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Stalker on the Fens

By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Series: DI Nikki Galena, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Detective Inspector Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found.

Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

And why is Stephen Cox back in town? He's the villain who tore Nikki's life apart and he seems to have returned to wreak more chaos. Before long, the whole town is on the verge of hysteria and her friend's fear will lead Nikki and Joseph on a very dangerous trail.

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

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-29-17

I love this English police procedural series!

Stalker on the Fens is Book 5 in the DI Nikki Galena series. Like each of the prior four it is a wonderful suspense thriller this novel is special. The novels are set in the Fens which is an area on England's central east coast approximately 50 miles northeast of London. Detective inspector Nikki Galena is a marvelous protagonist. Narrator Henrietta Meire reads in the clipped English accent most common in the area. It can be a little difficult for Americans at first, but understanding comes quickly. Author Joy Ellis is a master of the police procedural genre. I highly recommend this series and this novel.

The sixth audio novel in this seven novel series will be released in two weeks. The title is Captive on the Fens. It is currently available for pre-order at Audible, but is less expensively ordered through Amazon's Whispersync for Voice.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 12-17-17

Stalker on the Fens#4, Hunted#3, Shadow#2,Crime#1

This four book series -- Crime on the Fens, Shadow over the Fens, Hunted on the Fens and Stalke on the Fens -- is GREAT! And they nestle together beautifully, capturing the depth and growth of the characters as they go. Do start with the first (Crime on the Fens) and you will be hooked to learn more about what happens to DI Nikki Galena and her murder unit of detectives. The story lines are very, very good and the narration fits so perfectly with the locale of the story. Loved every minute of this entire series.

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Gripping mystery with great characters

DI Nikki Galena's friend, Helen Brooks, thinks she's being followed.

Helen was badly hurt in a building collapse a year ago, including some brain damage, and she's got some odd memories that don't seem supported by evidence. For instance, she thinks there was a man also in that collapsed basement with her, on the other side of a wall, who talked to her for a while before Nikki and Sergeant Joseph Easter, by chance the two officers closest to the scene, arrived. Yet no one else was in the building, nor was any evidence found that there had been.

So is she really being followed? Or is she still feeling the effects of the trauma and brain damage?

Helen's boyfriend, Andrew Gregory, is certain it's the latter. Nikki isn't sure he's right--but she's definitely not sure he's wrong. And every piece of evidence that seems to support Helen's story is quickly exploded--for instance, a scruffy young man who is seen hanging out near her flat, when picked up, turns out to be the unapproved boyfriend of a young woman in a neighboring house. Dad doesn't approve, so they have to sneak around.

Meanwhile, Nikki and Joseph are sure their old nemesis Cox is back in the area, but he's as elusive as ever. And there's a tension in the rougher part of town, that might be related to the Leonard family, whose patriarch, and unlikely friend of Nikki's, is dying. As much as she wants to help Helen, she's both very busy, and not at all sure how to help, or what kind of help Helen really needs.

Of course, everything changes when Helen is found dead.

This is a gripping, absorbing story, and Nikki, Joseph, their colleagues and friends, are all interesting people worth getting to know better. This is a series where the characters keep growing, becoming richer and more interesting as their experiences change them.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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Brava to the author and narrator

I love this series. I'm so glad this fifth book has finally been released in audio format.

This one kept me up most of the night. I couldn't put it down. I didn't figure out who-done-it until after it was obvious but I usually don't try. More fun to just let it happen. Nikki and Joseph are great characters as are crew on their team. The murder(s) are vividly described and I think it was important because it let us feel what Nikki was hit with. Great story.

The narration is very well done. I look forward to the next book which I have pre-ordered.

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Very Good

I enjoyed this book but the others are more griping. Sometimes it is good to relax a bit. It is not soft but not as hard and dark as the others so far.

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The narrator can be super annoying!

Chose this book at random to leave a review, but this could apply to any of the series.

I really like all of the books in this series (currently on number 7), and Joy Ellis in general - but often in spite of the narrator, I'm afraid. In fact, so often in spite of the narrator that I had to stop and start a number of times throughout the books.

The voices for the main characters are okay, but she chooses a very strange, monotone start-stop cadence for many a sentence, and seems to disregard punctuation, and in particular the voices of some of the supporting characters are just plain annoying (Rory!). Similarly, some of the female side characters speak in very girlish sopranos that I found very distracting.

I"m not very familiar with Lincolnshire accents, so I can't comment on the quality of those, though.

This narrator issue would have stood out to me anyway, but it is especially true in comparison with the Jackman and Evans series, where Rory is one of my favourites because he actually sounds credible.

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  • maria
  • sherwood, oregon, United States
  • 12-23-18

i am invested in these characters.

cant wait to get to the next book! their personal stories are compelling and realistic. I hope Eric comes back

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It’s time!!!

It’s time that Nikki and Joseph went further!!! It’s been YEARS!!! Very clever use of different voices for characters - so consistent over the books

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Good as always

I like Joy Ellis's work. The narrator, though...it's a little too fast and a little too much like reading. A different narrator would improve the series/

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  • Michael
  • Dickinson, TX, United States
  • 07-17-18

Meh

So far this has been the clinker in the series.
It deals with a bunch of numerology and astrological B.S.
Really struggled to complete this one. Hopefully the next installment is better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-17

Couldn't stop listening!

Any additional comments?

Even though the narration is poor the story line is excellent. The story deals with current issues in the context of a police drams. I have listened to the previous books and was hoping when this was released it would have a change of narrator. Even so a good listen I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot unexpected ending kept me guessing to the last.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-18

Appalling narration. Series needs redoing from scratch.

This series of books is excellent but Henrietta Meire’s narration is truly abysmal. I have now listened to the first four books of the series and wonder how she was ever selected. She mispronounces common words, sometimes misses words out altogether and her characterisations are mostly laughable. Read the books but do not bother with the audio versions.

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  • Liz
  • 03-11-18

ANOTHER BRILLIANT READ IN THE FENS' SERIES

I cannot praise Joy Ellis's works highly enough. I have listened to the first six with excellent narration by Henrietta Meire. I know Henrietta can falter a little at times but who wouldn't with so many roles to cover. Most importantly I can recognise the main characters immediately. And Joy Ellis brings every "person" straight at you! There is everything in these novels - intrigue, crime, social behaviours, romantic (non-mushy) interludes and gripping thriller moments. I would advise following the series sequentially to really immerse yourself in their worlds that can be black and very bleak at times but always riveting. And the ever-present "will they won't they?" relationship between Nikki and Joe. I'm sure even Joy herself doesn't know the answer!

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  • Sue
  • 01-17-19

Joy Ellis magic!

I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in this series but sadly found the narrator to be hard work. Although tolerable I doubt that every policewoman speaks in such a high pitched squeaky way, which detracted from the overall story to a degree. Amazingly written these books deserved better.

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  • Mrs. E. L. Martin
  • 01-14-19

Gripping story, irritating narration

As with others in this series, the story is brilliantly written, but the narrator's strange, shrill female voices, appalling regional voices and constant mispronounced words is distracting and spoils the experience.

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  • Chantelle
  • 10-14-18

Looking forward to the next book already!

I’ve been listening to these books whilst decorating and my house and I’m hooked... Downloading the next one now....

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  • fennie
  • 10-11-18

Narration

Great story spoiled by ludicrous narration. Please consider changing narrator. Love the writers work. Thank you Joy Ellis

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  • Teresa evans
  • 09-03-18

Stalker on the fens

I love the fens series it is a good listen always keeps my interest, narrator is OK clear and you always know which one is speaking.

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  • Bea Doubleday
  • 06-02-18

Terrible, terrible narrator,

The narrator reads too quickly, her voice is jarring, I tried to get used to it, but no good.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 05-30-18

Excellent

Excellent story and the Narrator definitely getting better. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 11-10-19

Wonderful as Always

I loved this one just as much as previous stories. Great level of suspense, good mystery and wonderful characters. I've already bought the next book in this series. They're fast paced, easy to digest, suspenseful literature. A good and enjoyable read.

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 02-03-19

Strange obsession

Another complex and exciting mystery. This story also finally completes a problem that has been plaguing Nikki and Joseph since before they began to work together. We also see the last of another, much loved/respected local villain. Time does move on and this series does that very well. We are kept in touch with familiar characters and are introduced to new ones.
This story is really two and a half stories in one. One has two threads to it. Joy really knows how to keep all the balls bouncing until the very end.
Having listened to this series from the beginning I have come to know these characters through their voices. Thanks.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 10-26-18

Too close to home

The raw, no non-sense, direct and very northern manner of the DI along with the characters in the team who are virtually a family make these books a joy to read/listen to and follow how each story develops. Perhaps it's my own northern English roots but I really appreciate everything about these books. As such, its easy to get right into the books and I guess it had to happen but in this book the danger came too close to home but I suppose this made the ending more of a high than usual.

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  • Julie Swanepoel
  • 11-09-17

Great book as always.

Loved this as I have loved all of Joy Ellis. Brilliant narration, the voices are flawless and I can't stop listening until the end!