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DI Nikki Galena faces her toughest challenge yet. Can she save her team and herself from a cruel and determined adversary who will stop at nothing to harm Nikki and her colleagues? First she must work out who wants revenge against her or one of her detectives. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime novel that will keep listeners riveted until the stunning ending. And what is the connection between the series of attacks on the police and the mystery of woman found dead in a seemingly impregnable locked room? Find out in this tense and exciting detective thriller.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-26-17

A Page Turner

This is the third book of the series. In what starts out as a classic mystery case, a dead woman is found in an impregnable locked room. Then the story takes a twist and someone is out to destroy Nikki and her team. Her team consists of Joseph, Cat, David and the boss is Inspector Bainbridge. Nikki’s daughter, Hannah, has just died and Joseph’s daughter is tricked into showing up and is put into danger. It appears the enemy knows about each of their lives and how to hurt them the most. Just as I thought I had the case solved, the author makes an abrupt change and I am sent off in another direction. Needless to say, the ending is a surprise.

The book is full of suspense, intrigue and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The characters are interesting and Ellis continues to develop them in each book. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

The book is nine hours long. Henrietta Meire does an excellent job narrating the series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

The best of the Fens series. Ellis just gets better and better. Can not wait for the next book

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 03-06-17

So many Characters

First of all I really like the narrators voice however at times she speaks so fast that it is hard to understand. I feel like she is speed reading and with so many characters I tend to just space out. Sadly it does ruin the storyline. I felt like it was a race to the end. So many names I stopped even trying to figure out who they all were.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding narration of a really good series

This series is the first time I've heard the amazing narration of Henrietta Meire. She really brings the characters created by Joy Ellis into vibrant life.

DI Nikki Galena and her partner Joseph Easter are two people who could scarcely be more different, but due to the good writing and narration, these detectives have a kind of dynamic fit that transcends their individual personalities. They genuinely complement each other--as does the team who all work together to solve multiple complex crimes.

This book is very long, and at brief moments I felt overly long (the author very ambitiously put more suspects in, and kept doing so throughout the story, than I could at times keep up with). But it is somewhat of a page turner, so hard to pull away from. Best to just try to keep up! It works okay.

And this particular episode has a lot of high tech focus in places, which is the way of crime novels these days I suppose. (I imagine Agatha would have incorporated that, if she could have, but I'm old, so less impressed by that kind of detecting).

The author is mainly focused on the murder(s) involved, but takes the time to interweave touching moments of interaction among the characters, so that by now, in this third book, I feel that I'm getting to know them rather well, and that helps pull the entire story together.

I'd just say, if you plan to listen, hunker down, be ready to immerse yourself, and enjoy! Certainly worth the credit!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good characters, plot jumped the shark

Yet again, I like the characters and find them engaging, but the plotting is so overblown and exaggerated. There are always baroque details and large-scale conspiracies and it just feels at odds with the bucolic setting. Not sure whether I'll continue reading these books.

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Intriguing characters, fun accents

I enjoy this series for its intriguing characters. There are some nice working relationships as well as ethical bad guys and unethical cops. I wish more was done with the setting, since the fens are highlighted in the series titles.

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3rd in Series Carries Intensity of First 2

Would you consider the audio edition of Hunted on the Fens to be better than the print version?

The audio version of any book is better because I can do mindless chores or close my eyes and rest while listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunted on the Fens?

The discoveries were never mundane, even if the clues uncovered didn't immediately relate to the mystery.

Which scene was your favorite?

Midway through the book, one of the starting mysteries is re-explained with a surprising motive. (No spoilers.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The awkward conversation between Joseph and Vinnie over John's true feelings for Galena was well written. I felt as uncomfortable as Joseph did. The conversation piqued my curiosity for the rest of the story.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-13-17

Best novel yet in a great British detective series

For me the Detective Inspector Nikki Galena series has become addictive. This is the 3rd novel in the series and there are two more not yet available in audio format. The novels in the series are first rate suspense mysteries. Protagonist Nikki Galena is a very strong leader who inspires confidence in her team. Narrator Henrietta Meire takes some getting accustomed to because of her unusual British accent, but her performance is stellar.

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Always Good Characters; Now the Plots get Strong

Hunted on the Fens: DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 3, By Joy Ellis, Narrated By Henrietta Meire. Previously, I read (and wrote reviews on) Books 1 and 2, in the “. . . Fens” crime series. I applauded the created characters, the Nikki Galena investigative team, as being interesting and engaging characters. I belabored, though, the plots as being less then credible crime occurrences, and thus not the best of reads. In fact, in my review of Book 2 of the series, I said this, the third Book, would be my last. I am pleased to report, I was wrong and I am taking back my criticism of unrealistic crime plots. The author, Ms. Ellis, just wrote a great plot. One that keeps the reader thinking who done it and why, and continues to keep the reader personally invested in each of the novel’s characters. This is a recommended read.

This is a British police procedural meaning the investigation of more than one crime in a single story. The British have been outstanding in the genre. Here we have two crimes. The murder of a female industrial magnet, slain in a sealed and protected environment. Second, we have “someone” with software brilliance, undertaking a campaign to destroy and manipulate the Nikki Galena team into panic and then to harm each member of the team. Both stories begin to center on web security. The stories are separate, but dovetail. Each crime is exciting to think through, and keeps the reader in constant flux as to who did it?

The reader, Ms. Meire was really good. There is a strong accent here that I was not familiar with prior to reading the series. Yes, British, but very laden with a Scottish brogue. Very pleasant to hear.

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Clever

I am enjoying this series. Clever. On the verge or dark, but nightmare stage. I do recommend listening in order.
The narrators lisp drove me a little nuts in the beginning, but I’m used to it now.

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  • jken
  • 06-03-17

Needs a better narrator

This grates on me. She cannot do accents or dialect and her voice sounds harsh. The story is good though.

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  • Pam Herbert
  • 05-15-17

Gripping twister of a tale

Suspense from the beginning with the frisson of Sexual awareness between Nicky & Joseph runs as a silver thread through the twists & turns of the story. Just as you think you have it 'sussed" a new twist develops. The denouement is great. ! The tantalising bit at the end is the question about Joseph & Nicky- did they have a fling or not. I am gasping for my next dose!!!