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Publisher's Summary

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town. The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for DS Joseph Easter. Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realizes that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life. In a breath-taking conclusion, even Nikki begins to doubt DS Easter as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Tantor

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"5/5...There just doesn't seem time to catch your breath through this book, there is just something happening all the way through it." ( I Love Reading)

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I really enjoy this series.

The location is atmospheric and the methods of the crimes are unique. Love the characters and the narrator is great with voices and accents.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I loved this!

What is it about British police detective stories? Especially when the stories are set in small towns. The DI with a history of not working well with others finally was assigned a Sergeant in the last book. They actually got along. This book picks up after Ds Easter is injured in the line of duty.

The characters are well written, dialogue is good, and the audiobook narration is wonderful. I kinda sorta had the ending figured out but then there was another twist. Delightfully wicked! I can't wait to read the next book. This is a great series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Another great book

To say that this book had many twists and turns would be a great understatement. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, both the author and the narrator were excellent, and I'm anxiously waiting for the next in the series. I highly recommend this series. Joy Ellis has a very interesting ability to write.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-09-17

I'm a fan of this wonderful detective series

Having lived in the UK for some time years ago it strikes me that many readers will not know about the Fens mentioned in the title of Crime on the Fens. The Fens, also called Fenland, is a below sea level portion of eastern coastal England. It is located in County Essex about 50 miles northeast of London. Like coastal Holland (The Netherlands) it was reclaimed from the sea many centuries ago and it is protected by dikes from the waters of the southern portion of the North Sea. Fenland is the same latitude as Rotterdam.

Protagonist Detective Inspector Nikki Galena is a tough cop. This is a serial murder mystery. Detective Sergeant Joseph Easter, a cop with his own issues, is in deep trouble with Galena's up the line bosses while Nikki believes he is very good and struggles to protect him.

Narration by actress Henrietta Meire is outstanding. Her Essex accent is so good that it must be genuine. The Essex accent is more clipped than most English regional accents and can be more difficult for Americans to understand.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-08-17

Great British police procedural

I enjoyed book one in the series and was impressed with Joy Ellis’ writing. Therefore, I gave book two a try.

The story is set in Lincolnshire Fens. It is an area of open skies, marshes, farmland and nature reserves. It is a difficult area for the Fenland constabulary to police because of the distances and dangerous misty roads. Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter are teamed up again. Nikki’s neighbor had suddenly committed suicide, or maybe it was murder. Then a man is found executed near Greenborough are the two deaths related? DS Easter might have a stalker. Galena and team must solve the crimes to save DS Easter’s life and career.

The book is well written. The plot is interesting and twists and turns allowing suspense to build to a surprising ending. Ellis continues to build the key characters in this story. She focuses on Easter and Nikki’s boss. I am enjoying the setting of the book. The Fens sound so beautiful. This story is not as good as book one, but it is still enjoyable. Looking forward to the next book.

It is about seven and half hours long. Henrietta Meire does a great job narrating the book. She also narrated book one.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Reasonably good mystery - but learning

Any additional comments?

To me, Ellis has good, solid writing skill, some interesting plot ideas and a good sense of momentum and action. I thought the first book in this series was better. I think she's new to the writing arena and still learning about plotting; I could see the evil doers from the start and there were some other places the plotting was awkward. I love her descriptions of the fens and she does give her characters some depth. I didn't like that in this one she introduced a horror aspect. The first one was just a good mystery. And, for me, she has her main characters spend too much time in miserable ruminations. Some of this is good - for depth but too much just drags down an interesting mystery. Ellis is maybe deciding if she writes mystery or horror-thrillers. I'll probably listen to the third one to find out.

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Great Series

This the second book that I have read in this series and I have found both books intriguing.

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I would want Nikki on my side

What made the experience of listening to Shadow over the Fens the most enjoyable?

Ms Meire's performance of Nikki and Ms Ellis's character development combined to make Nikki a believable and respected woman of strength and intelligence.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow over the Fens?

The description of the tour up the tower and the sudden appearance of the frightening and frightened Martin as he threw himself from the tower was a true vision in words. A vision that lingered in my mind for longer than I expected.

What does Henrietta Meire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her vocal representation of Nikki gave the character depth and believability.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I appreciated Nikki 's dry sense of humor! Her witty asides and sardonic pronouncements often made me laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed in how Joseph's character was written around Billy Sweet. I don't think a seasoned military professional and law enforcement veteran would have reacted in such a pitifully childish manner when seeing Billy Sweet. I think Joseph is made of stronger stuff.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-12-18

Statistics, Nightmares, and Executions

The second in the DI Galena series is top notch all the way around, with the renegade ways of the detective in the past, and her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, permanently on the team. Nikki has moved back to her cottage on The Fens, when her neighbor, Martin, jumps to his death in clear sight of school children. Deemed a suicide, Nikki thinks that is just out of character for the calm and caring Martin. At the same time, DS Easter is met with a scene of carnage and an execution style murder the likes of which he hasn't seen since his days as a special forces soldier. When the responding unit arrives and finds, Joseph weeping, he is put on leave until he can be evaluated. With her sergeant out, Nikki and her team continue investigating the murder, while Joseph (voluntarily) looks into the statistics of the ever increasing suicides around the area, which their department head has been tasked with. This series has me hooked. It isn't so gruesome that it turns me off. It isn't overly filled with sex or violence. And it increasingly tells the story of each of the members of DI Nikki Galena's team, so that I am vested in their lives. I didn't guess the outcome of this tale . . . and what a great mystery it was . . . I am already onto Book Three!

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An intricate and intriguing mystery


Det. Sgt. Joseph Easter is recovered from his injuries, returned to duty, and now a permanent part of DI Nikki Galena's team. Unfortunately, his first day back on the job includes the apparent suicide of Nikki's friend and neighbor, and a brief encounter with a man he's sure is a nightmare figure from his past.

It's not long before bodies start turning up, killed execution-style, and all bearing a strong resemblance to Easter's hated former fellow special forces soldier, Billy Sweet--a man only Joseph says he's seen in the area. There's a serial killer in the area, and the gradually starts to seem that Joseph Easter is either the ultimate target, or something worse.

Meanwhile, it quickly becomes clear that there's something seriously wrong about the death of Nikki's neighbor Martin's death. It's not just that there's no evident reason for his suicide. He turns out to have been high on a ganger oyster hallucinogen that he had no apparent access to. The cancer clinic that has been monitoring his condition for any return of his cancer for years claims never to have heard of him. And he was, years ago, involved in a clinical trial. Two other members of the trial have also died in strange circumstances.

Two big, peculiar, dangerous, unrelated cases at the same time. It's so obvious there's no connection between Easter's serial killer and an odd cluster of apparent suicides that no one questions it.

We see both the newly returned Joseph Easter and the newly somewhat reformed Nikki Galena's under extreme pressure, and newly reconstituted team they lead responding to the pressure along with them. It's an interesting plot, but also good characters continuing to grow and change.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • 02-19-17

Total landslide. Lancashire isn't Lincolnshire.

More trouble at mill than fenland. In fact nothing fen at all in this mediocre reading. To not know how to pronounce Gallipoli is one thing but to say a Wayne smile instead of wan? Countless stupid mistakes ruined the reading. Too many to highlight here. At every one my thread of the story broke. Will have to be careful to avoid her reading again.

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  • Alix Martin
  • 07-27-18

Great story. .... but....

The narrator ‘accents’ and different voices are grating, which unfortunately took away from a good mystery.

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  • Oops 66
  • 03-09-18

Another great thriller. Nickie & Joseph make a great team.

I have already downloaded the next book. The Narrator is also excellent. Already one of my favourite authors.

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  • Iscalady
  • 07-25-18

Good story

I liked the story and the characters, my problem is the narrator’s accent and pronunciation. I really cringed at some common words (place names, eg Gallipoli) and several ordinary words being spoken as though by someone reading but who had never heard the word before. Very off putting to a pedant like me. The accent is one I’ve never heard before, and I’ve lived in the East Midlands. Very odd and guttural. Spoiled it a bit for me.

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  • Pam Herbert
  • 05-02-17

Nail biting finish

Really good story line. Characters becoming more rounded. Voice characterization really good. I am keen to listen to the next one

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  • Kathy
  • 09-21-18

Narration makes your ears bleed

The story wasn’t bad but female voices were high pitched to the point of having to turn the volume down.
Male voices ok.
Accents OMG! Can’t describe how awful.

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  • Sue
  • 09-11-18

Good story poor delivery.

The book and story are really good. But the readers accent, why has a person been given the job to read a book set in the Fens who gives all the people in it northern accents. It’s most off putting.

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  • Paul
  • 08-27-18

Books 2 well worth a listen

Books 2 well worth a listen, enjoyed this one just downing book three. Good story line

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  • Roxylu40
  • 08-16-18

Another Great Audio Book by Joy Ellis

Having listened to the first book in this series I couldn't wait to start the second and it didn't disappoint. I love the way she writes and although there are hints of where the story is heading, you are never quite sure where the story is going to take you. Can't wait to start the next one 😁

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  • Anonyme
  • 08-09-18

Decent story for a holiday, but...

The narrator has quite a marked lisp. In the long run, it gets off-putting. I tend to revert to the kindle version, with all the frustration for not being able to listen on.

So often are narrators on Audible uk prone to speech defects, articulation errors or very specific accents (th-fronting), that it makes you wonder why, as voice actors, they do nothing to correct those issues.

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  • Helen
  • 02-17-17

Really Enjoyable

I really like this authors books. The book is full of really likeable characters, and some truely bad ones. I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 03-22-17

gripping to the end!

What a brilliant, nail biting story. The narration is spot on and you can alnost picture the characters.

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  • GMI
  • 08-11-18

A Terrific Read

Starts slowly then builds up to unputdownable relentlessness. And you'll never guess the ending! I'd put a quid or two on that.

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  • Jen📚
  • 07-25-18

Series building nicely

Oops! Finished it in 2 days ... Was supposed to be for the commute to work & home.

Another good performance by the narrator. Enjoying the characters & left me itching to start book #3

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 07-19-18

Gets better and better

This second book in the series is better than the first which I really enjoyed. Well written, good theme and great narration ...how much more harm can the heroes take though ? Refreshing that the hero narrowly succeeds with recovery in hospital but we're only mortal