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Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes.

Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder.

But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and has a rather unusual obsession with his mother....

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you gripped until the shocking ending.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Ellis and Armitage Did It Again

What a spectacular audiobook. Ellis is one of the best crime novelists today. Her attention to detail, authenticity, keen development of characters, wrapped in suspense and intrigue keeps you on your toes and a "book" you "just can't put down". I binged the entire audiobook in one sitting. Armitage is narrator supreme. He makes you feel like you are literally standing there in each scene experiencing everything first hand through the eyes of each of Ellis' characters. This is more than a five star audiobook.

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  • JO
  • 10-31-18

Slowcooker Dinner!

Plan to listen to this one all day! You will not want to stop to make dinner.

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Great performance of a Joy Ellis mystery

Richard Armitage again performs -- rather than merely reads -- a good thriller. He makes it pop!

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Couldn't put it down

This is another fantastic offering by Joy Ellis. It is a believable story with characters you grow to be so intimately involved with that you talk back to them while listening. I was constantly asking myself what would I do in the myriad situations presented in the plot. Would I have acted as Skye did? Would I have made the choices Daniel did? Where are the dark places in my mind capable of leading me? Then, of course, there are the choices faced by Jackman and Evans. How far to you trust your mind rather than follow your gut? The main plot is paralleled by the tale of a bent copper and a young cop trying to survive. This tale is deftly woven into to the main story to great effect.

Richard Armitage's narration grabs you and carries your through the harrowing tale with a vast range of emotion from shock, horror and disgust to heartrending compassion. His voice weaves his usual magic as he carries you deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. Congratulations to both Ms. Ellis and Mr. Armitage for another stellar project. I look forward to December and installment 3 of Jackman and Evans.

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Definitely steer clear of anything with this narra

Definitely steer clear of anything with this narrator. Probably a good book but disappointed by the choice of narrator. I think the story was OK but I just couldn't get past the narrator who seemed better suited to voicing over villains' characters in cartoons. This one is seccond tier at best.

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Fantastic!

Ellis tells such a compelling story that I found it hard to stop reading/listening, fascinated not only by the thriller part of it, but also by the human story of the main characters, in particular obviously the Rowan Jackman and Marie Evans duo, but also Daniel Kinder, who’s the third main character, the title’s murderer’s son (but the named murderer has nothing to do with the present murderer). The relationship between Jackman and Evans looks very close, to the point one wonders if they’re secretly in love with each other, but at a certain point the author denies everything quite firmly. Too bad, I would have loved it, because I think they’re fabulous together, and the fact she’s several years older than him would make them an unusual couple, breaking the stereotype stating the man has to be older than the woman.
I appreciate Ellis’ talent to build up the mystery, making it unravel little by little through the investigation lead by Jackman; some clues take to dead ends, others prove different than what they looked, muddling things and confusing the reader more than once. At a certain point I began to suspect a certain character, but then I thought he/she couldn’t possibly be the murderer, but in the end it turned out I had been right! Ellis was very good to make me doubt, a voracious reader of thrillers as I am! LOL
The way Jackman – who seemingly has no fear of anyone, including his quite terrible she-boss – looks terrified of a nerd working for the police, a woman with a mysterious past and a rather unsettling appearance; it’s funny and it makes the character more human.
What I love best of Evans is her being a passionate motorcyclist, as I used to be. Something that made me laugh hard was the moment when she, having to buy a new motorcycle, calls the one she has pointed out “my beauty” in such a way that one of her colleagues says she’s giving him the chills, because she sounds like Gollum “my precious”! I wonder if Richard Armitage, too, laughed reading this XD
I can’t wait to read/listen to the third novel of the series, The Fourth Friend; and I very much hope that Audible will have Mr Armitage reading also the fourth novel, The Guilty Ones, in order to have the full series! Also, a series of movies featuring Mr Armitage as Rowan Jackman would be great XD

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WOW! Incredible!

I can't believe how great this book was! Narrator, of course, is one of the best. He makes the story come to life. The story line itself was wonderful. I just couldn't wait to get my earbuds back in my ears to listen. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I'm counting the days...

Since I now see how this author is such a great story teller, I will now check out her other books. Great stuff!

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A suspenseful book

First time listening to this authors books. It’s a real twisted story and keeps you until the end. Will buy another in the series.

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A Hypnotic Thriller

A twisting plot with several suspects, some a complete surprise. Ms. Ellis really knows how to hold your interest. Mr. Armitage is a superb narrator. Male and female voices, some with accents local to the area, he is a master at giving each character its own distinct sound.

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It was great!

kept me on the edge, and guessing the whole time. Loved it! I recommend it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-18

Gripping from the start

loving these new police characters, they are real with true humanity and no cliches. love Richard Armitages' reading, puts life into the words and you need to keep listening until the story is told.

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  • Simon
  • 10-17-18

No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

Jackman and Evans were two characters that I took to straight away in the first book that Audible published and I am starting to think that my relationship with them is going to go the distance. It's worth noting that they won't be for everyone, if you're looking for another Rebus or Frost with all their crafty ways and fractured personas Jackman seems to be cut from a more noble cloth so far. In fact to me in a way there's a genuine warmth to these books despite the grisly crimes that they are set around which shines from the characters. Of course it also has to be said that Richard Armitage's voice also radiates that warmth with his golden sunset tones and excellent character voicing.

The story itself is immediately engaging and twists and turns leaving me guessing without groaning in exasperation at the ridiculousness of it all which has happened a few times recently. Ellis has a bright approach to her writing which moves the story on at a very enjoyable pace while allowing her characters to grow depth and colour.

There are some things in here that aren't perfect, I think you can see Ellis's writing style developed after this book which I believe was originally the first in the series. The police procedural aspects are, despite her having a partner who used to be in the forces a bit weak and in my copy a couple of sentences were oddly repeated in obvious editing errors.

But I'm not going to sit on the fens about it, this is a damn good read that I'd highly recommend!

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  • NatalieNoodle
  • 10-19-18

Another great listen

Another great mystery from Joy Ellis. I love Jackman and Evans and the team. I eagerly anticipate the next book.
Once again, Richard Armitage proves what a brilliant choice he is. He brings the characters to life so skilfully.

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  • Lady L
  • 10-31-18

Another gripping thriller

Great storyline, fantastic characters, brilliantly written, and the talented Richard Armitage narrating 💖💖💖 Truly Amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

Good book if not a little predictable

I really enjoyed it. However it never really “took off” and was somewhat predictable. Great characters and I will certainly listen to the series to see where they go.

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  • Peter D King
  • 10-29-18

Fantastic book

Loved the book and the narration. I did guess the perp fairly early on and was waiting for the reveal.

Very enjoyable however.

My only criticism however concerns the gaps between scenes. This is a very professional production but the gaps are a little hit and miss or in a couple of cases none existent. This caused a couple of confusingly moments as I realised the scene had changed. A simple couple of seconds break would have worked.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-17-18

Disappointing

I felt that this tale was a bit 'daft', the opening chapter sets the scene for the older murder, the DI and his sidekick go in to where the mutilated body lies, and in the first couple of minutes the DI says - "It is either the au pair or the handyman, I'll stake my pension on it". As he had no knowledge of either of these two characters I felt that it was a particularly stupid comment to make. He also asked whether the two (so far unknown to him) employees were having an affair! He didn't know who they were, married or single etc etc. It just seemed so silly that I was put into an irritated mode straightaway.
There are many similar silly situations, and I really didn't enjoy this very much at all.
All in all it was a bit of a messy, haphazard story. Very disappointing.

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  • Theresa Setchfield
  • 10-31-18

present time

I didn't think I I was going to enjoy this as it's not my usual preference but I was gripped from the beginning.

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  • Oops 66
  • 10-29-18

Excelent

A very clever story, from start to finish. From Epilog to end everything explained at the end.

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  • kelly gallimore
  • 10-26-18

poor quality

The story it's self was a let down after the previous story in the collection.
The narrator regularly repeats lines and made me feel like I was going a bit potty.
It also kept skipping. Overall not enjoyable and certainly not worth a credit.

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  • 10-20-18

Poor storyline, a very disappointing read.

Struggled to finish. Only saving grace was Richard Armitage, otherwise I would have stopped listening in the beginning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-29-18

good read

i have listened to 2 in this series and enjoyed both looking forward to more .good narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-18

Another brilliant book

I am loving this series, Jackman and Maria just keep me glued to my phone when I drive to work. It also helps that Richard Armitage does a brilliant job narrating these books.

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  • 11-18-18

gripping story with fantastic narration

second in the series did not disappoint. this is audible crime books at its best.

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  • Anna
  • 11-13-18

A great story

Another great novel by Joy Ellis. The storyline is full of twists and turns, interesting characters and perfect rly read by Richard Armitage. Loved it

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  • Sharron Heron
  • 11-10-18

disappointing

not as suspenseful as the first book and I predicted the murderer much too soon

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  • Jennifer Brown
  • 11-02-18

Clever writing.u

Delightfully surprised, this book kept me guessing, I didn’t figure it out until it slapped me in the face. I enjoy this genre and find it more enjoyable when it keeps me guessing. I would highly recommend this series, well written and well narrated.