequently floods. During the 17th century steps were taken including building dikes to turn the area into agricultural land.)

I have nothing to add to the excellent publisher's summary except to comment that an unusual forensic tool was used to identify the killer. British actress Henrietta Meire narrates this series in the clipped accent of the fens area. Her narration never disappoints.

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  • Mark
  • Bettendorf, IA, United States
  • 03-22-18

Great combination of author & narrator

Much like the work of Peter Grainger & Timothy Hallinan, I jump at the next book Joy Ellis writes. As with the rest of the books in this series, Ms Ellis does an excellent job of building characters I care about. Henrietta Meier does a fabulous job and distinctly narrates each character without “blending” vocal traits, a genuine feat and something many narrators don’t manage as well. I’m glad the producers have continued to work with Ms Meier with the works of Joy Ellis. Now if only Audible will get the rest of Ms Ellis’s works....

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  • JP
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 06-20-18

Love this series

I like the setting, characters, and narration. I think the series is generally great overall. Thought that the lesbian aspect in this book was unnecessary and merely follows the current trend in pop culture. I am moving on to the next book in the series.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-07-18

Strong Series, Continues in Book 7

Di Nikki Galena and her team continue to clean up crime on the Fens in the seventh installment of the series, when a skeleton is found buried in the church yard . . . an old skeleton, posed in a frightening and unusual way, and obviously murdered. The thirty-year old murder seems to be linked to the new cases cropping up. I especially like the continuing back stories of Nikki's team, Jospeh, Cat, and the others. The subject matter of this latest book is sad and sick . . . but so is murder . . . and it is handled skillfully. I also like the fact that the series deals with homosexuality without being condescending or political. The author does not push it nor speak in a demeaning way of it. For a crime series, this series is realistic, without being overly graphic, and without pushing political views (in either direction) down your throat. The speech isn't sanitized, but is realistic. There are definitive good guys and bad guys. And the resolutions are ALWAYS worth the wait. BRAVO!!!

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LOVE THIS SERIES! Thanks Kindle Unlimited!

I continue to love this series, although Buried on the Fens is probably my least favorite. But still a great listen and intriguing mystery! I love that the series is available through Kindle Unlimited, and adding the audio is minimal...yay Kindle Unlimited!

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Great series!

This series is one that I pre-order each (audio)book as soon as it becomes available. I love Nikki and her team (Joseph!) and the descriptions of the Fens and surrounding area add a lot to the books.

I give the story only 4 stars for a reason I can't quite figure out. The story was interesting if a bit troubling especially if stories of child abuse bothers one. At least the gory details are left to the imagination. Maybe what made this less than perfect for me had to do with Joseph. He isn't himself.

I wish the audios were released with the print/ebooks. The narration, as always, is spot on.

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Excellent!!

loved it, loved the narrator, can't wait for the next one. Hope you keep the series going. Joy Ellis you keep us on the edge of our seats & I can't do anything until it's finished

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Disappointing Denouement

I was quite enjoying this story until the villain was revealed. The story-line and build-up were pretty good, but I just found the villain implausible. I could not suspend disbelief enough to accept the ending. I want my money back.

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  • Oops 66
  • 04-24-18

Another great story

Have enjoyed all the books. Nicky Galena a great detective with Joseph her side kick and rest of team. This was another great listen.Narrator excelent too.

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  • Mr Duncan Andrews
  • 05-14-18

Not so good

Just could not get into this story. Slow and uninteresting. To many female characters and so to touchy feely. First 6 books excellent. Writer seems to be tired of characters and story’s. Never mind. Will try next book.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 04-26-18

gripping!

I simply can't stop listening once I start these Joy Ellis tales of the fen! Brilliantly narrated as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

Narrator Terrible

I have read all Joy Ellis fen books. This is the first audible. She read way to fast. No real feel for the person. Stop and start.
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