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Publisher's Summary

From two-million-selling author Joy Ellis comes one of the most eagerly awaited mysteries this year.

One moonlit night, the bodies of two young people are discovered lying entwined on a blanket in the woods. The young man is clutching a red rose. It appears to be a lovers' suicide pact....

Until Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter look more closely. Romeo and Juliet, as they decide to call them, were murdered somewhere else and brought to the woods. But why? 

Then another young couple are found dead, again beautifully posed as lovers. And Nikki knows they have a twisted serial killer on their hands. Who are the next victims? 

Everyone has secrets. But some people will kill to keep them.

©2021 Joy Ellis (P)2021 Tantor

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Not up to her usual standard

I've listened to all 12 novels in the Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis and have rated almost all 5 stars. SECRETS ON THE FENS is pretty good but not up to the standards set in the earlier books. The story is difficult to keep up with the plot due to the large number of characters. It is needlessly complex.

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💕💕💕

I absolutely love this series by Joy Ellis.
The twists and turns are intricately woven into the story that keep you guessing almost to the end of the story. The narrator adds personality to the characters- I like it when the narrator remains the same throughout the series.
I have a vision in my head of how the characters look based on the combination of the author’s words and the narrator’s presentation 🙌🏼
I hope there are more books added to this series!

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Disappointing

My expectations are always very high when a new Nikki Galena book is released. This time, however, I was very disappointed in the story and the writing. All of the characters spoke in clichés, Joseph and Nikki, and Wendy and Eve were caricatures of these characters in earlier books. The plots of both storylines were convoluted and fantastical. Perhaps it's time to leave this part of the fens and check back in with Jackman and Evans.

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Holds your interest with red herrings

A bit preachy with references to unusual physical and mental conditions. Now a hallmark of Brit lit and TV it seems.

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I love this series

I love this series and it was wonderful to catch up with Nikki and Joseph and the usual characters. More than one murder, missing children, Goths, and maybe a mole on the team give Nikki and her team (and her mother) plenty to concentrate on.

The story was good but I had a hard time keeping all the characters separate. Families and friends and connections got confusing. So I dropped my rating a star.

The narration by Henrietta Meire was her usual brilliant job.

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This book might have been enjoyable if I’d tried it in print but this reader was ghastly. Ugh.

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  • CG
  • 05-18-21

Excellent

I enjoy this series and this book was not a disappointment. Listened to it in two days. I have seen negative comments regarding the narrator but, as I like a series to stick to the same narrator, it is good there has not been a change. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Caroline Jones
  • 05-09-21

Don’t waste your credit

Nothing like poor narration to ruin a book this could save some even when the story line is a load of rubbish. Will be requesting a refund for this one

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  • Chris
  • 05-08-21

good story

I loved the book but the last few chapters were poor. thought it was rushred

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  • Jane L
  • 05-07-21

Poor narration spoiling story

The characterisation by the narrator is extremely poor. Most characters have only three emotions - shouting in anger, quaking in terror or deep in despair. Really beginning to irritate me now and only half way through the story.

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  • Bethan S. Edwards
  • 05-19-21

Hard Work!

Terrible story and appalling narration! Couldn’t wait for it to be over! Can’t decide which was worse...the story or the narration!

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  • Mr. R. D. Clarke
  • 06-15-21

great listen

great as usual good story well read Joy Ellis get the pens out for the next one

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  • puppy
  • 06-09-21

another must read.

joy Ellis is a great crime writer and I can't wait for another one to be wrote having listen to over 20 of her books .

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  • Mrs. A. I. Ilsley
  • 06-06-21

very good yarn

listened in a day and apart from a bit of repetition. it was well written and performed. The story held interest and was not gruesome as some are.

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  • Jane H
  • 06-05-21

Another excellent addition to the series

I Hope there will be another book soon and in the Jackman and Evans series.

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  • Lynn
  • 05-29-21

Underwhelmed

Very disappointed with this book, not a patch on her others , poor story & narrator sounded like it was automated at times

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  • DebManning
  • 05-08-21

Narration

I have listen all of Joy Ellis's books it just occurred to me that she has the worst narrators I have ever heard. She seemed particularly bad in this book . Every single person sounded the same and the guy in her other books is as bad. She lost me untill she gets done new ones and reading reviews Im not the only one who thinks this.

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  • Donna Skelton
  • 05-11-21

Joy Ellis

I love all the stories On The Fens. Nikki Galina a d Joseph Easter are such a great duo. These stories are masterful. You are roped in wondering who's the good or bad person. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Kayezzz
  • 05-22-21

Brilliant...as usual!

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, can't get enough of the Nikki and Joseph series...I'm really hoping this isn't the last one! My problem now is to have to wait for the No. 13 to be written. I love the progression of the main characters, and am feeling optimistic that there WILL be at least one more. Joy Ellis's series of Marie and Jackman came to a good conclusion so yes, fingers crossed this one still has a ways to go 😃 thank you Joy Ellis for such interesting and riveting storylines 🥰

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  • rosie millar
  • 05-22-21

Just couldnt get into this book. Tried abd failed

My Ellis addiction may be over!
We will have to wair n see.
I found the plot to be meandering. Everything seemed to implide at the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-21

Don’t bother

I’m gutted I wasted a credit on this, I couldn’t get through the book no matter how brilliant the blurb was. The narrator is absolutely shocking